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Forbidden Archeology: The Full Unabridged Edition [Hardcover]

Michael A. Cremo , Richard L. Thompson
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Book Description

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
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I almost gave up on reading this book, but I'm glad I didn't. Part I was definitely dry reading except for the Sheguiandah, Canada section which was interesting enough to make me forget about the writing style. Part II of the book was much easier to read. Bits of humor did make it through the writing style (grown men throwing elephant dung at one another; goldminers and artifacts in poker games; erstwhile poets!?!). The appendices and bibliography are very informative. Chapters 9 and 10 (Peking Man and Cryptozoology) made the purchase of the book worth while for me. I found one error (p.320, l.6 at the end of the line - "there" should be "their"). On the whole, I give the book 3 stars and recommend it. A tremendous undertaking, well done. My commendations to the authors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I was impressed by the thoroughness of the documentation and resource material. It is essential to good science that all of the data and background facts be available for all to evaluate. On the contrary, very few anthropology courses even suggest that this material exists. The point that the authors have well presented is that hominid paleoarcheology is one of the most subjective and "educated-guess-filled" realms of science, based on precious, relatively scarce, "hard" evidence. It is good science to continually question the favored theories; and, in general, the book is successful in its correct attempt to insert the selectively forgotten data of the history of mankind into the record for objective consideration. Any truly scientific mind should appreciate it as such.
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3.0 out of 5 stars My bias doesn't match the authors but... June 13 2001
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I can't as easily dismiss the facts presented in this book as some negative reviewers. The book, though scholarly size, leaves holes unexplained. I don't come to the same conclusions as the authors regarding the age of humankind. Though my religious views differ greatly it is hard to dismiss the fact that something is fishy with the Evolution religion as we know it. This book is thought provoking at least and certainly provides a detailed if not factual arguement. Great fodder for coffee break debates at the office ;-)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pseudo-science Classic April 11 2000
To be fair, there are worse fantastic archeaology books, any of the Atlantis books will do, but not many that are so heavy-handed and so distinctly paranoid. Every classic ploy of pseudo-science is used in this tome- legititmacy envy, paranoid conspiracy, evidence selection, limited hypothesis, probabilisitic fallacies, citations of out of date (almost laughably out of date) work, distortion, and discussion of minutae at the expense greater information. Anyone who reads this book should read books by genuine archeaologists to see what the authors here missed. Brian Fagan's "From Black Land to Fifth Sun" is a good start. A shameful book, and those who accept it as a bona fide work of intellectual investigation are horribly mistaken.
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3.0 out of 5 stars very conservative Sept. 17 1998
I think that every archeology undergrad should find this of benefit. But don't expect Eric Von Danican. It will be slow going for most of you. But I do appreciate what the author is saying, and it's very, very valid. I even got some cartoon ideas out of it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scary Pseudoscience Sept. 28 2003
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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. It looks impressive and like it will say something, but turns out to be another sham. Although many reviewers are impressed by the multitude of "facts" in this book that uncover the deceptive secrets of scientists, in reality their argument extracts selective references from very (!) outdated evolutionary ideas or data from scholarly papers and places them out of context. The "facts" are then, with a generous amount of spin, placed into a new hypothesis that has no actual data. This book tries to show modern biology as an entrenched discipline fighting off critics of Darwin, when nothing could be further from the truth. Many of the harshest critics of Darwin's theories are biologists themselves so to pitch this book as an objective view that will "threaten the establishment of science" is ridiculous. If you are spending your time reading this book in search of a version of truth, I think you should also read a scholarly archeology textbook or talk to a practicing scientist. I can guarantee that either approach will show the paucity of the authors' data and the emptiness of their arguments.
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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 15 months ago by TJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Makes you stop and think about our distant past. And what we know and don't know about the origion of man
Published 20 months ago by Practo
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
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Alternative Scenario for Human Origins
During a 1989 sabbatical leave from Niagara University, I investigated philosophical problems arising from the interface of evolution theory and religious revelation, especially... Read more
Published on Dec 29 2003 by Dr. Dennis Bonnette
1.0 out of 5 stars A Book in the Realm of Pseudoscience
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... Read more
Published on May 12 2003 by Wade Tarzia
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
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