Well, ok, The Daily Bell isn’t exactly “mainstream” but it’s not exactly “alternative” media either, but it seems that it is getting closer and closer to accepting the idea that once, prior to the civilizations of Egypt, Sumer, the Indus Valley, that there was something else, far older, and far more sophisticated. Some call it “Atlantis” and in my various books I have called it the Very High Civilization, or High Antiquity, and so on. As the following article points out, one effect of the Internet Revolution has been the transformation of culture precisely by loosening the elite-generated directed history narratives, one of the most pervasive of which as been that human history has been a more or less linear progression from primitive hunter-gathering societies, up through the invention of agriculture and the first civilizations (read Egypt and Sumer here), and on upward and ever upward through the genius of Greek rationalism and Roman administration, through the hiccup of the dark ages and on into the emerging sun of the Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment until the full sunburst of glorious materialism burst upon us in the industrial revolution and Charles Darwin.
Well, something like that.
In any case, The Daily Bell isn’t so sure, since the internet is facilitating powerful challenges to this view, one that, in some respects, is reviving the ancient cultures’ own views of themselves, namely, that they were not beginnings but aftermaths, not glorious inceptions, but declined legacies:
Now, this thought-provoking article is really very well thought-out. The Internet Revolution is indeed effecting a similar rediscovery – with all the implications for human culture, historiography, and science that this entails – of the theme of lost civilizations. But I would make only the following suggestions, or perhaps, modest corrections, to The Daily Bell’s musings.
First, the Renaissance didn’t merely rediscover Greece, but rather, in rediscovering Greece, it rediscovered Egypt, and that it is this Neoplatonic and Hermetic impulse stemming ultimately from Egypt, that primarily motivated the eruption of those impulses during the Renaissance that ultimately fueled the rise of modern science and mathematics with Newton and Leibniz. Additionally, that impulse also rediscovered the Pythagoreans, and through them, not only Egypt but Babylonia. One need not read very far into the musings of those two mathematical geniuses to see how profoundly influenced they both were by all these impulses.
Second, while it is true that the alternative research community has done a great deal to bring into sharp relief the inadequacy of some academic paradigms to deal with anomalous evidence for that High Antiquity (one need only think of the ruins of Pumu Punkhu in Bolivia here), the alternative community is itself locked into its own meme, and I think it is possible that this meme is itself the creation of the elite. That meme is to see evidence of an ancient catastrophe as being nothing more than catastrophism: natural events that brought about the demise of that High Antiquity. Here alternative research itself has been slow to appreciate the ancient texts and traditions that speak of a war that brought about the end of that civilization, and when it does consider those texts, it tends to allegorize and mythologize them: the “wars of the gods” were but artististic depictions of natural events: there was not a technology in play, the wars weren’t real wars with real conscious actors with real victors and losers. Not for nothing would the elites wish to keep that interpretive paradigm far out of the options for approaching such issues, for it would then mean the onset of a possible scramble to recover that science and technology before they are able to do so themselves.
But make no mistake, the game’s afoot. On this, The Daily Bell is correct. My only suggestion is, that it is afoot for rather different reasons than they aver.
See you on the flip side.