Short trips and Ebook reviewing

The rain is falling, oh yes, the rain is falling. This is quite a contrast to the delightful sunshine of the Mediterranean. I was lucky enough to have a weekend in the south of France. It is still early in the season so there were no packed beaches or baking sun from morning to evening but it was warm and there was more than enough solar energy for me. Of course, when in the region, some wine tasting was obligatory as was substantial feasting. When there was time, I also got to do some reading. I have been asked to review quite a few Ebooks recently and am having to say no quite a lot. Even with the Ebooks that I start to read, if I am not grabbed they get put down and no review gets written. It is humbling to think that people who have spent their time and energies writing and editing no doubt for hours. While I sometimes feel upset not to be able to get excited by each and every Ebook that is life I guess.
So I was happy to find Baz Cashin’s Ebook as I trawled Amazon.com. “In Search of Ancient Wisdom” is essentially an introduction to the author’s other works that have been published recently in a rather productive period.
From the dust cover: “How much do we really know about the ancient world? Why do monuments that were built at the very dawn of civilization still have the power to inspire awe and wonder? Why do these early civilizations appear to have possessed a level of scientific knowledge much greater than those that followed? What is the meaning of their extraordinary mythological tradition, with its bizarre and colorful imagery?

The answers provided by contemporary historical and archaeological thinking are often unsatisfying and unconvincing. Their approach to the ancient world is rooted in the mechanistic paradigm of nineteenth-century science and refuses to recognize the deep mystery behind the achievements of our ancestors. The linear model of history, with its worship of technology and unquestioning belief in ourselves as the pinnacle of human development, inevitably views earlier civilizations as inferior to our own. It follows that earlier cultures can have nothing to teach us.

This is a compilation from a new series of books that aims to lift the veil from the mysteries of the past. These books draw on myth, history, archaeology, mysticism and modern science in an attempt to understand the ancient civilizations of the Near East. Among the subjects covered are: the origins of civilization, the spiritual geography of ancient Egypt, the meaning of the ancient death cults, the concept of world ages based on astronomical cycles, and the spiritual technology that ultimately inspired the Western occult tradition. We ask what these things meant to our ancestors, and what they can mean for us today.

It is only by drawing on a variety of disciplines and tying together all these disparate threads that we can hope to arrive at a meaningful understanding of the ancient world.”

My Ebook review: This is one of those subjects that automatically captures my attention and fascination. There seem to be people who believe definitely in one position or another about the ancient civilizations of humanity. There are clearly some extravagant theories and vast conspiracy theories. These add to the fascination and as a scientist at heart I have to go with whichever theory seems to be best supported by evidence. No matter what, early humans were pretty good at building and had intricate and developed theologies. Somehow I would not like to have been a King in a time where the level of the river had a close correlation with your life expectancy and the people who kept the knives sharp also did the measuring.

Baz has written a balanced view that describes the mysteries and the wisdom as we can understand it. It amazes me that we know anything at all from these thousands of years ago. What will our decedents find out about us in four thousand years? It is clear that anything less than carving your Ebook into a granite block will mean that there is a risk of it getting lost in the mists of time.

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