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Justin Spring with his daughter Margaret, an archeology student. With Margaret is Hamid, our guide in Egypt.
Although I appreciate the efforts of others in these areas, I find a great deal of the current thinking shoddy. This is due in part to what I see as a severe lack of knowledge about the nature of preliterate cultures and the various art forms (oral epic poems, rock glyphs, statues, cave paintings etc) upon which many alternative theories are based.
Preliterate cultures were essentially artistic cultures and have to be looked at with an artist's intuitive eye if we are to pry loose the real meaning of the vision-messages left by preliterate man. A logical eye is almost useless, and that, unfortunately, is what is being used by most of our investigators.
This is because their investigations mistakenly assumed that the consciousness of early man was the same as our modern, logical, explaining consciousness.
But the consciousness of early man was not like ours.
We know this now because of the pioneering work of Julian Jaynes.
Preliterate man was just as smart as us, but he was also was a highly psychic creature constantly slipping between the physical world and the psychic world, the world he called the Other World.
He experienced things in that world that he comprehended intuitively, not logically. He communicated those intuitions through his art, a much different art than our modern, consciously contrived art, because his art was completely driven by the unconscious, much as our dreams are driven by the unconscious.
That unique capability shaped his vision-messages.
It makes them almost impossible for modern traditional thinkers to understand, as they automatically assume the only world is the observable, physical world and that it can only be understood through the scientific method that has evolved over the past 400 years. Unfortunately, that same prejudiced assumption also guides much of our alternative thinking.
I intend to go into many alternative areas as I can to illustrate the errors that have come about because of the failure to correctly interpret those vision-messages. Hopefully these illustrations will lead to a better way of examining our distant past.