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5.0 von 5 Sternen New Look at Past and Future
Hancock takes us on a global tour of the legends and myths of the world, collating their common threads and scientific evidence to compose a credible theory that an advanced civilization once flourished on earth but was extinguished at the end of the last ice age. All that remains of this antediluvian culture are the "fingerprints" Hancock identifies in various...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A little theory of my own
Maybe the reason why critical reviews have such a smaller "approval ratio" than adoring ones is that the people who look up a book on Amazon are more likely to be fans of it than bitter, twisted enemies, bent on revenge.
Oh, almost forgot to mention Fingerprints of the Gods. Well there's not much I can say about it that hasn't already been said. Hancock...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A little theory of my own, 28. April 2000
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Maybe the reason why critical reviews have such a smaller "approval ratio" than adoring ones is that the people who look up a book on Amazon are more likely to be fans of it than bitter, twisted enemies, bent on revenge.
Oh, almost forgot to mention Fingerprints of the Gods. Well there's not much I can say about it that hasn't already been said. Hancock present to us a hugely diverse range of fascinating oddities, from all around the world, and attempts to link them together with the grandiose notion of a highly advanced civilization, about which we know virtually nothing because (wait for it)... any remaining evidence will be buried beneath miles of Antarctic ice.
Certainly there's lots to ponder over, but I'm afraid that Hancock's treatment of the evidence is sorely lacking in scientific rigour (for instance, many times we're told something along the lines of: Such and such a thing is an uncannily accurate and expertly crafted representation of X, but the people couldn't possibly have known about X unless blah blah blah, but the thing in question doesn't look very accurate or expertly drawn to me... maybe I'm just a philistine).
I don't doubt that we have a huge amount of explaining to do before we can honestly claim to understand how, say, the Egyptian pyramids came to be constructed - and this book certainly does a fine job of drawing this to our attentions. However, the links Hancock draws between the disparate trails of evidence are far too tenuous to justify his conclusions.
Still, it's great fun to read - just be sure to approach it with your skeptical hat on.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Aryan Civilizers, 15. Mai 2000
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Although the book is an interesting read for the number of tidbits that the author reveals, I would like to warn anyone interested in this book about the pernicious absurdities that underlying this book, that seem to have been completely ignored by its critics. Although Hancock does not state it explicitly, he is trying to imply that edifices of the ancient Egyptians and South Americans were constructed according to knowledge imparted by Aryan survivors of Atlantis. This is a current theory in occult circles, which has been circulating since the sixteenth century, and was most clearly elaborated by H.P. Blavatsky, god-mother of the New Age movement. Essentially, this theory posits that the Aryans are the most advanced of races, and that they have been created by a race of divine beings on the continent of Atlantis. When the continent was destroyed, the Aryans fled, later conquering several civilizations, imparting the advanced knowledge they had rescued.
Hancock searches the mythology of the Egyptians and South Americans to find evidence of the colonization of white civilizers. These civilizations divided history among the rule of the Gods, the rule of heroes and the rule of men. The rule of the gods is thought to refer to the original Aryan colonizers. At one point, Hancock attempts to demonstrate that the South Americans had depicted a Caucasian in a blatantly ambiguous relief sculpture, whose only Aryan feature would be small beard. Hancock also goes on the present the worldwide recognition of a universal cataclysm, to refer to the period that these Caucasians or Aryans would have survived. Because astrology is one of the main aspects of what is thought be the Ancient Wisdom of the Aryans, finally, Hancock attempts to prove that the pyramids were configured according to astronomical data.
