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Fingerprints of the Gods Paperback – April 2, 1996
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"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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The one thing I don't get, though, if there were advanced civilizations prior 5000 BC that got blown away by a meteorite that hit the North American Ice Age ice sheet, around 12,800 years ago, then where are traces of those advanced societies? If we can find traces of dinosaurs, why can we not find traces of a prior advanced civilizations that are still above water? That conundrum has not been addressed yet.
However, he seems bent on waxing poetic about the places he visits in a way that severely detracts from my desire to keep reading. Also, he constantly repeats motifs and concepts, to where my head started to scream.
Also, he loves to ask rhetorical questions, and sets up a new chapter or sections with annoying questions that were based on hypotheses he just presented, or as a hackneyed approach to introducing the next topic. "Could it be that... Is it not possible that... But is it not possible that...?" Ugh.
I still recommend it. There is a lot of fun stuff. It sets a fair argument for the possibility - nay, plausibility - of lost advanced ancient cultures and their wisdom.
I just recommend you read other material to help flesh out alternative arguments and possibilities.
As any person with an open mind who is well schooled in history can tell you, contrary to popular belief, we do NOT know everything about human history. There is great evidence of lost civilizations that we know nothing about. All we have are huge stone monoliths, that to this day are unexplained creations. Most like the pyramids and the sphinx in Egypt are attributed to the ancient Egyptians when geological evidence suggests that some of these structures are much older than historians are willing to admit.
This book will have you questioning the official version of our story and that's a good thing. Question everything and just keep an open mind while going through the facts, that's how you find the truth.
We might understand how the same construction techniques, astronomical knowledge and mathematical prowess were the same as used in Ancient Egypt (the concept of pi, for example).
We might understand why every ancient civilization includes a fable with a flood, survived by some iteration of Noah and his ark (the Judeo-Christian version). There are scores of traditions throughout the world, found in Chinese, Japanese, South American, Egyptian, Inuit, and Native American folklore, with many details in common. The puzzling brilliance of the pyramids and their design will tweak our scientists, although I doubt if we will ever fully understand.
This hefty book is not for the faint-of-heart, but it is endlessly fascinating. All it lacks are some photos of the vases found in the pyramids. This paperback version from Amazon is high quality. This is important, because I will loan it out repeatedly.
If you are a seeker of knowledge and truth with a touch of possibilities, this book is for you.This is not a book that the reader can fly through. This book requires the reader to pause and consider the discoveries.