le 4 juillet 2014
Some will tell you this is pure phantasm or fantasy, and actually I would mostly agree, and yet I consider such a book as a must in the capture of the emergence of Homo Sapiens from Homo Erectus in Africa and his migration afterwards to the whole world.
Let me first start with the fundamental flaws of this book which are the main arguments in the book and its main conclusions. As for that the Epilog of the book is a concentrated set of such hypothetical assumptions asserted as if they were proved evidence.
“The view that aliens or extraterrestrials could have founded ancient civilizations continues to be unfashionable among researchers in general. . . It is a most superb irony that a race of intelligent beings may really exist in our neighborhood in space who are reptilian and repulsive by our standards, and yet have founded our human civilization. A race that would traverse space would certainly have achieved genetic engineering and the ability to regenerate themselves and thereby achieve long and extended life.” (p. 259)
Of course he knows the main objection: where are the archeological proofs of these saurians and what’s more what he states as being the Homo-saurus that Adam and the “humans” of his generation were. So he speaks of UFOs and of surviving in all the caves and tunnels that exist here and there. Since with satellite surveillance nothing can escape our scrutiny, I guess his argument would be they have invented invisibility cloaks and/or it is a plot of the industrial-military-bureaucratic complex to hide the truth. Note he speaks of these saurians as a “race” which is not at all acceptable. It can only be a species and not a race.
He comes to this idea by asserting again something unacceptable:
“. . . Evolution cannot account for the emergence of Homo sapiens or modern man. . . Homo sapiens happened virtually overnight. . . There is no evidence of intermediary stages that would indicate a gradual change from Homo erectus the ape-man to Homo sapiens, modern man. . . Homo sapiens is the product of a sudden revolutionary event. . . Then suddenly and inexplicably, some 40,000 years ago, a new race [sic] appeared from nowhere – Cro-Magnon Man, the creature we call Homo sapiens or thinking man.” (p. 259)
He has it all wrong. For him, he repeats it several times, modern man is Cro-Magnon and this shows the emergence of modern man for him goes back to 40,000 years at the most. Today we consider it goes back at least to 300,000 years ago. His hypothesis is that Homo sapiens appeared in the Middle East and spread from there. We have archeological proof that Homo sapiens emerged in Africa, spread south and north in Africa first before spreading out of Africa and the movement out started at least 150,000 years ago since we found Homo sapiens remains on Crete dated around 150,000 years ago. Even in his perspective of the “creation” of this Homo sapiens “race” in the Middle East, he does not explain how it was transported to western France to become Cro-Magnon. I guess it must be some interstellar space craft that did it.
But that is definitely not enough. He has his own vision of the “creation” of man.
“. . . modern man. He seems to have been created and developed in two stages. Man was first conceived as a slave worker; at this time, he was mostly reptilian in appearance and nature, probably only one-third mammal. The second change increased his mammal nature so that he lost his scaly skin and hide and could reproduce himself. He developed soft skin and hair and now required the use of clothing for comfort and protection. This is metaphorically called “the Fall of Man” in Biblical terms.” (p. 259)
And here we reach the basic phantasm, nearly better than Harry Potter and Ron L. Hubbard. These reptilian extraterrestrials came to the Middle East and did their business there in the Garden of Eden, though they had to move it because of the Flood. He believes that all the tales, stories, myths and religions produced in that Middle East have to be considered as reflecting what really happened and it is only necessary to translate the words used in these tales, most of them literary, including the Bible, into advanced technological terms. Then we have rockets, space shifts, launching pads, weapons of mass destruction, nuclear weapons, and whatever you need to make these saurians who left no bones behind them, even in the shape of the reptilian-mammal slaves or in the still reptilian-mammal procreation-abled Adam after his fall. He then concludes that Sumerian is the first human culture and that all cultures in the world come from Sumerian, though he knows Akkadian next to it is Semitic, he seems to treat Sumerian as if it were Semitic or as if such differences as Semitic languages, isolating languages, agglutinative languages and synthetic-analytical languages did not matter. It is all the same part and parcel and it does not deserve any scrutiny.
