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6 years ago
Graham Hancock
Welcome to my old friend Andy Collins, a brilliant researcher in the ancient mysteries field, presenting his important new book Gobekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods. I was honoured when Andy asked me to write the introduction to the book and I'm pleased that he'll be joining us throughout June to answer questions and engage in debate about the archaeological site that is rewriting history. Andy has
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6 years ago
Graham Hancock
Welcome to my old friend Gregory Sams, a brilliant human being and a radical, controversial thinker with a sharp, clear, penetrating mind. Read his article, better still read "The State is out of Date", and then discuss the issues with him here. It's going to be an interesting month! Warmest wishes Graham
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6 years ago
Graham Hancock
Hi again Thanos5150 Thanks for your involvement and interest. I appreciate it. Because I’m very pressed for time I’ll confine myself to what has to be a fairly hasty reply to a few main points raised by your latest responses: (1) The Mars Mystery – actually I did, as a speculation, “take the next logical step” and consider that if the Cydonia structures were artificial and made by a spacefaring
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6 years ago
Graham Hancock
I think the best explanation of the stars mentioned is symbolic for the sky-realm of shamanism. As I've commented elsewhere in this thread the stars of Orion and Sirius, which are so frequently mentioned, occupy the same sky region as viewed from earth but are in fact hundreds of light years apart. My comment in that other post was as follows: "Shamans (and – eg – the ancient Egyptians and
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6 years ago
Graham Hancock
Hi again Laird -- no I don't think it's a semantic argument at all. When you refer to "aliens in the traditional sci-fi sense" I have to take you as meaning high-tech physical beings who got to earth in nuts-and-bolts spaceships after crossing interstellar space. The entities I am talking about do not cross interstellar space in flying saucers, are non-physical and are most easily acces
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6 years ago
Graham Hancock
Laird, if you drink Ayahuasca or work extensively with mushrooms or use other ancient shamanistic techniques to enter deeply altered states of consciousness you will encounter non-human intelligences who teach you stuff, but they are not "aliens in the traditional sci-fi sense", nor have they got here in nuts and bolts spaceships from other parts of the physical universe. I speak from
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6 years ago
Graham Hancock
Thank you, Thanos5150, for your excellent, well thought-out post. I will address it with my replies interpolated between your replies to my original post: GH ORIGINAL POST: I've been surprised and disappointed by the posts and comments of the current author of the month. I was expecting a vigorous advocacy of the ancient alien hypothesis and intelligent well thought out responses to critic
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6 years ago
Graham Hancock
Welcome Peter, The floor is yours. Warm best wishes Graham
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6 years ago
Graham Hancock
I've been surprised and disappointed by the posts and comments of the current author of the month. I was expecting a vigorous advocacy of the ancient alien hypothesis and intelligent well thought out responses to critical and questioning comments. Instead what we got was pretty close to zilch. I'm seriously wondering, is this all the ancient alien hypothesis amounts to when closely examined, i
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6 years ago
Graham Hancock
I don't see why an earlier civilisation, which might have been very different from ours and manipulated matter in different ways, would have needed to be addicted to fossil fuels the way we are...
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6 years ago
Graham Hancock
Hi Carol Yes absolutely -- I view sleep paralysis and/or lucid dreaming as amongst the altered states of consciousness in which these experiences become accessible to us. Of course it remains to be confirmed whether the experiences have some freestanding "reality" or not. I think they do since I view the brain more as a transceiver than as a generator of consciousness. But most scienti
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6 years ago
Graham Hancock
As is well known I'm not a big fan of the ancient alien hypothesis. I believe all of the deep mysteries of our ancient past are best explained by a lost human civilisation and that it is unnecessary to invoke aliens. For example the Great Pyramid of Giza -- surely one of the most mysterious monuments of the ancient world, if not THE most mysterious. Yet it has inaccuracies: e.g. side lengths vary
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6 years ago
Graham Hancock
I have grave doubts about all this!! We have no details of the lab that's done the testing, and even in the sensationalist reports that have been doing the rounds on the internet it is emphasised that the findings are preliminary. Let's wait until we see the findings themselves, rather than someone referring to them, and let's get more detailed results, before we get in the least bit excited.
