Michael Cremo on Forbidden Archeology, Our Billion-Year-Old Human
History and the Spiritual Satisfaction of the Vedas
by Anthony Wile
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Bell is pleased to publish an exclusive interview with Michael Cremo.
Michael Cremo is on the cutting edge of science and culture issues.
As he crosses disciplinary and cultural boundaries, he presents
to his various audiences a compelling case for negotiating a new
consensus on the nature of reality. Michael Cremo is a member of
the World Archeological Congress and the European Association of
Archaeologists and a research associate in history and philosophy
of science for the Bhaktivedanta Institute. After receiving a scholarship
to study International Affairs at George Washington University,
Michael began to study the ancient histories of India known as the
Vedas. In this way, he has broadened his academic knowledge with
spirituality from the Eastern tradition. He has written numerous
well received though controversial books.
Please answer these questions as if our readers were not aware of
your many articles and books. You are a Hindu creationist. What
does that mean?
Cremo: Hinduism is a system of religious thought. It is a general
term, much like Christianity is a general term. Christianity includes
a lot of churches, including the Catholic Church, the Greek Orthodox
Church, the Mormon Church, the Baptist Church, Methodist Church,
Presbyterian Church, Anglican Church, etc. Christians have a lot
of ideas about the origin of life and the universe. All of them
are creationists, in the sense that they believe God had something
to do with it. Many Christians think that God created humans by
evolution. Many other Christians think that God created humans and
the other life forms directly, without evolution.
Christians are creationists, the term is generally used for those
Christians who do not accept the Darwinian theory of evolution.
It is the same with Hinduism. Hinduism includes lots of different
spiritual traditions. Some worship one God, some worship many gods.
I belong to a Hindu tradition that accepts one supreme God, known
by the name Krishna. I believe God, by whatever name people know
him, did not use Darwinian evolution to create human beings and
other species of life. Therefore some people call me a Hindu creationist.
You have been called 'the intellectual force driving Vedic creationism."
Isn't that ironic given that you are not Indian and didn't grow
up in India. What's happened to the Hindu culture that it does not
espouse its own cause?
Cremo: The situation among Hindus is complex, just like the
situation among Christians is complex. Christians have lots of different
ideas about evolution. Some accept it, and some do not. The same
is true among Hindus in India. Some Hindus in India accept the Darwinian
theory of evolution. Others do not. My guru, or spiritual teacher,
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977), did not accept
the Darwinian theory of evolution. He saw it as contrary to the
accounts of the origin of life given in the sacred texts of India.
He publically opposed the Darwinian theory of evolution and espoused
a kind of Vedic creationism.
When I carefully
studied his position, I decided it was valid. But as I said, there
are many Hindus in India who accept the Darwinian theory of evolution.
One reason for this is that the British ruled India for a long time.
They set up an education system that taught British ideas, like
the theory of evolution. In 1948, India became politically independent
from Britain, but the education system installed by the British
remained intact and it still teaches the theory of evolution.
Your father was a military intelligence officer. How did this influence
Cremo: It influenced me in two ways. First of all, our family
moved around a lot when I was growing up, to different places in
the United States and abroad. This opened my mind to the reality
that there is more than one way of looking at the world. The American
way is one way, but other people have other ways of looking at the
world. In my travels, I was exposed to lots of different worldviews,
including the traditional worldview of ancient India. This latter
worldview made a lot of sense to me, so as I was growing older and
had to formulate my own worldview, I adopted it. One aspect of the
ancient Indian worldview is the idea of extreme human antiquity,
the idea that humans have existed since the beginning of life on
earth. So that is where I got this idea.
my father was involved in intelligence work, I was aware that there
is such a thing as secret knowledge. There are facts that many people
are not aware of. When I started my research into the history of
archeology, looking for archeological evidence for extreme human
antiquity, the first place I looked was in the current textbooks
of archeology. There I did not find any such evidence. I found only
evidence that supports the current evolutionary theory of human
that theory, humans like us first appeared on earth less than 200,000
years ago. But because of my familiarity with intelligence work,
I realized there might be some facts that were not being included
in the textbooks. So I decided to look beyond the textbooks. I started
looking at the original scientific reports, in many different languages,
from the time of Darwin to the present. When I did that I discovered
many reports of discoveries of human bones, human artifacts, and
human footprints many millions of years old. I documented those
reports in my book Forbidden
You served in the Navy. Was that a good experience for you? What
was the emotional journey from being a military man to where you
are now? What changed in your life?