As acknowledged by occultists, the Ancient Wisdom is the Kabbalah, from which they have borrowed their fansical theories. However, the Kabbalah is not an ancient wisdom, but a Jewish heresy of the sixth century BC. This astronomical knowledge identified with the Kabbalah can also be demonstrated to have emerged in the same century. It has often been attributed to the Babylonians, who supposedly taught it to the Egyptians, or to the Indians who taught it to the Babylonians, but always back to the original Aryan conquerors. However, as Franz Cumont has pointed out:
"That Babylon was the mother of astronomy, star-worship, and astrology, that thence these sciences and these beliefs spread over the world, is a fact already told us by the ancients... But the mistake of the Pan-Babylonists, whose wide generalizations rest on the narrowest and flimsiest of bases, lies in the fact that they have transferred to the nebulous origins of history, conceptions which were not developed at the beginning but quite at the end of the Babylonian civilization. This vast theology, founded upon the observation of the stars, which is assumed to have been built up thousands of years before our era, nay, before the Trojan War, and to have imposed itself on all still barbarous peoples as the expression of a mysterious wisdom, cannot have been in existence at this remote period, for the simple reason that the data on which it would have been founded, were as yet unknown...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen New Look at Past and Future, 8. Dezember 2002
Hancock takes us on a global tour of the legends and myths of the world, collating their common threads and scientific evidence to compose a credible theory that an advanced civilization once flourished on earth but was extinguished at the end of the last ice age. All that remains of this antediluvian culture are the "fingerprints" Hancock identifies in various phenomena that have puzzled mankind throughout recorded history. He reveals strange echoes of a society of navigators and builders that flourished up to about 12 000 years ago, gradually building up a compelling argument for the existence of a prehistorical civilization. By examining phenomena around the world, from the Nazca drawings in Peru to the pyramids of Egypt, he interprets these "fingerprints" as ancient signs, or misunderstood teachings left by our unknown ancestors in order to communicate with modern generations. This, and Hancock's other books like his latest, "Underworld," threatens to overturn conventional explanations of our past and stretch the horizons of our future. Meticulously referenced, and often scientific and technical, "Fingerprints" is consistently captivating because Hancock embroiders the narrative with colorful analogies and travelogue, making it easier to understand his point and leaving the reader impressed by the mysterious patterns he unravels. Lavishly enhanced by photographs and illustrations, the book contains extensive references, a vast bibliography and an index.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Read This First, 4. November 1999
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I wish I had read "The Wild Side of Geoarchaeology Page", a web site maintained by Paul V. Heinrich, before buying this book. Like many reviewers, I was impressed by the "evidence" quoted in the book and the detailed references. But sadly Hancock's research seems to break down when those references are critically investigated. Finally, I am puzzled by the comments about the quality of the writing. I found it plodding, burdened by whimsical speculation and pointless introspection. Many times I wondered what the manuscript looked like before the editors went to work.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Exciting, even intriguing, yet far-fetched, 9. Januar 2000
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I read this book when it was first published, back in 1995, and as a rather credulous 14 year-old, was captivated by the exotic locations, ancient structures, and provocative theories it featured. Hancock's writing style, though not in the least scientific, had such an energy and a genuine enthusiasm for even the most outlandish claims that I found myself utterly engrossed by the material.
Looking back some years later, after subsequent re-consideration, I have concluded that while my initial worshipful praise of the book was unmerited, neither does the volume deserve the reproof and utter condemnation accorded it by some previous reviewers.
It is certainly dangerous to uncritically accept many of the more improbable theories of this book, most notably the claim that Atlantis was in fact Antarctica, which itself (in an ice-free state) was home to an ancient and highly advanced civilization. The appeal here, as in many other instances, is to popular imagination rather than rational inquiry: the book is not written for specialists, but for the public, and as such Hancock can afford to spout baseless theories knowing full well that many gullible readers will be taken in. The opinionated attacks on so-called "orthodox" Egyptologists and the highly tenuous astronomical, mythological, and historical claims are not only irresponsible and unscholarly, they aid the spread of misinformation among a public that is obviously all too eager to absorb any new, enticing, "unorthodox" theory.
At its very core, however, the book is grounded in fact, and it is at this most basic level that the astute reader can glean some genuine insight. The chapter dealing with Giza, in particular, raises some perfectly valid questions about the building methods of the Egyptians. Why, for instance, are the pyramids of Giza totally unadorned? Not a single commemorative line, cartouche, or relief sculpture graces the inner chambers of what are reputed to be the burial places for three great Pharaohs of a prominent Egyptian dynasty. How where these great structures built, and why did the builders prefer cyclopean, 200-ton blocks to smaller, more manageable ones, which would have been perfectly adequate in terms of structural and aesthetic qualities? These questions, and many more (particularly those concerning the antiquity of the sphinx) are sound and thought provoking.
Despite some of the clear-headed logic that emerges in certain instances, the book often lapses into far-fetched theories on subjects as varied as Aztec mythology and Ice-Age climate. Hancock takes a valid point and carries it far beyond its logical conclusion. The book is at heart entertainment, and it is written to please the imagination rather than the intellect. We all want to believe in an ancient, highly-advanced civilization, a mysterious "Golden Age," lost in the depths of antiquity, during which humanity attained a godlike perfection. This desire (it unquestionably exists) is more the realm of psychology than history, and Hancock has taken it, as many of the myths he analyzes, far too literally.
