Ancient Apocalypse review – Hancock’s pseudo-archeology given a platform

November 12, 2022
Nicole Ackman 69
Netflix, Streaming Service, TV Reviews
1.5

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This series, unfortunately, gives a platform to Graham Hancock’s pseudo-archeology, which is more speculative than factual. Its redeeming grace is the impressive cinematography.

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1.5

Summary

This series, unfortunately, gives a platform to Graham Hancock’s pseudo-archeology, which is more speculative than factual. Its redeeming grace is the impressive cinematography.

We review the Netflix series Ancient Apocalypse season 1, which does not contain spoilers.

From the first episode of Ancient Apocalypse, host Graham Hancock sets off alarm bells with his frequent mean-spirited jabs towards historians, archeologists, and scientists. The British journalist and pseudo-archeologist has a strong disdain for professionals in the field that he has worked in over the past thirty years, even publishing twelve books. Once you hear his theories about ancient history, it becomes clear why.

Ancient Apocalypse is split into eight roughly half-hour-long episodes, over the course of which Hancock explains his theory about ancient civilizations. He believes that there was an advanced culture that existed before known civilizations that fed into ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Mesoamerica, during the period that historians believe all people were hunter-gatherers. Over the course of the docuseries, he travels across the globe from Turkey to Malta to Indonesia to the Bahamas to attempt to prove his points and find where this “lost civilization” may have been based.

While Hancock often makes his ideas sound very authoritative and factual, they are almost entirely conjecture. Even he acknowledges at points how speculative his thoughts are and how little he’s able to actually prove. Truly, it feels like the kind of faux history that you normally would find playing late at night on the History Channel or Discovery, in between programs on Hitler and aliens. And nothing hurts someone’s credibility in most circles than Joe Rogan appearing as a source in your docuseries. Some episodes are more convincing than others, but his entire premise stands on shaky ground academically.

Fingerprints of the Gods, Hancock’s most successful book, essentially promotes an idea that actually began with 19th-century racist colonizers. The idea that one (presumably white) race was responsible for all the world’s great ancient civilizations undermines the abilities of non-Europeans and has links to white supremacy. (This Twitter thread had more information on the dangers of this line of thought.) In fact, one wonders why Netflix would give a man like Hancock a platform for his anti-intellectual, pseudo-scientific ideas. Perhaps, it’s because his son Sean Hancock happens to be the head of “unscripted originals” at the company.

The television series is well-produced, with good editing and graphics that help bring everything together. However, the true redeeming part of Ancient Apocalypse that makes it watchable is its cinematography. We have cinematographer Will Fewkes to thank for the beautiful shots of the varied locations that Hancock visits. It’s amazing to see these ancient sites up close. If you’re interested in ancient architecture, the series is worth watching just to see the fantastic shots they got across the world. However, be sure to take anything that Hancock says with a grain of salt – or perhaps an entire barrel.

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69 thoughts on “Ancient Apocalypse review – Hancock’s pseudo-archeology given a platform

  • November 12, 2022 at 2:26 pm
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    Wow. Your attempt to even bring racism into the equation just to discredit the autor that never claimed to be a scientist nor an archeologist really show the true nature of this review.
    You are for the propagation of dogma and silencing of opposing views.
    I don’t care for Hancock’s ideas in particular, but I do care for the freedom and the openness to challenge the status quo.
    It doesn’t matter if the new ideas go against your whole life work. Just a new excavation in the right place can destroy years of beliefs. We should only care for data and advancement of science and knowledge. We should NEVER cater to the egos of the established doctrines.
    Very, very poor review. Full of falacies and ad-hominem attacks. Sad.

  • November 12, 2022 at 6:13 pm
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    The author of this article is clearly bought and paid for. The attack on this Hancock for proposing something different, with clear evidence in his favour, and yet weasels like the author of this biased article continue to push against such views.
    To the writer of this article, go and try some Ayahuasca and start living. At the moment I feel you.

  • November 12, 2022 at 6:45 pm
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    I agree the reference to racism is absurd, IMO, not even hinted at! Also, Rogan, was not used as a reference, but he is interested, like most people, in different theories of history and the extra-terrestrial type questions posed by unexplained aerial phenomena. I would put Rogan in the Mulder category, I want to believe, not I do believe. Whilst in the past he may have been a little more one sided, he usually gets guests on to his show with apposing views to present more balance to viewers. Back to Hancock, he presents mostly “I think” scenarios, with lots of maybe and perhaps thrown in, no real evidence. That said, we all know the next shovel turn could change history! These theories from Hancock are not new at all, there are many books on this type of subject going back sometime. The Bimini episode, for me was the worst worst, quoting Plato and others as reliable witnesses! Well we all know how reliable witness evidence is, especially when that evidence was hearsay eg the dating of Atlantis. Whilst there are many sites around the world just as interesting, and mysterious, they are not included, maybe because they have been investigated more and the explanations are in place. You can always make ancient monuments line up to something, and if you are selective enough, you can put a programme together, link half a dozen sites and call it a theory! No real explanation as to why some made pyramids and some complex tunnels. Also, if you link snakes and serpents to an apocalypse because they are on selected sites, you would have a field day with ancient churches and the depiction of gargoyles and grotesques. I have read extensively in to the Hancock style theories and books and they pose more questions than they answer. That said, worth a watch for the scenery. Note how Hancock selects his guides and guests to constantly reinforce his ideas from episode to episode. If you don’t have a questioning nature, you could end up believing this! Enjoy, keep an open mind but look to see what actual evidence is proffered.

  • November 12, 2022 at 7:25 pm
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    The lack of self awareness in bitterness in your review to the point of stooping as low as accusing Hancock of racism says everything we need to know about the author. Its obvious that there is a bias mindset before the viewing, with the true motive behind this is of Hancock himself being unworthy of a platform to share his findings.

  • November 12, 2022 at 7:48 pm
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    Wow, yeah, throwing in that statement accusing racism, when the author himself makes it clear that is not a position he holds, and missing the actual thrust of his argument, that there is way more to the story, is very telling. I grew up right next to a mound site here in the US, and my mother even volunteered on a dig there, and I can tell you, with absolute certainty, evidence was viewed in such as a way as to fit the Official Narrative rather than exploring any other possibilities hinted at by the archeology. The Official Narrative, that encompasses much of American Indigenous history, is way more racist than anything Graham Hancock has ever stated.

  • November 12, 2022 at 8:38 pm
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    This article os utter garbage, poorly written and completely wrong.

  • November 12, 2022 at 8:39 pm
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    Great comment. I agree

  • November 12, 2022 at 8:44 pm
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    Is this a review of the show or a hate piece on Graham Hancock?

  • November 12, 2022 at 9:30 pm
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    Hancock is a good story teller – emphasis on “story“. His narrative relies on setting up ‘academic archeology’ as a straw man that he repeatedly pummels with ad hominem throwaways – but never evidence.

  • November 12, 2022 at 10:52 pm
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    Graham Hancock did a fantastic job of defending and presenting his views on the ancient past. The shows were interesting and beautiful to watch. These shows have done irreversible damage to the credibility of academic archeology. They need to take notice or be disregarded into the garbage can of history.

  • November 13, 2022 at 12:22 am
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    Nobody take this review seriously. 8.3/10 on IMBD gives you all you need to know.

  • November 13, 2022 at 12:33 am
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    This is the most dishonest review I’ve actually ever come across. A blatant hit-piece at best. Ignoring the foolish and baseless claims of Hancock alluding to white supremacy (I say this as an African American), the evidence for his claims is strong, and he does well to bring in actual experts who corroborate his findings. In fact, many of these experts have dedicated their lives to these sites and know more about them than most.
    His claim is simple: humanity seems to have reached an advanced level of civilization long before the mainstream narrative suggest. Advanced, in this case, meaning more advanced than simple hunter gatherer communities. Carbon dating, coupled with the perfect alignment of many of these structures to the position of key constellations, planets and stars as they existed 9000 years ago plus provides incredibly strong evidence for this theory. What’s more, Hancock does an amazing job of pointing out the significance of the advanced megalithic structures beneath the ocean, the building of which been possible before the sea levels rose. This docuseries was truly a fascinating and well-articulated introduction into a budding new frontier of human history.
    Unless you are willing to address the actual points of his argument, you really shouldn’t be attacking them. What a tragedy it is that in this day and age shameless, pseudo-intellectuals like yourself often have the loudest voices.
    I ask that you please stick to click-bate articles about Selena Gomez and reality tv shows and leave the pursuit of progress to the genuinely curious.