Cremo: You have to keep in mind that I was not serving voluntarily.
At that time in the United States (the late 1960s) there was something
called the draft, which means that the government would call you
to enter the military and you had to go. Today they have a better
system, an all-volunteer system. Still, the experience was good
for me. There was a slogan at the time: Join the Navy and see the
world. I was sent to a weather station in Iceland. During my time
in Iceland, I explored the glaciers and volcanoes, studied Old Icelandic,
and read the Old Icelandic sagas. But I never completely identified
myself as a military person. I continued to see myself as a human
being searching for truth about myself and truth about the world
I live in. So my Navy experience was another step on that journey.
Is it true you decided to devote your life to Krishna in the early
1970s, after receiving a copy of the Bhagavad
Gita at a Grateful Dead concert?
Cremo: Yes that is true. The copy was not exactly free. I gave
a donation for it. I took the book home and read it very carefully.
In the front of the book was a notice that readers could write to
the publisher for more information. So I did that and learned that
the book was published by the International Society for Krishna
Consciousness, which had centers throughout the world. I decided
to visit one of the centers, and I was surprised to see the young
people there living the teachings of the book. I was impressed by
that. My friends and I often discussed different philosophies as
a kind of mental entertainment. We never dreamed of living a philosophy.
So I was impressed to see a community of young people doing that.
It occurred to me that I could also do that, and eventually I did.
I do not claim to have a monopoly on truth. I think one can find
truth in a lot of different places. But I found mine in this place.
What is Hindu scripture? A religion? A narrative?
Cremo: Hinduism is a general term used to collectively represent
a set of Indian spiritual traditions. What they have in come is
a reverence for a set of scriptures called the Vedas. Veda is a
Sanskrit word that means "knowledge." The Vedic literature
is vast. The most widely known Vedic scripture is the Bhagavad-gita,
which is considered to be a summary of the essential spiritual teachings
of the Vedas. Among the Vedic scriptures is a group called the Puranas,
or histories. They give accounts of the origin of the universe,
the origin of species, and the history of the human species.
What is a Vedic creationist?
Cremo: I have been called a Vedic creationist. Today, by creationist,
people generally mean someone who accepts that God, or some other
intelligent being or beings, has something to do with the origin
of life and the universe, with the order and complexity that we
observe around us. So I accept that. Until fairly recently, when
people used the term creationist, they generally meant a Biblical
creationist. So although I am a creationist, my ideas are inspired
by my studies in the Vedic literature. Therefore some people call
me a Vedic creationist. I prefer being called a Vedic creationist
over being called a Hindu creationist. The word Hindu does not appear
in the ancient Sanskrit writings of India. It is a term that came
into use a few hundred years ago.
How have your work and writings been received in India?
Cremo: It is the same as everywhere else. Some people like my
work and writings, some people do not like them, and some people
just do not care at all. I have done several lectures tours of India,
speaking at universities all over the country, such as the Indian
Institute of Science in Bangalore, the University of Calcutta, the
Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai, and many others. Major
newspapers, like The Times of India, The Hindu, and others, have
given extensive, favorable coverage to my work.
Tell us about your book, Forbidden Archeology, and why it
is so controversial in the West. Give us its main thesis.
Cremo: I think it is controversial everywhere. The book was
inspired by my studies in the Puranas, the historical writings of
ancient India. According to Puranas, humans like us have existed
on earth for millions and millions of years, going all the way back
to the very beginnings of life on earth. According to modern evolutionary
thought, humans like us first appeared on earth less than 200,000
years ago, having evolved from more primitive apelike creatures.
