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Friday The Anti-Christ * Re-entering the Acknowledgements A Note on Sources and Selective Bibliography Index THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE WORLD. The Secret History of the World. View PDF. book | Non-Fiction | UK → Quercus. US → Overlook Press. Here for the first time is a complete history of the . The Secret History Of The World. By Jonathan Black (real name: Mark Booth). Book review by Rob Lund. This book is an esoteric and anthroposophic work of.
Important then to be aware of which part of ourselves is doing the choosing, that we do not choose unconsciously but bring our full intellect to bear. The Knights Templar. In order to achieve one narrative thread, I decided to focus on what they had in common — discarding what are sometimes called 'cultural accidentals' — and also to focus, where possible, on traditions that chime in with the latest discoveries of alternative history. So many claims qualify as banal, superficial, simplistic, even absurd - about Idealism versus Materialism, about what scientists and science the baddies are for or against versus that of 'the esoteric' the goodies , etc. Write your review.
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P Lovecraft: As I try to show in my book, The Secret History of the World , that fact that we are in a position to consider the ultimate questions in a relaxed a tolerant way and without trying to tear each other's throats out, the fact that a wonderful forum like Graham Hancock's website exists, is in part at least due to the work of the secret societies.
In particular the secret societies that lay behind the Royal Society, and therefore the great scientific and industrial revolutions of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, created protected spaces — sometimes called lodges — where free-thinking, disinterested intellectual enquiry could take place.
In these spaces people like Newton, Boyle, Hooke and Harvey were not only able to discover and define gravity, formulate the law of thermodynamics that paved the way for the internal combustion engine, invent the microscope and discover the circulation of the blood, they were also able to pursue their interest in alchemy and other arcane subjects.
When an outsider questioned Newton about his interest in astrology, he is reported to have replied 'Sir, I have studied it, you have not. They were put there, he believed, to help draw our intelligence out of us.
The initiates of the secret societies had realized that you get two very different sets of results if you look at the world as objectively as possibly and then on other occasions as subjectively as possible. This realization brought great material benefits to the world, but it also opened up many strange realms of thought….
It was brooding on these sorts of things, especially the dates of the monuments on the Giza plateau, that led me to think I might have a contribution to make as a writer.
In my spare time I had also developed an interest in esoteric philosophy, in theosophy with a big and small 't', in the Rosicrucians and their modern representatives, the Anthroposophists.
I used to delight in finding obscure and weird old books about the esoteric and mystical in second hand bookshops — for example the works of magi like Paracelsus and Jacob Boehme. And it struck me that, although, as far as I knew, none of these alternative historians were — at that stage at any rate — much interested in esoteric philosophy, many of their discoveries were confirming its tenets, regarding, for example, the claims that the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid are much older than conventional history allows or related claims regarding the historical reality of Atlantis and the Flood.
If new evidence was being unearthed that suggested that extremely important traditions like these have some basis in historical reality, the question naturally arises: So I planned to try to weave together into one narrative historical lore from different esoteric traditions from around the world. In order to achieve one narrative thread, I decided to focus on what they had in common — discarding what are sometimes called 'cultural accidentals' — and also to focus, where possible, on traditions that chime in with the latest discoveries of alternative history.
I very quickly realized that this if this history was to be in one volume rather spreading across many, many volumes, it could not incorporate debate as to whether its claims — the arguments for and against the Sphinx being some twelve thousand years old, for example — are true.
This would have to be a 'take it or leave it' history. If readers wanted to follow up these debates, the pros and cons, they'd have to turn to the works referenced at the back. After a while I began to formulate a theory as to what these esoteric traditions all had in common: Gods, angels and spirits may have different names in different places and at different times, but, according to secret teachings everywhere, the patterns they help make, the shapes they give to our lives are the same.
Therefore The Secret History of the World describes patterns that wouldn't be there if materialistic science accounted for everything. Of course it is quite impossible to prove supernatural events on the page. I couldn't do that even if I wanted to. But I did entertain a very big — perhaps insanely big — ambition.
