I would say more than 13,000 years ago during the Ice Age there was a much more advanced civilisation on this planet, than is given credit for by historians and archaeologists. It is remembered in myth and tradition all around the world, and it’s increasingly supported by recent striking archaeological discoveries such as Göbekli Tepe.
Hancock believes that Plato’s fictional account of Atlantis is key evidence that a state-level civilization existed prior to 9,600 BCE.
Despite the disconnect between the facts and Hancock’s claims for them, he asserts that it is “academics” who are hidebound in their adherence to dogma and refusal to accept new evidence. “When new facts emerge that don’t fit the reference frame, they find it difficult to adjust to them, and the first step is the attempt to discredit those facts.” But Hancock isn’t content to leave it at that; instead, he adds that world governments may be working to suppress the truth about prehistory for reasons he doesn’t quite explain: “There appears to be a kind of directive operating at governmental level, not to say things too alarming.”
Hancock claims that he does not want to suggest that a conspiracy is afoot, just that he’s willing to suggest them even though he admits that he has no evidence: “There may be a conspiracy. I have to contemplate this possibility a little bit in the book. I don’t like conspiracy theories – it’s an area of enquiry where facts get thin on the ground and speculation gets very thick and long.” He never quite explains why anyone would want to engage in such a conspiracy, but to that end he seems to imply beneath the surface that there is an effort to hide from the public the danger that a comet is about to wipe out our own civilization. “There is a threat, there is an ongoing danger. Most responsible and serious astronomers would absolutely agree with that.”
He concludes the interview with the opposite of Ronald Reagan’s famous line about how quickly our difference would vanish if we were facing an alien threat, arguing that we spend too much time “fearing and hating and suspecting one another” to take action against meteors, asteroids, and comets. How this fits in with the coordinated global effort to suppress the truth, one can only imagine. Consistency, after all, is the hobgoblin of mediocre minds.
The weird thing is that Hancock’s dire warning that humans are turning away from the spiritual and are blind to the coming disaster resembled nothing so much as creationist Ken Ham’s Twitter rant this week against “secularists” who made fun of his life-sized, taxpayer-funded Noah’s Ark replica and theme part: “Secularists mock at @ArkEncounter because they want to suppress the wickedness of man and that we’re all under judgment by a Holy God.” Ham’s Flood is also Hancock’s Younger Dryas—and both find common ground in Edmund Halley’s rationalization in the late 1600s that a collision with a comet caused Noah’s Flood. The words change but the underlying concern doesn’t: Somehow, global catastrophe is assumed to throw into relief the sins of humanity, whether these be sex stuff like Ham asserts or selfishness as Hancock believes. In either case, destruction is for them a purgative.