Most scientists claim that all the physical evidence supports this
idea. However, when I did eight years of research into the history
of archeology, I found something different. I found that from the
time of Darwin to the present, many scientists have reported in
the professional scientific literature discoveries of human bones,
human artifacts, and human footprints millions of years old. I put
all that evidence together in Forbidden Archeology. Of course,
this evidence contradicts the textbook theories about human origins,
and therefore the book is extremely controversial.
If human beings are millions or years old, why didn't they evolve
into super-humans? Where did they go?
Cremo: First of all, I do not accept the Darwinian theory of
evolution. But I do accept another kind of evolution, which I explain
in my book Human
Devolution: A Vedic Alternative to Darwin's Theory. The
key point is that material bodies are vehicles for nonmaterial conscious
selves. According to this idea, the conscious self is different
from the material body. According to the Vedic cosmology, there
are different kinds of human bodies in the universe.
The Vedic universe
is a consciousness-based universe. This universe has different levels,
inhabited by beings of different levels of consciousness. So there
are superhuman beings, with higher levels of consciousness. They
exist on a different level of reality. So it is possible for the
conscious self that now is dwelling in an ordinary human body, on
this level of reality, to occupy the body of a superhuman being,
on a higher level of reality, in a future life. So there can be
an evolution of the conscious self through different kinds of bodies.
The bodies are not changing, or evolving, but the conscious self
can evolve through the different kinds of bodies.
Where do dinosaurs and other supposedly non-human timelines fit
into all this? Do you believe in evolution at all?
Cremo: I do not accept the Darwinian theory of evolution. But
I accept the evolution of the conscious self through different kinds
of bodies. These bodies are vehicles for conscious selves. According
to one's level of consciousness, one obtains a certain kind of body.
Today, because there are no conscious selves that require a dinosaur
body, we do not observe such bodies in the world around us. But
the universe is a big place, and such bodies could be present elsewhere.
You wrote "Puranic Time and the Archaeological Record"
as a precursor to Forbidden Archeology. What was that about?
Cremo: I actually wrote that paper after I wrote Forbidden
Archeology. I spent eight years doing the research and writing
of Forbidden Archeology. When the book was finally published in
1993, I wanted to present the subject matter of the book at scientific
conferences. I joined the World Archeological Congress (WAC), an
international organization of archeologists, which holds a congress
every four years in a different city around the world. In 1994,
the Congress was held in New Delhi, India.
I thought that
would be a good place to present a paper based on the book Forbidden
Archeology. So I submitted a proposal to the WAC to present
a paper called "Puranic Time and the Archeological Record."
The Puranas are the historical writings of ancient India, and they
present vast cycles of time, lasting many millions of years, during
which human populations are present on earth, and there are archeological
discoveries that are consistent with this. The academic committee
of the WAC accepted my proposal, so I went to Delhi and presented
the paper. The paper was later published in the peer reviewed conference
proceedings volume Time and Archeology, edited by archeologist
Tim Murray and published by Routledge, a major scientific publisher.
This was the first of about thirty papers that I have presented
at major international scientific conferences on archeology and
the history of science.
You claim that people have lived on the earth for millions, or billions,
of years, and that the scientific establishment has suppressed the
fossil evidence for extreme human antiquity. Can you give us some
Cremo: Let me explain a little about suppression of evidence.
What I am talking about here is not some conspiracy to suppress
truth. Instead, I am talking about something that historians of
science and philosophers of science have understood for a long time,
namely that theoretical preconceptions often influence how scientists
respond to evidence. I call this process "knowledge filtration."
conforms to a dominant theory passes through this intellectual filter
very easily, but evidence that radically contradicts a dominant
theory is filtered out. The scientists who are doing the filtering
do not think that they are deliberately suppressing true evidence,
which if known would cause people to reject their theory. Instead
they think they are just being responsible scientists, ignoring
evidence, which to them seems like it could not possibly be true.
