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Civilization One: The World Is Not as You Thought It Was (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. August 2010

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This title provides Revelations About A Hitherto Unknown Civilization Which Predates The Ancient Egyptians, With Far-Reaching Implications. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Christopher Knight invested seven years conducting research into the origins of Freemasonic rituals. His first book, The Hiram Key (1996), co-authored with Robert Lomas, became an instant bestseller and has since been translated into 37 languages selling over a million copies worldwide. Alan Butler, an engineer, but fascinated by history, also became an expert in astrology and astronomy. He has researched ancient cultures, pagan beliefs and comparative religion and has published four successful books the Knights Templar and the Grail legend.


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"if you feel comfortable with the old idea that human development was a smooth evolutionary journey from ignorant caveman to urban sophisticate, be prepared to be shocked. The word is not what you thought it was"
So fängt "Civilization one" mit einer Warnung an - aber ich denke, dass jeder, der dieses Buch kaufte bzw. downloadete, auch weiß, auf was er sich einläßt. Nämlich auf ungewöhnliche Hypothesen und Theorien zur Entwicklungsgeschichte der Menschheit.
Man erfährt Erstaunliches und absolut Unbekanntes über den Megalithic Yard, der in und um die Britischen Inseln seit der Steinzeit Verwendung fand - und dies bedeutet, dass auch Pounds und Pints seit dieser Zeit schon gebräuchlich sind.
Außerdem erfährt man, dass die Sumerer/Babylonier schon ein mathematisches System verwendeten, das auf "60" basierte (deshalb haben wir auch 60 Sekunden/60 Minuten, 360° - und gebräuchlich war damals schon eine Maßeinheit, die 99,88 cm entsprach, d.h. fast genau unserem jetzigen "Meter". Basierend auf dem Meter, gab es in Sumer und Babylonien deshalb auch Maßeinheiten, die fast exakt unserem aktuell gebräuchlichen Liter und Kilo entsprechen.
Also nichts mit der "Erfindung" bzw. Einführung dieser Maßeinheiten vor wenigen Jahrhunderten in Frankreich.
Ansonsten gibt es auch noch viele weitere Gedankenanstöße, Mutmaßungen, überraschende Infos, so dass "Civilization One" auf jeden Fall als anregende Lektüre, für "Believer" wie auch Zweifler, empfohlen werden kann. Diskussionsstoff bietet dieses Buch allemal, genauso wie "Who built the moon" der gleichen Autoren.
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This fascinating book of alternative history examines the evidence of weights and measures and comes to the conclusion that there must have been an advanced culture in prehistory. The structures of the Stone Age were built by using a very precise unit of measurement, called the megalithic yard. The book explores the science behind prehistoric units, their mathematical origin and means of reproduction, and proves that these are linked to the dimensions of the solar system.
The reader must have a basic knowledge of arithmetic but overall the book is an easy read and very revealing. Amongst the topics discussed are writing, Egypt, Sumeria, the Minoan foot, solar and sidereal days, pendulums and the importance of the planet Venus. It turns out that the British Pound and Pint are both derived from ancient measurements. The units of the hour, minute and second were developed more than 4000 years ago, from the movements of the moon.
The text also encompasses subjects like the harmony of the spheres, Sumerian degrees and the calendar, and explains that the metric system is not a recent invention. There is a section on Thomas Jefferson and his achievements; this great man apparently realized that he was rediscovering parts of a very ancient system.
Amongst the most captivating sections is the chapter on music and light. There is a definite correspondence between the rotating mass of our planet and human music. Also, megalithic mathematics produces its own musical structure. The authors conclude that there must have been an advanced people who instructed the rest of the world in science and technology. They also refer to the Masonic concept of the Great Architect of the Universe.
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Die beiden Autoren haben gründlichst recherchiert und dafür wahrscheinlich sehr viel Zeit aufgewendet. Das Ergebnis kann sich sehen lassen. Die Conclusion ergibt, dass eine prähistorische Zivilisation existierte mit hervorragendem Wissen und Kenntnis. Sehr logischer Schluss.
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for the more advanced reader: too many aspects of current "science" are asumed right and used without any relativation that IMO are dead wrong.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Our mysterious ancestors 18. Juli 2005
Von Peter Uys - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This fascinating book of alternative history examines the evidence of weights and measures and comes to the conclusion that there must have been an advanced culture in prehistory. The structures of the Stone Age were built by using a very precise unit of measurement, called the megalithic yard. The book explores the science behind prehistoric units, their mathematical origin and means of reproduction, and proves that these are linked to the dimensions of the solar system.