So, if anyone has bothered to read this far, the book is an entertaining read which provides descriptions of some of the world's most intriguing and ancient structures: it simply does not provide believable answers to the questions it raises. Take what you can from its more lucid passages, and approach the rest with a dose of logic and measured skepticism.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Exciting, even intriguing, yet far-fetched, 9. Januar 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization (Taschenbuch)
I read this book when it was first published, back in 1995, and as a rather credulous 14 year-old, was captivated by the exotic locations, ancient structures, and provocative theories it featured. Hancock's writing style, though not in the least scientific, had such an energy and a genuine enthusiasm for even the most outlandish claims that I found myself utterly engrossed by the material.
Looking back some years later, after subsequent re-consideration, I have concluded that while my initial worshipful praise of the book was unmerited, neither does the volume deserve the reproof and utter condemnation accorded it by some previous reviewers.
It is certainly dangerous to uncritically accept many of the more improbable theories of this book, most notably the claim that Atlantis was in fact Antarctica, which itself (in an ice-free state) was home to an ancient and highly advanced civilization. The appeal here, as in many other instances, is to popular imagination rather than rational inquiry: the book is not written for specialists, but for the public, and as such Hancock can afford to spout baseless theories knowing full well that many gullible readers will be taken in. The opinionated attacks on so-called "orthodox" Egyptologists and the highly tenuous astronomical, mythological, and historical claims are not only irresponsible and unscholarly, they aid the spread of misinformation among a public that is obviously all too eager to absorb any new, enticing, "unorthodox" theory.
At its very core, however, the book is grounded in fact, and it is at this most basic level that the astute reader can glean some genuine insight. The chapter dealing with Giza, in particular, raises some perfectly valid questions about the building methods of the Egyptians. Why, for instance, are the pyramids of Giza totally unadorned? Not a single commemorative line, cartouche, or relief sculpture graces the inner chambers of what are reputed to be the burial places for three great Pharaohs of a prominent Egyptian dynasty. How where these great structures built, and why did the builders prefer cyclopean, 200-ton blocks to smaller, more manageable ones, which would have been perfectly adequate in terms of structural and aesthetic qualities? These questions, and many more (particularly those concerning the antiquity of the sphinx) are sound and thought provoking.
Despite some of the clear-headed logic that emerges in certain instances, the book often lapses into far-fetched theories on subjects as varied as Aztec mythology and Ice-Age climate. Hancock takes a valid point and carries it far beyond its logical conclusion. The book is at heart entertainment, and it is written to please the imagination rather than the intellect. We all want to believe in an ancient, highly-advanced civilization, a mysterious "Golden Age," lost in the depths of antiquity, during which humanity attained a godlike perfection. This desire (it unquestionably exists) is more the realm of psychology than history, and Hancock has taken it, as many of the myths he analyzes, far too literally.
So, if anyone has bothered to read this far, the book is an entertaining read which provides descriptions of some of the world's most intriguing and ancient structures: it simply does not provide believable answers to the questions it raises. Take what you can from its more lucid passages, and approach the rest with a dose of logic and measured skepticism.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen 'Still more questions than answers', 19. Oktober 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization (Taschenbuch)
As a teenager, I was taken with Eric Von Daniken, but always felt there were opportunities that could be better explored. Sadly they were not, which always left a feeling of something of importance missed. Graham Hancock has achieved the same feeling, but this time I am left wondering is this deliberate. Has Graham purposely set out with errors to mislead? There are two references I would suggest require further investigation. In the early part of the book, it is suggested that Mayan calender cycles were of a large but significant number, relating to cycles of our solar system. This number could be calculated by the recall of elements of a 'folk story' handed down over generations, but missed the number by a miniscule amount. However, when the elements of the story are added back into the equation, hey presto, there is a comparable sum as accurate as the mathematically projected calculation for planetary line up. The second error I suggest, lies with the 'folk tales' in regard to the rotation of the zodiac, not so much a change in the heavens as part of the natural dawning of zodiac influences, rather a literal statement, i.e. a significant rotation of our planet around an axis which itself would create the illusion of the heavens moving, which of course they cannot. Graham's later work, especially the series as shown in the UK on channel 4, listed certain ancient sites, e.g. Stonehenge, Giza, Easter Island etc. The local 'history' holds them as the 'navel of the world', a play on words & it might be, that these are indeed the centre of the world, points of rotation. Interestingly enough the computer projected image of these points, as land sites, suggest a correlation to the points of the zodiac yet again. They also more curiously, share the same plane. It follows that calculation should show the distribution of those points on the same plane relate to the zodiac whether on land or not. It saddens me that this point was not pursued or discussed, which in the main is the purpose of this review, to raise the debate should anyone care to contact myself. Furthermore, If anyone has a contact for Graham, please forward this on my behalf, as I genuinely believe we stand at the edge of the most important discovery of our lifetimes. Regards to anyone choosing to read this. Keith F-S. AKA 'stacker298@aol.com'
