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Magicians of the Gods – Graham Hancock

In Magicians of the Gods, Graham Hancock presents the hypothesis that a civilization existed and prospered sometime either before or during the Younger Dryas. Whoever these people were, their society was wiped out due to the cataclysm of The Flood. The same flood mentioned by almost every historical culture on every continent. This comet struck the polar ice cap in the northern hemisphere; the resulting impact vaporized an enormous amount of water, leading to flooding and climate disruption. It was either this initial impact or perhaps related events which caused massive worldwide displacement in the ocean’s sea levels. The reason we have little archaeological evidence, as Hancock suggests, is due to the rise in sea level which totally submerged all structures. Additionally, there have been few thorough searches in likely locations due to the disbelief of modern institutions. Hancock proposes that a likely location would be the Indonesian subcontinent, which around the Younger Dryas time was vastly larger and contained numerous river basins and plains.

It is fascinating to learn that the debris stream of this comet could be the source of the Taurid meteor stream. There is even evidence that a bigger chunk of the comet lurks in this Earth crossing debris field.

The entire book is littered with footnotes and source references. Hancock did a lot of research and it shows. Like all human theories, I am sure some parts of it will be dis-proven while other parts shown to be entirely correct. As researchers continue to investigate underwater ruins and the mysterious underwater past of Indonesia becomes unraveled, we may indeed find evidence which requires a total renewal of our understanding of human history.

Why the Pharaohs Built the Pyramids with Fake Stones – Joseph Davidovits

While reading The Pyramids: An Enigma Solved, by Joseph Davidovits and Margaret Morris, I was immediately impressed by the seemingly simple, yet controversial suggestion that the pyramids were built from artificial, synthetic stones. Who would have thought?!?! Davidovits’ argument, evidence, and overall logic for Egypt’s Old Kingdom construction of sacred tombs and statues from geopolymeric stone (similar to concrete) convinces me that we have answered the question, “How were the pyramids built?” Warning! I am no Egyptologist, however, the evidence exists and the pieces of the puzzle fit nicely into place. Both in terms of the physical construction and the religious aspects of Khnum vs. Amun. The Old Kingdom Egyptians were master alchemists and could create high quality artificial stones thanks to their excellent skills and suitable geology/environment. Davidovits provides more details, examples, and experiments in his second book, Why the Pharaohs Built the Pyramids with Fake Stones.

There are several videos and more information at the Geopolymer Institute.


Ancient Computer – NOVA

Ancient Computer, recently released on NOVA, investigates in detail the Antikythera mechanism. This device is really stunning. Charles Babbage is usually credited with the first computer — his difference engine. However, the Antikythera mechanism shows that the first known computer was actually developed in ancient times. Perhaps even more ancient humans, like the Babylonians or Egyptians, had such machines, their devices lost or destroyed. YouTube link.

Julius Caesar – Philip Freeman

Julius Caesar, by Philip Freeman, details the life of one of the most influential people in history. Not only does the biography contain a detailed account of Caesar, but also provides a remarkable look at the culture and politics of ancient Rome. Freeman’s book is a must read for any reader interested in Caesar and ancient Rome.

Behold the Spirit: A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion – Alan Watts

An informative synthesis of western and eastern theology, Behold the Spirit: A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion by Alan Watts provides an insight into the fundamental forces which have been shaping Christian religion for the past two thousand years. The book suggests various practices, taken from eastern traditions, which Christianity should adopt in order to satisfy the spiritual psyche of the modern man.

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