I tried to weave all these different mystical traditions about our beginnings and endings and great turning points in between together into one epic imaginative vision. My aim was to see if this imaginative vision formed a coherent, cogent whole that might be set against the scientific materialist one. I couldn't think of anyone who had tried to do this since Milton, and he had done it in very different circumstances, when scientific materialism was beginning to roll back the idealism that had been the universal philosophy up to that point.
Madly, I asked myself if it were possible to create an imaginative vision that would be a sort of mirror image to Milton's — written at a time when scientific materialism seems to many to be beginning to fray and look a bit thin at the edges.
I wanted to write a book that would be an experience , not a collection of arguments. So the deep structure of the book is as follows.
I try to show patterns in history that are perhaps deeper than the laws of economics, the effects of climate change and the conventional, materialistic view of politics that interest modern, academic historians.
Then at the end of the book I invite readers to look at their own lives to see if they can't find these same Deeper Laws operating there. The Secret History of the World invites readers to trust their own personal experience in preference to the say-so of academic experts.
I have known many academics as teachers, authors and friends. Naturally I would trust their judgment when it comes to their fields of research. I wouldn't always extend the same trust when it comes to questions of how I ought to live my life. If you're hesitating on this point, just think of the average don's dress sense!
The world is a much more mysterious place than we have been brought up to believe. There are other ways of knowing than the one we have been taught to see as the exemplar and paradigm of knowing.. The Secret History of the World is packed with examples of people who have known important things and not by the scientific method. The priests and artists of the Egyptian and Hindu temples knew of and understood the function of the pineal gland thousand of years before it was 'discovered' by German and English anatomists more or less simultaneously in Robert Temple has shown that the Egyptian priests knew that Sirius is a three star system, something only confirmed by French astronomers using radio telescopes in the second half of the twentieth century.
According to Rudolf Steiner — the founder of Anthroposophy — knowledge of the evolution of the species from marine life to amphibian to land animal to anatomically modern human was encoded thousands of years of ago in the imagery of the constellations.
Jonathan Swift was deeply immersed in esoteric philosophy. In Gulliver's Travels he predicted the existence and orbital periods of the moons of Mars. A hundred years later, when astronomers first observed these moons using the latest telescopes, they named them Phobos and Demos — fear and terror — so awestruck were they by Swift's evident supernatural powers.
How did these guys know? Their state depends on a tendency to concretise intimations, to solidify the pervasive unease that sometimes invades our life; it depends less on irrationality than a failure to tolerate ambiguity, a desire to find an explanation at all costs for phenomena that perhaps do not have one and perhaps do not need one.
Thus, it's not simply that different individuals edge away when they see you coming, it's that they're escaping because your body is emitting lethal rays, or because they're all engaged in a conspiracy against you, and are scooting off to get together and plot.
If six men walk through the same door, it means they all know each other. To paranoid historians, "they all know each other" becomes in itself evidence of common purpose. The French revolution was plotted in the Freemasons' lodges, and so on.
History isn't a matter of blind and bloody chance. Somebody controls it. Somebody designs it. All the bastards are in cahoots. At root, this is a thought less disturbing than falsely comforting. What is much worse is to apprehend that the laws of life are eluding us, and perhaps the secret is that there is no secret.
This book is difficult to read, not because it is ill-written but because phrases of perfect clarity say nothing very much. It abounds in one-sentence paragraphs, but the cumulative effect is of muddle and overload. It's like reading several out-of-date editions of Old Moore's Almanack back-to-back, complete with the ads for pixie figurines and pieces of lucky cork tree.
Sometimes a reviewer is swept by an irrational conviction that the book she is reading is a hoax. But surely not. No hoaxer would pretend that the key to all mythologies is to be found in Tunbridge Wells. Topics Books. Society books reviews.