Humankind's Origins

Cities of Dreams – book review

Stan Gooch

The real truth behind the secrets of the Holy Blood and the Holy Grail and The Da Vinci Code . . .

Is the story of the origins and development of modern humankind really as is recorded in current textbooks and encyclopaedias? Or are these accepted accounts hopelessly biased and inadequate? This question in two parts is the foundation upon which Cities of Dreams is built by author and psychologist Stan Gooch.

Already well known in academic circles as author of books such as Total Man, The Neanderthal Question, The Double Helix of the Mind, The Paranormal and Personality & Evolution, Stan Gooch has taken the original 1989 edition of Cities of Dreams and revised the text, for its message is as relevant today as when it was first published. This large format paperback contains additional illustrations and updated material, and while losing none of its scholarship, will appeal to all seekers of knowledge.

Stan Gooch has contributed to this pool of knowledge with his particular viewpoint – the fact that we are not the first, others were here before us. His reconstruction of the lost civilisation which preceded our own is based on hard and accepted archaeological facts.

For example: the extensive red ochre mines of southern Africa which existed 100,000-40,000 years Before Present; the 75,000 BP Bear Skull altar of Drachenloch in Switzerland and the 60,000 BP flower graves of Iraq bear witness to his claim.

Breathtaking in scope and originality, Cities of Dreams takes our legends and demonstrates the reality of these ancient stories. The Minotaur did live at the centre of the maze . . . Sleeping Beauty did waken to the knight’s kiss . . . the fairy people did meet and dance in the moonlight . . . and women did rule the whole of magical Earth.

Cities of Dreams is a gift to the reader. Your perception of world myths, legends and history will be challenged. You will be offered alternative ways of seeing and perceiving the information that you possess and thus be enabled to reassess your own world view. Cities of Dreams will open the way to a greater reality and that insight will stay with you forever – Gooch begins the vitally necessary dismantling of the sterile and altogether parochial view of human life within which current orthodox views hold us imprisoned.

The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail is discussed on pp. 187-192 of Cities of Dreams

Cities of Dreams
Book review by Jaye Beldo

Who is Stan Gooch?

An unjustly ostracized scholar who has written a very compelling and substantial book called Cities of Dreams, some of which posits that the Neanderthals, based on much neglected evidence, were more advanced than the barbaric, hairy man apes that they are usually depicted as, possessed language skills and also a very sophisticated understanding of the cosmos which they oriented their lives by.

However, Stan adequately challenges the enforced presumptions of delinquent archaeologists, anthropologists and assorted cardboard academics who currently maintain the bastion of the orthodox/materialist belief system.

The supposedly clean separation between Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon species, for starters, is effectively dismissed by Gooch, who perseveres throughout Cities of Dreams by developing and sustaining arguments that are both impressive and actually quite thrilling. This is primarily because of the unique clarity in which he presents his views and also the evidence that he provides to back up his claims.

When an author has such a deep sense of resonance with the subject matter he has chosen to investigate as Gooch obviously does, evoking such things as long forgotten Palaeolithic inscapes becomes quite natural and this is what makes Cities of Dreams such a delightful read.

The author reminds us of such things as universal burial practices, which are evidenced by the ubiquity of the use of red ochre (hematite) in funerary rites, the amazing similarities of myths around the world concerning the origins of the Pleiades constellation (the seven sisters are always pursued by unsolicited suitors or animals) and the labyrinthine/lunar origins of ritual dance (some which mimic the construction of a spider's web of all things).

Gooch rises above the short-sightedness of many a tenured boob and offers us such a refreshing perspective on our ice age forebears that it becomes difficult to dismiss his ideas as many within the matrix police system have tried to do in recent times. After reading this work, one can fully see the shortcomings of those deluded enough to assume that modern humans are at the very pinnacle of evolution and why they are so insistent on preserving this outright lie for future generations.

More importantly, we have a perfect opportunity to bypass the matrix via Stan's book and directly access the worlds he has explored, worlds encoded in stone, dance, mazes, song and spider's webs as well.

Jaye Beldo

Aulis Online, June 2010

Jaye Beldo writes for Paranoia magazine, and The Konformist

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