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« on: May 25, 2010, 03:09:33 pm »

Forbidden Archeology

In 1993 Cremo co-wrote Forbidden Archeology with Richard L. Thompson. The book claims that humans have lived on the earth for millions, or billions, of years, and that the scientific establishment has suppressed the fossil evidence for extreme human antiquity.[9] He speaks about a knowledge filter (confirmation bias) as the reason for this suppression. Cremo continues this theme in Forbidden Archeology's Impact (1998) and Human Devolution (2003). Cremo considers himself a "Vedic archeologist", since he believes his findings support the story of humanity described in the Vedas.[2] The Indian magazine Frontline called Cremo and Thompson "the intellectual force driving Vedic creationism".[12]

Cremo's work has attracted attention from Hindu creationists and paranormalists,[2] and he has been a frequent guest on the late-night talk radio show Coast to Coast AM, which specialises in the paranormal and conspiracy theories.[13] His books provided much of the content for the widely criticized 1996 NBC special The Mysterious Origins of Man.[citation needed]

Forbidden Archeology has been criticized for failing to test simpler hypotheses before proceeding to propose more complex ones (a violation of Occam's razor) and for relying heavily on outdated evidence (often from the 19th and early 20th century).[14] Tom Morrow of the National Center for Science Education noted that Cremo's "specimens no longer exist" and called his work pseudoscience.[1]

His book Human Devolution, which like Forbidden Archeology claims that modern man has existed for millions of years, attempts to prove this by citing "every possible research into the paranormal ever conducted anywhere to "prove" the truth of holist Vedic cosmology which proposes the presence of a spiritual clement in all matter (which takes different forms, thereby explaining the theory of "devolution")."[15]

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