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5.0 out of 5 stars Science may not have all the answers
This book presents very compelling circumstantial evidence for Earths ancient history. Graham Hancock & Robert Bauval have provided varying scenarios concerning; the building of the pyramids, ancient mapmakers representation of the earth and lost civilizations. They have woven the evidence together in such a way as to suggest our past is not as it is presented...
Published on Feb. 8 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Gift
Bought this for hubby on his birthday. He seemed to find it interesting though it wasn't what he expected it to be about.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Response to a reader from Tokyo,
This review is from: Fingerprints of the Gods (Paperback)I understand the constraints the reader from Tokyo has with the book. However, if these trivial aspects of the book are all that this reader can disclaim, then I am skeptical of the review. I too believe that Mr. Hancock displayed his own opinions in the book and did not justify all of his opinions to the reader. If Mr. Hancock had displayed to the reader all of his knowledge that justifies his opinions, the book just might be twice as large and hence, lose the interest of the reader due to it's size alone. We owe much to Mr. Hancock for broadening the horizon of history. Perhaps he is not totally correct, but we owe it to ourselves to find out.
If Mr. Hancock is biased to egyptology then I am inclined to believe that egyptologists are biased to Mr. Hancock's thesis. There must be some compromise. I agree with Mr. Hancock that we are very nieve to believe that things happened as simply as egyptologists teach. There are many questions left unanswered that once answered may reveal to us a startling discovery of where we were thousands of years ago and where we will find ourselves in thousands of years. Like I said, we owe it to ourselves to find out and we owe it to Mr. Hancock for making it easier for those of us who can't travel the world and find out for ourselves.
4.0 out of 5 stars I don't know science, but I know what I like,
This review is from: Fingerprints of the Gods (Paperback)I'm no archeologist or paleontologist or any ologist. I've
just watched too many specials on TLC. But man, I love this
stuff. The details and intricacies used to put this whole
thing together is just fascinating. Maybe it's a load of
poop. maybe he's onto something... I'll never know, myself,
but I love the intrigue. This semi-real historical mystery
gets my giddy sense of adventure revving. If you dig those
specials, ancient mysteries and such, you'll get into this
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!,
This review is from: Fingerprints of the Gods (Paperback)This is a entertaining and educational book. You lean so much from reading this book. If you you're interested in what our ancient history and our true history, this is a great book to read.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Scientist's Opinion,
This review is from: Fingerprints of the Gods (Paperback)Intriguing. Thought provoking. Well written and documented. The only aspect missing is the even handed "alternative explanations" proffered by the mainstream scientific community. Nonetheless, an enjoyable read -- makes you want to visit these far away places and see for yourself!
1.0 out of 5 stars Hancock plays on the ignorance and credulity of readers,
This review is from: Fingerprints of the Gods (Paperback)This book is pseudoscientific nonsense. Hancock uses all sorts of tricks to persuade reader's (and he loves the appeal to authority); it makes me sick to think that so many people will fall for it.
Most of the "facts" and "data" that Hancock uses to support his vaguely articulated thesis are utter misrepresentations. A glaring example: His thesis rests on the assertion that the earth's crust was displaced in a short period of time (Hapgood's thesis; the earth's crust being like the peel of an orange, loosely attached to and rapidly sliding over the core). If this were to have happened to the earth's crust, then it would have caused catastrophic damage to everything on the earth's surface (in fact, the energy required to displace the earth's crust in so short a time would probably have resulted in the earth being reduced to interstellar rubble; but oh well, don't let the facts get in the way of an entertaining notion); according to Hancock's thesis, this crustal displacement destroyed some great, "lost", technologically and spiritually advanced civilization to which all 'historic' civilizations owe their heritage. Now, go and read the references Hancock cites as supporting this hypothesis (never mind the fact that Hancock does not cite and discuss scientific findings that do not support his thesis). I did. He cites some papers in legitimate, peer-reviewed science journals (good for Hancock as this differentiates him from most pseudoscientific crackpots) and those are the citations that I read for myself. The main article Hancock relies on for the crustal displacement theory does in fact support the claim that the earth's crust has been displaced in the past. And that is what Hancock in fact says. But the authors of this peer-reviewed article clearly state in no uncertain terms and their data quite plainly support their conclusion that the crustal displacement occurred over a period of many, MANY MILLIONS of years and occurred many, many MILLIONS of years ago, long before anything resembling a human being walked the planet. Hancock's crustal displacement theory requires that the displacement occurred a few thousand years ago and occurred over a very, very short period of time (like a few years, months,...). Clearly, Hancock is blatantly misrepresenting the results of real science.
I found many, many other examples of this sort of deception and intellectual dishonesty. So frequent is it that there is no way Hancock can be forgiven on the basis of carelessness or the like. If you insist on paying money for this book and if you read the book, I strongly urge that you do yourself a favor and check for yourself some of the original sources that Hancock cites, especially those from peer-reviewed science journals and not the books from other authors who suffer from the same dishonesty as Hancock. There is very little work involved and besides, the library is a very pleasant place to read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Exhaustive research drives the plausibility of this theory,
This review is from: Fingerprints of the Gods (Paperback)Frankly, I wasn't convinced that the point the author wanted to make had any reasonable weight behind it till I was well into the book. The book emphasizes its rationale by dwelling on an extremely wide range of seemingly unrelated "myths" and facts, and at various stages, I did feel that the discussion at that stage led to presumptious conclusions. However, when I had reached about halfway through the book, it dawned on me that the theory wasn't developed on the basis of any singular argument, but was ably supported by several aspects of the author's research. If we look at any single theory, it may not sound very encouraging. However, when viewed as a whole, the conclusions are firm and compelling. Quite an eye-opener, this...
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and thought-provoking.,
This review is from: Fingerprints of the Gods (Paperback)If you are searching for a fresh perspective on ancient history -you will deffinitely find it here. Hancock challenges the traditional views of universities and Egyptologists who seem to ignore evidence which contradicts established theories.
However, the reader should be aware that Hancock does just the same, by relying too much on myths spread by word-of-mouth and very little on hard evidence.
This is an excellent read for those who like their ideas challenged, but readers with limited knowledge of ancient history should beware of being led to premature conclusions.
2.0 out of 5 stars Guess work!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Fingerprints of the Gods (Paperback)I really wanted to enjoy this book. That being said, I found the authors traveling around the world and speculating on old fables to be quite annoying. The author does very little to back up his speculations with any documentation or fact. Maybe I'm old school, but I can do without guess work. Give me some fact.
5.0 out of 5 stars re-think what you have been taught,
This review is from: Fingerprints of the Gods (Paperback)This book really opened my eyes to how systemized my thinking had become - taking in everything as taught. I mentioned Graham Hancock to some archeologists I was staying with during a recent visit to Cairo and they fobbed him off as irrelevant and amateurish. However, I found his ideas and thoughts amazingly thought-provoking and having visited many of the places that Hancock analyses in his book found it even more fascinating.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonder working book!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Fingerprints of the Gods (Paperback)This book is the best book ever written, execpt for Hancock's The Sign and the Seal, and the Hiram Key: Pharohs, Freemasons, and the Discovery of the Secret Scrolls of Jesus. This book makes you think. It seems a little on the farfecthed side, but all author's aren't perfect. If you're interested in the revelation of hidden secrets, and ancient and lost civilzation, and if you arn't, read it! If you read the Sign and the Seal: The Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant, this book is a great sequel!
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Fingerprints of the Gods by Graham Hancock (Paperback - 1996)
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