Secret societies, famous scientists, ancient Egyptian mysticism, and a fascinating addition to the god-versus-science debate: the Catholic Church. By the bestselling authors of The Templar Revelation and Mary Magdalene, The Forbidden Universe reveals how the foundations of modern science were based around a desire to destroy the church. The great pioneering scientists of the Renaissance and the early Enlightenment (including Copernicus, Galileo, and Sir Isaac Newton) were fervent devotees of the philosophical/mystical system of Hermeticism. Many of the most important scientists of this age, including Galileo, belonged to a secret society called the Giordanisti, which had the agenda to overthrow the Church and establish a new age of Hermetic supremacy.
Provocateurs Picknett and Prince (The Templar Revelation) return with a fascinating examination of a period long before the Common Era where they find "legendary Egyptian sage" Hermes Trismegistus and the beginnings of Hermeticism. The Corpus Hermeticum (a group of surviving texts supposedly written by Trismegistus) influenced most of the great scientific minds through the ages Ptolemy, Plato, Galileo, and Newton to name just a few. In examining Hermeticism, the authors discuss "time asymmetry" and other "violations of common sense," arguing that most physical processes "should be able to work in either direction." They argue in fascinating and erudite detail that the origins of consciousness not only built but also maintains the universe. Readers may well need to dust off their college physics and philosophy texts, but that's not too much to ask of a book that so thoroughly examines the origins of life, its possible occult origins, and "biological phenomena" that acts as "evidence for a creative force at work" in the universe. The answer is ultimately simple, and deftly explained, leaving readers open to decide for themselves.