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Intriguing, fun and just plain silly, 10. August 1999
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Graham Hancock is at this point perhaps the best known popularizer of what might generously be termed "alternative archaeology," one of the major points of which is that civilization originated far earlier than commonly thought, and was subsequently destroyed (i.e., Atlantis). Then again, this particular field is populated almost entirely by popularizers, who with rare exceptions (Robert Schoch, perhaps Robert Bauval) are unfamiliar or even hostile to establishment scientific principles such as peer review. Hancock's work is occasionally given to fits of pique at the supposed monopoly that establishment archaeologists have on the dissemination of knowledge; little understanding is shown of the simple fact that in scientific journals all ideas are subject to review by other scientists, and that if you wish to publish your views, you must present convincing evidence for them. Hancock and others like him should (and probably do, at least in private) be gratified that, as the parade of positive reviews of his books here on the Amazon.com web site attests, the establishment view of archaeology enjoys no monopoly on ideas in the public sphere, and in fact is if anything underrepresented. For an illustration, I would suggest that you go to your local bookstore and find something by Hancock, West, Bauval, Schoch, Cremo, the Flem-Aths, Sitchin, von Daniken, or Colin Wilson. Now find the establishment archaeological view. Which was more prominent? Which was there at all?
In any case, "Fingerprints of the Gods" is Hancock's defining work (even after the publication of its sequel, "Heaven's Mirror") and provides the most comprehensive summary of the "evidence" for a lost civilization in antiquity as currently espoused by the above writers. You will find summarized here the notions that the Sphinx is far older than modern archaeologists would like to think, that the pyramids may be as well (which Hancock has since retracted, though he maintains that the ground plan is still super-ancient), and that other monuments in Latin America similarly speak of origins far in the distant past; that collected myths and legends from peoples all over the world speak of a common origin, in a civilization of great technical prowess that was destroyed by a worldwide cataclysm (essentially a summary of de Santillana and von Dechend's "Hamlet's Mill," albeit with conclusions they did not reach); that a series of old maps provides evidence of knowledge of the earth's contours in remote antiquity (a summary of Charles Hapgood's "Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings"); that the cataclysm in which this new vision of Atlantis was lost could be repeated the next time the earth's crust decides to shift (borrowed from Hapgood again).
It is a mistake to consider anything that Hancock has done "research," as several other reviewers have done. His work consists of travelling the world to view ancient monuments and compiling the speculations of others. What results is often sloppy and inaccurate: Hancock repeats verbatim an assertion first made by Sitchin that early Egyptologist Howard Vyse forged the "quarry marks" in the Great Pyramid that link it to the pharoah Khafre, and this assertion has been rather conclusively proven wrong (as Hancock has admitted). Hancock also swallows whole the long-discredited theory of "earth crust displacement." Proponents make much of the fact that Einstein apparently liked this theory, but then Einstein was not a geologist, knew nothing of plate tectonics, and was wrong many other times in his life. Regardless, the "evidence" for a massive, concerted shift of the entirety of the earth's crust over such a short period has been completely invalidated by modern science. When Hancock mentions trees indicative of deciduous forest buried in Antarctic ice, he fails to recognize that these trees are hundreds of thousands, if not millions of years old. And so on.
It is chiefly by presenting a relentlessly one-sided view of the "evidence" he cites that Hancock creates the illusion of a coherent argument. In truth, the closer one looks at any single line of evidence in "Fingerprints," the less convincing it seems. Too many of Hancock's arguments rely on the inability to accept anything as coincidence, and the almost pathological impulse to manufacture coincidences where they may not actually exist. Anyone reading this book should be honor-bound to seek out the other side of the story--for example, Paul Jordan's "Riddles of the Sphinx" provides an excellent summary of how conventional archaeologists date the monuments of Egypt. It is not that difficult to find attempted refutations of most of Hancock's arguments on the internet. There is simply no excuse for taking "Fingerprints" as the last word on any of its subjects.