The reader must have a basic knowledge of arithmetic but overall the book is an easy read and very revealing. Amongst the topics discussed are writing, Egypt, Sumeria, the Minoan foot, solar and sidereal days, pendulums and the importance of the planet Venus. It turns out that the British Pound and Pint are both derived from ancient measurements. The units of the hour, minute and second were developed more than 4000 years ago, from the movements of the moon.

The text also encompasses subjects like the harmony of the spheres, Sumerian degrees and the calendar, and explains that the metric system is not a recent invention. There is a section on Thomas Jefferson and his achievements; this great man apparently realized that he was rediscovering parts of a very ancient system.

Amongst the most captivating sections is the chapter on music and light. There is a definite correspondence between the rotating mass of our planet and human music. Also, megalithic mathematics produces its own musical structure. The authors conclude that there must have been an advanced people who instructed the rest of the world in science and technology. They also refer to the Masonic concept of the Great Architect of the Universe.

There are seven appendices that include further information on earth days and the megalithic year, megalithic music, the Phaistos Disc, the amazing barley seed, and the connection between megalithic principles and Freemasonry. The colour plates include approximately 20 full colour photographs and there are many black and white illustrations throughout the text. The book concludes with an index.

I also recommend Lost Civilisations Of The Stone Age by Richard Rudgley, Stone Age Soundtracks by Paul Devereux, and Forbidden Archaeology by Michael Cremo and Richard Thompson.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A concise unifying theory of of the fabric of civilization. 19. September 2004
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I have made the journey from the Hiram Key, through the Book of Hiram and now Civilization One. They are all interconnected but not in the way that I had thought them to be. If I had to choose only one to remember, it would be C.O. because it provides some solution as to how we begin our quest for true knowledge of who we are and the origin of our culture. It provides a unifying theory of our civil developement but does not yet reveal the origins of our culture. I am fully expecting more to come from the authors and suspect I will not be disappointed. The book is all 'stuff' and no 'fluff' and is presented in such a way that anyone with basic math skills can follow it adequately to understand the conclusions. It is an easy read but still left me with an urge for more info. Although the music is nice and interesting, I would have been satisfied just knowing about it, since hearing it does nothing to confirm or deny the other data presented. Congratulations to both authors, and I wish them courage to withstand the abuse that will no doubt come from the main body of scientific research. And Chris, I agree with your summation in Appendix 7.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A response to common critiques 27. September 2009
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This book makes the assumption that knowledge is a very difficult thing to lose. For example, the world uses the metric system (mostly), yet in the UK and America we still have rulers that measure in feet and inches.
The authors take measurement systems as an example and try to find common themes between those of different cultures. Their goal was to prove/disprove the existence of a unit of measurement that was defined by Prof Thom before he died. This unit was based on his statistical analysis of Megalithic sites across the UK.

The authors examine measurement systems from Egyptian times, the Minoan culture, the Mayans, India, China/Japan and Megalithic peoples. They find common links between them all and they suggest that they are derived from a single source. The result is a theory that explains the British Imperial system and links to the metric system we think is 'modern'. This is the only unique point that the authors have contributed to this field and it seems to have taken some experts by surprise.

The reader needs a simple knowledge of the maths and physics of pendulums and the willingness to read through a great deal of irrelevant information. I would regard such information as the authors attempt make a boring subject matter seem exciting. It does, after all, represent 10 years of research!

What follows is some info about some of the things that stopped people completing this book. These are what people think are incorrect or wrong assumptions about the book, which by the way addresses some of the mistakes in Uriels Machine (one of the authors earlier books). These mistakes make people think the book was a waste of time. Infact, I have read it 7 times now and I am still doing research to make sure the authors are not conning me.

This is going to be a bit of a spoiler so look away if you dont want to know what the book discusses before you read it.

Firstly, the size of the aperture (through which to view Venus) is specified as the distance between two poles placed on the circumference of a circle forming an arc of 1 degree. In this example, you need to remember the authors say the ancients defined a circle to be made up of 366 degrees because this was how many rotations of the earth there are in a year.
Note 1: We use 365.25 solar days in a year which is based on the definition of a day being a solar day (Based on the sun), whereas the authors say the ancients used what we call the sidereal definition of a day (Based on the stars) which has 366 days.
Note 2: If we were to use the moon as the reference point to measure the day then there would be no way to take into account the fact that your measurements would be distorted by the moons orbit around the earth. We measure the day using the sun as the reference point but this does not take into account the fact that the earth orbits the sun which is why we get an average of 365.25 days in a year. The stars are far enough away that they appear fixed (reasonably over the time scales we are discussing ~ 10,000 years because the stars orbit the galactic center). This is why you get 366 star days (properly called sidereal days).
Anyway, back to the point:
To set up the circle just place a pole in the ground and tie one end of a rope to it using a knot. Use the other end to trace a circle, making sure the knot is loose enough not to cause the rope to wrap around the pole thus reducing the radius. Once the circle is made, there are some simple rules of maths that allow you to accurately measure out 1 degree of arc on this circle without knowing any trigonometry. Once the aperture has been created, you must always observe Venus from a fixed point on the center pole. This means that if you move, you can easily come back and continue counting.
The only problem that I have with what the authors say (and on this point I may agree with other critiques) is that a larger radius will produce a larger circle and so 1 degree of arc will be longer. The authors say that there was a preferred radius, but I cant say that I agree with the logic used to support this idea.
If you agree with the authors, then there is no 'chicken/egg' problem as stated by some reviewers. However, I think I need to read this part of the book again to see if I can figure out the logic used by the authors regarding the preferred radius.

