“Who Built the Moon?” by C. Knight and A. Butler:

After I read a description of this book, “Who Built the Moon“,  I quickly developed an itch to read it. I bought it on Ebay or Abebooks about a year ago but because of all the renovations that have gone on around here it spent nearly a year in storage. Recently I got severely depressed and since I was kind of sick of reading the same thing over and over again all the time I determined I’d attack it so maybe I could enjoy the dubious sense of accomplishment I’d get from forcing myself to do something at variance with my established habits and routine. I can’t say I was disappointed.

Since it deals with a lot of pretty esoteric type stuff I expected it to be much more opaque than it actually turned out to be. It wasn’t at all. It was actually written in an easily understood, light conversational tone.  I admit I can’t understand some of it, like how they use pendulums to create consistent units of length, time and volume, but that’s probably just the result of some holes in my education. I get the general idea.

I read an article online that tried to refute it. One thing I noticed the writer of that article did was use the word “coincidence” an awful lot. From my experience if you notice an abnormally large number of coincidences you can rest assured they’re not actually coincidences at all.

Some of these “coincidences” are: The Moon precisely imitates the annual movements of the sun each month. The Moon is 400 times smaller than the Sun, and 1/400th of the distance between Earth and the Sun. The Moon is much lighter than it should be, and hangs much lower in the sky than it should also. What is particularly peculiar is that, from Earth, it is exactly the same size as the Sun, so that during a solar eclipse it perfectly blots out the Sun. These are only some of the strange Moon facts presented in this book.

One thing that I found annoying about the book is that they dedicated several pages to disparaging “creationists”. They’re certainly entitled to his opinions but they not only went on at great length trying to convey how stupid they considered these people to be, but they come off as bubbling over with unnecessary disdain and vitriol concerning their beliefs. I realize that since the evidence they present in the book seems to suggest intelligent design they likely feel a need to make it plain that they are not advocating for the existence of a traditional Judeo-Christian God, but I felt they went a bit overboard trying to distance themselves from the fundamentalist Christians, for all the good that did them. This is still a favorite book of theirs that they use to argue for the existence of their divine creator despite all that.

It’s funny because they reason against the existence of God by using the old argument which says, “If God made the world then who made God?”. I find it funny because they explain the origin of life by claiming it was started by some kind of super-intelligent beings, which begs the question, “Who created the super-intelligent beings?” LOL! I’m sorry, I realize I’m being kind of petty, but I found that amusing. Anyway, just so you know, they claim the super-intelligent beings created themselves. More on that later.

Please don’t let my childish little digressions prejudice you against this book because it’s a very good book. Now I want to read the book they wrote before this one called, “Civilization One” which makes the case that there was a very advanced, worldwide civilization on Earth before the dawn of recorded history.

Personally, the older I get the more religious I find I am becoming. It has much less to do with a fear of death as it does with my accumulated life experience. Also my life in show business has shown me how strongly perception affects reality, and, like I already mentioned in defense of this book, there are far too many ‘coincidences’ for ‘coincidences’ to exist. Seeming coincidences are, I believe, evidence that there are much greater forces at play, forces we can hardly understand in our present state of existence.

In my opinion they really go off the deep-end when they propose that the reason some alien intelligence is seeding intelligent life throughout the universe is because they intend to eventually render the cosmos self aware. I guess they think they want each civilization to act as a single brain cell, so if enough civilizations are created the heavens will behave like one gigantic brain, but the insane distances of millions of light years between these worlds, not to even mention the fact the immensity of time alone would prevent too many of these super-civilizations from coexisting very close to each other or during the same time.

Since the moon seems, based on it’s queer measurements, to be an artificial construct, and it’s existence was essential to the creation of life on the Earth, the authors of the book come to the exceedingly quirky conclusion that at some future date people went back in time to create the moon in order to insure that life will come to be on the Earth. They have come to the conclusion that since some of the mathematical anomalies are divisible by ten, and human mathematics were formed around fives and tens because it correlates with how many fingers we have, that this means the moon must be man made. I see their line of reasoning, but suggesting something as wild as that certainly violates the principal of Occam’s razor. Why people should feel the need to go back in time and make sure they will be created when that already exist is a very important part of this theory that needs to be explained, but, unfortunately is not. I can only suppose they feel that the very existence of the moon is so odd and unlikely that it requires an equally odd and unlikely explanation.

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