Weisher (Mysteries of Consciousness, 2005) endeavors to answer the fundamental questions of human existence: Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going?
In this ambitious inquiry, the author draws knowledge from the fields of evolution, anthropology, religion, neurophysiology and alien theory. He begins with a discussion of human evolution, asserting that there was not enough time for the brain to transition from what it was in Australopithecus to what it became in Homo sapiens. The discrepancy, he argues, can be explained by third-party interference. At this point, readers will have to pay close, open-minded attention: Drawing from ancient Sumerian texts, Weisher concludes that alien beings interfered with the evolutionary process. Furthermore, he espouses, those same aliens can be assumed to have been participants in the biblical story of Eden. The author continues on to examine cases of patients he saw as a medical doctor and their experiences surviving clinical death. Using these accounts, as well as stories of past lives reported by people under hypnosis, Weisher argues that there’s an “extraneuronal” beginning of human consciousness—or what some would call the soul. He then examines ancient structures such as the Sphinx, concluding that many of these monuments couldn’t possibly have been created by the human technology of their times. He rounds out his argument for the presence of ancient aliens with accounts of UFO sightings in various countries. Here, as in other chapters, the author forcefully argues against popular scientific ideas. Overall, it’s certainly an enrapturing read. However, the validity of the book’s grand explanation for human existence can be judged by each individual reader. Throughout, there are many logical leaps that some may not agree with, such as the idea that popular scientific concepts are invalid simply because they’re funded by academia. It also may be difficult for readers who aren’t well-versed in the subjects at hand to form a comprehensive opinion of the book.
An intriguing exploration of a whirlwind of concepts, from reincarnation to government conspiracy, tied together by one common thread: the presence of ancient aliens on Earth.
Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.
Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").
This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)