Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Research Behind The Lost Symbol – Part 1

I’m in the process of reading Dan Brown’s latest novel, The Lost Symbol, and was delighted to witness the bridge Brown built in Chapter 15. It details Katherine’s introductory education by her elder brother Richard into the tangled web of human thought from ancient to modern time.

Katherine, a scientist, is all at once stupefied and excited to learn that the esoteric teachings of ancient mystical texts mirror modern quantum and string theory with eerie precision. And, that is the underlying premise of the book. In just six pages Brown builds a believable case that ancient mystics cultivated a noetic understanding of deep mysteries that was lost over time and has finally been recovered by modern science. However, despite the intellectual fire power of today’s scientists, and the technological complexity of their measuring devices, they still don’t truly understand what they are dealing with. In Chapter 15, Brown positions Katherine’s character to be the one person on the planet to finally blend the breakthroughs of the rational, or analytical sciences, with powerful intuitive wisdom from the masters.

One of the aspects of Chapter 15 that excited me was to see the names of texts, mystics, philosophers, and scientist that Brown listed. All of them are covered in The Sage Age.

In Part 2 of this series, I’ll tell you what lead me to do the same research as Dan Brown. In Part 3, I’ll reveal where you can find information on the topics highlighted in The Lost Symbol.

The Sage Age - Blending Science with Intuitive Wisdom, was featured in Publishers Weekly shortly after its debut. Visit for more information and to read articles on many of the topics covered in the book.