by JF

John Ackerman’s latest continuance of his completely iconoclastic conjectures on astronomical history which he calls, appropriately enough, “Cyclic Catastrophism.” This is the second book by John Ackerman I have read. What Mr. Ackerman does, if may be too cursory in trying to be succinct, is to examine a broad spectrum of ancient historical texts from sundry bygone civilizations, and wherever modern, mainstream scholars interpret ancient myths as myths, Ackerman interprets them as recording the movements, events, and physical aspects of the planets of the solar system many centuries ago. His departure from conventional astronomy and history is about as radical as can be imagined while still remaining entirely rational and plausible.

The main difference between this work, and the other work by Ackerman that I had read (PELEH) is that here the focus is a bit more exclusively concerned with ancient Egypt and the meaning behind the religious/astronomical symbols left behind by it. Still, there is a good deal of academic overlap between the two books.

What this reader appreciates the most about Ackerman is how deftly he weds his dissident astronomical suppositions with the Holy Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, and not at all as a non-believer in their authenticity. Interestingly, in his system of outrageous-but-fathomable speculations he seeks to explain the following miraculous events of the Bible: the Red Sea crossing; manna from Heaven; the sudden extirmination of the Assyrian forces under Sennacherib surrounding Jerusalem, etc.

In this book alone, besides ancient Egypt, Ackerman draws from the ancient texts of the following fossilized cultures: Phoenicia, Sumeria, Maya, ancient Japan, ancient Greece, ancient Israel, ancient China, ancient India, and even Algonquin Indian.

This book is 80 pages in all and is intellectually dense, with many photos comparing ancient Egyptian symbols with certain key physical attributes of the planet Mars. It is probably fair to say that the planet Mars is the most important planet in Mr. Ackerman’s hypothesis (after Earth, of course).

If I had to pick only one single-sentence quote from this book which best sums up all of Ackerman’s work so far, it would be wherein he writes, “The primary problem with modern astrophysicists is their refusal to accept and absorb the priceless knowledge present in these universally available documents.”

Now, one cannot read an arcane work like this and not come away with serious, head-scratching questions, and I have several. For example, when Ackerman writes that the Egyptian pyramids were built only and basically as immovable life preservers for the ancient Egyptian population to survive cyclic catastrophic mega-floods of the Mediterranean Sea, I wish he would address (unless I missed it?) the reason behind the incredibly intricate inner passageways of at least the Great Pyramid.

Like I said, I have several other questions. But the one that definitely befuddles me the most completely is where Ackerman writes about an “enormous sub-human gene pool” on the Earth prior to what he calls the ejection of “priori Mars.” “Enormous sub-human gene pool”? I am afraid he lost me there. Either I was not paying sufficient attention, or else he did not explain this idea thoroughly enough. I honestly have no idea which.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