on 6 March 2013
I found the rather radical theory in this book fascinating if a little depressing. Why?a disagreeable thought is that, and perhaps it is true, humanity with all its woes and joys, is really the end product of manipulation from God knows whom in the future! However for people who like to consider all points of view, a good read. I suppose I am glad I bought it!
on 26 April 2013
If you write a book like that it would be practical to first research the official history books, in case they missed things or have wrong conclusions you turn to the critics of official history and then you sort through ancient texts, the "crackpots", the information from societies that amassed their own libraries over the centuries. (masons, rosicrucians, etc.etc.)
That way you would have many sources, facts, half-facts and crazy stuff and check for yourself if you can connect the dots. Alan Butler obviously didn't. On nearly every page I found stuff I could point to sources he missed - he either had bad luck stumbling over many sources or he has a bias or mental block that prevented him from finding the dots and connecting them. One example: Atlantis, whatever you make of it, the legends and all - there have been found underwater ruins and monuments off the coast of Bimini and elsewhere, reported a few times since the 60s.
I don't argue with Mr. Butlers theory that there could have been interventions from the future, you could find hints about stuff like that in ancient texts. I just think he should have done his homework a little more thorough.
The most interesting part are about 30-40 pages which concern the ancient measuring system he (and others) stumbled upon. But you could read about that in another book with Alan Butler more extensively: "civilisation one". In a nutshell, this topic is about the fact that maybe the people that lived long ago weren't stupid and knew things we didn't think they did.
Mr. Butler.. maybe you would like to have a look at "the source of measures" by Ralston Skinner, a book from 1875. Or look at the Brahmanic records that have been available in England since the latter part of the 19th century, albeit in varying degrees of translation.
Back to the ancient culutres and their system of measurement - it was founded on "sacred geometry", because as it follows the fundamental building principles of nature it was sacred to the ancient cultures. The people back then weren't that occupied with math, because they had geometry, which can do many things math can.. and a few more. See for example "the power of limits", by Gyorgy Doczi. More pictures than words. Nearly no math ;-). This is old news since the 90s when so much information that was hard to come by was published.
So this book gets two stars for presenting information about old cultures your history teacher didn't tell you and no more because there's so much stuff missing or patched over with assumptions and half baked conclusions.