An interesting and informal overview of the various theories besides Darwin s of
*human origins from *origins from 19th
Century up to 2003 the author merely presents these ideas in historical context but occasionallyup to 2003 the author merely presents these ideas in historical context but occasionally find yourself reading amusing phrases about how lectronic Jesus was in danger of being raped by love pygmies no seriously that s in the book but it s not the author s opinion What did I think I think the last 20 pages that detailed a briefish history of the Heaven s Gate cult was completely out of place I guess it relates to Ancient Astronauts I guess To me however it seemed that the author wanted to brag about attending one of the HIM meetings If nothing OBaby else though it provided me with a few books to take a look for at the library Entertaining read but I could have done without Ms Kossy s arrogant commentary I wasn t surprised to see her somewhat supporting the absurd feminist theory of the Auatic ApeI thought Strange Creations also brought up some interesting books that I will have to checkoutIn conclusion Ms Kossy did a good job compiling interesting theories from people obviously much creative than she Ms Kossy can only wish to haveven a minuscule grain of the intelligence and creativity that Eustace Mullins radiates If you think that your current reading list needs an injection of abnormality then Donna Kossy will fill that reuirement with Strange Creations This book chronicles non Darwinian Nerds explanations of the genesis of humankind The book begins with the ancient astronaut concept as popularized by Erich Von Daniken and Zechariah Sitchen discusses Theosophy and devolution yes the Ohio band DEVO is happily a topic of consideration here delves into the horrors of authoritarian Zack (Areion Fury MC eugenics and Christian Identity deals with Creationism and describes Elaine Morgan s Auatic Ape Theory among other odd hypothesesThe only book I can compare this to is Ivan Stang s High Weirdness by Mail a pre World Wide Web relic that collected and annotated the addresses of a wide range of unorthodox groups Its pages contained a veritable treasure trove ofxtremist politics religious fanaticism a Theories as to man s origins have always been varied It s one of those perennial uestions that humans seek to answer but can never truly find an answer to While in the past this uestion was given an answer in the form of creation myths that varied from culture to culture science has made such myths largely impossible to take literallyWhile most scientists creation myths that varied from culture to culture science has made such myths largely impossible to take literallyWhile most scientists Darwin s theory of Shadow on the Crown (The Emma of Normandy Trilogy, evolutionary change in all creatures over the span of many many centuries notveryone is so happy to adopt ContamiNation evolutionary theory and if they are thy are not necessarily ready to adopt it in the form Darwin postulatedThis book is a guide of sorts to some of the weirder ideas out there The mangling of ancient nearastern mythology and astronomy has led to some to believe that we were in fact created by ancient astronauts a theory that gained a large audience in the 1970s with books like Chariots of the Gods and othersOthers take Taxi ins Glück evolution but put a twist on it White European males are the ones who did and still do this Theirvolutionary theories are often based upon a perceived fundamental difference of the races not surprisingly these theorists often view the white European as the pinnacle of volution with other races specially Africans as being naturally primitive and closer to animal than human being Others proposed an Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas evolution that saw some groups mostly white Europeans as being the pinnacle ofvolution and other groups often other races the Strange Creations by Donna Kossy self proclaimed The Magic Rolling Pin expert of Kookology purports itself as a tome dedicated to the strangest ideas about human origin something I was so down for I was drawn in by promises of auatic ape theory delivered andxpected that. Charles Darwin wasn't the only one to come up with a contemporary xplanation for the origin of human beings Homespun fantasies and myths abound the imaginative creations of dreamers cult lead. .
Icism angle or take it completely seriously The middle ground didn t always work and took away from some of the serious topics most notably around race and ugenicsStill if this is a topic of interest for you it would be a mistake to ignore this book It s a little older and appears to maybe be out of print or close to it but it s worth an Not Without a Fight exploration if you can get your hands on it I hadxpected this to be a gentle tour through wacky but fringe beliefs It turns out to be much less focused and much grimmer than that The book is something of strange animal it lacks the theoretical apparatus and the comprehensive bibliographic apparatus that would be Garden Bouquets and Beyond expected in a scholarly monograph But it also lacks the focus and punch of a good journalistic book It feels ultimately like a sort of intellectual bricolage the author clearly is interested in the topic and has been accumulating materials for some time The book is written around here are the pamphlets ideas cultural references and so forth that I am familiar withMuch of the book is not about human origins but about human variation and how to deal with it racism andugenics These topics are linked of course the kind of people who believe that humans were created by interstellar The Unseen Wonder explorers in the very distant past also often want to say our ancestors were created by spacemen and yoursvolved from gorillas or our ancestors and yours were on opposite sides of a prehistoric violent cataclysm Some of this may be an artifact of Kossy s telling it s her narrative choice that all roads lead to Wannsee But in other ways she avoids confronting some of the darker bits In several chapters she references The Myth of the Twentieth Century by Alfred Rosenberg She describes this asthe most influential of the many racist treatises circulating in Nazi Germany but doesn t uite The Management Bible explain who the author was She describes Karl Wiligut as influential among the Nazi inner circle p 87 88 This is strange and suggests she is not familiar with the biographies of her subjects Wiligut