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Forgotten Civilization: The Role of Solar Outbursts in Our Past and Future

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Building upon his revolutionary theory that the Sphinx dates back much further than 2500 BCE, geologist Robert Schoch reveals scientific evidence of advanced civilization predating ancient Egypt, Sumeria, and Greece, as well as the catastrophe that destroyed it nearly 12,000 years ago and what its legacy can teach us about our own future.

Combining evidence from multiple sc
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 22nd 2012 by Inner Traditions (first published August 10th 2012)
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Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
The title promises more than it delivers. This book was to satisfy my thirst for unexplained phenomena, but unfortunately most of what was discussed in this book was the same ole same ole of alternative archeology: the pyramid is older than mainstream believes; there were giants and we have the evidence in Easter Island, etc.

There were a few interesting new details about an underground city I hadn't read about before, but ultimately the book suffers from that same disconnected and rambling writ
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In the quest to explain the disappearance of a lost ancient civilization this book finally hits on a plausible natural event that could lead to the kind of widespread cataclysm that is frequently reported in the old mythologies and texts left to us by our ancestors. Reading this has helped bridged the gap between multiple disciplines, each with their own intriguing ideas, but rarely pulled together to explain the bigger picture. It was exciting to read about the ancient technology and feats of s ...more
Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a great idea for a book and it's too bad that Mr. Schoch decided not to write it. Some of the ideas about solar events, the way the plasma manifested in the sky as it relates to ancient petroglyphs is fascinating. Mr. Schoch spent very little time in this space however (in spite of the book's title). Instead we got a brief, incomplete overview coupled with a survey of every piece of fringe science out there from the memory of water, to quantum entanglement to telepathy. There was the ob ...more
David Montaigne
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I first heard of Robert Schoch about fifteen years ago when I watched the NBC special "The Mysterious Origins of Man." Schoch was brought into the project both for his PhD in geology from Yale and for his open-mindedness, specifically on the age of the Sphinx. Despite the assertion of mainstream Egyptology that the Sphinx could not be more than, at most, about 4,500 to 5,000 years old - Schoch said the Sphinx showed obvious erosion from intense rainfall, the likes of which Egypt had not seen for ...more
Incredible Book

This book discusses a wide range of concepts from controversial to downright unbelievable but never strays too far off of the science. Well cited from a range sources including everything from geology to astronomy to the paranormal.
Derek Douglas
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Some very interesting ideas and was surprised the level of detail that was gone into the science. However I was looking for more descriptions on the actual "forgotten civilization" and less on the solar aspect of it.
B.A. Vonsik
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Overall good book. Some information and conclusion differ from other information on the subject. Not certain who's correct on the subject. Overall a good read.
Kirsten Corby
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not a convincing case at all.
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Schoch presents a very compelling theory with sound detailed data.
Wendy Capron
Feb 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'm giving him one star for content - there were a couple of interesting ideas, but zero stars for writing style, which was repetitive, alternately too technical (when he really doesn't want us to understand?) and too simplistic, and self-aggrandizing. I'd say he pretty much lost me with telekinesis as an explanation for the Easter Island moai. I'd have to do some research to find out if some of his other proposals are valid and I'm not sure it's worth the effort.
S. K. Smith
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Thought-provoking and open-minded. By a researcher who is unafraid to question the status quo. The whole point is to find truth, whatever that may be and how ever strange it may seem. This is a captivating read if you love mythology and sacred stories and believe ancient cultures weren't just spinning fairy tales and carving cartoons on rocks -- I believe they were trying to pass on important, meaningful information to help us prepare for and survive the cosmic catastrophes they
Lianne Downey
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I met geology professor Dr. Robert Schoch the day (in 1991) he announced to the world that the Sphinx is much older than anyone previously suspected. I was the only journalist on site, and we spent nearly 12 subsequent hours chatting about his exciting discoveries. Meanwhile the geologists at the convention agreed with him, the rest of the media ignored him, and the entrenched Egyptology and archeology communities hadn't yet realized that he'd turned their assumptions upside down. It was the cal ...more
Geri Evilla
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
With this book, Robert Schoch delivers the findings of over two and a half decades of scientific work. In it, he surprises and inspires while steadily revealing evidence of an unknown chapter in human history.

