Lloyd M. Dickie, a retired ecologist and former professor of oceanography at Dalhousie University, he has studied ancient Egypt for more than 40 years, including many active site explorations.
He has benefited from 15+ years of exploring sites of Ancient Egypt. A highlight was his participation in the 1989 detailed survey at the foot of the Sphinx in support of the water erosion hypothesis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphinx_water_erosion_hypothesis). The excursion led to the confirmation that the Sphinx was created in the wet period of Egypt when the water erosion patterns on the enclosure were created.
LMD has been an active participant in the Gurdjieff work for sixty years and continues to contribute to the Gurdjieff Association of the Maritimes (http://www.gurdjieffmaritimes.ca/).
LMD has a doctorate from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree from Yale University.
Myths have captured Paul R. Boudreau's imagination and attention since childhood. Struggling to understand the importance of what was taught to him as fairy tales he now sees them as providing a language for understanding spirituality in his present-day life. He has been fortunate enough to travel the world and to personally experience many of man’s highest creations – both ancient and modern. Onsite exploration of Egyptian temples, tombs and pyramids demonstrated the need for more detail and precision in how we look at ourselves and our world.
PRB holds a Master's degree from Dalhousie University and explored fisheries ecology as a career.
Lloyd and Paul are ecologists who have spent more than thirty-five years exploring science and myths as vehicles intended to help us understand ourselves and the world around us. Through their formal training and professional lives, they have actively worked to understand the implications of 20th/21st century physics, psychology and system theory as they relate to how we study and perceive ourselves in our world. They have made a habit of applying well-honed tools of the scientific approach to their reading and study of creation myths from various cultures.
In addition to a high level of scientific training and experience, they bring additional skills to the study of myths, including a working level of translating Egyptian hieroglyphs. Over a 25-year period of studying Egypt, they have cumulatively spent over a year of time onsite in Egyptian tombs, temples and pyramids. On one trip, they read an earlier version of this book aloud to one another, one chapter a day, facing sunrise on Luxor’s west bank in preparation for the day’s explorations. They have made great efforts to personally connect with the materials they address in the book, seeing their efforts as just a starting point.
Both authors live in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.