Otherwise rational people believe - or at least partially believe - in many fantastical myths about the world in which they live. Indeed, it is an entirely human inclination to want to believe in what might be called otherworldly explanations for phenomena for which there are no easily explainable causes. In these eye-opening lectures, Professor Susan A. Johnston of the George Washington University applies an archaeological perspective to the biggest myths and mysteries in world history.
Examining prominent theories and available evidence in a scholarly light, Professor Johnston introduces her audience to the scientific method, demonstrating the most reasonable course for determining whether one's beliefs have merit, or are perhaps less than satisfying when held up to more rigorous examination.
©2010 Susan Johnston (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC
Susan Johnston is a must if you interesting in archaeological theory and archaeology in general. Her narratives are not only reliable but pleasant at the same time.
The way she is reasoning about Erich von Dänikens claims for extraterrestrial interference in past civilizations. I also cannot exclude the existence of other forms of life. However I fully agree that is at least childish to understand complex civilization aspects by repeatedly ascribing them to beings from other planets.
"It Takes two or three listens"
Informative Unambiguous truthful
The lecture format is well suited to the topic.
When she emotes the subject comes alive
I was fascinated
"Don't expect much."
Boring. Pedagogical. Uninspired. Haven't made it to the end of the book as when I fall asleep, the sound of my head hitting the desk wakes me up, and I turn it off.
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