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6 years ago
Graham Hancock
Welcome to the author of the month hot seat Richard. People are shy here sometimes and need encouragement to join in with discussions. If you were to post some topics from your research to get us started that would be great. Quite separately from the fact that you are AoM this month I recently bought your 'The Ancient Giants who Ruled America' and intend to read it thoroughly later this year (af
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6 years ago
Graham Hancock
Thanks Robert, It was great to have you here. I thought you did a brilliant job. Wishing you joy on your path. Warmest Graham
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6 years ago
Graham Hancock
Sorry to be so unavailable. Just writing, writing, writing. I think the most likely -- and useful -- time will be 2015 when Magicians of the Gods, my sequel to Fingerprints of the Gods, is published. Thanks for asking Graham
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6 years ago
Graham Hancock
Welcome Robert, Although I am not a Freemason myself, I have been invited to speak in lodges in England, Singapore, Malaysia and the United States and have the highest respect and appreciation for the many members of the Craft who I have met and held conversations with over the years. Your subject is fascinating and, having researched James Bruce's role in bringing the Book of Enoch to the West
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6 years ago
Graham Hancock
Thank you Michael It has been a pleasure to have you with us. Happy New Year. Graham
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6 years ago
Graham Hancock
My apologies for this late welcome to Michael S. Schneider, our featured author for December 2013. I'm travelling in Indonesia and have had difficulty with access to the internet. Looking forward to the discussions. Michael's fascinating book is "A Beginners Guide to Constructing the Universe". Much food for thought here. Warmest wishes Graham
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6 years ago
Graham Hancock
Welcome to Donald B. Carroll, our featured author for November 2013. The subject is Sacred Geometry and Spiritual Symbolism. Warmest wishes Graham
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6 years ago
Graham Hancock
Welcome Robert, the floor it yours! Good to see you here. Warm best wishes Graham
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6 years ago
Graham Hancock
With apologies for the delay -- I am presently travelling off the beaten track in Turkey and have had limited access to the internet -- this is to welcome my good friend and colleague Michael Tellinger as our featured author for September 2013. Michael's research is important and groundbreaking and I look forward to all he has to share with us. Warmest Graham
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6 years ago
Graham Hancock
With apologies for the delay -- I am presently travelling off the beaten track in Turkey and have had limited access to the internet -- this is to thank you, Dr Rita, for your wonderful and superb efforts as our author of the month for August 2013. I know it was a most difficult month for you and want to express again my condolences for the loss of your beloved partner during this period. I hope
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6 years ago
Graham Hancock
Dear Rita I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband and hope you received the message I posted on Facebook. To loose a close companion, love of one's life and working partner is an utterly catastrophic event. My sympathies and prayers are with you. You have been a wonderful Author of the Month, one of the best ever and we are all grateful for your wisdom, knowledge, good energy and
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6 years ago
Graham Hancock
Many thanks Tom, I hope you enjoyed your time here. Welcome Dr Rita Louise. Your subject is fascinating. I have long been struck by the commonalities and universal themes -- indeed universal characters -- of ancient myths. Some analysis of this, with particular reference to flood myths, was a component of my book Fingerprints of the Gods. So who were the Gods? I'll be interested to hear your ta
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6 years ago
Graham Hancock
Dr Rita Thank you for this very interesting post. Out of respect for our existing author of the month I think it is best we delay discussions on your topic until 1 August when I will welcome you to our boards. Please don't be put off. I very happy to see your proactive spirit by posting this item and hope to see and hear much more from you during August! Warmest wishes Graham
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7 years ago
Graham Hancock
I'll be happy to do it again maybe some time later this year or early next. I have a lot of writing and researching immediately in front of me and being AoM properly involves a considerable commitment of time. I don't want to promise to do it until I am sure I have a month when I can give that time.
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7 years ago
Graham Hancock
I am trying to find out why our author of the month is not participating here. Will get back on this as soon as I know. Graham
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7 years ago
Graham Hancock
Thanks Gabriel for a fascinating, energetic, well argued month. I hope it has been as interesting and worthwhile for you as it has been for the community here. I hope you will continue to be a regular poster. Welcome to Thomas B. Roberts. The Psychedelic Future of the Mind is an intriguing and, for some, a controversial subject. I look forward very much to the discussions. Warmest wishes Graham
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7 years ago
Graham Hancock
Apologies for the delay in posting this. Been away from my computer for a few days. Welcome to Gabriel Roberts. I read his book in manuscript and it is truly excellent. I hope, after these quiet first few days, that some excellent discussions will result. Riaan, thank you for your participation last month. I'm grateful for your input and ideas. Warm wishes Graham
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