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Who Built the Moon?

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The moon has confounded scientists for many years. It does not obey the known rules of astrophysics and there is no theory of its origin that explains the known facts--in fact it should not really be there...

The authors of Civilization One return, bringing new evidence about the Moon that will shake up our world. Christopher Knight and Alan Butler realized that the ancient
Paperback, 280 pages
Published December 31st 2006 by Watkins Publishing (first published 2005)
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Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it

it's the moon, y'all!!!!

...or is it??

my dismissal of the moon-as-entity started some years ago, when they were running all those "the moon landing was a hoax and we were just trying to beat the russians, so we lied" specials on the teevee. and the man of the house would watch them, and i would breeze through the room and laugh at how earnest these people were; with their "the flaaaag! look at how it is mooooving!" and these programs really pissed off TMOTH. for someone who genuinely believes in
Leo .
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
What an interesting book. I read this a couple of years ago and found it very eye opening. An alternative look at science. The Moon is a mysterious and enigmatic heavenly body. The ancients were as obsessed with the Moon equally as the Sun. Sometimes it is good for the mind to explore other theories of the Moon. Think outside of the box or, cube.

Am I a Templar? Am I an Assassin? A Lord? A Sir? A Priest? A Monk? A Usurper? A Slaver? A Satanist? A Mystic? A Druid? A Mage? A Kabbalist? A King? A Pr
Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it
The authors of this book ask that the reader keeps an open mind.
I tried, I really did.
And at first it was good fun, it was like listening stoned hippies talking about all the weird things.

Like the moon. The moon is weird.
It's too big, too close, too light, too hollow. It just shouldn't exist.
If the moon wasn't there the earth would fall over. The moon is exactly the same apparent size as the sun (except when it isn't). If we didn't have a moon life wouldn't have developed on earth at all. T
Jul 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I actually haven't read this book. ...more
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: weird
All right. I was super into this when I first started it. 100% - the moon is a terrifying vigilant monster that haunts every moment of our lives and none of us understand anything about it least of all those who have been there. Great.

And the beginning of the book was solid to, as it laid out the grounds for the problem and began to suppose issues that the moon's improbable existence poses.

But all too quickly, the books sink into what I've started calling "Ancient Aliens Logic". It goes someth
May 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: televangelists
The authors of this book suggest that the moon is artificial, and that we built it: that is, human beings from the future. If you don't think that's worth reading, you're unimaginative. ...more
Mar 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
"The moon was created by aliens because the moon goes around the earth 365 times every 10,000 days." Well put but a little obvious, no? ...more
Thomas Ryan
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the most wildly brilliant books I've read, it's science meets philosophy with a twist of conspiracy, and a real thinking book. The coincidences of the moon, it's size, distance, make-up, relationship to life on Earth, is all too coincidental to be an mere Darwinian accident.

Knowledge of science in this country has taken a nose dive in the last century, thanks to JD Rockefeller and his General Education Board in WW1, but that is a different topic. How many Americans know what the Scientif
Jamie Nichols
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating concept. Really gets the imagination going.
Sylvain Malfroy-Camine
Dec 13, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Knowledge Seekers
Keep open, however, GRAIN OF SALT is RECOMMENDED...keep exploring!

This very carefully written book presents very compelling evidence that the moon was an intentional construction. The argument comes straight out of scientific conjecture. There is interesting mathematical/physical data on the moon that makes its being a coincidental manifestation incredibly unlikely. One interesting piece of data that comes to mind is that the moon is made of earth matter, but is something a good deal less dense
Chauncy Peppertooth
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I read this book, I was must have been thereabouts of twenty-two or twenty-seven. It covers the moon and speculates d how it came into being. The magic of Who Built the Moon is that it actually had me believing that it was built by human beings. Who here time travels? Come on, don't be shy. We all do... but just not that fast! Or backwards and fast! So... as implausible as humans building Mother Moon may be, I stand corrected. The moon was built by the capital letter S. Money also contribut ...more
Dec 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Angus Mcfarlane
Jul 26, 2011 rated it liked it
A fascinating account of the uniqueness of the moon and it's inexplicable origins, providing reasons for the intimate way Earth and Moon belong together like tongue and cheek. ...more
Aug 01, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bunkum of the least entertaining variety.
Tugay Sarıkaya
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely good! relaxing, enjoyable and nice to know about the moon's secrets ...more
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very thought provoking book.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-development
An interesting book. I’m not quite sure what to think of it, but it certainly makes you wonder.
Graham Elliott
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

First class read, excellent theory oily estimates and explanations on how the moon came to be. Well worth reading. If you only read one book this year then this is it.
Leticia Supple
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christopher Knight and Alan Butler's story is an intriguing scientific journey. While the very title of the book, Who Built the Moon?, may cause your hackles to rise with indignation, it's at once a challenge to your open-mindedness, and extremely ballsy.

