Graham Hancock on Good and Evil

Graham Hancock was recently interviewed by William Rowlandson Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Kent. The interview focused on many different aspects of Graham’s work but with particular emphasis on his recent ventures in fiction — Entangled, published in 2010 and his forthcoming novel War God, about the Spanish Conquest of Mexico. In this extract from the longer interview Graham talks about the treatment of violence in his novels and about the struggle of good against evil. Are these real, primal forces or projections of our own minds and cultures? What do they have to teach us? Why dwell on them in works of fiction?

Background info and a free-to-read extracts from War God

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  • http://artasith-m-nasdsnre.tumblr.com/ Simon Valentine

    ancient egyptian royalty question. there’s a point at which dichotomy obviates the fallacy that it constitutes, and there’s someone who may seek to parallel, copy, imitate, mock, or make analogy with such (e.g. thermodynamics) who deserves the violence they inevitably manifest. thermocellular division fallacy as sexual attraction, anyone? false dilemma. doesn’t matter. prove P = NP and manifest a theory of everything, then we’ll talk.

  • Rhoid Rager

    There seems to be a faint smell of trepidation when he says (6:19) “I think if we all examine our hearts we all have some kind of compass on this, which we do know ‘this isn’t really the right thing to say; this isn’t really the right thing to do’; that voice is there. And, I’m not sure that it’s entirely culturally restrained.” He’s very tentative when he says that. Could it be because he realizes the delicate nature of preaching complete human agency? The implications for this kind of argument become clearer as we start to take in all that which we, as an individual are truly and utterly responsible for. What an enslaved mentality it has been to encapsulate ourselves within the soft pillow of culture to absorb all of the horrors that occur around us everyday??! Step over the homeless man who begs in the street, dutifully pay your debts and taxes on time and in the full required amounts, keep your loved ones at an arms’ length while you embrace rich or sexy strangers in a plethora of venues, admire people who kill for tradition and admonish those who fight for material equality…so many symptoms arise from the simple problem of denying one’s singular agency to think and act for one’s self. To judge our own actions, culture is both our safety blanket and our coffin. That’s the only duality that I recognize here.

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