Book Beginnings on Friday October 12, 2012


Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include  include the title and author so others know what you’re reading.


My Book Beginning this week is from Intervention (How Humanity from the future has changed its own past) by Alan Butler.


Growing up as I did in the 1960’s and 1970’s, I was introduced to a raft of information that had become extremely popular at that time.  The genre was heralded by the arrival of an author called Erich von Daniken.”  From the first two sentences of the Introduction


“A couple of hours’ journey northeast of Beirut, in Lebanon is the beautiful Bekka Valley.” The first sentence of Chapter One.


 I was immediately intrigued by the concept and requested and received the book from Netgalley.  Here is the what I read about the book.


From Alan Butler, the bestselling author of Who Built the Moon? and Civilization One, comes a persuasive new theory about humankind’s origins, evolution and historical turning-points being planned and directly affected by humans from the future.

Many key events in the history of humankind show evidence of having been intended by human beings from the future, who took specific actions that would steer the world in a particular direction. Time travellers – some of them anonymous, some celebrated in history – have made alterations to our planetary and global environment (the creation of the Moon, the extinction of the dinosaurs) that were necessary to allow us to exist and to develop as an intelligent species. They have also left us markers that show what steps we need to take to progress further. All these interventions were placed retroactively within the ‘timeline’ for future generations, not for those immediately affected.


Key interventions include:


The creation of the Moon  If the Moon did not exist, nor would we. The author demonstrates that the Moon was built to make it possible for the Earth to become an incubator of life. The megalithic yard  Neolithic peoples created a sophisticated, fully integrated system of measurements based on the actual size and mass of the Earth – a ‘marker’ for future scientific developments, surfacing again, apparently out of the blue, in 18th-century Washington, DC.


But the most spectacular revelation lies in our future. By looking at the mathematics underlying many of the inventions, we discover, with unexpected precision, when our first contact with our future selves will happen. This will occur within the lifetime of most readers of this extraordinary book. 



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