Posted by: Nyxks | November 5, 2007

End of Eden, The

End of Eden, The
by Graham Phillips © 2007
Bear & Company
ISBN 1-59143-069-0
256 pages with color insert
Paperback
$16.00 (U.S.) $20.00 (Canada)
Reviewed by: Mike Gleason

I am not sure that I agree with the basic premise of this book, but that did not stop me from ordering it and reading it. I am not one of those folks who feel that you MUST have an academic degree to know what you are talking about. The author has written on a variety of topics from the Knights Templar to Atlantis, none of which are likely to endear him to the world of academia. Nonetheless he presents his theories clearly and succinctly.

I do not have the background to comment on his assumption that a cometary near miss poisoned the atmosphere for a relatively short time, leading to an outbreak of aggressive behavior, and the destruction of megalithic, pre-Olmec and Harrapan cultures. It is a documented fact that these cultures, spread across the face of the Earth and unconnected by trade or emigration, all disappeared at nearly the same time, and their demise was sudden, catastrophic, and unexplained.

Equally inexplicable, to historian and layperson alike, is the fact that the aggression which signaled the demise of these civilizations, and others, was short-lived. Within a matter of decades violence became the order of the day, destroyed peace-loving cultures, and ended, allowing new cultures to spring up.

Within a matter of a couple of decades the aggression died out and the status quo was restored, albeit with changes. New gods sprang into existence – most of them conceived as ONLY gods or supreme gods; thus leading to the birth of monotheistic religions. New religions replaced, or at least challenged old religions

Whether this could have been caused by the aerial explosion of a cometary fragment which released vasopression (an amino acid involved in the fight-or-flight reaction to danger) may never be provable, but it makes for interesting speculation. Agree with the author’s conclusions or not, he does manage to pique interest, and should spark some interesting discussions.

I found the premise interesting, the presentation quite reasonable and readable, and the conclusions easy to understand. It may not be for everyone, but it certainly is worth looking into.

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