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Human Devolution: A Vedic Alternative to Darwin's Theory Hardcover – June 9, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0892133345 ISBN-10: 0892133341 Edition: First Edition

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  • Hardcover: 554 pages
  • Publisher: Torchlight Publishing; First Edition edition (June 9, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892133341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892133345
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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This book is absolutely fascinating.
Jan Searle
A real irony in "Human Devolution" is the author's great ability to summarize scientific theories and concepts when he so chooses.
S. A. Felton
The teachings of the Vedas, which I thought would be the highlight of the book, are discussed perfunctorily in the last chapter.

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147 of 164 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Felton on April 11, 2004
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I read with great interest the shorter version of "Forbidden
Archaeology," "The Hidden History of the Human Race," and with even
more interest "Forbidden Archaeology's Impact," a large book of
reviews/criticisms of the author's monumental first book along with
Mr. Cremo's counter-countercritisms. I am definitely one of those who
thinks that science has gotten way out of hand when it comes to rejecting
anything beyond the physical. The author is among the leading anti-scientism
voices in the world. "Human Devolution" was written to answer critics who
"demanded" that he be more "scientific" and provide an alternative to
Darwinian evolution, rather than just criticizing it. As he comes from a
Vedic perspective, "Human Devolution" purports to be from that point of view.
The title encapsulates the Eastern belief that to occupy a physical body,
a soul "devolves" into matter; we are not physical-only, soulless beings.
As a reviewer, one has to decide if the author actually presents a
coherent model to counter Darwinian evolution. With regrets I think that
Mr. Cremo does not present such a model, certainly not a scientific model,
with clear data points that lead to clear conclusions, and in fact he
definitely argues for not only a "default" God of the gaps when the
neo-Darwinian and Big Bang models are found wanting, but the "gap approach"
is the main approach to prove the validity of the Vedic model. For example,
on p. 239, after rightfully dismissing a quantum mechanical approach to
consciousness and non-locality, in comes the Vedic model: everything
emanates from God, the "Supersoul" is all knowing, etc.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By New Age of Barbarism on January 21, 2011
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_Human Devolution: A Vedic Alternative to Darwin's Theory_ (2003, Torchlight) by Michael A. Cremo is a follow up volume to _Forbidden Archaeology_ (1995) which attempts to offer an alternative to Darwin's theory based upon an understanding of the Vedas through an amassing of anomalous evidence. This book takes off from the position left in _Forbidden Archaeology_, co-authored with Richard L. Thompson, in which anomalous evidence was presented in an effort to argue that human history extends into a far more ancient past than conventionally understood. This book continues with various issues concerning archaeology and the role of anomalous evidence in that field as well as considering the role of paranormal investigations in arguing for the supernatural. The author considers in particular the supernatural beliefs of Alfred Russell Wallace a co-discoverer of the theory of evolution along with Charles Darwin. The author also examines various instances of UFO phenomena and miraculous healings as well as various other articles of anomalous experience. Finally, the author argues for a worldview based on the Vedas in line with the Bhaktivedanta Institute. While much in this book can be challenged, I felt that much of the evidence presented proves difficult to ignore. The question of anomalous evidence remains a difficult one especially in light of the findings presented in this book.

The book includes the following chapters-

Introduction - lays out the evidence as presented in _Human Devolution_ and considers some of the academic reaction to this book. Presents evidence against Darwin's theory and relates some of the reaction to this including positive reaction.
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77 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Dennis Bonnette on December 21, 2003
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As a professor of philosophy, I found merit in the epistemological critique of standard human evolutionary theory offered by Michael A. Cremo and Richard Thompson in "Forbidden Archeology." Chapter fourteen of my own "Origin of the Human Species" discusses at length their thesis that anatomically modern humans predated hominids from which evolutionary theory claims we descended. My own work aims to show that sound natural science and authentic reading of Genesis, including Adam and Eve's reality, are entirely compatible. After consulting with Mr. Cremo while writing my own book, I came to respect his intellectual honesty in proposing a Vedic perspective of human origins. While retaining my own Catholic perspective, I learned that we shared many common elements of metaphysical dualism, especially in rejecting naturalistic evolutionary models of the world and human origins.
In "Human Devolution," Cremo explores multifaceted evidences for spiritual realities permeating our material cosmos. In so doing, he presents careful documentation of both preternatural and supernatural phenomena, including various forms of spiritism, miracles such as those at Lourdes, reincarnation claims, UFO phenomena, intelligent design scientific arguments, and many other evidences of spiritual and paranormal phenomena far too extensive to detail here.
Some might object that not all of his data is equally convincing - that anecdotal evidence ought not be put on the same plane as, say, the carefully documented scientific work of the Lourdes Medical Bureau. Similar comments were made about "Forbidden Archeology." Still, both works appear to present a full range of evidence for the sake of completeness.
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