Despite all the shit surrounding it, I really enjoyed reading The Da Vinci Code. It kept me on the edge of my seat and the puzzles in it and exploration of symbolism realy gripped me. Less than 100 pages into The Lost Symbol though, and all the fuzziness of Brown's fact-checking/skepticism in The Da Vinci Code seems to pale in comparison. He's already dove into Noetic science and global consciousnes as if it were a real thing and I have to admit it's irking me a bit and taking me out of the story. Now, for all I know he'll end up saying that it's all bunk and it's just the characters who believe it, not him but I'm not holding out much hope.
Just finished a chapter where one character is relating to another how all the advanced scientific theories we have now, were actually previously part of ancient wisdom about the way the universe worked, we just forgot about it. He even says that String Theory was conceived in ancient Hebrew texts. He's also saying that trust in science is taking us away from enlightenment as it's forgoing the spiritual aspects of the world. Now, I don't know a lot about these ancient texts he's talking about, but statements vaguely similar to modern scientific theories being found in some text among probably billions of others that got it completely wrong is not that spectacular as even something as innocuous as Monty Python's dead parrot sketch was shown to have a precursor who basically made the same joke thousands of years ago. It's also very reminiscent of people trying to apply vague prophesies to modern events by shoe-horning them in. On top of all that, some reference to the 11 levels of reality being similar to String Theory's 11 dimensions may sound like someone had access to advanced knowledge when they shouldn't have, but it neglects the worlds of precise information contained in String Theory not found in such texts.
On top of all that, String Theory may yet be proven to be incorrect so any ancient wisdom that is similar would be shown to be incorrect and the idea of having the "inside scoop" somehow, to the universe's workings being proved by knowing String Theory before we postulated it scientifically becomes completely idiotic.