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Forgotten Civilization: The Role of Solar Outbursts in Our Past and Future Paperback – August 22, 2012
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“Dr. Robert Schoch has produced an extremely well-studied thesis that is backed by his vast knowledge of geology and, more importantly, given the thesis impetus by his courage to go where many other academics fear to tread. Forgotten Civilization is a very well written book that not only reflects an excellent scientific research into the origins of civilization but also is highly entertaining and most enjoyable to read. Get this book and put it in a prominent place on your bookshelf. It deserves this honor.” (Robert Bauval, author of The Orion Mystery)
“...a powerful account backed by scientific and historical record, recommended for new age, science and history collections alike.” (Midwest Book Review, November 2012)
“Schoch’s well-founded conclusion is that mankind’s past on this planet is not only much older than what conventional historians have been teaching, but, as Paul LaViolette has demonstrated, we have gone through cycles of destruction and renewal corresponding to periods in and between coronal mass ejections (CME’s) and solar proton events (SPE’s) of our Sun.” (Alan Glassman, New Dawn, January 2013)
“...it is pleasing, and in some ways a relief, to read a book in this field that has been written by an author with the qualifications to back up his theories...” (Trevor Pyne, Magonia, February 2013)
“Schoch is a true scientist, following the data wherever it leads, heedless of political pressures or worn-out paradigms. Twenty-two years ago, his redating of the Sphinx launched the New Archaeology. Forgotten Civilization distills all that has happened since into a simple conclusion: that solar activity ended the last cycle of high culture and may destroy ours in turn. Schoch is no scaremonger, no hawker of a pet theory. What we do with this knowledge is up to us, but once digested, it changes everything.” (Joscelyn Godwin, author of Atlantis and the Cycles of Time)
From the Back Cover
Building upon his revolutionary theory that the Sphinx dates back much further than 2500 BCE, geologist Robert Schoch reveals scientific evidence of advanced civilization predating ancient Egypt, Sumeria, and Greece, as well as the catastrophe that destroyed it nearly 12,000 years ago and what its legacy can teach us about our own future.
Combining evidence from multiple scientific disciplines, Schoch shows how the last ice age ended abruptly in 9700 BCE due to coronal mass ejections from the Sun. These solar outbursts unleashed electrical/plasma discharges upon Earth and triggered volcanic activity, earthquakes, fires, and massive floods as glaciers melted and lightning strikes released torrential rains from the oceans. He explains how these events eradicated the civilization of the time and set humanity back thousands of years, only to reemerge around 3500 BCE with scattered memories and nascent abilities. He explores, within this framework, how many megalithic monuments, underground cities, and ancient legends fall logically into place, as well as the reinterpreted Easter Island rongorongo texts and the intentional burial, 10,000 years ago, of the Göbekli Tepe complex in Turkey. Schoch reveals scientific evidence that shows how history could repeat itself with a coronal mass ejection powerful enough to devastate modern society.
Weaving together a new view of the origins of civilization, the truths behind ancient wisdom, and the dynamics of the planet we live on, Schoch maintains we must heed the megalithic warning of the past and collectively prepare for future events.
ROBERT M. SCHOCH, Ph.D., a tenured faculty member at Boston University, earned his doctorate in geology and geophysics at Yale University in 1983. His books include Pyramid Quest, Voyages of the Pyramid Builders, Voices of the Rocks, Stratigraphy, Environmental Science, and The Parapsychology Revolution.
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I couldn’t have been more wrong. This book is absolutely fascinating.
I think that Graham Hancock, Andrew Collins, Robert Schoch, and other researchers and authors have adequately explained the cause of the Younger Dryas ice age, that began in 10900 BCE, as being caused by a comet impacting the northern hemisphere of earth, but speculation of what caused the end of it, about 9700 BCE, always appeared to be a pretty weak arguments to me. Here I think Dr. Schoch has nailed a very likely cause, and he has the data to back it up, with clues left from Easter Island through western United States to the middle east of something catastrophic happening in the skies 11,700 years ago. Dr. Schoch typically follows the data no matter where it leads him, even if to controversial conclusions (i.e. the Great Sphinx is much older that the Egyptian civilization, possibly 10,000 to 12,000 years old).
In Chapters #7 and #8 Dr. Schoch provides a detailed history of the sun’s activity to as far back as records have been kept and as deep as ice cores and tree rings can provide empirical data. He documents the sun’s activity and the corresponding periods of abrupt and severe climate change that occurred during periods of high solar activity. Schoch points out that “our sun has been more active over the last few decade (since about the middle of the twentieth century) than it has been for thousands of years previously”. He goes on to say, “the current overall level of solar activity is the highest it has been since about 9500 BCE to 9000 BCE, near the end of the last ice age!” And, “the level of solar activity during the past 70 years is exceptional, and the previous period of equally high activity occurred more than 8,000 years ago”. Global warming? Ya think? And Schoch points out that throughout history periods of abrupt and severe climate change occur during periods of high solar activity.