  • November 13, 2022 at 12:39 am
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    This is the most dishonest review I’ve actually ever come across. A blatant hit-piece at best. Ignoring the foolish and baseless claims of Hancock alluding to white supremacy (I say this as an African American), the evidence for his claims is strong, and he does well to bring in actual experts who corroborate his findings. In fact, many of these experts have dedicated their lives to these sites and know more about them than most.
    His claim is simple: humanity seems to have reached an advanced level of civilization long before the mainstream narrative suggest. Advanced, in this case, meaning more advanced than simple hunter gatherer communities. Carbon dating, coupled with the perfect alignment of many of these structures to the position of key constellations, planets and stars as they existed 9000 years ago plus provides incredibly strong evidence for this theory. What’s more, Hancock does an amazing job of pointing out the significance of the advanced megalithic structures beneath the ocean, the building of which been possible before the sea levels rose. This docuseries was truly a fascinating and well-articulated introduction into a budding new frontier of human history.
    Unless you are willing to address the actual points of his argument, you really shouldn’t be attacking them. What a tragedy it is that in this day and age shameless, pseudo-intellectuals like yourself often have the loudest voices.
    I ask that you please stick to click-bate articles about Selena Gomez and reality tv shows and leave the pursuit of progress to the genuinely curious.

  • November 13, 2022 at 1:02 am
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    I agree and thanks for reporting the danger of this thought. I believe that anyone can advance his critics, even a non-scientist regarding a science thing. And I appreciate that Hancock brings the question about the fallacies behind the hunter-gatherer story. But academies says nothing against it, they are the first ones that brought this critics against the traditional history and a lot of parts during the episodes are about him complaining about people that wouldn’t be against him. I’m not an academic person, I too believe that a lot of times academies are too “attached” to traditions, but it’s also a generalization. I believe that Graham brings an interesting theme but with that rethoric of the group of advanced people that helped non-Europeans populations and that authoritative talk that he puts about his thoughts, well there’s a problem and thank God he didn’t said they were aliens! (I mean, believe it, who cares, the problem is not the absurdity of it, but the bigoted pattern of thought).
    And the “racism” stuff is not something that want to “silence” the “truth”, like someone in these comments said, I believe that he’s not a racist person, but its a critic that we need for avoiding to end up in a common error that (oh, the irony!) some historians and archeologists do!
    I suggest, to read about a new way to talk about our history, with new discoveries and with a less ethnocentric view, The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber and David Wengrow, unfortunately for now the only one book that passes through my mind right now.

  • November 13, 2022 at 2:19 am
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    From the first paragraph, this reviewer sets off alarm bells with their frequent mean-spirited jabs towards Hancock Truly, it feels like the kind of faux review that you normally would find playing on Vice or Buzzfeed trying to tie everything to Hilter and Racism And nothing hurts someone’s credibility in most circles than being mad at Joe Rogan for existing. Some points are more convincing than others, like how wonderful the series looks, but their entire review stands on shaky ground logically.

  • November 13, 2022 at 2:59 am
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    Wow. This is deplorable. Graham’s wife Santha is black. Of course you didn’t know or acknowledge this… I feel sorry for your small pathetic mind.

  • November 13, 2022 at 4:31 am
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    The racism accusation is disgusting.

  • November 13, 2022 at 4:49 am
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    Thank you for a common sense review of a very dubious TV program. When you consider the careful way that archaeologists and other academics work to painstakingly review and explain their work, it’s a tragedy when such poorly thought out ideas get promoted by Netflix.

  • November 13, 2022 at 5:02 am
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    This review is a joke, the author had her mind up before she even watched the series. Who are you even to give this a review, in the first place? This topic is clearly out of your depth, stick to what you know… Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers.

  • November 13, 2022 at 5:09 am
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    It’s ironic that the host of Ancient Apocalypse talks about how archaeologists are fixed in their thinking, while insisting that these civilizations he admits he knows nothing about, built these structures on sites that they consider to be sacred, like over a spring which he insists they must’ve believed had something to do with the afterworld, while again saying he knew nothing about the civilization. There are plenty of arguments for those structures being built above functional water sources for purposes of generating power, used for medicine, frequency modulation or what have you. He’s just another guy trying to fit the facts in the conclusions he’s already made.

  • November 13, 2022 at 7:21 am
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    The mind is like a parachute. It only works when it’s open.

