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Originally posted by SaucyRossy
So I have recently been listening to some of Grahams older interviews with Art Bell and I am really enjoying some of his ideas.....I have not read any of his books yet but I think I may soon.
What are your guys thoughts on Graham and what book of his is the most enjoyable?
Made in 1999 and broadcast in 2000, the BBC's flagship science program (which is now in its 41st year) devoted a program to the subject of Atlantis, and in particular, the pseudohistorical theories of Graham Hancock.
Graham Hancock subsequently complained to the Broadcasting Standards Commission complaining of unfairness and bias in the way his theories were treated. The full adjudication noted the following:
The programme had created the impression that he (Graham Hancock) was an intellectual fraudster who had put forward half baked theories and ideas in bad faith, and that he was incompetent to defend his own arguments.
Adjudication: (The Commission) finds no unfairness to Mr Hancock in these matters.
Originally posted by Marduk
i found that in supernatural he tended to only present those details that agreed with the theory he came up with before he had even researched it
i.e. the cave paintings at Lascaux exist and there is no evidence that any drugs were present
The contemporary Western emphasis on the supreme value of intelligence has tended to suppress certain forms of consciousness and to regard them as irrational, marginal, aberrant or even pathological and thereby to eliminate them from investigations of the deep past.
Peter Furst, then a research associate of the Harvard Botanical Museum, wrote, 'It is at least possible, though certainly not provable, that the practice of shamanism...may have involved from the first - that is, the very beginnings of religion itself - the psychedelic potential of the natural environment.' Without stressing the use of psychotropic plants to alter consciousness, James McClenon sums up the matter:'[S]hamanism, the result of cultural adaptation to biologically based [altered states of consciousness], is the origin of all later religious forms.' And Weston La Barre came to the same conclusion:'[A]ll the dissociative "altered states of consciousness" - hallucination, trance, possession, vision, sensory deprivation, and especially the REM-state dream - apart from their cultural contexts and symbolic content, are essentially the same psychic states found everywhere among mankind; ...shamanism or direct contact with the supernatural in these states. . . is the de facto source of all revelation, and ultimately of all religions.'
Originally posted by ubermunche
I read Supernatural, which is touching on the areas I find most interesting. It was a good read