This sort of thing always depends on how much credence you can give to
ancient religion and philosophy. Yes, [whatever ancient belief] is almost
like [some modern science] ... but generally when you look closely it's
about as related as van Daniken's ancient astronauts are to modern ones. So
we tend not to give ancient teachings any credence -- yet it's at least
possible that mystical experiences give some sort of insight into the truth
of existence, and if so, that some of this has been retained when the
self-interested and literal minded came along and turned it into organised
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