Forgotten Civilization takes the reader to places that we think we know, but exposes them in a light we've never seen before. Through a re-examination of such legendary sights as the Sphynx, Easter Island, and Gobekli Tepe, Schoch uncovers evidence of a cataclysmic event embedded in the mon
Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a science book addressing influences on the earth from solar disturbances, mainly. I liked what he had to say about global warming since he talked about the effects of cosmic radiation which I had encountered before but which is generally ignored by the alarmists. He also spoke of the politics of science which is another topic often avoided that plays a major role in research. I liked this book and learned a few things which is always rewarding. I warn the reader, however, that the autho ...more
Kyle Philson
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
-Free review copy courtesy of Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
I was first blown away in the early 90's when I saw a documentary on TV hosted by Charleton Heston about the Sphinx and how two men had a interesting theory about the age of the Sphinx and civilization. Those men were Robert M. Schoch and John Anthony West and they truly inspired me to really think about our past. Now with the recent discoveries of Gobekli Tepe, Gadung Padang and Nan Madol they only strengthen Robert's theories abo
Jan 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Schoch is a geologist/geophysicist with a Yale pedigree who did groundbreaking (heh) work on re-dating the Sphinx in Egypt. He also traveled to Easter Island to assess the age of the statutes there, and the implications of its mysterious 'rongorongo' script, which in his view may have recorded solar plasma storms long ago.

Interesting thesis, that the Sun drastically affected our climate thousands of years ago, and could well do so again. Also puts to mind how fragile the 'technosphere' is, if an
Jan 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I started out reading this book sceptically, but as it turned out, it was quite interesting and now I'm thinking, yeah, I can see how it may be the way the author speculates in the book. Parts of the book were hard to get through (parts that discussed physics-type sciences) but over all it was very intersting. Not an easy read though. I'd like to read more on ancient civilzations now, and I think that the possible future catastrophies described by the author are possible. I just wish that I coul ...more
Thomas Walsh
I have to reveal something: I'm possessed by the Egyptian Sphinx. There is something so mysterious about it, The fact of a human head on a lion's body is completely out of my little cultural box. Dr. Schoch, however, was there and did ample research on the figure. He dates it thousands of years before current scholars do. Why? Its weathering reveals many more thousands of years before 4000 BC, the static date of archaeological dating. He hints the head was redone, and, perhaps, was originally a ...more
Wendell Cooper
Feb 12, 2015 rated it liked it
On page 294 the author "wildly speculates" about the huge stone carvings of Easter Island being moved by some paranormal activity. When you compare this to the tedious work of Thor Heyerdahl in Aku Aku, it's hard not to feel silly reading this book. Heyerdahl examined the language, the legends, and the stories handed down from generation to generation of how the great statues were moved. He then replicated the feat with locally available tools. In contrast Schoch offers up the possibility of ps ...more
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I hesitated in categorizing this book under non-fiction because the author strays into areas I consider fantasy/science fiction at best. Telekinesis etc.

He does posit some interesting ideas regarding the age of the Sphinx, the Easter Island statues and other controversial topics. I enjoyed the first 150 pages or so before he started in on topics I consider too New Age for me to deem viable. I find the premise of Coronal Mass Ejections having a decided impact on civilization to be something I'll
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
When I got this book from the library to read, I was hoping for an interesting scientific read and was sadly let down.

Schoch is a typical amongst others enamored in pseudoscience. He makes bold claims off of little to no evidence. He is more concerned about going against the mainstream scientists and getting fame for himself then he is about good science. He's like a hipster of science. If it's a mainstream, commonly held belief then he seems to think that it is obviously wrong. That being said,
Hydroxia Gryphon
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Astounding discoveries that Dr. Schoch has made, and he definitely has science to back up his claims and theories. I fully believe that it is completely plausible for major solar outbursts to effect the Earth; and even wipe out entire civilizations. I want to read this again now that I've read Edgar Cayce on Atlantis. I noticed that there are a lot of connections, and Schoch has the proof to some of the sleeping prophet's ethereal messages!
Chris Corey
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I felt this book was great! It gave me many things to think about. I try to read works from other points of view so I can make a more informed decision of my own. I can say this, at least he did not lie like in Temples book (page 57, figures 1.40 from the North, and 1.41 from the south). Look at the stone in those two pictures carefully! Now Temple, what were you shoveling!
Michael  Starsheen
Not what I expected

The book deals with a hypothetical scenario that early efforts at civilization were interrupted by extremely intense solar plasma discharges. However, the author digresses a good deal talking about climate change and scientific consensus. There was little information about the purported early civilization, although the book was generally interesting.
Dec 31, 2014 added it
The sphinx work is compelling, and the cases for cosmoclimatology and catastrophic solar events are well presented, but the further this guy drifts from his rockhound roots the more credibility he loses, until it's all just a morass of pseudoscience and newage babble.
Artem Gordon
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
SUCH A GREAT BOOK! Initially, I figured that this book would be mostly about the culture of an ancient civilization. I realized this book had much more to offer than that. This is THE book that is responsible for my new addiction about studying the sun. Very glad I read it.
Feb 28, 2014 added it
Shelves: science, history
Enjoyed it very much.

Very interesting idea of what may have happened at the end of the last ice age.
Brilliant! Extremely interesting, well integrated and scientific.
Suzanne Main
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating theories, really well explained.
rated it liked it
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