Twenty years on, Hancock returns with the sequel to his seminal work filled with completely new, scientific and archaeological evidence, which has only recently come to light Altri studi di Diego Cuoghi nella pagina www. Impronte degli dei: Graham Hancock, E. Kampmann: : Books A memory and a warning to the future For the comet that wrought such destruction between 12, and 11, years may not be done with us yet. Some of these struck the Earth causing a global cataclysm on a scale unseen since the extinction of the dinosaurs.
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Where Erich Von Daniken is goofy, Hancock is far more insidious. Having meandered through a great part of "Isis Unveiled" a year or two ago, I found some commonalities between Hancock and the old Theosophists like Madame Blavatsky. Not only do they hope to convince their readers through a doorstop of a volume filled with dubious facts and poor analysis, but they have that belief that humans of the most remote Now for what started out as a stream-of-consciousness criticism of Graham Hancock.
Not only do they hope to convince their readers through a doorstop of a volume filled with dubious facts and poor analysis, but they have that belief that humans of the most remote ancient times were far more advanced than we give them credit for--which, interestingly, is in opposition to the Ancient Aliens folks, who believe that ancient humans were far too simple to create anything on their own.
But Hancock is on the extreme other end of this spectrum in terms of generalism vs specialism. This leads to, among other things, a deluge of parallels drawn between the Old Kingdom Ancient Egyptians of around BC, for example, and Mesoamerican peoples who lived years after them, with zero nuance. So--the book itself. On my first attempt, I read only about eighty pages of it because of how dishonestly Hancock presents his case studies.
For me, that meant having dozens of internet tabs and scholarly articles open while listening to a naively-enraptured Joe Rogan lapping this stuff up on his podcast. Once you start actually double-checking this stuff, you start to feel much less like Hancock is approaching archaeology from a fresh new point of view, and more that you are being deceived.
It is curious how Hancock often combats accusations of pseudoscience by stating that he is not a scientist--and yet he fills his books with tons of footnotes and complains about close-mindedness and conspiracy among orthodox archaeologists, two tools that make him seem like a rebellious alternative to orthodox scientific scrutiny. I have recently succeeded at finishing reading the book upon a second attempt, having created an impromptu book club with some friends of mine who are not historians and thus certainly more "open-minded" than I.
Our conclusions were surprising. The Piri Reis map stuff in the beginning of the book, which put me off of the first reading, is probably the "strongest" portion of the book. What occurs thereafter is a travelogue his sole claim to authority is personally visiting the sites--like thousands of other tourists every year , accompanied by grotesque instances of supposition, misrepresentation, and obfuscation.
Indeed, my friends started to lose interest in similar fashion to me during my first attempt. After a couple hundred pages of this, the bullshit started becoming pedestrian, and distrust of the author suffocated much interest in continuing. I finished it, with the final hundred pages being pure torture, while both of my friends refused to devote more time to it and finish it.
Suffice to say, the book is a bunch of hot garbage, and those who defend it, or state that it "survives their rigorous scrutiny," should be embarrassed. This book has pretty fantastic reviews here on Goodreads, which is as disappointing as it is unsurprising.
I cannot help but imagine a group of people who always thought "mundane" history was boring when they were in grade school. Perhaps they had a poor social studies teacher or two. But then they come upon alternative theories that are far more interesting than the established orthodox views.
Theories that allow them to think that not only do they rival the intelligence and education of the necktie-wearing stiffs up in the ivory towers of the college campuses--they surpass them in open-mindedness. So there we are. Fingerprints of the Gods. The warning signs were there from the beginning, when Hancock spent 30 pages of talking about the Piri Reis map using Charles Hapgood as a sole source, and described him as one of those aforementioned tragic Galileo types, rather than presenting the opposing views and explaining to his readers why this concept is not accepted by the mainstream.
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