He believes then that the Bible is the acme of this culture though it is nothing but a rewriting of what was told before. Anyway it is a direct or slightly indirect reflection of what really happened.
That leads us to a time line that is pure fantasy: the Deluge is the turning point and you have the antediluvian period which was Eden-like though the newly procreation-abled Adam peopled this Garden of Eden with beings who defaced the world so that the gods decided to destroy it with the Flood. We wonder where the Ice Age is in this approach, an Ice Age that peaked at 19,000 years BCE and the post Ice Age melting of the ice cap started seriously around 12,000 BCE. From 12,000 BCE to 0 BCE/CE the water went up 120 meters, that is to say one meter every century. He sure knows that today’s continental platform was entirely uncovered and that the rise of oceans and seas meant that continental platform disappeared under water. It is quite normal for human and animal life to have moved, retreated south away from the ice and to have occupied these platforms that were free of water for at least 10,000 years. His Deluge is nothing but that rising of oceans and seas after the Ice Age. It was a slow process but it went along with a tremendous climate change that we cannot even imagine, with enormous floods in rivers at certain times, floods that overflowed the plains and with tremendous rains always because of the melting of the ice.
This event was universal and so it explains why it is found in all cultures all over the world in a way or another with human communities that had all migrated out of Africa long before the Ice Age. If you take into account such a time line, man was able to evolve with a few naturally selected mutations that were adapted to man’s new “life style” as a bipedal long distant fast runner he became somewhere around 300,000 years ago when he moved out of the forest to go into the savanna. R.A. Boulay ignores the fact that these mutations provided man with the larynx, articulatory apparatus and neuronal/cerebral coordinating controls needed to invent articulated language without which migrations even in Africa would not have been possible. R.A. Boulay ignores that the human species is characterized by progressive processing of the stimuli they get from the outside world. First man senses (sensations), then man perceives (perceptions, first cerebral processed recordings of analyzed sensations in patterns), then man observes, then man experiments, then man speculates and finally man conceptualizes. All that as soon as the brain shifts from perception to observation needs a tool that gives “names” to things, and that is articulated language. It is this tool that accelerates evolution and that produces religion, science, philosophy, arts, etc. In other words R.A. Boulay’s vision reduces man to a substandard mammal “race” with a good share of reptilian genetic heritage, both meaning great intellectual limitation.
And yet this book is necessary and you need to read it carefully because it is the acme of human ranting and raving fantasy for one. We need fantasy to survive. And because it gives a tremendous number of references, sees a great amount of connections between older literature in the Middle East region, though he can only take it into account in its first written recorded form which is in Sumerian. So he can ignore the fact that this culture maturated on the Irani plateau from 45,000 years ago when these men arrived from Africa to some 12,000 years ago when they came down from the plateau either east or west, the Indo-Aryan civilization and the Indo-European civilization. Cro-Magnon arrived in Europe 45,000 years ago or so, long before this Irani plateau population came down from it and at the time when it arrived there. He should have heard though of Zoroastrian culture and of Zarathustra. But apparently it is not in his field of interest.
But it is true we can see a tremendous amount of parallel invention, at times direct descent from one culture to the next and the Bible is one among many others. In fact he has exactly the same mental attitude as the one he criticizes in academia: he is entirely locked up in one vision and he does not see that his vision is in the eye of the beholder, in other words in his eye, just like representatives of academia may often be locked up in what level of thinking they have reached at a certain age in their career and seem unable to imagine or consider alternative approaches. They condemn themselves to repeating in their older age what they had conceived in a younger age, but at least what they had conceived was based on strict procedural exploration. They just forget that things are changing and in this field of knowledge discoveries over the last fifteen to twenty years have completely transformed our way of thinking and our way of seeing because our eye has been transformed by these discoveries and what we see is in the eye of the beholder who then thinks accordingly.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU