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Not a book for those who take security in accepted authority and the reigning consensus, and recoil from challenges to what "everybody knows". But for those who find it stimulating or even exhilarating to consider an entire body of conventional wisdom not just questioned but demolished and reconstructed from the ground up, not on the strength of some hare-brained fancy but backed by a wealth of cross-disciplinary evidence amassed in the course of research that has taken decades, one of those reads that will leave the world never quite the same again.
This is part one of a projected six-volume work that comprehensively develops and expands on the theory presented in David Talbott's The Saturn Myth, (1980), that Earth originally existed as a companion of a brown dwarf star, the post-nova remnant of which we now see as the planet Saturn, which became part of the present solar system in a series of catastrophic events that occurred within the time of humans and were recorded in the forms of myth, art, and religion.
Ancient texts and astronomical lore from all parts of the world describe a different sky from that familiar today, and are unanimous in describing the object we know as Saturn once shone as a stationary sun above the northern hemisphere, and proclaiming it the ruler of the heavens, placed at the head of every pantheon warring and consorting in, and showering retribution from the skies--not merely symbolized or projected from deranged or overactive imaginations, but seen there.
Supporting the account deduced from ancient art and writings is a compendium of evidence drawn from from such contemporary sources as geology, palaeontology, astrophysics, and plasma cosmology. In many instances the Saturn interpretation offers what appear to be highly plausible answers to puzzles that are yet to be resolved persuasively within orthodox science. An example is the awesome and terrifying displays of celestial electrical activity, and tremendous discharges impacting upon the surface of Earth itself, preserved in thousands of instances of petroglyph art and symbolic representations that capture precisely the forms observed today in plasma laboratories.
The uniformitarian dogma that constrains much of today's mainstream scientific thinking holds that the Earth and the Solar System have remained essentially as we see them for long epochs of time, and apart from events that can be safely consigned to remote parts of the cosmos or the remote past, change is gradual and nonthreatening. Since the world views of ancient peoples cannot be reconciled with what we see today, they have no connection with reality. With no ideological preconceptions as a starting point, Cardona takes the true scientific path of simply following the evidence wherever it seems to be leading. Not only a fascinating exercise in cultivating open-mindedness and giving consideration to alternative persepectives, but also a refreshing acknowledgement that the ancients knew what they saw and what they were talking about, and perhaps have some important things that they went to such effort to tell us.
See Flare Star
for the second volume in the series
"[Cardona's] even-handed treatment and self-skepticism are refreshing, especially in contrast to the smug evangelism of NASA press releases."