Michael Cremo is on the cutting edge of science and culture
issues. In the course of a few month's time he might be found on
pilgrimage to sacred sites in India, appearing on a national television
show, lecturing at a mainstream science conference, or speaking to an
alternative science gathering. As he crosses disciplinary and cultural
boundaries, he presents to his various audiences a compelling case for
negotiating a new consensus on the nature of reality.
Michael Cremo is a member of the History of Science Society,
the World Archeological Congress, the Philosophy of Science
Association, the European Association of Archaeologists and
associate member of the Bhaktivedanta Institute specializing in
history and philosophy of science.
Michael A. Cremo
"The soul that I am
entered its present body at the moment I was conceived in the fall
of 1947. I appeared from my mother's womb on July 15, 1948, in
Schenectady, New York. That birth was probably one of millions I
have experienced since I left my real home in the spiritual world.
My mother tells me that when I was an infant, she would give me
alphabet soup, and sometimes I would not eat it, but would just
spell out words in the bowl. From that, I take it that I must have
practiced writing in many previous existences. In this life, I
recall always having wanted to be a writer.
"From the very beginning, my life has been a spiritual quest for
love and truth. My father served as an American Intelligence Officer
for the United States Air Force, and from that time my life was one
of periodic change and travel. I went to high school at an American
school in Germany and spent my
traveling all over Europe. Once, in the spring of 1965, in a youth
hostel in Stockholm, I met some kids who had been to India and back,
traveling overland. I decided I would someday do the same thing. I
also became deeply interested in Eastern philosophy, particularly
Indian esoteric teachings. I kept travel diaries, wrote poetry, and
tried my hand at autobiographical short fiction.
"During my last year of high school in St. Petersburg, Florida, I
took a creative writing course. The next year I entered George
Washington University. Over the next two years, I became immersed in
the counterculture and gradually gave up my plans to enter
government service. I continued my investigations into Eastern
philosophy and esoteric spiritual teachings.
"In 1968 I left college and went to Europe on a voyage of
self-discovery. I took a boat from Haifa to Istanbul, where the pull
toward the East was so strong that I found myself heading overland
to India. I got as far as Tehran, lost my nerve, and turned back.
"After carefully studying the Bhagavad-gita, a gift of some Hare
Krishna people at a Grateful Dead concert, I decided that I should
absorb myself in the yoga of devotion to the mysterious Lord
Krishna. Later I moved to Los Angeles to join the staff of the
International Society for Krishna Consciousness, and to write for
the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT). By 1980 I was regarded as
an accomplished writer. To date, the books written and edited by
myself and other BBT staff have sold more than ten million copies
and have been translated into many languages.
"With Dr. Richard L. Thompson, a founding member of the
Bhaktivedanta Institute, I began a series of books aimed at both
scholarly and popular audiences. The first to be published was
Forbidden Archeology: The Hidden History of the Human Race. This
book shows that archaeologists and anthropologists, over the past
one hundred and fifty years, have accumulated vast amounts of
evidence showing that humans like ourselves have existed on this
planet for tens of millions of years. We show how this evidence has
been suppressed, ignored, and forgotten because it contradicts
generally-held ideas about human evolution."
"In lecture presentations on Forbidden Archeology to
scientific and lay audiences around the world I see a new
consciousness emerging that integrates science and religion into a
cohesive paradigm of reality."