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This book is a collection of twenty-four papers that Michael A. Cremo (Drutakarma), who is not a professional scientist, presented at scientific and academic conferences. Versions of some of these papers have appeared in peer-reviewed academic publications. In these papers, Cremo explores the relationship between science and religion, in terms of his specific scientific and religious commitments.
Born in 1948 in the United States, Cremo in the early 70s became attracted to the teachings of Srila Prabhupada. Becoming his disciple, Cremo took up the study of Vedic literature, especially the Puranas, which contain extensive material on cosmology and history. Many of the Puranic understandings are apparently quite different from modern scientific understandings.
For example, the Puranas contain accounts of a human presence going back many millions of years, whereas modern science holds that the first humans like us appeared less than 200,000 years ago. Cremo researched the entire published scientific literature on human origins and antiquity. He found numerous reports of juan bones, footprints and artifacts going back much further in time than these supposed first humans were said to have lived. Cremo collected this evidence in his book Forbidden Archaeology. Many of the papers in this book deal with archeological evidence for extreme human antiquity, consistent with the Puranic histories. Other papers explore the history of archeology in India.
In his book Human Devolution, Cremo presented a Vedic alternative to the current theory of human origins. Today, most scientist believe that a human being is a machine made of molecules and that consciousness is a n evolutionary product of brain chemistry. Cremo, inspired by vedic teachings, proposes that consciousness exists independently of matter and comes into contact with matter by a process he calls devolution. Some of the papers in "My Science, My Religion" are related to this topic.
This collection will be of interest to theologians, scientists, historians of science, philosophers of science, and scholars of science and religion.