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The Cygnus Mystery: Unlocking the Ancient Secret of Life's Origins in the Cosmos (Anglais) Relié – 1 janvier 1999

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49 internautes sur 52 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A fascinating exploration 16 avril 2007
Par Kathylee Johnson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Mr. Collins takes the reader on an exciting ride to nearly every continent on earth, intriguing archaeological locations, mythologies, rituals and ancient artwork, and ties it all up very meaningfully with the constellation Cygnus and its neighbors in the heavens. The book is very readable but dense with information - very well-organized. I really appreciate that, as many authors tell you everything in the first couple of chapters and then try to rehash what they've already said in the next eight or ten chapters. I came away from this book with the sense that he could have included much more, but didn't want to overwhelm the reader. He included a photo section, and there is art scattered throughout that enhances the text. There is an extensive bibliography, including websites, and plenty of footnotes for the reader to do further investigations on his/her own. He also inspired me to visit an archaeological site that is only about a half an hour away from me - the Hopewell Mounds in Newark, Ohio. I will definitely reread this book, and I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in human culture.
13 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Blend of archaeo-astronomy, scientific revolution and spiritual wisdom. 8 juillet 2007
Par Midwest Book Review - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Written by Andrew Collins, organizer of the Questing Conference (Great Britain's premier event on alternative history, forbidden archaeology, and ancient wisdom), The Cygnus Mystery: Unlocking the Ancient Secret of Life's Origins in the Cosmos is an examination of the origins of life - not in the strict Darwinian sense, but in the sense of humanity's earliest ancestors' awareness of life and death, as connected to a cosmic source. Exploring what astronomic lore has to say about 15,000 BC, in the Paleolithic era when Deneb, the brightest star in Cygnus, was the Pole Star, The Cygnus Mystery probes the roots of the amazing physical and neurological transformation in humanity from beasts to fully conscious and complex psychological beings, a metamorphosis that happened almost overnight in geological terms. The Cygnus Mystery proposes that the cause of this sudden shift lay in a sudden spike in the cosmic rays reaching Earth, offering evidence that the rays, which have left behind subatomic traces in deep caves, emanated from the binary star system Cygnus X-3. A handful of color photographic plates illustrate this blend of archaeo-astronomy, scientific revolution and spiritual wisdom.
44 internautes sur 58 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
For general consumption; not for professionals. 4 septembre 2007
Par Eric - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This writer is not a disturbingly deep thinker. That is why the breezily narrated travel stories and able recapitulation of myths and religious beliefs from all over the world of import to the book's thesis gives way to great uncertainty (and countless "I feel as if..." and "I believe...") whenever it is time to draw some conclusions from the gathered factoids.

Had he been even better read-up on ancient religious practice and more versed in philosophical thinking the reader would have been spared the programmatic and (as used) shallow phrase "life and death", repeated throughout without any fleshing out. The writer seems not be able to approach such a weighty theme and the theorizing concerning shamanic practices suffers accordingly. Make no mistake, the book was quite readable, but fell apart when it was time for the theory itself to speak up.

The attempt to come to grips with why shamans of the past would have entered remote and inaccessible caves also strikes me as just about the silliest I have ever read in this genre. (The company tags this book as "History" - a fraud if there ever was one!) And yet the author has the solution to the "cave mystery" within sight, having talked about the symbolic value inhering in the female genitals throughout. It appears he doesn't realize he has already "solved" the mystery, since he mentions the task of solving of the cave riddle long after having presenting a summary on Egyptian religious beliefs. For some real, groundbreaking thinking, see Peter Kingsley's highly acclaimed Ancient Philosophy, Mystery and Magic. It deals incomparably better with the topic. Hint: the cave or dug pit into which the shaman withdraws is easily understood in terms of ritual death, burying and spiritual rebirth.

On the other hand I think he is onto something as far as the constellation Cygnus is concerned. I do buy into the idea of the capability of mankind to diffuse and then preserve traditions as Collins notes apropos the naming of certain postures in the martial arts. The bit about the age during with the Chinese star map would have made sense is absolutely thrilling when pondered upon.

But then there are also the occasional hint within the book that some of the ideas were the fruit of lazy Internet research; checking up on the basis for author's siding with the suggestion that Nobel prize winner Francis Crick was high on LSD when discovering the DNA double helix, I soon found that ONE sensationalistic (never corroborated) report. But I also noted another side of the question, seemingly carrying more weight: the issue of whether Crick and Watson filched important parts of the theory from another scientist. I do agree with the author that psychoactive plants do have mind changing properties, but using rumours as fact will not help the writer's argument.

In all fairness, the book presents many an interesting fact, all on loan from other thinkers, and this book served me best as a pointer to one or two real scientists and their theories. Given the central idea that human evolution was speeded-up by some intensive showers of cosmic radiation, it is a pity the author weren't around then to receive a sprinkle of it himself. :-)
The biggest laugh of this book was the notion that the cosmic rays at one time way back was extremely strong, but that the shamans cleverly hid themselves inside the rock caves to "filter" the radiation and so benefit from the "evolutionary rays" and thereby furthered themselves even more. Do you find that a bit hard to digest, you may want to pass on this title because that seems to be the bottomline: the white shamans in the northern hemisphere were the first to develop (and spread) modern intelligence, presumably not too dissimilar from the author's own.
6 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Excellent Research 4 juin 2008
Par Mark Gibbs - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This is an excellent piece of detective work by Mr. Collins. He breaks a lot of new ground here, more than in his previous books, where he stands on the shoulders of others more. The author's premise is that ancient civilizations understood man's origins to be extra-terrestrial, and specifically derived from the area of the Galaxy that is home to the Cygnus(Swan) constellation of stars or planets. He travels the globe collecting evidence to support this contention a la Graham Hancock.

For my part, I can find nothing here that is profoundly disagreeable or even unreasonable. I look forward to the author's next work.
5 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Not Worth It 20 mai 2012
Par Aevar - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This is a good book, by an old friend of mine. That is until Amazon got hold of it! Why Kindle a text book that needs the picture to fully utilize the book, when Kindle leaves out the pictures? If Amazon is going to leave out a vital part of the book then at least it should make it obvious on the purchase page. Do not buy this Kindle version of the book, it is not worth the money as a Kindle. However the book in it's normal form or as a good quality PDF is well worth the money.
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