Instead I’d like to focus on Hancock’s discussion of archaeology and history, right after I note that Hancock confesses to meeting with space aliens while taking drugs, presumably referring to his encounters with supposed interdimensional beings, since he later says he thinks aliens are from another dimension. Anyway, he begins with his usual upset about the education system, which he again feels has a death grip on the portrayal of history and thus on the minds of impressionable youths. He seems to have unresolved trauma from high school:
I think that the point here is that history is a story. It’s a narrative, which is being told to us, and that sole possession of that narrative has been handed over to a professional class, the historians and the archaeologists. They effectively have a grip on the story of our past, and they deliver it to us through the schools and through the universities, and it’s what we are taught is the fact about our past, but we should never forget that it isn’t a fact. It’s a story.
Here in New York State, for example, a student attending a public university must complete seven of ten areas of General Education to earn a degree. Three of those areas are American History, Western Civilization, and Other World Civilizations. Depending on their choices, this might involve as little as four credits in history, or none at all since the State University of New York has approved courses in subjects like architecture or women in art to meet these requirements. Requirements vary greatly among private schools.
So why is Hancock so concerned about historians? He says that the narratives historians tell result in “mind control”: “If you’ve got a grip on history, if you’re controlling history and how history is taught, then that gives you amazing power in the present as well.” He believes this is an outgrowth of the Catholic Church’s pioneering work in exercising intellectual “control” over what people think. Why competing institutions, and those opposed to the Church, went along with it I can’t imagine, but for Hancock all current holders of power are trying to deny the everyman the ability to think for himself. He said that “there is a control structure and a power structure in our society, which is vested in keeping us asleep.”
In other words, like others who are discontented with modern society, Hancock perceives education as a battleground for instilling ideology and thus reinforcing social control. His mirror image, Mary Lou Bruner of Texas, believes the same thing. That’s why the creationist who believes Pres. Obama was a gay prostitute, is now a leading candidate for the Texas Board of Education. She promises to rewrite the textbooks, too, because she worries that history and science might encourage students to abandon evangelical Christianity and conservatism. Hancock wants to rewrite the textbooks to promote New Age neo-paganism and a libertarian-inflected social liberalism, or what he calls “progress.”
Hancock, though, doesn’t see much progress in his own work. He’s still using nineteenth century ideas to support his claims. Take this recapitulation of a Victorian claim about the Great Pyramid:
Here’s the math. If you take the height of the Great Pyramid and multiply it be 43,200, which is not a random number […] If you take the height and multiply it by 43,200, you get the polar radius of the earth. If you measure the base perimeter of the great pyramid and multiply it by 43,200, you get the equatorial circumference of the earth. The Great Pyramid, whether by accident or by design, encodes the dimensions of our planet through those long, dark ages, in the Middle Ages and so on, when we didn’t even know we lived on a planet, let alone its dimensions, those dimensions were always there, encoded on a scale of 1 to 43,200 in the Great Pyramid.
While these claims originate in nineteenth century pyramidology, particularly Charles Piazzi Smyth’s mystical accounts of the Great Pyramid, Hancock also continues to make use of medieval Islamic pyramid lore, which he now falsely claims to be ancient:
There are specific ancient traditions relating to Giza, which tell us that it was created as a repository from knowledge from before the flood. When they refer to the flood, I can't help thinking of meltwater pulse 1A that happened 11,600 years ago with a massive meltdown of the icecaps and the comet impacts and the rising of sea level.
Finally, I have no idea what to make of Hancock’s remarks that he speculates that our DNA has been coded with hidden messages or pre-programmed by interdimensional beings to help us have mystical visions while high on drugs. “Such ideas, in my view, are worth exploring,” he said, though conceding that such seeming possibilities might really be nothing more than being high on drugs and seeing things that aren’t there.
Hancock unintentionally gave us insight into himself when he imagined he was describing mainstream science: “The staying power of bad ideas is really quite astonishing, and this is to do with psychological factors. As human beings, we get invested in particular areas of thought.”