The article we’re writing about was found at the website of Lew Rockwell, which is described here by Wikipedia as “libertarian web magazine.” One would assume that they advocate limited government and free markets, and perhaps they do; but as Wikipedia says, “The website has sometimes provided a forum for fringe and heterodox science …”
Remember that word — fringe. It means, dear reader, this ain’t Reason Magazine. The item that caught our attention is titled Michael Cremo on Forbidden Archeology, Our Billion-Year-Old Human History and the Spiritual Satisfaction of the Vedas
It’s a reprint from something called The Daily Bell of an interview with Michael Cremo, whose name we used to encounter on the internet years ago, but not so much lately. It’s good to run into him again. Wikipedia describes Cremo as: “an American Hindu creationist whose work argues that modern humans have lived on the earth for billions of years.” But there’s more. He’s the author of Forbidden Archeology, which Wikipedia says: “claims that humans have lived on the earth for millions, or billions, of years, and that the scientific establishment has suppressed the fossil evidence for extreme human antiquity.”
The interview reproduced at Rockwell begins with an introduction of Cremo, which says that he is “on the cutting edge of science and culture issues.” They appear to be presenting him as a respected intellectual whose opinions deserve attention. Now you know what we’re dealing with today.
There is so much strangeness in this interview that we can’t begin to reveal it all to you. We’ll give you only a few excerpts, with bold font added by us, and then you can click over to the Rockwell site to savor this material on your own. The “questions” come from The Daily Bell, and the “answers” are from Cremo. Here we go:
Question: You are a Hindu creationist. What does that mean?
Answer: Although all Christians are creationists, the term is generally used for those Christians who do not accept the Darwinian theory of evolution. It is the same with Hinduism. Hinduism includes lots of different spiritual traditions. Some worship one God, some worship many gods. I belong to a Hindu tradition that accepts one supreme God, known by the name Krishna. I believe God, by whatever name people know him, did not use Darwinian evolution to create human beings and other species of life. Therefore some people call me a Hindu creationist.
We wrote about this phenomenon almost three years ago (see Hindu Creationism, Just Like Our Own). This is a good example of why our insistence on science in general and evolution in particular is in no way an attack on Christianity. Let’s read on:
Question: Your father was a military intelligence officer. How did this influence you?
Answer: It influenced me in two ways. First of all, our family moved around a lot when I was growing up, to different places in the United States and abroad. This opened my mind to the reality that there is more than one way of looking at the world. … Second, because my father was involved in intelligence work, I was aware that there is such a thing as secret knowledge.
Oooooooh! Secret knowledge! Cremo’s answer continues:
According to that theory [evolution], humans like us first appeared on earth less than 200,000 years ago. But because of my familiarity with intelligence work, I realized there might be some facts that were not being included in the textbooks. So I decided to look beyond the textbooks. I started looking at the original scientific reports, in many different languages, from the time of Darwin to the present. When I did that I discovered many reports of discoveries of human bones, human artifacts, and human footprints many millions of years old. I documented those reports in my book Forbidden Archeology.
Are you beginning to realize, dear reader, that Cremo is a man who has uncovered ancient truths that have been kept secret from mere mortals like us? He knows things! The interview goes on:
Question: Is it true you decided to devote your life to Krishna in the early 1970s, after receiving a copy of the Bhagavad Gita at a Grateful Dead concert?
Answer: Yes that is true. The copy was not exactly free. I gave a donation for it. I took the book home and read it very carefully. In the front of the book was a notice that readers could write to the publisher for more information. So I did that and learned that the book was published by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, which had centers throughout the world. I decided to visit one of the centers, and I was surprised to see the young people there living the teachings of the book. … I do not claim to have a monopoly on truth. I think one can find truth in a lot of different places. But I found mine in this place.
He’s talking about what is popularly known as the Hare Krishna movement. Perhaps you have seen some of them singing their Hare Krishna mantra in public places. One more excerpt, and then you can read the interview in full:
Question: You claim that people have lived on the earth for millions, or billions, of years, and that the scientific establishment has suppressed the fossil evidence for extreme human antiquity. Can you give us some examples?
Answer: Let me explain a little about suppression of evidence. What I am talking about here is not some conspiracy to suppress truth. Instead, I am talking about something that historians of science and philosophers of science have understood for a long time, namely that theoretical preconceptions often influence how scientists respond to evidence. I call this process “knowledge filtration.”
Ah yes, it’s all about our preconceptions. We know that you’re anxious to embark upon your adventure of intellectual discovery, so we won’t detain you any longer. Read the entire interview. Then your journey can begin.
See also: Michael Cremo — Cutting Edge Creationist.
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