  • November 13, 2022 at 8:09 am
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    Spoken with the truest intent to discredit Graham and Randall’s decades worth of sweat and tears over a subject they are so amazingly passionate about, that you have to revert to elementary and short-sighted jabs at the men to make yourself feel relevant, while offering no discussion or proof to prove either of them wrong- only your p*ss-poor assumption that their ‘psudo-science’ is nothing of note and purely entertainment. You offer nothing of retort other than a biased opinion that someone else most likely gave you, or your dogmatic high brow nostalgia is fogging your view. Pathetic, really, and EXACTLY what the men speak about in Rogan’s podcast about this very issue. I highly doubt you have the credentials or intellect to step on them like this, you just sound like someone trying their hardest to be relevant and respected but you just come across as an a*s with an inferiority complex. Sad.

  • November 13, 2022 at 9:27 am
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    Woke author… high possibility he is a liberal woke author who wants to cancel opinions

  • November 13, 2022 at 12:47 pm
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    I think it’s great they used rogan in the introduction because it lets the viewers know not to trust anything that follows and expect a program intended for the dim witted. I did watch the first episode to see what the program was about but was left with the impression it was all a sales pitch for a pet theory with wild assumptions.

  • November 13, 2022 at 1:27 pm
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    My goodness, you do seem to have upset the pseudoarchaeological fan boys. And a couple of right-wing nut jobs too. They really don’t like their Emperors nakedness being pointed out, do they?
    If anyone is interested in the weaknesses of Hancock’s ‘ideas’ check out his wiki page and ignore the shrieks of his supporters club here.

  • November 13, 2022 at 1:29 pm
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    Shame on you Nicole.

  • November 13, 2022 at 2:07 pm
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    Labelling Hancock’s theories as faux history is obviously an attack on the man and his work . What is the reviewer’s knowledge of archaeology or history ? Does she even know that history and archaeology are being constantly revised as new discoveries come to
    light ? Does she understand the principle that “The mind is like a parachute , it works only when it’s open” ? Unfortunately this is not
    a review , it’s a piece of rubbish . Do some due diligence Nicole Ackman before you write about things that you know nothing about .
    And keep an open mind too .

  • November 13, 2022 at 3:10 pm
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    This is the first result on Google and it’s just a blatant smear and hate piece against Hancock. The theory presented points out that all our most ancient cultures have very similar stories of a great flood, serpents coming from the sky, and then a traveler that helps people rebuild. Trying to somehow throw racism into that is just preposterous. There is clearly an agenda to keep our past the way it is, even when new sites are discovered that go in a complete 180 from the general consensus, and that is what is depicted in the show. It was a great show for anyone who is curious about our possible past.

  • November 13, 2022 at 3:39 pm
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    I’m sure the people defending this article either work for this publication or are friends of the author. Notice how none of their critiques actually address any of the points in the documentary. It’s very convenient to say that the appearance of Joe Rogan instantly gives people a reason to not watch it. In truth, the information in the documentary is highly scientific, well thought out, and has the support of many leading professionals in the respective fields. The very fact that the mainstream has acknowledged the meteor impact (meltwater pulse 1b) causing the end of the ice age, and Gobekli Tepe dating back to at least 12,000 years ago, means that Graham’s core theory is 100% correct. Yet everyone called him crazy for years before that happened. Only an unreasonable amount of bitterness and pride could cause a person to deny these findings outrightly.
    Just bunged the whole series, highly recommend for anyone interested in this topic.

  • November 13, 2022 at 3:51 pm
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    What a ridiculously biased “review.” Obligatory hate for Joe Rogan, check. Wild and baseless claims of “racism,” check. Needless slander of the host, check. Try putting some of your own biases away and opening up your mind a crack—you might learn something, or at least simply enjoy something entertaining for once. Sheesh.

  • November 13, 2022 at 4:04 pm
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    I don’t see any positive comment so far. I guess the author is better suited for letting us know which Selena Gomez movie is better than to comment on a piece that fully covers theory.

  • November 13, 2022 at 6:34 pm
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    Lol “white supremacy”.

  • November 13, 2022 at 7:32 pm
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    The author fails to mention that every episode of the series features a qualified expert working in the field of archeology, geology, etc who verify that the sites in question are far, far older than history tells us. This is a validation. It’s not just Hancock’s ideas, as if he’s some crackpot who made it up as he went. This article uses the same anti-Hancock talking points that were distributed by the folks opposed to Hancock’s work, copy and paste. Thank God so many intelligent people have already watched the series, and have come here to point out what a terrible review this is.

