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Forbidden Archeology's Impact: How a Controversial New Book Shocked the Scientific Community and Became an Underground Classic Hardcover – January, 1998
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Science is not comfortable with unknowns. (You thought nature abhorred a vaccuum? Nature's got nothing on science.) So rather than leave a question unanswered (e.g., "How old is mankind?"), science tends to fill in the vaccuum by providing an answer, based on the theory that can obtain the greatest consensus.
The problem arises when these theories and hypotheses become mental constructs-- it is a short hop in the collective consciousness from "the theory supported by the most scientists" to "scientific fact". New data that falls outside these constructs (that is, data which "flies in the face of accepted scientific wisdom!") are assumed to be anomolous, and are tossed aside; data that supports, fits the constructs is sought out and embraced.
Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes often described his detection method as scrupulously collecting facts, while AVOIDING the formation of theories. Keep collecting facts-- without the blind spots imposed by hypotheses-- until you have ruled out all possibilities but one. That remaining possibility, no matter how improbable, is the one true possibility.
I think Cremo has been a bit dramatic in characterizing science as conspiratorial, and it is understandable how the anthropologist (below) could take umbrage.Read more ›
Readers interested in the issues of human origins (for which archeologists have unearthed quite a bit of puzzling evidence) and the sociology of scientific knowledge (particularly as applied to Paleo-anthropology and Archeology) should hurry up and acquire the extremely well-written and painstakingly researched "Forbidden Archeology - The Hidden History of the Human Race" (914 pages). Readers will also benefit from a perusal of the customer reviews posted on the respective Amazon.com page. Many of them (excepting my own) are beautifully argumented.Read more ›
In Science the drill is to glom onto the accepted belief system and hang on for dear life. God forbid some punky upstart like Fritjof Capra should come along and write a smart-alecky book about how Vedic texts described the same tenets as Quantum Physics a coupla thousand years ago. Or Rupert Sheldrake would have the nerve to point out that the DNA emperor has not clothes. Howls of derision. Calls for book burning in the journal "Science". Yellink und screamink.
Now I don't think it takes 900+ pages to make a point. Probably 150 would have been adequate to get everybody's bowels in an uproar. The 2-cassette audio abridgement seems to do a pretty good job. As far as the actual validity of the overall argument - who knows? The evidence proposed is probably just as valid as the official party line.
It is important to remember that all scientific revolutions go through pretty much the same drill: Scorn and derision towards those presenting novel or contrary opinions, followed by fear, panic and banishment of those individuals when it begins to appear that empirical data is supporting the new theories, then total abandonment of previously cherished notions, accompanied by jumping on the bandwagon with abandon while announcing that they'd been supporting the new idea all along.
So it's really the process that's important here. Hey, sit back and enjoy the show!
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The co-author of Forbidden Archeology, Michael Cremo, reveals, among other things, that many who agree with his views are themselves prominent scientists. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Catherine Hays
Interesting but I was looking for the original book that discusses the original reports.Published 23 months ago by L. E. Gibson
Wish there were more pictures to make the message easier to give to my none reading friends. I am enjoying i t.Published on September 11, 2013 by Lorraine Jacobson
This book is really interresting to read, mainly because of all the hidden truth that has been kept secret by evolutionists.Published on November 29, 2012 by Bjorn
Ok, OK. I admit it right off the bat. I have not read this book, nor do I intend to. It is not a work of science. Read morePublished on July 27, 2011 by Dick Marti
Here's a good Brain-Teaser ,.,.,. that everyone can empathize with!!!
How did human beings get here??? Where did we come from??? Read more
outstanding, just what I wanted and the price was better than anywhere I checked.Published on July 2, 2006 by R. Baker