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Graham Hancock - The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth's Lost Civilisation

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Author & Journalist

Graham Hancock is a maverick explorer and author whose work has carved a unique niche in the realm of alternative history and consciousness exploration. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Hancock has spent decades challenging mainstream narratives and delving into the mysteries that lie at the intersection of ancient civilizations, spirituality, and human consciousness.

In this milestone London Real interview, watch as Graham explains his views that “we are a species with amnesia” as well as discussing the academic response to his work and why he decided to write his latest book, “Magicians Of The Gods”.

Hancock’s intellectual journey began with a fascination for ancient cultures and the profound questions surrounding human existence. His early experiences, including extensive travel and exposure to diverse cultures, laid the foundation for a worldview that transcended conventional boundaries.

In the 1970s, Hancock embarked on a career in journalism, contributing to esteemed publications such as The Economist and serving as the East Africa correspondent for The Guardian. His journalistic pursuits equipped him with the skills to investigate, question, and communicate, a skill set that would prove invaluable in his later endeavours.

Graham Hancock burst onto the alternative history scene with the publication of his seminal work, “Fingerprints of the Gods,” in 1995. In this thought-provoking tome, he presented a radical reinterpretation of human history, proposing the existence of an advanced civilization predating the known ancient cultures. Hancock questioned the conventional timeline of human development, pointing to archaeological anomalies and megalithic structures as potential evidence of a lost and highly sophisticated society.

The book was met with both enthusiasm and scepticism, but its impact on the public’s perception of history was undeniable. Hancock’s ability to articulate complex ideas with clarity and conviction resonated with readers seeking a fresh perspective on the mysteries of our past.

Beyond the exploration of ancient civilizations, Graham Hancock’s journey extended into the realms of mysticism, spirituality, and consciousness. His interest in altered states of awareness and shamanic traditions led him to experiment with psychoactive substances, particularly Ayahuasca, a plant-based brew used in traditional Amazonian ceremonies.

Hancock documented his personal experiences and insights gained from these explorations in works like “Supernatural” (2005), where he examined the role of altered states in shaping human spirituality and the evolution of consciousness. Rather than merely advocating for psychedelic use, Hancock emphasised the importance of approaching these substances with respect and intention, viewing them as tools for personal and spiritual growth.

While some may dismiss his theories as speculative, others appreciate Hancock’s willingness to venture into uncharted territory and ask questions that mainstream academia might overlook. His openness to alternative perspectives has resonated with a diverse audience seeking a more holistic understanding of our collective past.

Graham Hancock remains a relevant and compelling voice in the fields of alternative history, consciousness exploration, and spirituality. His influence extends beyond the written word, encompassing lectures, interviews, and engagements with audiences eager to explore the mysteries of existence.

Hancock’s legacy lies not only in his theories but also in his advocacy for intellectual curiosity, open-minded inquiry, and the integration of diverse perspectives. Whether one agrees or disagrees with his ideas, there is no denying the impact he has had on expanding the horizons of thought and encouraging individuals to question the narratives that shape our understanding of the world.

Chapters

00:00 | Trailer
02:45 | Brian’s thoughts on the episode
06:29 | Brian’s Introduction
08:00 | ‘Fingerprints of the Gods’ controversially proposes we are a species with amnesia
09:00 | How a trip to Ethiopia led to Atlantis and its mystery
14:48 | The past as an ideological subject, controlled to keep society producing and consuming
17:06 | Academia and their media friend’s reaction to his radical interpretation of the past
20:24 | Ted removes Graham’s and Rupert Sheldrake’s 2013 Tedx talks
24:18 | What is a step too far for Tedx
25:00 | Graham awaits the day when Richard Dawkins has his first DMT trip
27:14 | Psychedelic experiences for research into the origin of cave art, shook him to his core
33:19 | Is there progress towards acceptance of psychedelics
38:04 | Britain is going backwards whilst America goes forward
40:08 | Does it have an effect on society in States where Cannabis is now legal
42:20 | The reason for the rise in support for Donald Trump
44:28 | Graham’s relationship with Cannabis
48:49 | Graham and Brian talk about Joe Rogan and his show
52:10 | Ayahuasca and San Pedro experiences and Governmental control
1:01:28 | When using psychedelics it is very important to be clear to make the intention for good
1:04:18 | When writing novels, he feels just like a kid playing computer games, totally in it and loving it
1:06:43 | Why Graham felt the need to take a break from writing non-fiction
1:08:32 | A book Graham would like to write with his wife, a photographer
1:10:03 | North America may hold the key to finally finding out what happened to our ancestors
1:12:43 | The reason Graham decided he had to write ‘Magicians of the Gods’1:22:06 How Graham embraces his ego, its useful and negative sides
1:23:39 | What precious thing should be embraced, celebrated, loved and enjoyed
1:24:15 | How he is trying to work on one of his faults
1:25:31 | Success secrets
1:25:59 | Who he considers successful
1:26:16 | Advice to the younger generation
1:27:17 | Brian’s summing up.

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