This book is typical of tracts of "alternative archaeology" (one writer whose name escapes me termed pursuits such as these "pathological science") in that it often consists of first-person narrative. Hancock is a journalist and knows how to spin a tale for greatest effect; readers such as myself, however, who are not fans of travelogues may therefore find themselves impatient in certain sections. I give the book 3 stars simply for entertainment value--regardless of the truth or falsity of what's in "Fingerprints," it is fun to think about in a science-fictional vein. Those looking for the next paradigm shift should be greatly disappointed. _Should_ be, that is.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Skeptics Should Find a Rock to Hide Under, 4. August 1999
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I grow so tired of listening to and reading the words of "experts", either in the scholarly sense or in their own minds, who have taken the time to aim their "Science knows best" babblings at the works of Hancock, Hoagland, Bauval, etc. Graham Hancock has written a wide variety of books that have nothing whatsoever to do with "alternative histories", delving into areas such as world economics and the AIDS epidemic in Africa. He is an established and respected journalist -- are any of you? "Fingerprints of the Gods" is a work of NON-FICTION. Any facts used by the author to make assertions, references to the works of others, claims of numerical correlations, etc. are clearly attributed to "the real world" in the back of the book. If Graham Hancock is a "kook", why is it that no one from the "scientific community" has risen up to label his book as a blasphemy? Perhaps the lack of strong outcry can be traced to the indifference and egotistical ignorance with which we treat most individuals who have the gift to think "outside the box". Strange how we choose to accept some, such as Einstein, who in between his studies in relativity became a believer in the existence of wormholes that served as passages to alternate universes, a theory which strikes me as more odd than the thought that civilization has deeper roots on this planet than previously believed. Yet we choose to discard the reasonings of others, for whatever reason.
Contrary to popular belief, Hancock's writing is objective-- he presents evidence, provides his own opinion, and let's the reader make up his own mind. No matter how absurd you may find his theories, it is wrong to accuse the man of mutating the facts to fit his own needs. I love the reviewers who have stated "Hancock's book is so rife with inconsistencies, I don't know where to start." You're right-- you don't know where to start, because there is no starting point. Every number, every map, every observation he makes mention of in this book is FACT. In other words, it exists in the "real world". Hancock didn't make up the dimensions of the Great Pyramid to suit his arguement-- they are what they are. He didn't put words in the mouths of Robert Bauval or John West-- these aren't fictional characters. If you disagree, go measure the pyramid yourself. Go talk to Bauval and West. If Hancock had decided to take such artistic liberties, would a lawsuit of some kind not be soon forthcoming?
Theories aside, the book is well-written and thought-provoking for anyone who feels there may be a bit more to life than a two-week vacation and a paycheck.
Any skeptics who have discovered how 100-ton stones were precisely placed to form a 300 foot-high geometrically-exact pyramid by people lacking any sort of heavy-construction implements, please indulge me with an email and present your findings.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Entertaining, but Hancock is hardly an expert, 18. Juni 1999
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Hancock's book, as widely pointed out, is quite entertaining... much as is the Weekly World News. The vast majority of reviews seem to take anything that Hancock says as Gospel truth. The problem with this approach is that the people who believe it all so fervently have seldom read anything from an opposing view, so there is no counter-balancing evidence.
I am writing this not as someone convinced that everything said by conventional archaeology is true--such would be arrogance as great as that of someone saying that the bulk of archaeology is untrue without substantiation of the assertion.
Hancock's logical and factual fallacies have been amply pointed out by many others. (I would add to the catalogue, however, that Hancock shouldn't speculate on Mayan linguistics--his conclusions are absurd.)
The biggest shame is that there are reputable archaeologists out there who agree with some of Hancock's claims, but they will now be forced to labor under the stigma of having "Hancockian theories". His work, while popularizing certain theories, has done a terrific job of setting back any mainstream archaeological inquiry into those theories by its sensationalist tone and the strong implications that he, the almighty Grahman Hancock, knows more than he can tell us. Anyone now who wants to look into these ideas will have to dispel the mystical, hidden knowledge atmosphere now.
An enjoyable read it was, but, alas, it is very unbalanced and poorly thought out. Those who like it would probably have loved to have read the first Rosicrucian tracts.
If you want to read about going too far with theories like this, read Ecc's "Focault's Pendulum", and see the "logical" result of too much indulgence in conspiracy theory.
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