In Chapter #8 Dr. Schoch discusses the science of “Cosmoclimatology”, the study if how the sun, planets, our solar system, and even events that happen in deep space and in other solar systems, can have an impact on earth. It sounds fishy but Dr. Schoch shows where “changes in greenhouse gases have been correlated with global temperature changes for hundreds of thousands – even millions – of years, long before humans could conceivably have been causing such changes. Indeed, increases in carbon dioxide may in part be a consequence of global warming rather than the cause (Ferreyra 2011). Increases in temperature due to other factors (such as increases in solar activity) may warm the oceans, for instance, resulting in the releases of carbon dioxide and the inability to absorb more carbon dioxide; once the carbon dioxide is in the atmosphere, it may further reinforce global warming.” I’m trading my Toyota Prius in on the biggest pollution belching SUV I can find.
Dr. Schoch points out that, Ilya G. Usoskin, “found that periods of higher solar activity and lower cosmic ray flux tend to be associated with warmer climate and vice versa”, and, “Il-Hyun Cho and colleagues have found additional evidence that solar activity can directly affect the weather and climate on earth.” Research shows that the earth experienced “hot house” conditions around 500, 375, 250, and 100 million years ago and “icehouse” conditions with periodic glaciations around 450, 300, and 150 million years ago. Dr. Schoch says, “According to the new paradigm of Cosmoclimatology (research shows) solar and galactic influences can have major effects on the climate of earth.”
Chapter #12 provides a detailed description of “The Carrington Event”, something I have never heard of before and found fascinating. The Carrington Event deserves a book on its own. Perhaps there is one or Dr. Schoch will write one. The Carrington Event occurred in 1859 when a solar outburst hit the earth like a tidal wave hitting an island, seriously disrupting electrical distributions and communication systems (telegraph) of the time. Dr. Schoch then goes into describing the impact of a similar or greater intensity solar outburst on today’s electrical distribution systems, communication systems, satellites, pipelines, railroads, etc. It’s happened before and if it would happen again today, it could spoil your whole afternoon.
In the last few chapters Dr. Schoch, investigates some new age alternate explanations that challenge the mainstream scientific paradigms in the scientific community. Things like extremely low frequency electromagnetic waves, sound waves, water memory, Zep Tepi, telepathy, levitation, etc. Some of this stuff, like Edgar Chase the “Sleeping Prophet”, I have trouble with, but who am I to debate Dr. Schoch? As I said earlier, Schoch is a scientist with an open mind who does not reject all theories deemed “pseudoscience” out of hand, but rather keeps an open mind, and considers all ideas.
There are five appendixes (26 pages) that should not be skipped, as they are all very interesting and contribute to the understanding of the book.
The only thing negative I can say about Dr. Schoch’s book is that, while Dr. Schoch has done rigorous research and has an extensive bibliography, he has listed his references in parentheses in the text rather than footnotes or numeric references to notes or the bibliography. That, along with Dr. Schoch’s liberal use of parentheses, to add additional information, I found broke my train of thought, and was annoying at first, and maddening by the time I got to the end of the book. Thus four and a half stars rounded to five, but four and a half stars certainly does not reflect the excellent quality and content of the information contained in this book.
If you’re into this stuff like I am I think you will like this book, but if you are a liberal, closed mind, man-made global warming zealot, you ain’t gonn’a exactly fall in love with this book, and you might want to pick up some of Al Gore’s scientific work.
This book flows VERY smoothly and, without giving spoilers about his extensive research, provides more of an epiphany than anything that I have ever read before. Even when reading it for the second time, the book is very hard to put down. Schoch is a true educator and has a genuine talent for presenting his findings. As an author, he is clear and concise. He builds a powerful and enthralling case, the explanation of which incorporates the solving of the mysteries of the Rongorongo glyphs on Easter Island, the ancient vitrified stone castles in Scotland and the dating of the Sphinx into a plausible, scientifically supported timeline that is nothing less than completely fascinating.
I have no question that my grandchildren will study human history that conforms to his research and discoveries. The irony is that he will be considered one of the "fathers of modern anthropology" for the next generation, and he's a GEOLOLOGIST! Get this book, you will NOT be disappointed!
We need people like Dr Schoch and Anthony West, Graham Hancock, Dr Dunn, etc.
My only criticism is that Dr Schoch writes his book the way scientists write academic papers. He uses the parenthetical far, far too much. That is, he puts virtually every third sentence in parenthesis. It totally makes the reader unable to effortlessly read without constant disruption.
It's also not the method preferred when writing a book. When you cite a reference for a book you use either footnotes or endnotes. That way you can effortlessly read without the constant distraction. You do not put the source in the sentence stream. I cannot understand why his editor allowed him to do this. It got so bad that I stopped reading whatever he was saying in his hundreds of parenthesis. Terrible and frustrating. But the content was really cool since he thinks way outside the box. Right where I like to be.