I have previously written extensively, in The H.I.S.S. of the A.S.P. and in Understanding the Anomalously Sensitive Person), about people I speak of as “Anomalously Sensitive Persons (ASPs),” that is those who are unusually sensitive in a variety of realms. When I say “unusually,” I intend to mean “in the top 2% of the population.” I have always been curious about the early origins of these people — how the genes of those ASPs found their way into the gene pool of human beings in general — and that curiosity led me to the researching and the writing of this book. Of course, if one is going to learn about the early origins of one particular group of humans, one is going to learn about the early origins of all humans, as well.
Historically, the two primary theories on this subject have been those of creationism and of evolution. There are problems with both of these theories. With creationism, the time frames are much too short and the theory has been heavily contaminated by the politics of religion. With evolution, there are numerous unexplainable discontinuities and the theory has been heavily contaminated by the politics of science. There is a third theory, that of interventionism, that has been primarily brought to light by the extensive work of Zecharia Sitchin and others. According to the tenets of the theory of interventionism (which is primarily based on the records from the ancient Sumerian civilization), after hundreds of thousands of years of evolution that resulted in the existence of Homo Erectus, a species of advanced beings arrived on Earth about 450,000 years ago and began a series of genetic experiments using humans as subjects for improvement of the genus Homo. The Sumerians deferred to these beings as gods, and spoke of them as the “Anunnaki.”
The theory of creationism and the theory of evolution both raise a host of questions, but I found in my research that the theory of interventionism answered many of those questions, so I chose to write this book primarily from an interventionist perspective. Interventionism, as I have delineated it here, is probably not the only answer, and it may not even be the correct answer, but for me it is the theory that makes the most sense. This book is not intended to be a scholarly treatise, but is rather designed to be a “good read” that I hope will stimulate further inquiry on your part.
Given that my research involved three very different categories of material — Sumerian legends, the Bible, and anthropology — many different sources of confusion arose. Names of places, names of characters (whether they were gods, demigods, or humans — at times a tricky differentiation), dates, and time spans could be quite different, depending on the source. When dealing with names of places and names of characters, I have opted to use those names that are most likely to be familiar to the reader. For example, I have written about “Noah” rather than about “Ziusudra,” “Utnapishtim,” or “Atra-Hasis,” all of whom are one and the same character. (To help keep things straight with respect to characters, you might want to occasionally refer to Appendix A, “The Cast of Characters.”) Dates and time spans provided by the Sumerian legends generally are not too dissimilar from those provided by modern science, but the numbers in the Bible tend to suggest much briefer time spans and much more recent dates. This may well be the result of a simple error of translation from the original Sumerian sources into the Hebrew Bible. The differences in time spans can generally be resolved by multiplying the number of biblical years by 60 (given the Sumerian sexigesimal-based mathematics) to arrive at the number of Sumerian years. With respect to dates, when the Bible speaks of “so many years before the Deluge,” multiplying that number by 60 and adding the 13,000 years that have elapsed from the Deluge to today, would indicate the number of years Before the Present (B.P.). But don’t worry about having to do the math yourself, because I have already done it for you.
Also with respect to dates, I have used three different notations — B.P. (Before the Present), B.C. (Before Christ), and A.D. (Anno Domini) — depending on the era in which a particular incident occurred. B.P. is used for events that occurred in the very distant past, the dates of which are at best approximate. B.C. is used for events that occurred between the Deluge (@13,000 B.P.) and the birth of Christ, because the dates are more accurate and the notation will be more familiar to most readers. A.D. is used for events that occurred after the birth of Christ. Imagine, if you will, the mental gyrations that would be required if reference were made to an event that occurred in 521 B.P. That event happened to be Columbus’ “discovery” of America, but the connection would hardly be obvious, as it would be with the date 1492 A.D.
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my thanks to my friend Cornelia Keener for her ongoing support and her superb editing work on this book.
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