I will give one example from the earlier history of archeology,
and one from the more recent history of archeology.
In the nineteenth
century, gold was discovered in California. To get it, miners dug
tunnels into the sides of mountains, such as Table Mountain in Tuolumne
County. Deep inside the tunnels, in deposits of early Eocene age
(about 50 million years old), miners found human bones and artifacts.
The discoveries were carefully documented by Dr. J.D. Whitney, the
chief government geologist of California, in his book The
Auriferous Gravels of the Sierra Nevada of California, published
by Harvard University in 1880. But we do not hear very much about
these discoveries today. In the Smithsonian Institution Annual Report
for 18981899 (p. 424), anthropologist William Holmes said,
"Perhaps if Professor Whitney had fully appreciated the story
of human evolution as it is understood today, he would have hesitated
to announce the conclusions formulated, notwithstanding the imposing
array of testimony with which he was confronted." In other
words, if the facts did not fit the theory of human evolution, the
facts had to be set aside, and that is exactly what happened.
Such bias continued
into the twentieth century. In the 1970s, American archeologists
led by Cynthia Irwin Williams discovered stones tools at Hueyatlaco,
near Puebla, Mexico. The stone tools were of an advanced type, made
only by humans like us. A team of geologists, from the United States
Geological Survey and universities in the United States, came to
Hueyatlaco to date the site.
Among the geologists
was Virginia Steen-McIntyre. To date the site, the team used four
methods uranium series dating on butchered animal bones found
along with the tools, zircon fission track dating on volcanic layers
above the tools, tephra hydration dating of volcanic crystals, and
standard stratigraphy. The four methods converged on an age of about
250,000 years for the site. The archeologists refused to consider
this date. They could not believe that humans capable of making
the Hueyatlaco artifacts existed 250,000 years ago.
of the dates obtained by the geologists, Virginia Steen-McIntyre
wrote in a letter (March 30, 1981) to Estella Leopold, associate
editor of Quaternary Research: "The problem as I see
it is much bigger than Hueyatlaco. It concerns the manipulation
of scientific thought through the suppression of 'Enigmatic Data,'
data that challenges the prevailing mode of thinking. Hueyatlaco
certainly does that!
Not being an
anthropologist, I didn't realize the full significance of our dates
back in 1973, nor how deeply woven into our thought the current
theory of human evolution has become. Our work at Hueyatlaco has
been rejected by most archaeologists because it contradicts that
theory, period." This remains true today, not only for the
California gold mine discoveries and the Hueyatlaco human artifacts,
but for hundreds of other discoveries documented in the scientific
literature of the past 150 years.
You've appeared many times on Coast to Coast AM, which is
considered by some to have a bad scientific reputation. And you've
been criticized for cherry-picking your evidence and for writing
pseudoscience. How do you respond?
Cremo: I have never tried to make an exclusive career for myself
among professional scientists. I do not consider myself to be a
professional scientist. I consider myself to be a human being searching
for the truth. I do not think that professional scientists are the
only people on earth looking for the truth about human origins.
So my policy is to stay in touch with all kinds of people looking
for the truth.
I think the
millions of people who listen to Coast to Coast are looking
for truth, so I feel comfortable in speaking to them. Actually,
there are professional scientists who listen to Coast to Coast.
One scientist who heard me invited me to speak at his university
in the United States. So I stay in touch with lots of different
audiences. The professional scientific community is just one audience
that I communicate with. And within that particular audience there
are various reactions to me and my work from different groups of
in your question are typical of a group that I call the fundamentalist
Darwinists. They support the theory of evolution not for purely
scientific reasons, but because it confirms their prior commitments
to a strict materialism. They do not want to hear me, and they do
not want anyone else to hear me, so they say those kinds of things.
Sometimes they try to stop me from lecturing at universities.
