Scientific views from civilisations in pre-history

‘In his Dialogues, Plato writes about how the early ancestors of the Greeks and Egyptians had developed a technically advanced culture, but their intellectual achievements had been later lost due to humanity’s endurance of global conflagration and deluge that culminated around 11,600 years ago.’ So wrote Paul A. LaViolette, Ph.D, in his book ‘Genesis of the Cosmos: the ancient science of continuous creation,’ Other scholars date the Universal Deluge around 13,000 years ago.

He also wrote that ‘Geological evidence indicates that from 14,000 BCE until about 9,600 BCE the Earth’s climate experienced abrupt changes that brought it out of the last ice age.’ Indeed, according to D.S.Allen and J.B.Delair (in ‘Cataclysm: compelling evidence of a cosmic catastrophe in 9,500 BC) the explosion of the Vela Supernova about 13,000 years ago led to a large fragment of this star impacting disastrously upon our solar system around 9,500 BC.

In support of the thesis that highly advanced civilisations had previously existed, LaViolette also wrote that ‘Mysterious megalithic structures of possible pre-historic origin’ have been found at various sites throughout the world, such as the Temple of the Sphinx adjacent to the Giza Sphinx; the cyclopean fortress at Baalbeck in Lebanon; the strange statues on Easter Island; and the pre-Incan fortresses, temples and walls found at Ollantaytambo, Tiahuanaco and Sacsahuaman in the Peruvian Andes. The immense size of the blocks and the way they are interlocked to form some of these monuments suggest their construction utilized techniques far in advance of those available to known ancient civilizations.’

He then quotes Manetho, an Egyptian priest of the 3rd century BCE, as maintaining that Egyptian prehistoric civilisation began more than 30,000 years ago. The Egyptologist R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz is then quoted as estimating Egyptian civilisation at about 41,000 years ago – ‘that from the dawning of the historical period … there existed a complete writing, a carefully established calendar, a social order, a census, and a perfectly ordered myth and cult …’ John Anthony West, another Egyptologist, is also quoted thus: ‘Egyptian civilisation was not a development, it was a legacy.’ So, how rich is our prehistory?

LaViolette, a mythologist and modern scientist, then casts a significant challenge at our feet. He suggests that the creation myths of ancient times encode a theory of cosmology. As stated on the back cover of his book, ‘… matter is continually growing from seeds of order that emerge spontaneously from the surrounding quantum chaos.’ Vow! His thesis is that ‘By concealing abstract scientific concepts in entertaining stories that were meaningful to tribal cultures, the science would have survived through the generations even though its carriers might not understand its significance.’

Where do we go from here? LaViolette finds ‘remarkable parallels between the cutting edge of scientific thought and creation myths from the dawn of civilisation.’ Thus, from a ‘subtle ether that is inherently unobservable,’ ‘the primordial ether, the prime substance out of which all physical form later took shape,’ ‘actively transmuting’ processes result in a metaphysical realm. From this is generated the physical realm – ‘a more visible aspect of the metaphysical.’ He cites ancient and durable myths as ‘carriers of this cosmological knowledge.’

The import of all this is that, as seemingly known to ancient civilisations, there pre-existed a flux of ether from which the Cosmos, both explicit and implicit arose. It seems that it was (is?) just there – ever-lasting, but contributing to never-ending change.

There we have it: myth, modern science, and mysticism merged to suggest a Cosmos with neither beginning nor end – as I was taught as an enquiring boy!