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Nonsense designed to sell books.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind (Hardcover)I am a paleoanthropologist. It is my job to research and to attempt to explain stone age rock art and engravings from Southern Africa.
And this book is awesomely, embarrassingly bad.
There are perfectly good explanations of southern African rock art to be found in thousands of pages of documented and finely-sifted ethnology, most of which accords with ethnology from South America and Australia. Graham Hancock, I see, has decided to substitute this easily available stuff with theories about, um... aliens.
Read David Lewis-Williams' 'The Mind in the Cave' or Neil Bennun's 'The Broken String' instead of this, because this truth is both much better written and even more amazing than this nonsense. \
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Initial post: 16 Sep 2009 14:47:08 BDT
Sd Sanders says:
A book, designed to sell books?
Posted on 3 Dec 2010 15:30:58 GMT
R. W. Ward says:
Well, if you're a paleoanthropologist, then I suppose that must mean Graham Hancock's books is nonsense, as you say. Thank you for clearing that up. It's comforting to know you guys are out there.
Posted on 23 Aug 2011 04:04:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Aug 2011 04:12:15 BDT
Sam Iam says:
When someone announces up front in their review that they are some kind of expert I always get cautious. Like they are expecting readers to accept what they say via their credentials regardless of facts and reasoning.
You mention "The Mind in the Cave" by David Lewis-Williams. Have you read that book?! It's major thesis is that the early cave drawings are the result of shamans experiencing altered states -- exactly what Hancock posits in the book (and he gives due credit to Lewis-Williams).
Posted on 29 Aug 2012 21:55:06 BDT
Mr paleoanthropologist, it's OBVIOUS you haven't read Hancock's book, as you said "...Graham Hancock, I see, has decided to substitute this easily available stuff with theories about, um... aliens...".
Which is a completely false statement.
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