  • November 13, 2022 at 7:57 pm
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    Gobekli Tepe is 12,000 years old. All academics agree on this. How is Hancock wrong exactly?

  • November 13, 2022 at 9:05 pm
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    There are timestamps what do you mean “the little he is actually able to prove” lazy written article.

  • November 13, 2022 at 9:42 pm
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    I’ve been reading your articles for a while now and I’ve been what you could call a fan, until this review of Hancock. I’m very disappointed in you Nicole, I didn’t know you were capable of such short-mindedness, I hope there is some way you can redeem yourself. Consider yourself having lost a dedicated reader. – Judith.

  • November 13, 2022 at 9:48 pm
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    Hancock in the show: “They like to call me a pseudo-scientist and pseudo archaeologist…”
    This article: “Hancock’s Pseudo-Archaeology given a platform…”

    Also: “From the first episode… Hancock sets off alarm bells with his frequent mean-spirited jabs towards historians, archeologists, and scientists. The British journalist and pseudo-archeologist has a strong disdain for professionals in the field…. Once you hear his theories about ancient history, it becomes clear why.”

    Perhaps mean-spirited because people have spent decades laughing and calling him an idiot? He is asking questions and saying “could it be that…? Is it possible that…? I *think* that…” while “professionals” basically say “no, there’s nothing to see here. We haven’t found any evidence, so there is none. No, we haven’t even looked, why do you ask? We just know it’s not there because we’ve never seen it.”

    And if you want “mean-spirited”, they are on full display in the comments from “experts” that are shown in episode 5 (I think, though perhaps ep. 4).

  • November 13, 2022 at 11:41 pm
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    That’s the laziest clickbait piece of junk. You should be ashamed of yourself. You’ll get clicks though. Go you!

  • November 14, 2022 at 12:09 am
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    Absolutely desperate to see every conceivable thing through the lens of critical race theory. How on earth did you get to ‘Atlantis = white supremacy’?. Did you just have a tantrum as soon as Joe Rohan’s face appeared? Joe ‘live and let live/ smoke a J’ Rogan. I suppose anyone that agrees to go on the most popular podcast in history basically wants Mein Kampf in every home right? That was my overall feeling watching ancient apocalypse. That was definitely it. Yep yep yep. By the sixth episode I had a real craving for book burning and Hugo boss. I knew something was off.

  • November 14, 2022 at 12:20 am
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    You’re spot on Nicole. Atlantis = white supremacy. I knew that rogan fella wasn’t right too. Being all friendly and open minded. Can’t believe Hancock went on his show. He clearly wants a copy of Mein Kampf in every home and this three decade ancient apocalypse stunt is just a cover. After six episodes I had a weird craving for Hugo Boss and book burning. Thanks for opening my eyes! Phew!

  • November 14, 2022 at 12:21 am
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    @ Edoardo, November 13, 2022 at 1:02 am
    Re “The Dawn of Everything”
    “The Dawn of Everything” is a biased disingenuous account of human history (www.persuasion.community/p/a-flawed-history-of-humanity ) that spreads fake hope (the authors of “The Dawn” claim human history has not “progressed” in stages, or linearly, and must not end in inequality and hierarchy as with our current system… so there’s hope for us now that it could get different/better again). As a result of this fake hope p**n it has been widely praised. It conveniently serves the profoundly sick industrialized world of fakes and criminals. The book’s dishonest fake grandiose title shows already that this work is a FOR-PROFIT, instead a FOR-TRUTH, endeavour geared at the (ignorant gullible) masses.
    Fact is human history since the dawn of agriculture has “progressed” in a linear stage (the “stuck” problem, see below), although not before that (www.focaalblog.com/2021/12/22/chris-knight-wrong-about-almost-everything ). This “progress” has been fundamentally destructive and is driven and dominated by “The 2 Married Pink Elephants In The Historical Room” (www.rolf-hefti.com/covid-19-coronavirus.html ) which the fake hope-giving authors of “The Dawn” entirely ignore naturally (no one can write a legitimate human history without understanding and acknowledging the nature of humans). And these two married pink elephants are the reason why we’ve been “stuck” in a destructive hierarchy and unequal class system , and will be far into the foreseeable future (the “stuck” question — “the real question should be ‘how did we get stuck?’ How did we end up in one single mode?” — [cited from their book] is the major question in “The Dawn” its authors never answer, predictably).
    “All experts serve the state and the media and only in that way do they achieve their status. Every expert follows his master, for all former possibilities for independence have been gradually reduced to nil by present society’s mode of organization. The most useful expert, of course, is the one who can lie. With their different motives, those who need experts are falsifiers and fools. Whenever individuals lose the capacity to see things for themselves, the expert is there to offer an absolute reassurance.” —Guy Debord
    A good example that one of the “expert” authors, Graeber, has no real idea on what world we’ve been living in and about the nature of humans is his last brief article on Covid where his ignorance shines bright already at the title of his article, “After the Pandemic, We Can’t Go Back to Sleep.” Apparently he doesn’t know that most people WANT to be asleep, and that they’ve been wanting that for thousands of years (and that’s not the only ignorant notion in the title) — see last cited source above. Yet he (and his partner) is the sort of person who thinks he can teach you something authentically truthful about human history and whom you should be trusting along those terms. Ridiculous!
    “The Dawn” is just another fantasy, or ideology, cloaked in a hue of cherry-picked “science,” served lucratively to the gullible ignorant underclasses who crave myths and fairy tales.
    “The evil, fake book of anthropology, “The Dawn of Everything,” … just so happened to be the most marketed anthropology book ever. Hmmmmm.” — Unknown

