Christians and Arabs like Caliph Omar didn't like people getting knowledge. There were numerous attempts to destroy the warehouse of all knowledge which could be gathered, for centuries by the alchemists in the Ptolemaic lineage. http://www.ancient.eu/Ptolemy_I/ The Ptolemies were also the richest family in the world with mining ops in the Americas. Cleopatra (There were numerous Cleos) would give land in other nations to save her rule in Egypt as the Empire builders closed in on that money. But the Arabs ended up being far less oppressive in those days and the Darkest Age enveloped Europe. The Gnostic guardians of the Great Library managed to save the Dag or Nag Hammadi urns that had The Gospel of Thomas; which has much alchemical code and imagery in it. They later were the people called Cathars and invited Sufis, and others to share their wonderful and open society. http://www.world-mysteries.com/gw_rb_socrates.htm
Today there is another book burning!
The Gaedhils like Simon Magus were with the Gnostics. They are from Hyperborean regions where the Megaliths are older in underwater Carnac than Karnac in Egypt. In fact the elites of all white people are to be found in cahoots or corporate ventures to this day. Philip Gardiner's The Shining Ones documents some of this and he wrote that shortly before I contacted him.
“All things truly wicked start from innocence.”
― Ernest Hemingway
“More generally, as I shall repeat in Chapter 8, one of the truly bad effects of religion is that it teaches us that it is a virtue to be satisfied with not understanding.”
― Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion
“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”
― Benjamin Franklin
“It's an universal law-- intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility.”
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
“That which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves.”
― Garth Stein
“He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara
“There is nothing in the record of the past two years when both Houses of Congress have been controlled by the Republican Party which can lead any person to believe that those promises will be fulfilled in the future. They follow the Hitler line - no matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as truth.”
― John F. Kennedy
“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”
― Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man
“Education is a system of imposed ignorance.”
― Noam Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
“I examined the poets, and I look on them as people whose talent overawes both themselves and others, people who present themselves as wise men and are taken as such, when they are nothing of the sort.
From poets, I moved to artists. No one was more ignorant about the arts than I; no one was more convinced that artists possessed really beautiful secrets. However, I noticed that their condition was no better than that of the poets and that both of them have the same misconceptions. Because the most skillful among them excel in their specialty, they look upon themselves as the wisest of men. In my eyes, this presumption completely tarnished their knowledge. As a result, putting myself in the place of the oracle and asking myself what I would prefer to be — what I was or what they were, to know what they have learned or to know that I know nothing — I replied to myself and to the god: I wish to remain who I am.
We do not know — neither the sophists, nor the orators, nor the artists, nor I— what the True, the Good, and the Beautiful are. But there is this difference between us: although these people know nothing, they all believe they know something; whereas, I, if I know nothing, at least have no doubts about it. As a result, all this superiority in wisdom which the oracle has attributed to me reduces itself to the single point that I am strongly convinced that I am ignorant of what I do not know.”
The chief librarian of the Library in the second century BCE was a man who may have travelled and learned from Maui. Who is Maui and why is his name on the big island in Hawaii? Did Eratosthenes have the Tanawa or Torquetum? How can anyone believe the history telling us man thought the world was flat - ever? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eratosthenes
Here we have a German repository of knowledge addressing Maui and the great Library.
Is religion a psychiatric symptom? The astronomical knowledge origins are more ancient than almost all over sources of civilization and the evolution of man. It leads many who are deceived to think religions have been correct about all manner of miracles or prophecies. You need to read this if you need to know, qabala or your religion. It addresses Aeons or eons and yugas or what came from observing the dog star Sirius and a lot more.