Hittites, Assyrians, Greeks, and Romans built structures atop the mound and lived upon it, but none guessed at its abyssal past. That horizon, as he judged it, represented the petulance of scholar-specialists who had succumbed to the dogmatism and complacency that overtake all ensconced authority sooner or later.
But do they really know what they know or are they merely being professional such that, like all professionals nowadays, their choler boils over preemptively concerning any idea not fully vetted by the peer-review committee of Soporifica?
The modern mentality therefore distrusts poetry and literature and in distrusting poetry and literature it must distrust history.
A Neolithic Town in Anatoliahe altered forever the standing picture of human social development. If consciousness were literary and historical then a society bent on its own anti-historical premises and resentful of the literary archive would soon have divested itself of consciousness.
Thoughtful people will perforce take literary speculations about the past seriously because they possess no other access to the past. By way of a natural response to such stories and claims, educated people tend to arch their eyebrows and frown condescendingly.
Its priestly elites study the celestial movements, correlate them with the agricultural cycle, and interpret worldly events for the people. His critics complained of his amateur status because he held no degree.
Rudbeck and the others produced large-scale prose studies alleging to prove that all known historical civilizations, and by extension modern civilization, stemmed or stem from a unique matrix-civilization that existed ten thousand years ago — and whose memory has informed myth and legend.
Archeology itself was invented by readers such as the autodidact Schliemann, with his love of Homer, and the classically trained Arthur Evans —later knighted, who did for Central Crete what Schliemann did for Northwest Asia Minor.
Plato makes a point related to that which he makes in The Allegory of the Cave in The Republic, namely that consciousness is subject to complacency and diminution and that the worst epistemological disease is the paradoxical one of the erroneous certitude that increases while consciousness blithely abets its own diminution.
Historians have long since tidied up history and set all the dates. The zodiac is as much a monument as any standing stone or stone circle and in its way more permanent than any dolmen or obelisk.
The society must begin again at the degree-zero of collective memory. It is not in the character of the genuinely poetic to be literal in any case because poetry deals in the subtleties of metaphor and inference.
Literature, Statecraft, and World OrderCharles Hill attributes the chaos of the prevailing geopolitics to the abysmal historical education of the Ivy-Leaguers and their peers who staff the foreign ministries of the nations.
This is not to say that they will take those speculations literally. Toynbee — A wave palpably hoists the great metallic vessel: Even when archeology supplies artifacts to the historian, the historian must still rely on his imagination to reconstruct the forms and meanings that the items represent.
Schliemann provides a case for something else that the open-minded should take into consideration. Schoch has always vindicated himself on evidence, but he has also repeatedly suffered the slings and arrows of academic detractors who regard him as a professional outsider lacking the proper credentials and trespassing on archeology.
Like Napoleon III through his amanuensis Baron Haussmann in the Paris of the Second Empire Phorenice seeks the demolition and reconstruction of the Atlantean metropolis along lines that she considers appropriate to her imperium.
As Thom proved, Stonehenge is a celestial observatory, meticulously laid out accurately to predict regular celestial events — mathematical in its conception.
Michell came to believe in the total inadequacy of the existing horizon of history. The massiveness and complexity of the monuments betoken something else about the societies that raised them.Dear Michael, Thank you very much for your comment.
Thomas Bertonneau — who also thanks you — asked me to post his response. Here it is: Michael Presley’s remark that contemporary institutional discourse – for example, the college-textbook version of history – is ideologically driven goes to the core of the argument that I have tried to make in my essay.
The Elements of Critical Thinking - Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skilfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing and/or evaluating information gathered from or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.Download