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A sideways look at the alternative archeology industry
on 3 February 2016
This is the opposite of a lot of 'alternative archeology' books, which are usually easy reading but are too quick to sweep any problems with their 'anomalous evidence' and join-the-dots logic under the table in the hurry to prove there's an amazing secret history that's being 'covered up'.
This one is slow, repetitive in places and jsut written in a rather dry fashion. But it has some very interesting ideas in it. And it often sums up a particular section with "well on the one hand... on the other..." rather than forcing the reader down a particular conspiracy rabbit-hole which I liked.
If you find the concept of 'channelling' unconvincing (and though the authors claim they think it is real they give plenty of evidence that at least some of the 'channellers' are either charlatans, or are being manipulated) you will probably come away thinking that for some reason the world's intelligence agencies are promoting alternative theories. The reason they might be doing this are explained to be as a test of mass-manipulation techniques or as a cover for their true, unknown, agenda.
The book ends with the authors' own esoteric explanation for where the channelled messages are coming from, which only I won't give away, is certainly ingenious. And put it this way - they don't think it's the CIA, extraterrestrials, or supernatural beings, but it's not exactly a rational explanation either.