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- Print Length: 596 pages
- Publisher: ideas4writers; 2 edition (September 27, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 27, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075ZJJ412
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Humans are not from Earth: a scientific evaluation of the evidence (2nd Edition) Kindle Edition
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The whole experience might be great fun if you didn’t own the car or one of the mailboxes. In the spirit of fun, I could give this book a Five... but I also understand the reader who went for One and wrote, “Disappointing.” Mr. Silver’s approach seems to be to take up every challenge on the obstacle course, with rather little concern for how he gets past each. Many readers will be fine with this. It’s interesting, I suppose, to see the dozens of varieties of ET’s rambled off like items on a grocery list, or to see various star systems rated for likelihood of being our “home planet.” My own preference inclines more toward all the nuggets of information about how our human anatomy is uniquely unsuited for terrestrial habitation among all the mammalians around us... and there are many other incidental revelations. Sometimes, I suppose, the straying car might just dig a trench right where you wanted a new flowerbed.
But two things nag me about this approach (which things account for the two missing stars). One is that the long list of our incompatibilities with Planet Earth gets very subjective. We didn’t originate here because we’re unhappy?? Isn’t that ultimately a spiritual question—is it not altogether possible, in fact, that happiness breeds discontent, such is the perverse nature of our soul? (I hope we ponder this one hard before we fuse with robots.) And one of my pet peeves is the gripe that our species is uniquely wicked in its love of violence. The people who make that claim always excuse themselves from the general sadism... it’s just everyone else. Seems to me the the causes of war are many and immensely complex, with the joy of mayhem almost never being among them. At least we don’t eat our stepchildren in a second marriage, like the lovable lion.
A broader problem is that I fear this kind of scattergun approach to the very controversial issue of UFO’s simply discredits the whole case in the eyes of agnostics. I should like to see a very high standard of evidence practiced in works that discuss the issue—because, again, to look ridiculous on even a couple of pages is to give skeptics all the cause they need to write off every claim related to ET activity. The ANCIENT ALIENS series does the same thing: lots of fascinating tidbits, but lots of painful overreach.
I will admit that I have a few pages left to go in the book—and if what I’m about to write is addressed therein, perhaps I can return here and correct myself. But Silver’s claim that he has met two varieties of ET in his experience comes and goes within about a paragraph, and appears never to be revisited. This should be the subject of an entire book, in itself; instead, it’s just another mailbox lying in splinters. Similarly, to assert that you KNOW the reincarnation of souls to be a fact because it has happened in your family is a) a great point of departure for another book, b) not appropriate for this book, and c) not something you should swipe at in a sentence if you feel it really must be mentioned. That kind of thing put a lot of strain on my patience.
The book is certainly thought-provoking; but if you really want to assess the evidence available in these matters, you should also spend some time with more serious works, such as Knight and Butler’s WHO BUILT THE MOON or Mantle and Stonehill’s SOVIET UFO FILES.
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