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From Atlantis to the Sphinx


    From Atlantis to the Sphinx is a work of non-fiction by the British author, Colin Wilson, with the subheading Recovering the Lost Wisdom of the Ancient World. Using the Sphinx as his starting point, Mr Wilson explores the ramifications of an alternate time-line for civilisation, arguing that an advanced civilisation existed in traditionally pre-historic times: the fabled Atlantis mentioned by Greek philosopher Plato in his work Timaeus.
    The book explores the connexion between astronomy and mythology, arguing that ancient man used Lunar knowledge (intuition) as opposed to modern man's Solar knowledge (logic) to interpret the universe, and therefore possessed an entirely different (but equally valid) mentality to modern man, an outlook based on "seeing the big picture" instead of attempting to break down the universe into its constituent parts, as is the wont of logic.
    Exploring this point further, Mr Wilson uses this idea of civilisations founded on Lunar Knowledge coupled with exhaustive observation of, and calculations based upon, astronomy to explain the monumental (and seemingly spontaneous) achievements of ancient cultures, such as the Pyramid Complex at Giza in Egypt.
    Although mentioning The Golden Bough by James Frazer, he argues that the essential weakness of that work is that Frazer attributes the fundamental mythological systems to the beginnings of the arming cultures, and specifically to fertility. Wilson, agreeing with Hamlet's Mill by Giorgio Santillana, places the genesis of mythology previous to this, linking the fundamental myths to astronomical occurrences, such as the Precession of the Equinoxes.
    The main observations drawn by Mr Wilson are that our ancient pre-homo sapiens ancestors have been shown to possess equal intelligence to modern man, their apparent lack of technological achievement being explained by the needlessness of it based upon their completely different, intuitive and all-embracing mentality. Over time, a more logical and dissecting mentality evolved, leading to the traits which mark modern civilisations. The evidence of these older advanced cultures, which were probably in existence before 10,000 B.C., challenge the modern perception of our forefathers being backward, lacking intelligence and advanced levels of communication, and generally our inferior.


    1 Egyptian Mysteries
    2 The New Race
    3 Inside the Pyramid
    4 The Forbidden Word
    5 The Realm of the White Gods
    6 The Antiquity of Man
    7 Forbidden Archaeology
    8 More Forbidden Archaeology
    9 Of Stars and Gods
    10 The Third Force

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    Flem-Ath, Rand and Rose,
    When the Sky Fell. Weidenfeld, 1995
    Gilbert, Adrian and Cotterell, Maurice,
    The Mayan Prophecies. Element, 1995
    Hancock, Graham,
    The Sign and the Seal, Heinemann, 1992
    Hancock, Graham,
    Fingerprints of the Gods. Heinemann, 1995
    Hapgood, Charles,
    Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings, Turnstone Books, 1979
    Jaynes, Julian,
    The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, Houghton Mifflin, 1976
    Lamb, Bruce,
    Wizard of the Upper Amazon. Houghton Mifflin, 1971
    Santillana, Giorgio and von Dachend, Herta,
    Hamlet's Mill, Godine, 1977
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    Sacred Science, Inner Traditions Internation, 1988
    Temple, Robert,
    The Sirius Mystery. Sidgwick and Jackson, 1976
    West, John Anthony,
    Serpent in the Sky, Wildwood House, 1979