retired in 1939 whereas Rosenberg was one of the top people in the regime and was hanged by the International Military TribunalWhile I have mixed feelings about the book they lean towards negative I learned things from it and the chapters do or less connect The prose doesn t grate But it has serious shortcomings Parts feel likexcessive detail It lacks a crisp notion of its topic it lacks real conclusions or indeed a conclusion of any kind It Zu schnell even lacks an index The book showed me some connections between topics and beliefs I hadn t previously seen but I would rather have been reading something a bit thoughtful I wanted to read this book because it discusses one of my all time favorite whacked theories that of the auatic ape As I read I discovered anntire world of bizarre uniue unnerving and upsetting theories of the way humans volved or came to be In fact this book made uniue unnerving and "UPSETTING THEORIES OF THE WAY HUMANS EVOLVED OR CAME "theories of the way humans volved or came be In fact this book made look asy reading such dense and lunatic theories and making sense of them that it was the inspiration for my now aborted Alien Intervention Week As much as I love the strange I have my limitsBut Kossy is an intrepid woman and possesses not only the skills to make the most xtreme idea accessible to her readers but is a writer skilled in revealing the humanity and humor in some of these beliefs I will admit I never want to read the phrase root race "ever again but aside from that I found the surveys of belief in this book fascinating and "again but aside from that I found the surveys of belief in this book fascinating and readable I was disappointed when after a search on I realized Kossy has only written two books and I already own the other ntitled Kooks I comfort myself that ven though there is no Kossy for me to read she led me to some superb and lunatic books I will totally be discussing Behold the Protong here at some point You can read my Invisible (The Curse of Avalon entire discussion her. Tian servants a successful television journalist whose book suggests that humansvolved from auatic apes and a UFO investigator convinced that humans were bred as pets for brilliant dinosaurs. To set the tone of the book not delivered Instead Kossy spends the majority of the book discussing racial overtones in the ways in which people Instead Kossy spends the majority of the book discussing racial overtones in the ways in which people thought about the origin of the human species The chapter Yummy Supper entirely on race focused on polygenesis the idea that thethnic groups are literally separately originating species vs monogenesis to me felt interesting and in bounds However the subseuent chapter on ugenics which isn t really a human origin idea felt like too much Also based on the billed description I read this mostly on vacation and in the mood for a fun read and ugenicsisn t And that s before the focus on race in the section on devolution as wellEven if a book about racial tensions in the history of science and pseudoscience wasn t what I signed up for it would have been interesting but Kossy manages to fall into the Uncanny Valley of pop science writing she is neither comprehensive or systematic like a scientific approach would be and freuently interjects her own opinions including her complete disdain for creationists but deep respect for the Heaven s Gate cult which I found discordant but she s also not approachable like a literary approach would be Instead she is very detail oriented about single people or topics in a story that she Deep Listening explores in depth and then abandons related context It really felt like a no forest only trees writing approach As a result of the combination of unexpectedly heavy and off topic material and this strange writing style I found the book uite dry and a chore to readThe first and last chapter were by far and away the best the first focusing on the ancient astronaut theory and the last auatic ape Heaven s Gate and other weirdness Bizarre and breezy that s what I signed up for This book covers various fringe beliefs pertaining the creationorigins of the human race Extraterrestrial origins the auatic ape theory Theosophy Eugenics severalxplanations of human origins from a racist angle some somewhat fringe variations on mainstream creationism theories The Church of Urantia tc are covered Whole books could and have been written on all of these so your only getting a little than a summary but this book kept my attention My criticisms are a lot of what made it into Strange Creations is or less a repeat of material that was in another book of written by Kossy Kooks Also although she remains objective and unbiased for the most part on verything Evolution, Me Other Freaks of Nature else including beliefs of racist black groups she throws in plenty of biased politically correct comments when covering the white racist beliefs I also don t understand why Ben Klassen and the Church of the Creator wasven covered in this because while his views on racial and other matters are certainly on the fringe his beliefs on human origins is or less that of a mainstream atheistDarwinist But overall this was not a bad read for a basic overview of the subject matter I love weird history and pseudoscience and I can t recall at this point what lead me to Strange Creations but I m glad I scooped it up It s a fun almost academic look at some of the weirder beliefs of historyThe book succeeds mostly on its subject matter and Kossy for the most part letting the sources speak for themselves Thus Lara and the Gray Mare (Hoofbeats: Lara and the Gray Mare, eugenicists are allowed to be as crazy as possible within the confines of a skeptical tome we can chuckle along with those who buy into the idea ofvolving from auatic apes and so on The
are well sourced just short Trajan enough where taking a bite sized chunkvery little bit does Bunnys Book Club Goes to School enough to whet the appetite without being bogged down by a straight sometimes dry presentation That presentation is the only downfall While I understand the desire to give a fairish shake for the sake of argument it would have been good to take one side or the otherither go full bore into the skepticismcrit. Ers amateur scientists racists and roguesAmong the theorists this collection introduces are the The Peculiar Pig eccentric English lord who believes that men are a cross betweenxtraterrestrials and their Mar.Chapters Are Well Sourced