The Forbidden Universe: The Occult Origins of Science and the Search for the Mind of God
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The Forbidden Universe: The Occult Origins of Science and the Search for the Mind of God

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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 t...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published April 27th 2011 by Skyhorse Publishing (first published March 1st 2011)
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Michael Hughes
Incredible book. Giordano Bruno wrote that the sun was the center of the solar system, and that stars were other suns with planets and other beings... and was summarily burned at the stake. In an era where it was heresy to suggest that the Earth orbited the sun, or that the stars were anything other than lamps of God hanging in the heavens, it took great courage to speak otherwise. The Hermetica—a collection of ancient Egyptian metaphysical texts attributed to Hermes Trismegistus—informed many o...more
Mark Scott
Clearly a lot of effort went into this book. There are extensive references, bibliography, index, and so on. It has the form of a serious, scientific work, but the arguments it attempts to advance are anything but scientific. It draws heavily on a careful selection of quotes from scientists, some of whom are serious players, but it presents them in its own carefully arranged context so that they appear to support the authors' views.

The basic flaw with this book, as with much pseudo-science, is t...more
Very well written for laymen. Good explanations of cutting edge physics and cosmology and their relations to consciousness, paranormal and the occult origins of science including Newton's interest in Alchemy. Attacks athiest positions of Dawkins, Hitchens and Hawking - much more besides.
Nothing particularly new in the first half of this book where the authors relate the history of early science and its reliance upon Hermeticism, Hermes Trismegitus, and Egypt. Then the second part delivers some odd and idiosyncratic analysis of contemporary science, most especially Physics, by way of String Theory. None of this was particularly articulate or convincing, but amusing and occasionally engaging.

If you've not read about Hermeticism or wondered how early science relied upon this then...more
The first half of this book was pretty enjoyable. It was about how most of the great Renaissance scientists from Copernicus to Newton did not undertake their studies out of anti-religious fervor, but because they believed in the Egyptian theology Hermeticism. Many people in those times - including several popes - believed in Hermeticism which states that we can become one with our creator / the universe by studying for the sake of studying. Others, like Giordano Bruno, even thought that Christia...more
Paul Fadoju
Often wonder how the West developed their civilization to become the envy of the world. With all the History of Kings and Lords to the modern day where relatively the poorest western man is rich in the world standard. This book gives a taster of Men and Women who went against the tide during the dark ages and brought critical reasoning and a different genre of looking at the universe.

Well written I will try and look into the authors book on the masks of Christ.
Interesting reading on hermeticism.
Shawn Neville
Decent exposition of Giordano Bruno and emergence of science from the eclectic worldview of the occult. The rest, poorly reasoned.
Unfortunately too dry for my mind to engage as I would have liked to. The subject matter is most intriguing.
Louise Leetch
Jan 10, 2011 Louise Leetch marked it as to-read
Why does Amazon list this as the Hermetic Conspiracy when the title is The forbidden Universe?
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It was okay,but not great.
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