Destruction of scientific knowledge: past events that made it difficult for science to be easily accepted in future
Although the Earth was created about 4 billion years ago, as reported by science, the sum total of available scientific knowledge that was present in the past, is much less available today than it was ages ago—and there are obvious reasons.
The ancient artifacts and manuscripts that have been found in different parts of the world, give valuable information about the scientific knowledge that was put to use in the past, and how successive generations used it, developed it further, and passed it on.
Over the ages it became increasingly difficult for successive generations to accept science because of interference from either religious or political “powers”, and some cataclysmic/destructive incidences that took place in remote ages and led to loss of belief in science, and loss of scientific knowledge/manuscripts.
Even when scientific knowledge was destroyed (or was often ignored, or regarded as myths), either due to the occurrence of cataclysms, or circulating belief that they were heretic, evidence of their existence still continued to exist in one form or another.
By digging up artifacts and manuscripts from various levels deep within the ground, to using radiocarbon dating and remote sensing techniques, archaeologists and seekers of knowledge would have certainly been able to see breaks in dissemination of scientific knowledge; the breaks have likely hampered the acceptance and development of science and technology in the future, especially after past incidences of destruction!
Information acquired during the ages, along with artifacts and manuscripts that have been discovered on the face of the Earth (rather than underground) have revealed several attempts in the past to destroy scientific knowledge which seeks to make nature more understandable to everybody.
Even when scientific knowledge wasn’t buried, it still faced several attempts to be destroyed. Recall that about 400 years ago, late Galileo Galilei (who was a devout Catholic and one of the founders of modern science) suffered persecution at the hands of the Roman Catholic Church because of his steadfast belief and proclamation that the Earth revolves round the sun.
In October, 1992, Pope John Paul II had to apologize to Galileo Galilei for the ill-treatment he suffered in the hands of the Church because of his insistence that the Earth moves round the sun.
Funny enough, Galileo Galilei’s theory has been proven beyond doubt, and is widely being accepted and respected.
Before we take a brief look at incidences in the past when artifacts and manuscripts of scientific knowledge were destroyed, let us bear this thought in mind: although the creators of ancient scientific knowledge have disappeared, and many of their works seem to have been destroyed, the remaining traces of their works will continue to challenge and inspire future generations of mankind.
Past destruction of scientific knowledge
Ancient scientific knowledge was destroyed in the past, most likely because—apart from cataclysms— science was not as understood and accepted as it is today. Just probably!
In the present-day, it’s quite obvious that science and religion are much friendlier and closer allies than they were centuries ago when religion fought and nagged at science.
At one end, our expectations from the universe have been pushed forward into the future; on the other end, we are now in a position to go back into distant past histories that belong to certain regions or countries of the world, and get a glimpse at what went wrong during the times scientific knowledge was stored in certain locations around the world—in this regard, many researchers and archaeologists have been helping us to do just that.
Atlantis is said to have had a highly advanced scientific and technological culture located on an island now believed to be at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Yes, at the very bottom!
Although Atlantis is believed to have existed for over 200,000 years, its final phase is said to have occurred during a dark period between 17,500 BC, and 10,500 BC when it was destroyed.
Furthermore, it’s believed that the golden period of Atlantis was the highest level of light consciousness and technological advancement to have ever been achieved on Earth, and in any advanced civilization.
Atlantis has been mentioned in many ancient texts, and is believed to have been swallowed by an earthquake—a natural disaster or catastrophe.
Atlantis is also mentioned in Plato’s dialogues (taken from ancient Egyptian records), and almost every ancient culture in the world has myths and legends of ancient worlds (or civilizations) that had vast scientific knowledge in their possession long before natural or man-made activities destroyed them.
In fact the Hopis, Mayans and Aztecs believed that four or more worlds underwent destruction before our own started some few thousands of years ago.
Although details are far-fetched and sketchy, findings from land and sea point to the possible existence of Atlantis in the remote past.
The stories of ancient high tech civilizations that have come and gone are contained in thousands of books that were kept in ancient libraries around the world in the past and present-day.
Many ancient libraries contained a lot of scientific books that were famous among historians and writers—the library at Alexandria, Egypt, is a very popular example.
Sadly, it is a well-known fact that throughout history, certain enemies or powers purposely destroyed huge archives and libraries containing astounding scientific knowledge of the ancient times.
According to famous astronomer, Carl Sagan, a book titled “The True History of Mankind Over the Last 200,000 Years”, once existed and was kept in the great library in Alexandria, Egypt. Unfortunately, the book, along with thousands of others, was burnt by fanatical Christians in 300 AD because they thought the books were full of heresy.
Most of the ancient Chinese manuscripts that contained profound scientific knowledge were destroyed in 212 BC by Emperor Chi Huang Ti—the leader who ensured that the famous Great Wall was built.
Vast amounts of ancient texts—which contained mostly science, philosophy, and history—were forcefully seized and burnt; also, libraries, including the royal library, were destroyed.
Fortunately enough, some books survived because certain people who had thirst and love for scientific and philosophical knowledge hid them in different locations, underground and in caves.
Many other books and manuscripts were hidden in Taoist temples where they have been kept and preserved ever since.
The great library in Alexandria was one of the largest and most significant libraries in the ancient world; it housed certain types of scientific knowledge that were believed to have originated from outside the world by the ancient gods who visited the Earth from the cosmos, but have long since faded from the face of the Earth.
During the destruction of the library in Alexandria, a great mathematician and philosopher, Hypatia, was dragged from her chariot by a mob and torn to pieces. The mob went ahead to burn the library.
Hypatia—the first mathematician whose life was well documented—was a prominent thinker of the Neoplatonic school in Alexandria where she taught philosophy and astronomy about 1,600 years ago.
It is sad to recall the destruction and suppression of useful scientific knowledge that was recorded in the distant past, especially within the last 2,000 years.
What is even more painful is the fact that the destruction of scientific knowledge by mankind was done in a zealous manner and without due regard to reality, life, or beliefs.
In the midst of all destruction and suppression, it’s astonishing to still see a few ancient texts here and there, that have survived and contain scientific information about highly advanced civilizations, and the cataclysms that destroyed them.
Also, most of the texts have a major lesson for us: in the distant past, mankind fell out of harmony with Mother Nature, and a certain catastrophes struck the whole Earth.
In the present day, we can see something similar between the ancient Atlantis myth (or reality?) and the current situation that modern mankind finds itself in.
Will modern mankind survive the impact of its own technology, environmental pollution, and wars?
Will mankind destroy itself as it continuously alters the natural functioning of the Earth, and uses destructive practices to cause disharmony on the Earth?
Even though science has been much more widely accepted in the present-day than in the past, it was/has been difficult for future generations (after past destructions or cataclysms of scientific knowledge) to accept science.
The major reason was the repeated break-ups in dissemination of knowledge to future generations; this was caused by past destruction of scientific knowledge after cataclysms had occurred, and interference of different powers in the progress and sustenance of scientific knowledge—especially in places where the mystery behind science painted it as black magic, sorcery, or witchcraft.