This is an excellent article that relates the themes of Book 1 with the upcoming topics of Book 2 concerning the impact of stories on our worldview - and ultimately the key to human success:
"Myths, it transpired, are stronger than anyone could have imagined"
Harari,Y.N. 2014. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. Random House of Canada Limited.
Wow there is a lot of information in this book. Note that there is also a lot of speculation.
The good side of this book is to expose readers to much about the history of modern humans that has not been fully exposed before. Concepts concerning the origins of common myths and beliefs found around the world are traced back a possible single origin point. Precession and its impact on human psyche is examined in great detail. It presents an excellent summary of what is know of that area in Southern Siberia that is associated with the genetic mixing of the Homo Sapiens, Neanderthals and Denisovan. I very much like Collins' investigation of the pyramids of Giza and their alignment with the constellation Cygnus. As I said, there are lots of interesting themes presented.
The challenge of the book is to keep in mind that although Collins presents a very good story that links the many topics, many of the connections are by no means confirmed. Yes they might be true, but they are certainly not proven. In the best of worlds this will allow for more detailed investigation and exploration as we go forward.
The discriminating reader should be able to make their way through the many points with a mind to become aware of, and to actively question, the many unknowns that remain about our development since the last glacial maximum - but it is not an easy read. Specifically if one is not aware of the many points of argument, there will be much information to be digested.
I would have preferred the story laid out in time from start to finish instead of in the present form that tends to jump around in time from 10,000 BCE, to 5,000 BCE to 20,000 BCE.
35 years on and we are still writing down our insights on the Ancient Egyptian culture. There are still lessons to be learned.
It has been out for three years. Thanks to everyone who has checked it out. Is it time for you to get your hands on a copy: https://www.innertraditions.com/awakening-higher-consciousness.html?
Chapters Canada has a new book category on their shelves for us: “Controversial Knowledge”! I mean what great knowledge isn’t controversial. Love it!
"There was once a time when by devoting myself to philosophy and to contemplation of the world and its parts I achieved the enjoyment of that Mind which is truly beautiful, desirable, and blessed; for I lived in constant communion with sacred utterances and teaching, in which I greedily and insatiably rejoiced. No base or worldly thoughts occurred to me, nor did I grovel for glory, wealth or bodily comfort, but I seemed ever to be borne aloft in the heights in a rapture of the soul, and to accompany sun, moon, and all heaven and the universe in their revolutions. Then, ah, then peering downwards from the ethereal heights and directing the eye of my intelligence as from a watchtower, I regarded the untold spectacle of all earthly things, and reckoned myself happy at having forcibly escaped the calamities of mortal life."
Philo of Alexandria (Philo Judaeus) - circa time of Christ
Quoted in "The Evolution of God" by R. Wright, 2009, Little, Brown and Company, New York.