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 After mercury, no additional metal was discovered for nearly 2,000 years, when, in the thirteenth century, Albertus Magnus discovered arsenic. Another 300 years would pass after his find until antimony become the ninth metal to be discovered. (69)

The failure of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century institutional science to empirically challenge the assumptions of supernaturalism meant that the more holistic natural view of reality had to go underground again. Limiting itself to the obvious material aspects of the universe, modern science failed to benefit from much knowledge already well developed in earlier phases of civilization. Its limited focus abetted the forces of authoritarian manipulation in religion, politics, and economics. By leaving largely unchallenged the history of religion that the religions themselves constructed, science in effect reinforced the cover-up of their false claims to intellectual and moral legitimacy. (113)

The Industrial Revolution was built upon the power accumulated by these wealthy capitalists during the "commercial revolution" from around 1400 to the 1700s, largely as a result of religious-oriented global exploration and colonization. Beginning in the late 1700s, about the time the possible inner and external implications of Renaissance science began to be recognized, the leaders of the Industrial Revolution were interested in the application of mechanical power to agriculture and industry. They wanted to harness new fuel sources, develop factory and bureaucratic structures, speed up transportation and communications, and use their capital to gain as much control as possible over most sectors of society. (113)

By dismissing human metaphysical experience as "anomalous" and denigrating crucial aspects of consciousness as "paranormal," officially recognized science became the handmaiden of industrial power rather than a route to personal empowerment. (113)

The resulting industrial focus of materialist science can be seen in its devastating long-term external effects. Examples include the impact on our natural ecosystems of internal combustion engines, oil drilling rigs, refineries, urban sprawl, highways, box-like buildings, belching factories, boilers, power grids, strip mines, dumps, and noisy flying machines. (113)

…[in] Hamlet's Mill by George Santillana and Hertha von Dechend, a study that sets out to demonstrate that the common denominator of all early myths is the idea of a great grinding-mill of the stars (sometimes it is described as churning a sea of milk, the Milky Way). This grinding-mill represents the precession of the equinoxes--which, as we have seen, is the apparent backward movement of the vernal point (the constellation in which the sun rises at the spring equinox) through the constellations. At present the sun rises in Pisces at the spring equinox, so we live in the Age of Pisces, but in about eight centuries' time it will rise in Aquarius, and our descendants of AD 2,600 will live in the Age of Aquarius. In the normal zodiac of astrology, Aquarius comes before Pisces. Hence 'precession' of the equinoxes--they move backwards, in a slow circle in the heavens. This in itself offers proof that civilization could be thousands of years older than historians and archaeologists believe: it takes 2,160 years for the vernal point to move from one constellation to the next, and 25,920 years for the whole precessional cycle to come around again to the beginning. Santillana and von Dechend make it clear that the Inuit, Icelanders, Norsemen, Native Americans, Finns, Hawaiians, Japanese, Chinese, Persians, Romans, ancient Greeks, ancient Hindus, ancient Egyptians and many others were familiar with the whole cycle of 'Hamlet's mill', the precession of the equinoxes (the book takes its title from the corn grinding-mill of Amlodhi, an Icelandic hero, whose name has come down to us as Hamlet). We are currently living through the last two centuries of the full 26,000-year cycle. (123)

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 …the trinity of Rene Descartes, Isaac Newton, and John Locke (joined by Thomas Hobbes) was largely responsible for reintroducing the rationalistic path to knowledge last seen in Classical Greece. They had a mechanistic view of the universe as governed by inflexible laws and the notion that five physical senses are the only route to the truth. They and others emphasized reason, concrete experience, and individuality. A human was deemed to be born a tabula rasa (blank slate) to be written on by the experience of his environment. (113)

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