Book summary – Magicians of the God by Graham Hancock
The book Magicians of the God is an interesting thesis around a lost civilization. Wikipedia has a scathing review calling the author, Graham Hancock, a pseudo-historian. However, the book has some insightful ideas.
- Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis has been gaining traction among scientists. There is strong evidence that a comet hit the earth near the modern-day Glacier National Park, around 10,000 BC. And this comet caused the last Ice-age on earth.
- Göbekli Tepe in modern-day Turkey was built around 9500 BC. It still hasn’t been fully explored. And questions the current hypothesis around how late the humans started to settle.
- The Egyptian pyramids depict the Orion of 10,000 BC. So, either they were built much earlier or there was something significant of that time to depict it much later.
- The dating of inorganic materials like building material relies on the organic material found nearby. Such organic material would be regularly recycled in case of ongoing use of a structure. Therefore, modern-day archeology underestimates how old the pyramids and other similar structures like Mount Padang might be.
Overall, it is a great book for someone interested in observing how limited our knowledge of the recent past might be.