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Forbidden Archeology: The Full Unabridged Edition [Hardcover]

Michael A. Cremo , Richard L. Thompson
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Dec 15 1998
Over the centuries, researchers have found bones and artifacts proving that humans like us have existed for millions of years. Mainstream science, however, has supppressed these facts. Prejudices based on current scientific theory act as a "knowledge filter," giving us a picture of prehistory that is largely incorrect.

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I perceive in Forbidden Archeology a work of thoroughgoing scholarship and intellectual adventure. -Dr. Pierce Flynn

About the Author

Michael A Cremo is a research associate of the Bhaktivedanta Institute specializing in the history and philosophy of science. His persistent investigations during the eight years of writing Forbidden Archeology documented a major scientific cover-up. Richard L. Thompson, founding member of the Bhaktivedanta Institute, received his Ph.D. in mathematics form Cornell University.


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4.0 out of 5 stars The Controversy is what's really interesting. March 23 2002
Format:Hardcover
Remember Gary Larsen's "Far Side" cartoon of the scientists dropping everything and running outside when the Good Humor truck comes by? We tend to think of scientists as beyond reproach - but they're not. They're just as emotional and jumpy as the rest of us, especially when their pet doctrines get called into question.
In Science the drill is to glom onto the accepted belief system and hang on for dear life. God forbid some punky upstart like Fritjof Capra should come along and write a smart-alecky book about how Vedic texts described the same tenets as Quantum Physics a coupla thousand years ago. Or Rupert Sheldrake would have the nerve to point out that the DNA emperor has not clothes. Howls of derision. Calls for book burning in the journal "Science". Yellink und screamink.
Now I don't think it takes 900+ pages to make a point. Probably 150 would have been adequate to get everybody's bowels in an uproar. The 2-cassette audio abridgement seems to do a pretty good job. As far as the actual validity of the overall argument - who knows? The evidence proposed is probably just as valid as the official party line.
It is important to remember that all scientific revolutions go through pretty much the same drill: Scorn and derision towards those presenting novel or contrary opinions, followed by fear, panic and banishment of those individuals when it begins to appear that empirical data is supporting the new theories, then total abandonment of previously cherished notions, accompanied by jumping on the bandwagon with abandon while announcing that they'd been supporting the new idea all along.
So it's really the process that's important here. Hey, sit back and enjoy the show!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Jan. 16 2013
By Practo
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Makes you stop and think about our distant past. And what we know and don't know about the origion of man
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1.0 out of 5 stars Silly and foolish nonsensical speculation July 20 1999
Format:Hardcover
Forbidden Archaeology is a perfect example of fantastic archaeology. It is so fantastic and forbidden because it is largely a comic book fantasy of the authors imaginations, a work of science fiction that no legitimate archaeologist would ever take seriously. Since neither author have credentials in archaeology, one has to wonder how they have been able to uncover this so called Hidden History, while all professional archaeologists are so deluded. Forbidden Archaeology falls under mythology, science fiction, or new age mysticism, but definitely NOT serious archaeology.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy July 20 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Speaking as an archaeologist, this book needs to be moved from a science section to the fantasy and science fiction section of the store.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Book in the Realm of Pseudoscience May 12 2003
Format:Hardcover
Wade Tarzia published an extensive review of this book in _Creation/Evolution_ 34:13-25, 1994 (National Center for Science Education), also available on-line at "Doug's Archaeology Pages" website. Here are some key extracts from that review:
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...Despite all this hard work, I think the book falls short of a scientific work primarily (but not entirely) because (1) its arguments abandon the testing of simpler hypothesis before the more complex and sensationalistic ones, and (2) the use of so many outdated sources is inadequate for a book that seeks to overturn the well-established paradigm of human evolution -- scholars must not work in isolation, especially today, when multi-disciplinary approaches are needed to remain on the cutting edge of knowledge. However, for researchers studying the growth, folklore, and rhetoric of pseudo-science, the book is useful as 'field' data. ... Forbidden Archaeology [is also] ... a well-written example of pseudoscience -- its looks like the real thing, a phenomena discussed in Williams (1991, 15) [ _Fantastic Archaeology_; see also K. Feder's _Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries_ ] ...
