As promised, a post on a pair of books. This all began in my extreme youth. I wanted to be an archaeologist, and a couple of places in the world enthralled me. The first one was Egypt, with its pyramids and general antiquity. The other was accepted as nothing more than a quaint legend: Atlantis. For some reason I fixated on the Sargasso Sea as the locale for the Lost Continent, or whatever it was called. Little tangible has been discovered much beyond Plato’s references to it, so we’ll leave that one alone for the time being.
Egypt, I discovered, spawned and influenced other Euro-Asian cultures. The most familiar to us is the Greek. Then archaeologists began noticing things that surely dated Egypt to 12,000-10,000 BCE. These findings are still considered fringe science (read: hokum) by the established archaeology cadre, but the findings of these oddball fringers is compelling, once considered. And that brings us to the two books in question. They were both written by Chris H. Hardy (Chris for Christine), who is an ethnologist, cognitive scientist, and Princeton researcher. The two books in question deal with certain aspects of Sumer, one of the oldest recorded cultures to leave written traces of themselves. And controversy begins with the initial crack of the Sumerian bat.
Troves of Sumerian tablets and cylinders have been found and translated, leaving a rich depiction of that culture. Surprise abounds as we discover that the Sumerian “texts” carry the initial story of the Christian Bible in Genesis. But wait minute!! The tone of the Sumerian version is MUCH different, once understood. And here’s why science is an evolving discipline.
Facts lead to interpretation, and over time the best reasoning wins out. Until it’s disputed through new findings and data. And then, again, the best reasoning wins out. The bottom line here? Oh well, I may as well spring it on you.
Humanity, according to Hardy’s well thought-out but presented in a harum-scarum thesis is that a highly advanced culture came to earth, settled here and fiddled with the DNA of pre-cognitive creatures that eventually became humans. Much here will unsettle traditional religion and many not particularly attached to religion. And it will upset us individually because of our programmed need to worship and to follow leaders.
So. Ready for Hardy’s story? I can’t wait to tell it.
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