Secondly, you dont need the aperture to be a box. Start counting when Venus passes the first pole on the circumference and stop counting when it passes the second. If for some reason you happen to move, then move back to the fixed point on the center pole and continue. In this way, the system does not fail. Easy :)

Thirdly, the authors were trying to find a way of producing the measurement defined by Prof Thom before he died. The authors knew that every single expert on archeology believes that megalithic sites such as Stonehenge and Scara Brae are observatories of some sort. Infact, It has been well documented that the Newgrange megalithic observatory was designed to let the light from Venus shine through a shaft every eight years. Also, the planet was regarded as the godess of fertility and all experts agree on this. The authors used Venus because they tried everything else and couldnt get the right number. Once they tried Venus and got the right number, they backed up the logic of using the planet using the above reasons. They also state that the "planet has a forty year cycle (made up of five patterns of eight years)... making it so accurate that it can only be beaten by atomic clocks." Wow, not sure that I believe that, but can't be that difficult to prove (ie googling and research)
I accept the authors arguments for the use of Venus but this leads to its own problems.

The orbit of Venus is inside the radius of the earth. This has the effect of making the speed at which we perceive Venus to travel across the night sky to change depending on the time of year. The authors say that the longest length you get in a year is the one your looking for. If I remember correctly, the solstices are good days for this, but for the life of me I cant remember why this should be the case. (More reading required). Taking a year out to get the correct measurement was not a problem in Stonehenge and the pyramids (which the authors talk about in the 2nd half) because of the long build time to complete - eg 20 years for the pyramid.

OK, air drag isnt a problem if you know your basic physics.
The period of a pendulum swing is dependent on only two factors. These are the length of the pendulum and the gravitational constant of the earth. It does not depend on how heavy the pendulum is or how hard you push it. If air drag was slowing the pendulum to a halt, then simply push it again. If you push harder the pendulum swings further out but also travels faster. These two things work to cancel out the interruption of the push making the period the same as it always was. This is physics and cant really be argued against. So all you would do is provide as many extra pushes as required to reach your count of 366. No matter how many, you will never change the result.

On a final note, the authors seem to have found a theory that explains the British Imperial system and a link to the 'modern' metric system. They show that both are derived from this 5000 year old measurement system and we have simply rediscovered lost knowledge. This seems to have taken some experts by surprise so maybe there is some truth to it?

In summary, this book is not ad-hoc or made up and Stonehenge is not 300 bananas across and the pyramids are not 1000 bananas across. This book does, however, develop into a childish bit prattle in the second half, but this is because I dont under stand it .... yet. If the first half is anything to go by, then maybe the second half will turn into something more interesting and less childish. I hope so.

This book really makes you think about what could have been? How far the human race could have developed? (It seems were only discovered new knowledge in the last 100 years, everything else has been a rediscovery of 5000 year old knowledge.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen World-changing and brilliant! 6. Dezember 2004
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This book is a real world-changer. It is exciting to read and the facts are beyond dispute. I am on my third reading right now and I would recommend this book to everyone. Some of the reviews on this site must be from people who have not read the book - such as someone who rambles on about Knight and Butler having invented some connection between ancient peoples. This is not what the book is about at all! They stick to testable facts that I for one have checked out.

I'm still getting over the impact this book has had on me -read it and make up your own mind.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A real breakthrough in understanding our past 21. September 2004
Von Barry Kane - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'm only three-quarters through this book but it is fantastic - and its all good science. Despite what one very ill-informed reviewer said, Venus is the perfect solution for the Megalithic Yard reproduction because it is a disc! Watching trailing edge to trailing edge works beautifully as a timing mechanism.

These guys have just fitted the biggest jigsaw together and the picture it produces is simply breath-taking.
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