  • November 14, 2022 at 1:33 am
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    So, Graham Hancock throws around mean-spirited commentary about “so-called experts” and their arrogance, who have also devoted their lives to the study of history and archeology – and he is an ‘open minded researcher’. But as soon as someone makes any negative comment about Hancock’s attitude and lack of actual facts, they are to be denigrated and claimed to be ‘closed minded’. Alternative ideas are great, but anyone disputing accepted ideas and theories better have more than simply a lot of assumptions.
    History is filled with ideas and inventions that were developed independently by different cultures – perhaps with variations, but nonetheless very similar. There is absolutely no need for some previous ‘great civilization’ to have created everything – after all, where did *they* get it from? It’s like saying the universe simply had to be created by God, because how else would it be – and ignoring the question of where did God come from?
    No matter how badly you might want something to be true, it still requires actual evidence. And since Hancock has been writing books and ‘investigating’ for decades proves nobody is trying to ‘shut him down’. They just aren’t convinced and and think he’s grasping at straws. For those so angry his claims aren’t being taken ‘seriously’, it’s kind of like the ‘stolen election’ nonsense – no real evidence, the experts have discounted it, but there are many who fervently believe just because, well – have an open mind!. Talk about bias…

  • November 14, 2022 at 2:01 am
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    Most people commenting here are obviously uneducated rednecks… this review is accurate, and fair to Hancock, who has no idea what science or data collection entails. Beautiful cinematography, but absolute rubbish content. The idea that this guy is perpetuating, is that these ancient cultures needed some superior society’s guidance in order to achieve their accomplishments is super offensive, and is definitely rooted in racism.

  • November 14, 2022 at 3:05 am
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    I love this review. I haven’t seen the show yet, but looking at the description
    of it and seeing the preview I immediately thought “this has to be pseudo-science and ultimately garbage.” I think most people who disliked this review are gullible to new theories (even those lacking scientific proof) that challenge established theories based on actual evidence. I don’t even need to watch this before I know it’s likely BS. But for the acclaimed cinematography I’ll give it a shot.

  • November 14, 2022 at 4:28 am
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    Hancock has theories I have been wondering about my entire adult life. Why wouldn’t archeologists from all around be interested in checking these places out? Seems like a waste to have so many people who study the subject not go and look further into our history. Why stop at THE END of the ice age????

  • November 14, 2022 at 4:46 am
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    I thought this series on Netflix was fantastic. I told all my family members to watch and enjoy it. While sure he could be wrong about any or all, he could be right about any or all. I know it was thought provoking and makes you think. With what he has over turned, it makes me very disappointed in the rest of the scientific community experienced in this area that they are not diving in as deep to find answers. This is not boring science, it’s awe inspiring.

  • November 14, 2022 at 6:46 am
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    IMBD gave it an 8 out of 10.
    The reviewer is Academia doing what they do best

  • November 14, 2022 at 12:07 pm
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    Disgusting, disingenuous review. Writing hit-pieces in a laughable attempt to discredit rather than engaging with the ideas presented with honesty and consideration only indicates that you have no argument. And no, “but white supremacy!” doesn’t solidify your thesis, it makes you look like a woke idiot, and a nasty one at that.