But there is
another, larger, group of scientists who are more open-minded. They
may support the theory of evolution, but they do so for truly scientific
reasons. Evolution is not an ideology for them. So they are willing
to listen to alternatives, they are willing to listen to evidence
that is not consistent with evolution. Scientists in that group
have accepted my proposals to present papers about my work at meetings
of the World Archeological Congress, the European Association of
Archeologists, the International Congress for History of Science,
in that group have included my papers in peer reviewed scientific
publications and have invited me to speak at some of the leading
scientific institutions in the world, such as the Royal Institution
in London, the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, the Indian
Institute of Science in Bangalore, and many others. They have also
invited me to speak at many universities through the world. And
they have given thoughtful, respectful reviews of my books in scientific
journals. They may not agree with me, but at least they are willing
to listen, and that is an important first step, if ideas are going
Tell us more about your book Human Devolution. What is devolution
in your view and how was this book a furtherance of Forbidden
Cremo: In my book Forbidden Archeology, I presented archeological
evidence that contradicts the current evolutionary theory of human
origins. After people read the book, they asked me, "Okay,
if you have all this evidence that contradicts the Darwinian evolutionary
account of human origins, then what is your explanation for human
origins?" My book Human Devolution is my answer to that
question. Before we even ask the question "where did human
beings come from?" we should first ask the question "what
is a human being?" Today, many scientists will say that a human
being is just a machine made of matter. They believe that consciousness
is a temporary byproduct of bioelectrical activity in the brain.
But I think
if we look at all the scientific evidence, including medical studies
of out of body experiences, we will see that a human being is composed
of matter and consciousness. And by consciousness I mean something
independent of matter. Consciousness is not produced by matter.
Instead, consciousness is simply covered by matter. So in short
many scientists believe that as conscious beings, we have evolved
up from matter, in the sense that consciousness is produced by matter.
But I believe we have devolved, or come down, from a state of pure
consciousness. By devolution, I mean the process by which consciousness
becomes covered by matter. But it is a process that can be reversed.
Consciousness can be restored to its original pure state, free from
contact with matter. That is the real purpose of meditation, yoga,
and other spiritual disciplines.
Where does the newly discovered city of Dwarka off the coast of
India fit into all this?
Cremo: The city of Dwarka has to do not so much with human origins
but with the history of Vedic culture in India. According to the
Puranas, the historical writings of ancient India, the fabulous
city, ruled by Krishna, existed about five thousand years ago. And
then it was swallowed up by the ocean. But according to most historians
today, there was no Vedic culture in the Indian subcontinent five
thousand years ago. There is a city called Dwarka on the coast of
northwest India today, and in the waters off the coast of the present
day Dwarka, the remains of an ancient city have been found, which
could be the city mentioned in the Puranas.
What about the land bridge to Sri Lanka? It's been seen from satellites.
Cremo: Here is an ancient Sanskrit epic called the Ramayana,
which gives the history of a manifestation, or avatar, of God called
Rama, who played the role of a king. He engaged in a battle with
the ruler of the island kingdom of Lanka. To get his army across
the ocean to Lanka he made a bridge of huge floating stones. After
the battle the huge stones sunk into the ocean. According to traditional
historical calculation, these events took place over a million years
ago. Today, satellite photos show an underwater "bridge"
going from the southern tip of India to the island nation of Sri
Lanka. Many people think this is Rama's bridge. I believe it could
be, but I would like to see some further research. Some scientists
claim that the "bridge" is just some natural formations
of sand bars beneath the water. So it would be interesting to do
some drilling. If drilling encountered beneath the sands some formations
of rocks that should not be there naturally, that would provide
some confirmation that the structure is indeed a bridge.
Is there a great river in India that has dried up which was
in fact the cradle of Indian civilization?
Cremo: According to many Western and Indian scientists, Vedic
civilization arose in India less than 3,500 years ago. According
to traditional sources, Vedic civilization has been present in India
for at least 5,000 years, and in reality much longer than that.
The Rig Veda is one of the principal Vedic texts. It contains
some clues about the antiquity of Vedic civilization in India. One
part of the Rig Veda gives a list of the major rivers in
northwestern India. This list goes from east to west. The first
river is the Ganges, the second the Yamuna, the third the Sarasvati,
and the fourth the Sutlej.