Mass of Details -- The mass of details with attached analyses would require book-length responses from specialized reviewers to confirm or critique. This style is a common diversionary tactic in pseudoscience. Since the authors have not aired their arguments previously through professional journals, as many scholars do before writing such a huge synthesis of material, the task of validation becomes a career itself. Such a style burdens an analysis with long leaps between broad assumptions (i.e., scientific cover-up) to the detailed evidence (i.e.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Alternative Scenario for Human Origins Dec 29 2003
Format:Hardcover
During a 1989 sabbatical leave from Niagara University, I investigated philosophical problems arising from the interface of evolution theory and religious revelation, especially respecting the historicity of human first parents as depicted in Genesis. The 1993 publication of "Forbidden Archeology" brought my attention to concerns about the manner in which the scientific community treats anomalous evidence of earlier than Late Pleistocene anatomically modern human beings. This, combined with a few apparently well-documented examples of anomalous finds, such as Reck's skeleton, the Castenedolo skeletons, and the Laetoli footprints -- plus a plethora of lesser known and sometimes less well-documented cases -- led me to the conclusion that there exists probable cause to have rational doubt about the current theory of human evolution.
Chapter fourteen of my own "Origin of the Human Species," (Sapientia Press: 2003) discusses at length "Forbidden Archeology's" contention that anatomically modern humans predated hominids from which evolutionary theory claims we descended. My book demonstrates that sound natural science is entirely compatible with an authentic reading of Genesis, including Adam and Eve's reality -- and this, without recourse to young-Earth creationism. While my thesis need not rely upon "Forbidden Archeology's" claims, still, I considered its carefully documented analysis of the paleoanthropological record sufficiently credible to devote an entire chapter to analysis of its claims. I am grateful to Michael A. Cremo for his comments and suggestions during the writing of this chapter, which I include as a possible alternative scenario for human origins - one still consistent with belief in a single pair of historical first parents for the human race.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jam packed with excellent content.
I loved the book.
The book goes through the reasons why modern sciences view is what it is.
And shows you how they came to accept Darwin's theory of evolution and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by TJ
1.0 out of 5 stars Be Careful
Cremo and Thompson are known for their slanted views of archeology formed from Hindu theology. What they claim as fact, others have shown as false. Read more
Published on June 15 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Mostly nonsense premise
A lot has been learned of genetics in the last 5 to 10 years.We know for a scientific fact the human race is way under 10 millon years old. Read more
Published on May 19 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars An Important Book
This book is a difficult read but the ideas discussed are important and relevant. If you have an interest in archeology, creationism, or the history of human development, you need... Read more
Published on April 3 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Darwin
The only thing evolving in reference to the theory of evolution is the theory itself
Published on Feb. 1 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary Pseudoscience
I stumbled upon this title being someone of interest in alternative versions of the origin of humans (and life in general) but this book is a sheep in a wolf's clothing. Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes a Great Reference Book
Read this book from cover to cover and it did take some effort.
For those interested in the evidence of man's past this book is well worth it and a must read. Read more
Published on April 7 2003 by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars A Call for the Return of Science
(This is an edit of my previous review which has mysteriously reverted to "a reader.")
A level-headed, painstakingly researched tome documenting the systematic... Read more
Published on March 31 2003 by Grimmy
1.0 out of 5 stars Major Joke
This is not a scientific inquiry. It is more of a hoax, a money making project by the authors. Every single "ancient artifact"- ALL OF THEM- were NOT dated. Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2003 by CTMV
4.0 out of 5 stars Much of its style/content taken from earlier work of Corliss
Great Book, but i was surprised to find an earlier work:
Ancient MAN: a Handbook of Puzzling Artifacts,
isbn# 0915554038
I need to go back to my shelf and see if... Read more
Published on Sept. 14 2002 by Milton T. Fleitas
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