The amount of research Al McDowell has undertaken to collect material for his book Uncommon Knowledge is admirable. He scoured scores and scores of the scientific literature, listed under references. He selected this literature from the point of view of opposing current scientific thinking on more than half a dozen subjects. These are profound, basic foundations of science, such as gravity, the Big Bang, the origin of life, but also the Biblical flood and Noah’s Ark. McDowell goes deep into physics, astronomy, and theory of evolution. So deep that he devotes full fifty-two pages on disproving the theory of relativity, sixty-three pages on disproving Darwin’s theory of evolution, for example. The details are simply painstaking, and most readers will quickly lose interest—and get lost on high-caliber scientific information. This book was clearly written for scientists who may be able to follow McDowell’s logic. He questioned such basic concept as the origin of gravity. Or brings up ideas that extraterrestrials visiting our Planet may have been able to levitate, already having all of our own technology within their power, including electric batteries, light bulbs and atomic weapons. Yet he attempts to explain even the Biblical flood by having a distant planet (Nibiru) approach the Earth, and by gravitational pull create a flood two miles deep near the equator.
The first question in most readers’ mind is how McDowell—with a Ph.D. in business economics—is qualified to write on these subjects. In fact, he simply brings information he collected and assembled all in a book form. His writing is not easy—long, complicated sentences make understanding even more difficult. It would have been an excellent idea to summarize each chapter in a condensed half page. These are certainly foods for thoughts, and some readers may enjoy reading the pages if they weren’t so extreme in details and so extensive.
Uncommon Knowledge may be an interesting book if it were shortened to one-third or less of its current length, and having an editor make it more reader friendly.
After editing at City Book Review for a few years, I took up the duties of editorial assistant, which include assigning books for review, posting reviews to our various sites, and nagging reviewers for things. In my non-nagging time, I’m a gamer, artist, writer, and notorious black thumb/bane of plants. My answer to every book-related question: read Octavia Butler.
|Page Count||408 pages|
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