Today one can
still see the Ganges, the Yamuna, and the Sutlej, but the Sarasvati
is not there. However, satellite photos and geological research
on the ground reveal the presence of an ancient river channel, now
dried up, just where the Sarasvati should have been. Along this
dry river channel are the sites of many ancient towns and cities.
According to geological studies, the last time a river was flowing
in that channel was about five thousand years ago. Because the Rig
Veda mentions the Sarasvati as a great flowing river, and also
mentions cities in the area, the Rig Veda gives evidence
for the presence of Vedic civilization in India at least 5,000 years
Isn't it more likely that Indian civilization is ten or twenty thousand
years old than a million?
Cremo: Likelihood depends on one's background beliefs. If one
believes that the textbook ideas about civilization (namely that
civilization first arose about six or seven thousand years ago)
then the idea that Indian civilization is millions of years old
is not going to seem very likely. But if we look at the history
of science, we see that textbook ideas have often proven to be wrong.
So it may be wise to keep an open mind about these things.
the historical writings of ancient India, contain accounts of human
civilizations that existed millions of years ago. And there are
thousands of temples and sacred places throughout India that have
traditional histories going back millions of years. One reason why
many people regard these accounts as mythological is that they accept
the textbook idea that human beings first came into existence less
than 200,000 years ago. However, in my book Forbidden Archeology,
I have shown there is archeological evidence that humans like us
have existed on earth for millions of years. In light of that evidence,
the likelihood that Indian civilization is millions of years old
How do you explain the homo sapien timeline and coming out of Africa
and all that?
Cremo: Today most official textbooks will say that humans like
us first appeared in Africa about 150,000 years ago, and then spread
from there to other parts of the world. This account is based on
two kinds of evidence: archeological evidence and genetic evidence.
But both kinds of evidence are incomplete.
In my book
Forbidden Archeology, I documented archeological evidence
showing that humans like us were present in Europe, Asia, the Americans,
and Africa millions of years ago. In my book Human Devolution,
I show that the genetic evidence for a recent human migration out
of Africa is flawed. These studies have focused on analyzing differences
in the mitochondrial DNA of existing human populations. The mitochondrial
DNA is passed on only by the mother, not by the father. But these
studies fail to take into account that in the past many females
died before producing children, which means many lines of mitochondrial
DNA have not come down to the present.
of the current variations in mitochondrial DNA, being incomplete,
do not give reliable results. The best evidence we have for human
origins is the archeological evidence, and if we take into account
the evidence from Forbidden Archeology, we see it contradicts
the textbook account of humans like us originating fairly recently
in Africa and spreading from there around the world.
Do you believe ancient Hindus went to the moon?
Cremo: Yes, but this question should be understood in light
of Hindu, or more accurately, Vedic or Puranic cosmology. The Vedic
universe is a consciousness-based universe, with different regions
accessible to those with appropriate levels of consciousness. According
to the Vedic cosmology, the moon is in the celestial region, and
is accessible by yogis and mystics with higher levels of consciousness.
Did they have flying machines? Are these sculptures to be seen on
the tops of ancient Hindu Temples in the South of India?
Cremo: The ancient historical writings of India, the Puranas,
contain many accounts of flying machines called vimanas. There were
many kinds of vimanas. Some of them, used in this region, or level
of the cosmos, were made of metal. Other vimanas, used for reaching
higher levels of the cosmos, were made of more subtle elements.
One can sometimes see images of vimanas in temple sculptures. Interestingly,
the top part of the tower of an Indian temple is sometimes called
Does Atlantis fit into your theories somewhere? How so?
Cremo: It depends on what we mean by Atlantis. If we mean the
idea that there were areas of the world that once supported human
cities that are now underwater, then I accept that. The city of
Dwarka provides an example.
Any last points you want to make or reading you want to suggest?
What are you working on now?
