- Hardcover: 554 pages
- Publisher: Torchlight Publishing; 1st 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
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
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Human Devolution: A Vedic Alternative to Darwin's Theory 1st Edition Edition
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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. Explains the role of the conscious self and provides evidence for the existence of a conscious self in the philosophy of mind. Considers evidence for the paranormal including the work of scientists such as Alfred Russell Wallace and Marie Curie. Considers other forms of anomalous evidence including the role of UFO phenomena and miraculous healings.
Ascended Apes or Fallen Angels? - examines some of the controversy that originally surrounded Darwin's evolutionary account including the role of T. H. Huxley and Wilberforce and noting Huxley's triumph and the acceptance of the Darwinian account. Notes the role of Disraeli on the side of the "angels" explaining his remarks on this controversy. Provides evidence for altered states of consciousness including comments from the Vedic tradition.
Forbidden Archaeology: The Hidden History of the Human Race - provides examples of problems with the current theory and lays out the case for a more ancient human history than previously accepted. Considers various examples of anomalous evidence as presented in the first book including evidence for culture in distant ages and evidence from extremely old fossils. Further considers the controversy brought about by these issues and examines the reaction of mainstream science.
The Extreme Antiquity of Nonhuman Species - provides evidence for the extreme antiquity of nonhuman species including fossil evidence and relates various issues surrounding the controversy. Considers cases of plant and animal life and asks the question - What is the history of other living things on earth.
Genes, Design, and Designer - considers the case of genetic evidence noting the role of DNA and explaining how DNA came to be discovered. Examines the issue of the beginning of life, the question concerning natural selection and whether or not natural selection is capable of accounting for the beginning of life, examines further issues from genetics and considers evidence for design as opposed to chance noting the role of species relatedness.
Beyond Stones and Bones: Alfred R. Wallace and the Spirit World - examines the case of Alfred Russell Wallace, co-discoverer of the theory of evolution, and notes his progression into spiritualistic beliefs. Explains Wallace's belief in the supernatural, his travels and discoveries, the issues of mesmerism, and his taking part in various séances which he attempted to study and understand. Explains the role of mediums visited by Wallace, the nature of the miracles at Lourdes, Wallace's refutation of David Hume on miracles, and the scientific reception of Wallace's ideas as opposed to those of Darwin.
What Is a Human Being? Matter, Mind, and Consciousness - considers the issues raised by the controversy between Wallace and Darwin. Provides evidence for the existence of mind, including evidence raised by mesmerism and the role of Bhaktivedanta and the Society for Psychical Research. Provides a plethora of cases of famous scientists who were involved in research into psychical phenomena including William F. Barrett, F. W. H. Myers, Sir William Crookes, William James, Lord Rayleigh, Pierre and Marie Curie, Camille Flammarion, Cesare Lombroso, Charles Richet, Margaret Mead, John G. Taylor, and astronaut Edgar Mitchell. Provides evidence from modern psychical research including the issues of remote viewing, the Ganzfield experiments, psychokinesis, and other issues. Provides evidence for a conscious self that can exist apart from the mind and the body including evidence from William James and his experiments, out-of-body experience, near death experiences, the issue of re-incarntion and fetal memories, and various other modern issues.
The Cosmic Hierarchy: A Cross-Cultural Study - considers various cosmologies and the cosmic hierarachy from various ancient traditions. Examines the cosmologies of Western thinkers and philosophers, mystical European medieval cosmologies, non-Western cosmologies including those of China, Japan, Korea, various Indian cosmologies, the Ojibwa cosmologies, the cosmologies of the natives of Australia, Easter Island, the Zulus of Africa, the Incas, and various other ancient cosmologies. Explains the contrast between materialist and mystical cosmologies and relates this to the idea of human devolution in Vedic cosmologies.
Apparitions, Angels, and Aliens - considers various anomalous evidence including evidence for the supernatural. Notes the role of communications from departed humans, possession by departed humans, apparitions of departed humans, superhuman personalites including demonic possession, Marian apparitions, evidence from the Bible and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu from the Vedic tradition, the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence, the phenomena of UFOs, the case of alien abductions and sightings, and various paranormal encounters with aliens.
Paranormal Production and Modification of Biological Form - considers cases of paranormal healing, cellular regeneration in the laboratory, faith healers, stigmatics, the issues raised by the miracles at Lourdes, and other cases of various supernatural healings, reincarnation, and alterations of the human form.
A Universe Designed for Life - considers issues raised in cosmology including the role of the Anthropic principle and the argument that the universe must be designed just right for life. Considers the fine tuning of the universe and various cosmological constants which must be set just right for the existence of life on earth. Provides evidence from the Big Bang model for a Creator.
Human Devolution: A Vedic Account - provides evidence for human devolution as opposed to the evolutionary account in line with the Vedas. Notes the role of the Bhaktivedanta Institute and evidence for cosmic cycles in the yugas. Concludes with evidence for the existence of God and a Vedic worldview that they maintain follows from this.
This book offers various interesting proposals for understanding the universe and human history from a Vedic perspective. The author argues for anomalous evidence in his case to make the case for human devolution, a much earlier history to humanity than previously considered, and a Vedic worldview.
I recommend all of Cremo's books and considering all of his revelations when deciding upon the latest pronouncements by those in authority.
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