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Graham Hancock on Ancient Mysteries

‘Alternative history’ author Graham Hancock revisits his old stomping ground in this in-depth (68 minutes) interview discussing ancient mysteries:

Graham Hancock discusses his views on the following topics:

1 – Precession of the equinoxes
2 – Bringers of wisdom from the Heavens
3 – Monuments aligning to 10,500BC
4 – What happened in 10,500BC?
5 – The Mystery of the Pyramids
6 – The Sarcophagus
7 – Dating Giza
8 – Hidden Halls of Records
9 – Structures on Mars
10 – Cataclysm of Mars
11 – A species with amnesia
12 – Where is the Lost Civilization?

For more detailed discussion of these topics, see Graham’s related book, Fingerprints of the Gods (Amazon US and Amazon UK).

  1. Ehhhhh . . .
    Well . . . he had me, then he lost me, then he had me again, then he lost me again, then he had me again

    Hancock’s view of the deep past is extremely interesting and I don’t think he’s off base about civilization being far more ancient than current archaeology is willing to admit. But I also think he’s pulling some stuff from thin air.

    The Great Pyramid as a sensory deprivation device to evoke an altered consciousness is just as plausible as it having been a gigantic power generator we don’t yet understand. Hancock just likes the spiritual explanation better. There’s no proof of either, and Hancock’s mystical experience is highly subjective. But he’s right, a Pharaoh’s tomb, it’s not.

    His belief that the previous civilization was more spiritually advanced than us sounds like wistful, wishful thinking. Human beings are human beings (for good or ill) no matter what eon they live in. Greed, lust, envy, rage, hatred, lies – they follow us through time, and all societies struggle with them.

    He fails to mention Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, an archaeological site with sophisticated structures and carvings (much more so than archaeologists have traditionally credited to Neolithic peoples) that has been dated back to 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. It was discovered in and has been being excavated since the 1990s. His focus is narrowed on Egypt, which is understandably fascinating, but a better piece of hard evidence already could exist far from the Giza Plateau and on dry land.

    Mars, Cydonia, and “good friend” Richard Hoagland (Eeeeeeee!). He really lost me there. Only his conclusion that “boots on the planet” would unravel whatever mystery is there wasn’t pure conjecture.

    There likely are many potentially important sites yet to be discovered because they’re underwater. But, it’s still difficult and expensive to excavate on dry land. Major underwater archaeological exploration and excavation is going to be a long time coming, I’m afraid. So Hancock’s theories will continue to remain just that for some time to come unless a new dig strikes it lucky on land in the relatively near future.

  2. Perceptions of reality
    I am blown away by Hancock’s view of so-called ‘hallucinogens’ and what they may or may not actually represent for the human mind. Our interpretations of reality are indeed wholly based on that which we can take in on a daily basis in what could be referred to as a ‘normal’ state… but that under ‘altered’ states of consciousness, we may simply be seeing what exists beyond normal perception.

    Timothy Leary never stepped beyond the initiate point and could have never touched upon the possibilities so eloquently. In one sense, Hancock takes the subject from that of an amusement park to a field trip to Mount Olympus.

    What an amazing video. Thanks TDG for sharing it here!

  3. lots of people die, come back, and say they saw nothing
    i disagree with his statements that “there is actually no evidence for that assumption … that there is no life after death. no scientist has actually been there and come back and said oh ive been there and found that there is no life after death.”

    it is very common these days for people to die and be brought back to life with CPR or defibrilators or other things. for these people it is very common to be asked “what did you see when you were dead?” guess what most of them say. i’ve spoken with multiple people who have died come back and they all told me there was nothing.

    of course many people experience out of body experiences and mystical experiences as well. it seems likely to me that
    (a) the conditions surrounding death effect manner of transition of a conscious personality to an afterlife,
    (b) time is likely experienced very differently to consciousness freed from a human nervous system, so perhaps the few minutes spent dead for the common resuscitation case may be insufficient to experience an afterlife and
    (c) memory of an afterlife may not be easy or common to maintain on resuscitation.

    so there is still plenty of room for his direction of thought, but it is plainly wrong to say that noone has died, come back, and said they saw nothing.


      For heaven’s sakes. Can we at least be inclusive of the vast cache of NDE’s we have at out fingertips? It should be no surprise that some people die and see nothing. That is called not having a near death experience. That happens all the time. It has little bearing on the subject of near death experiences except to say that not everyone has them. Not everyone remembers their dreams either even though they have rapid eye movements indicating dreaming. What people don’t remember is sort of a dead end here isn’t it?

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