  • November 14, 2022 at 2:07 pm
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    Watched it. I don’t know if he’s racist, (who cares?) but Hancock is peddling some ridiculous, pseudo-scientific BS. It’s dressed up with lots of language and beautiful imagery to make it seem legit, but there’s nothing there. It will appeal to 9/11 Truthers and people who believe in UFOs. Not my cup of tea.

  • November 14, 2022 at 7:15 pm
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    This may be one of the most appalling, disgusting, and opinionated pieces of “journalism” I’ve ever read. The person responsible for writing this is the quintessential “journalist” that Graham repeatedly talks about being viciously attacked by. I cannot find any merit to any substance within this post. It is simply an attack on the character, race, and ideas of the individual rather than providing anything of evidential significance to support the subjective reasoning of the author. “… his frequent mean-spirited jabs towards historians, archeologists, and scientists [perpetuate his fear-mongering].” What is the point of this post? Exactly that which the author claims to be fighting against. It’s a blatant, mean-spirited jab to discredit the ideas of someone who has decades of field experience and corresponding evidence to support their theories. If Graham Hancock is a pseudo-archeologist then this author is a fitting representation of a “journalist.” Virtue signalling may get you clicks, but it’ll never deliver journalistic integrity. Let the people think for themselves before you smear your politically biased opinion all over a documentary that’s only intended to offer contrary ideas to a mainstream narrative that is hostilely defended, as this post perfectly portrays. Absolutely sickening and disgraceful excuse of a review, the author should be ashamed of themselves.

  • November 14, 2022 at 8:46 pm
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    Hancock shows us maps drawn form the 1500’s that were drawn from earlier maps showing landscapes that were only visible during the Ice Age. I love his use of instrumentation, the radars, thermographs, the ipad star reading device, so many cool electronics. Data is King. Every show is fantastic.

  • November 14, 2022 at 11:48 pm
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    So archeologists can take more then jabs at him but get mad when he takes a few jabs back. They deserved everything he said. Set the egos aside and correct history…or at least give it the hood look YOU KNOW IT DESERVES! Not his fault ppl just believe what their told in school by historians who can’t admit they might not have it all right

  • November 15, 2022 at 3:08 am
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    Thank goodness someone else felt the same way I did about this, I watched the first episode and was like…who the hell greenlit this?

  • November 15, 2022 at 4:11 am
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    These comments seen to have covered it: Unfair and reaching at discrediting Hancock. Glad to see the dissent expressed by the majority of the comments on this review.

  • November 15, 2022 at 8:25 am
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    Imo, This rating for ancient apocalypse is so terrible. Don’t listen to cynics like this. Watch it yourself and be skeptical, but never be like the person who gave this rating.

  • November 15, 2022 at 1:27 pm
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    What a pathetic deluge of ignorance and blatant stupidity. Right off the bat I’m not even going to bother with the racism comment. I trust that any member of our species, if they are unfortunate enough to read this article, will understand how sickeningly idiotic it is. As for the rest…. How did this get published. Seriously, how. Surely there is an editor of some kind that has to proof read this nonsense before the general populous is allowed to see it. Joe Rogan – I get that he isn’t liked by a lot of people and does have the tendency to misinform, that being said, he’s a curious bloke who engages with a wide range of perspectives and people and generally does his best to understand the world around him. This is not cause enough for him to be discounted at every turn.
    Graham Hancock and the show – despite how interesting the show is I get the impression that he does cherry-pick his evidence and ‘experts’. However, we know so little about these sights that any theory, however ludicrous, is possible. He’s doing something he loves, he’s entertaining people without causing harm. I see nothing even remotely wrong with that.
    The article / Author – poorly written and drowning in irony. Seriously, to accuse someone of pseudo-intellectualism and narrow-mindedness in the same paragraph as referring to ice age colonisation as a product of white supremacy may be the most unreservedly moronic thing I have ever read in my life.

    Pull your head in

    Cheers

  • November 15, 2022 at 5:26 pm
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    I watched the program with an open mind. So, maybe that is my sin these days, openmindedness. Also, Archeology is a well defended scholastic profession. It involves tenure. And anyone who messes with my tenure better watch out!