Cremo: I think we need to end the government-enforced monopoly
that the supporters of the current evolutionary theory of human
origins now have in the public tax supported education system. Alternatives
should be there in the textbooks, in at least a few pages. People
may wish to have a look at my most recent book The Forbidden
Archeologist, which is a collection of columns that I wrote
for Atlantis Rising magazine.
In those columns
I explore various aspects of my work, in short, easy to read essays.
People interested in the reactions of scientists to my work may
wish to have a look at my book Forbidden
Archeology's Impact, in which I document all kinds of reactions
from positive to negative. Right now I am putting together a book
of about 24 papers that I have given about my work at mainstream
scientific conferences about archeology, anthropology, and history
Thank you for spending time with us. We look forward to reading
more of your work.
Cremo: You're welcome.
is controversial, of that there is no doubt. There are those that
claim his evidence amounts to little more than pseudo historical
errors. And perhaps this is so in some cases. The ancient footprints
he cites are questionable, along with certain maps. But his work
is extensively documented and for all the debunking, there are plenty
of elements in human history that cannot be explained by modern
Velikovsky has charted a chronology that questions the historical
narrative. And others have queried the human timeline and its antecedents
from a variety of perspectives. Just in the past decade we have
noticed how the modern historical narrative departs considerably
from the "official one." We have witnessed it and written
about it on these pages.
are short lived in the scheme of things and eyewitnesses die out
soon. The ability to tamper with the historical narrative is a prerogative
of wealth. The idea of the elites is that no time has been as prosperous
and progressive as this one. Such a fundamental dominant social
theme is intended to reduce the justification for social change.
Anytime there is a concealment of evidence as there undoubtedly
is, Money Power's brutal hand can be at least faintly discerned.
as we have seen with the discovery of such drowned cities as Dwarka,
the timeline of human history starting (falsely) about 5,000 years
ago with Sumer and then Babylon is likely far more elongated than
"science" maintains. And yet there is more furor about
multi-million-year-old winged impressions of proto-birds in slate
than there is about the discovery of a drowned city that scriptures
has foretold. Let Hollywood make a movie about ancient civilization
and everyone may watch; let the real thing be discovered off the
coast of India and the mainstream media ignores it.
This is the
best of all possible times, as Voltaire wrote. But the Internet
Reformation now makes other interpretations possible, no matter
Money Power's determination to conceal the truth, whatever it may
be. Push human history back 20,000 years or more and postulate an
advanced coastal civilization that ran round the world. Why not?
The Cro-Magnons wore caps and knitted clothes 30,000 years ago as
their exquisite cave paintings show. Ancient Indian cities bear
the horrid traces of nuclear war. Ancient temples wear shining carvings
of flying machines on the tops of their tall towers.
billions of years old? We won't discount it outright. What does
it mean, in fact, to be human? Evolution itself seems to us more
religion than reality (though we believe in the concept intrinsically).
In fact, the evidence for evolution is flimsy indeed. The idea that
animals and humans can simply fall into place like jigsaw puzzles
over time is a useful concept but hardly one that has been fully
What we do
know from our own observations (and that of our intrepid feedbackers)
over the past two years, is that modern history as Henry Ford once
said, is bunk, a series of fairy tales spun for the benefit of the
ruling elite. All human knowledge, so far as we can tell, is basically
winnowed out by those in charge and reconfigured to promote power
elite interests. If it doesn't do so, it doesn't get presented,
at least not on a mass scale.
It is only
at certain times in history (this era being one) that some hitherto
suppressed truth is suddenly however briefly in evidence.
Not everyone can see it, though. Billions haven't bothered to look.
And yet, those who do are surely rewarded by this greatest of all
pleasures which is to know the reality of one's own observations
rather than the manipulated narratives of Money Power.
Cremo, who has followed his own belief structure and research to
realize radically original conclusions must certainly derive gratification
from questioning the common wisdom, even as we derive pleasure from
his queries, too. An unexamined life is not worth living, according
to some ancient Greeks. Neither is an unexamined social polity or
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