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Evidence belies long-held convictions on human evolution,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Forbidden Archeology: The Full Unabridged Edition: The Hidden History of the Human Race (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Forbidden Archeology does not propose to account for the origin of man, but it does show us that when all the available evidence regarding human fossils and other remains reported by scientists is put together - and nothing is refused for ideological reasons - the theory of human evolution from lower apelike forms becomes clearly untenable. Some might question the credibility of certain archeological finds and reports - whether rated as anomalous or not - but if just one out the reports discussed in the anomalous-evidence section of this book (well over 400 pages) is undisputable, then the authors would have made their case. And truly, quite a bit of the evidence that falls outside the official paradigms of human evolution presents a scientific reporting standard as high as - or even higher than - much of the currently accepted and vehemently advertised evidence.
However, before one sets out to read Forbidden Archeology one might do well to take a look at the philosophical context in which the disciplines of Archeology and Anthropology are set. Along with a general agnostic view on man and his situation in Cosmos these sciences have also been strongly tainted by a sort of industrial-age philosophy - let us call it Transformism - which by now has been taught in our schools long enough to have become almost instinctive in our consciousness. This belief has also been strengthened by becoming entangled with the idea of an incessantly evolving technology. Just as computers get more powerful processors so would early humans have gotten larger brains. Just as airplanes get swifter and more economic so would now-extinct birds have become the efficient fliers of today. The hymn of Transformist philosophy could well be something like "new things good, old things bad".
But the dogma of Transformism is - like most modern scientific and social dogmas - not based on empirical data. It starts out as a belief and a "work plan" to which its advocates may subsequently add any convenient combination of supporting facts. However, since for most people (including scientists) belief precedes actual evidence, the true nature of our fossil record (the rule being sudden appearance of entire animal groups in complete absence of transitional forms) is slyly ignored or grossly misrepresented to the public. A widespread belief in Transformism - although unsupported by plain evidence - is also a crucial element in the ideological make-up that maintains the herculean infatuation many of us have experienced for our present form of civilization.
Cremo and Thompson, independently of their personal beliefs (they have searched for clues in the Hindu doctrines - the oldest knowledge tradition accessible today), have put evolutionary-minded archeologists in a veritable checkmate, employing nothing but Archeology's own productions, instruments and practices of discussion. There is not a single mention of Hindu teachings in Forbidden Archeology, although this is a favorite claim made by its critics (many of which are merely ideologically opposed to it), but there is quite a lot about the problem of disciplinary suppression and the sociology of scientific knowledge.
Back in 1993, a famous anthropologist, after a quick glance at Forbidden Archeology, said that only fools would take the book seriously. But this meticulously researched and scholarly work deserves more than a hurried judgment; in fact, every page of it is worth a careful read. One might say it would be rather "foolish" not to read this book on the grounds that a few hasty archeologists and zealous transformists (not necessarily readers of the book) have come up with some sour remarks and ad hominem arguments against it. Definitely, apart from the scientists who have openly acknowledged the scientific relevance of Cremo and Thompson's work, not one critic has really faced the challenge presented by the enormous amount of evidence for extreme human antiguity amassed in this volume. Read the other and for the most part excellent reviews posted on this page...then read Forbidden Archeology and judge for yourself.