  • November 15, 2022 at 6:29 pm
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    Was looking for evidence against Hancock’s claims (often non-sensical) against the archaeologists and geologists of the world, but instead found an accusation of racism based on just “presumably white”? I haven’t read the book, but you’ll need a lot more than just “presume” that he is saying this lost civilization is white, ESPECIALLY when his claim is for this lost civilization to be from the Ice Age when most of the northern hemisphere is covered in glacial ice. This lost civilization would have to have lived somewhere along the equatorial belt

  • November 15, 2022 at 7:10 pm
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    Bloody hell. A right uneducated “reporter” here! No doubt a trump supporter as well.

  • November 15, 2022 at 10:37 pm
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    I absolutely loved the show, ESPECIALLY Graham’s attitude toward mainstream scholars and academia. There are many ancient archeological mysteries that cannot be explained without accepting that an advanced civilization was here before mankind.
    For example, academia has no rationale for the megalithic foundation under the Temple of Baalbek. It is clear evidence proving that the earlier civilization had more advanced construction techniques. I am not sure why scholars find this hard to accept. Maybe it is because they cannot explain how the foundation was built in ancient times, or how it could be built today, or even what it was used for. More importantly, it implies that the ancient civilization may have been more advanced or smarter than we are today, and this is simply unacceptable to scholars.
    I LOVED it when Graham called scholars defensive, patronizing, and egotistical! It must be hard for so-called experts to have absolutely no answers for ancient megalithic construction. If I thought I was an expert, I might be defensive too! But accusing Graham of racism is SO over the top I wonder if there isn’t some religious bigotry going on here. Many believe we are God’s highest creation. But now Graham says there was an ancient advanced civilization that had technology we cannot explain? Maybe they were smarter than us. It appears this idea is very unacceptable to many people.
    I also do not agree with all of Graham’s speculations. I think Gobekli Tepe may have been buried to erase it from history forever because it was built by giants. Old newspaper stories report finding giant bones, but they are always “lost” by institutions such as the Smithsonian. It may be that people have been hiding evidence of giants ever since the flood because God wanted them gone. But the review’s accusations of racism are utterly unfounded. What an emotional response! It makes me wonder if the reviewer is religious…

  • November 17, 2022 at 6:41 pm
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    Racism bait fails hard here, google ‘santha faiia’.

  • November 18, 2022 at 1:13 am
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    Rocks are older than the carvers. Carvers and architects can’t be carbon dated.

  • November 22, 2022 at 12:26 am
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    Think outside the box. Question everything. Our world is full of mysteries and magic and wonder…and the only way you’ll see it is if you stop pretending to know everything and instead just take a LOOK:)

  • November 27, 2022 at 6:02 am
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    The White Atlantean survivors went around the world teaching the a*s-sniffing cavemen all the innovations of civilization because the indigenous primitive brown people of the Earth could never have come up with it on their own. All the myths of Gods & Goddesses prevalent among ancient civilizations are based on Atlanteans, the original Aryan race, the first civilization to emerge from barbarism and the basis for the universal memory of a Golden Age of Humanity.
    Hancock stole all of this BS from Ignatius Donnelly (1882), a now forgotten crackpot. In 100 years Hancock will also be forgotten but there will be other crackpots talking about Atlantis, Aliens, Lizard People of the 5th Dimension and Clones from Uranus. There will always be those who are eager to fleece the gullible. However, Rationalism and The Scientific Method will survive the current onslaught of the Cult of Roganite Outraged Incels and the Duped Cocktards of Graham.

  • December 1, 2022 at 6:56 pm
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    Good review – Hancock is clearly a fraud – his work is laughable in its execution and intent but, you know, he says popular things so gets the uneducated masses behind him. The man is an archeologist for the post-truth world.

    Love the comment about the imbd score, like it adds weight to the ridiculous claims Hancock makes without any evidence to back them up. The internet really is festooned with idiots.

  • December 3, 2022 at 1:40 am
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    I like how you project your own preconceived ideas when you add in (presumably white) to this hit piece. God forbid someone put out a product containing ideas you don’t agree with.

    You can disagree with something with it being racist; it’s a lazy, played out way to discredit someone or an idea and it undermines real racism.

  • December 7, 2022 at 8:18 pm
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    Reading reviews like this reinforces the view that Graham is right. Excellent show, more please Netflix.

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