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Oscar Kiss Maerth (October 8, 1914 – August 26, 1990) authored a book called The Beginning Was the End, which presents pseudo-scientific claims about human evolution. Oscar wrote that humans evolved from cannibalistic apes.

Since it was published in German in 1973 and translated into English in 1974,[1] Maerth's work has been subject to scrutiny regarding its validity and accuracy. His book has been analyzed and evaluated within the context of scientific and historical research, leading to criticism due to its racialist and pseudohistorical claims.

DEVO[]

Members of Art Devo read a review published in a magazine about Maerth’s offensively LOW Devo pseudoscience and saw is as a confirmation of their existing theory of De-Evolution [From a “Wonder Woman comic book and the movie Island Of Lost Souls, the original, with Bela Lugosi, Charles Laughton.”]
It was hilarious and stupid. Jerry said he thought it was a joke, that it couldn’t be real. In 1974 another confirmation of De-Evolution was found in the quack pamphlet Mark got [from KSU instructor Ian Short] More on that in DEVO: The Brand / DEVO: Unmasked, by DEVO, Inc.

References to this quack theory are included in “Jocko Homo”, In The Beginning Was The End: The Truth About De-Evolution, My Struggle, “S.I.B. (Swelling Itching Brain)”, “Gates Of Steel”, Now It Can Be Told: DEVO at the Palace 12/9/88, the “What We Do” 360 video and other works.

External Links[]

devo-obsesso.com/html/paper-other.html (From archive.org).

https://prabook.com/web/oscar.kiss_maerth/1031344

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beginning_Was_the_End


Reviews[]

“THE BEGINNING WAS THE END by Oscar Kiss Maerth ‧ Release Date: March 18, 1974”
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/a/oscar-kiss-maerth/the-beginning-was-the-end/
“The question that will be raised is why this book is being published.”

Book Club from Hell. “#21 The Beginning Was the End - Oskar Kiss Maerth”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLyuOuxqzjg

https://nocturnalrevelries.com/2022/12/27/monkeys-ate-my-brain-oscar-kiss-maerths-the-beginning-was-the-end/
"... Nothing I have read has approached the misanthropic insanity of Oscar Kiss Maerth’s The Beginning was the End."

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