Graham Hancock's Books & Consciousness
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Graham Hancock’s books, Supernatural: Meetings with Mankinds Ancient Teachers, The Master Game, and Entangled: The Eater of Souls, all ask the question, what happens to us when we die? Graham Hancock's books argue against evolutionary biologist and writer, Richard Dawkins’s theory about life and death - That we should enjoy life to the fullest, because when we die there is nothing left. Graham Hancock's books question the validity of the science that Richard Dawkins’s theory has a basis in, and suggests that there is no proof for such a reductionistic and atheistic ideology. Graham Hancock's books dismiss Dawkins’s reductionistic claims as a very narrow-minded anti-religious beliefs that can be no more than an assumption without fact - Just as with many irrational "religious" beliefs.
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Graham Hancock's books show that our society’s legal definition of death is the complete cessation of brain function by evidence of brain wave activity on an electroencephalogram. (An electroencephalogram is a test that detects these electrical activities of the brain using small flat metal disc known as electrodes that are attached to the scalp.)
Graham Hancock's books argue that we are not our brains, or even wholly our own bodies, but that our consciousness is the reigning factor in our being. Hancock refers to this consciousness as our truest self, suggesting we are sparks of light, and that we go beyond the so called ideology known as being “dead”. Scientists such as Richard Dawkins, who believe in theories of Materialistic Reductionism—that is, they believe all things can be reduced to matter— suggest that consciousness doesn’t exist beyond the brain. Graham Hancock describes these reductive scientist views, stating that they see consciousness to be a product of the brains electrical impulses in an order of Darwinian survival, and that this is concurrent with the general model and definition of what we deem as being “dead”. It is to say that at death, our consciousness no longer exists.
This view perpetuates the idea that we are all just matter, and in a sense there is a kind of meaninglessness in that. Hancock compares the brain and consciousness to a T.V. set, believing it to be a transceiver of consciousness, and not so much as a generator of consciousness.
While Graham Hancock's books admit that we aren’t completely sure of what will happen to us upon “death”, he is certain that the only way for the afterlife to exist is by the manifestation of consciousness in a temporal body. This would help to bring us closer to possibilities of reincarnation, and other spiritual realms, where other sciences debunk this idea into pure means of material decay.
Looking at the ancient Egyptian’s beliefs, Hancock concludes that they spent their time seeking to find the truth and honoring life after death. Graham Hancock’s research documents the 5th dynasty pyramids beginning to show hieroglyphs containing “Pyramid Text”. These are the oldest text of the ancient times and what we know today as the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead.
There are also texts written inside of the coffins, and on papyrus scrolls, all of which detail a guide for their deceased’s journey into the afterlife. Hancock suggest that the Egyptian texts show that this journey would not be easy, that the spiritual realm, or what these ancestors called the “Duat”, would come with riddling challenges and ordeals they have never before experienced.
Graham Hancock believes the richly detailed texts of the Egyptians are symbolic and important to our self-understanding. He shows evidence that each individual was believed to experience challenges in the Duat, based on the way they chose to live their life during the ancient periods of their life on earth. Hancock ties this to theories on the “order of consciousness”, and Robert Bauval’s theories on the 3 stars of Orion’s Belt that align with the Pyramids of Giza.
Hancock refers to Giza as the Duat on the ground. Chambers inside the pyramid show hieroglyphic drawings symbolizing reverence and honor for the after-life. In the great Giza pyramid, Graham Hancock points out the drawings of the Goddess Maat in the Judgement Halls of Osiris. He claims the feather she is wearing in her headdress is symbolic of a cosmic justice, a truth, and an order beyond the temporal body. These correlations to the Egyptian mythology and spiritual practice lend themselves to Hancock’s belief in alternative consciousness to access other realms, and the temporal body as a mere conduit for consciousness to pass through, and exist beyond.
- Brandon Petty