Knight and Butler became curious about the origins of the moon. Their quest to discover the moon's origins took them (and subsequently, you, as you read this book) to some far out, apparently unrelated, and yet deeply interesting places. You wil
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was really looking forward to this book so maybe that's why I only thought it was OK. Christopher Knight's "The Hiram Key" was so good I was expecting more of the same. It's true that they discover some highly improbable coincidences regarding the relative size of the earth, moon and sun as well as in their orbits, rotation, composition and other details.

Unfortunately, it seemed to me that for this book they decided to take a pamphlet of new data and pad it with an introductory science course
Dāvis Dakša
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
A very deep dive into crazy. To be fair, I'm not sure if book is any different in English, as mine was in Latvian, but it felt dull and repetitive. Too often bouncing on numbers that just doesn't get through too good unless I'm writing down everything and doing calculations. Instead of theory, proof and possibilities, I'd say this was very well meant for physicists, mathematicians, etc. Tough topic to grasp for "normal" people. The idea behind the book is good, however, sometimes I felt like it ...more
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very interesting read for one who struggles with the concept of coincidence. I finished this book on the day of a Solar Eclipse, making it all the more poignant as I took in the awe of such an impossible chance of a natural alignment. Without the moon life simply could not have come to be, was it engineered and positioned to ensure we evolved from the primordial soup? I do not know, but this book certainly opens your eyes to how the moon is such an anomaly in our solar system. Whether you beli ...more
Dead John Williams
May 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-favs, reviewed
Who Built the Moon? by Christopher Knight and Alan Butler I know, but I am a sucker for these kind of books, full of interesting facts with a half life measured in seconds, preposterous theories that really are believable as long as you suspend your disbelief.
And I guess that's it, that's what I like, that suspension of disbelief in the face of incredible odds.
For the life of me I really don't remember what this was about but I did enjoy it and I believed every word too.
Rene's Wereld
Dec 24, 2015 rated it liked it
This book gives a different view on the subject "moon"
The authers relate the measurements that are related whith the moon to the present
measurement systems.
these measurement systems that we are using today have a common source.
This is the main subject and gives cleu's why the moon is in measuments such a unique and strangs object.
Jun 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
Starts off interesting & rational but by the end of the book we've got time travelling humans from the future going back in time and creating the moon so that everything is right on earth for evolution - talk about killing your great grandfather!!!!! ...more
Freeloading Phill
Oct 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Bad maths rounding, gigantic leaps to conclusions, and disbelief in coincidence lead to the ONLY conclusion being that humans from the future built the moon so that they could evolve the past humans into themselves - since God or alien cultures are not scientific!!
Sahishnu Majumdar
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Forces you to think differently
Started off good, lost me at time travelling modern humans as a rationale.
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Jan 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Some interesting ideas and facts in here but a lot of this was covered in one of their other books, so it felt like I was reading it all again.
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Christopher Knight, born in 1950, has worked in marketing, advertising, and public relations. He joined the Freemasons in 1976 and grew interested in studying their rituals and history, which led to Knight writing the bestselling The Hiram Key. He has continued his study of rituals through time.

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“Modern scientific culture has evolved from its roots in the ancient world and has become a complex web of many highly specialized disciplines. Gone are the days when one man, such as the seventeeth-century Robert Hooke, could be a groundbreaking inventor, microscopist, physicist, surveyor, astronomer, biologist and even artist. Today the sheer enormity of available information has led to highly defined specialisms, and academics are expected to keep to their field - despite the truism that science has no experts. [...]

The gains from modern science are beyond counting. But the loss, arguably, is the synthesis of information generated by the many gentleman scholars that once existed, before becoming extinct somewhere around hte late nineteenth century. So few scholars now have a chance to view the bigger picture - to seek out patterns that might unexpectedly exist when apparently unrelated data is brought together. It has to be remembered that the difference between a major breakthrough and nothing at all can be just the angle of view rather than anything else.”
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