Issue 101 - Neanderthals and Civilization
Making Sense Out of 'Nonsense'
From Editor, J. Douglas Kenyon
n June we learned that the so-called Voynich Manuscript has a 'genuine message.' That is not to say that the mysterious fifteenth-century book has been translated, only that it must mean something. A statistical analysis of the words and letters in Voynich (named after its discoverer) is now said to reveal patterns consistent with real language. This is a big deal because, up until now, the consensus has been that Voynich is a hoax, containing only gibberishó meant to look like it means something when it is actually nothing but nonsense.
Everyone agrees, however, that the 'world's most mysterious book'ócontaining 240 pages of enigmatic text and many hand-painted illustrations of unknown plants and symbolsósure looks like it means something. But, even though the best codebreakers in the world (including mathematicians, linguists, and the people who solved the Enigma cypher of WWII) have certainly tried, until now, they have all failed. The new study published in the journal Plos One is the first to successfully identify patterns which should indicate real language.
But who is to say for sure? According to the Reuter's News service, in 2005 a couple of MIT graduate students successfully passed off a bunch of computer-generated gibberish as an academic paper. Using a program they had written, the students generated fake research complete with nonsensical text, charts, and diagrams; then they submitted two of their papers to the World Multi-conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (WMSCI), scheduled that year in Orlando. To their surprise, one of the papersó"Rooter: A Methodology for the Typical Unification of Access Points and Redundancy"ówas accepted for presentation.
When we first reported the above incident, I commented that I was reminded of personal experience as a freshman at a college that shall here go nameless. When I criticized the quality of work in the school's poetry journal, someone suggested that, if I was so smart, I should try submitting something myself. Forthwith I produced what I considered to be a really bad poem, but of the type the journal seemed to like, and sent it in. To my amazement, my entry was not only printed, it was featured on the front cover. The suggestion here is, not only that many of those occupying seats of authority in the citadels of conventional scientific wisdom might actually be faking; but also to argue, that much of their glib criticism of various alternative science researchers, who really do know something, would best be taken with a grain of salt.
I have noticed, over the years, that many who think they actually understand the rationales of alternative science, are unable to respond with anything that really makes sense. The so-called skeptics of CSICOP, and like organizations, seem incapable of understanding the language which they are offering to translateóthereby demonstrating nothing but their own ignorance.
As a child, upon hearing incomprehensible talk in a foreign language, I thought that by making up my own gibberish, I could fool others into thinking I understood. For my pains, I remember only blank stares. Eventually I learned that one man's fluency is another man's gibberish. The difference is understanding.
Possible Atlantis Site Discovered Off Brazil
The long list of possible locations for Atlantis has grown more lengthy. The latest addition is off the coast of Brazil where Japanese scientists in a deep sea submersible have identif ied large deposits of granite and quartz sand on the ocean f loor more than 8,000 feet below the surface. That is deemed important because both materials form only on dry land, hence the region was, apparently, once above water.more...
Prehistoric Structure Found In Sea Of Galilee
Archaeologists from Israel's Tel Aviv University are struggling to get to the bottom of a puzzling structure on the floor of the Sea of Galilee, where the Bible reports Jesus spent much of his time and performed many miracles, including walking on water. First located in 2003 the find is only now making its way into the public domain.more...
Could Government Intrude into the Mind's Domain?
With all the worry about the U.S. Government's high-tech spying apparatus at the NSA, IRS, DOJ, etc., there has yet to be much talk about its paranormal capabilities, but perhaps there should be.
Sensational revelations in the spring of 2013, first reported in Britain's Guardian newspaper, cited NSA "whistleblower" Edward Snowden to the effect that Internet giants Google, Facebook, Apple, and others had provided government agents with access to their servers, potentially facilitating the reading of e-mails and other communications from millions of Internet users. Code named Prism, the program immediately drew fire from both ends of the political spectrum. Unmentioned in the uproar, however, was the extent to which the human mind itself seems destined to become the battlefield of the future. One exception to the silence, however, may be a new documentary focussing on the exploits of Israeli psychic Uri Geller. more...
Is Zahi Hawass Making a Comeback?
He's back. Zahi Hawass may not be in charge any more, but he is working on that.
The once ubiquitous Minister of Antiqui- ties under the doomed Egyptian regime of Hosni Mubarak has survived the attempt by his enemies to put him in jail, and he is busy again doing what he does best, seeking publicity for his causes. With his legal troubles apparently behind him, the man who was often called, by himself and others, Egypt's real life Indiana Jones is free to travel again and to make whatever headlines if he can.more...
Cue Ball from Space Could Save Earth
After February's meteorite strike in Siberia, the scientific community is abuzz with ideas to prevent something like that from hitting Earth in a way even more scary. In fact, the danger that something similar could destroy civilization as we know it, is now taken seriously as never before. Not surprisingly, the Russians, whose city Chelyabinsk was nearly hit, and who were also targets of the great Tunguska event of 1908, are at the forefront in proposing possible remedies to the situation.more...
Beacon to Hail ET Sets Off Alarms
For years the privately funded SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) program has been content to train its radio telescopes toward space and to simply listen for anything unusualókeeping a kind of light in the window, if you will, an ear outójust in case some other civilization, not unlike our own, might want to strike up a conversation. By all accounts, thoughó except, possibly, for one mysterious, and yet unexplained anomaly called the "Wow!" signalóour number has yet to be dialed. For some, though, that is not good enough, and they are determined somehow to break the ice with whatever cosmic lonely hearts may yet be out there.more...
Higgs vs. Multiverse
Some top scientists are begining to worry that a radical idea proposed in 1997 by three University of Delaware physicists may actually be right.
If it is, then some of the discoveries physicists were hoping to make at Switzerland's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) ó where the 'Higgs bosun' was recently discoveredócould be debunked. Moreover, it would also suggest that we might be living in a "multiverseā" a universe much bigger than once thought and in which the laws of physics take different forms in different places.more...
Lost Jungle Temple Discovered Near Angkor Wat
Using the latest airborne laser technology from the University of Sydney, Australian and French archaeologists have penetrated Cambodia's dense jungles near Angkor Watóthe largest temple ruin in the worldóto locate a lost city. Named Mahendraparvata, the complex was previously thought to exist, but until the new technology was deployed, no one could find it.more...
REPORT FROM THE FRONT
Tracking the News of the Coming Energy Revolution
Magical WateróDoes it Really Live and Remember?
By Jeane Manning
Early in the twentieth century Austrian forest warden Viktor Schauberger (1885-1958) warned about wastelands that wouldóand didóappear on our planet if vast forests disappear. He observed water's interaction with the forest, such as the vitality of cold, pure water in tree-sheltered streams. "Comprehend nature, then copy nature," he admonished. (The DVD Comprehend and Copy Nature, about Schauberger' life, is available from Atlantis Rising). He taught that water is a living rhythmic substance. In maturity it gives of itself, to everything needing life. However, water can become diseased through incorrect handling. Dying water harms animals, plants and fish.more...
THE FORBIDDEN ARCHAEOLOGIST
The Sandia Cave Controversy Revisited
By Michael Cremo
From May 26 to May 31, 2013, I attended the conference of the International Federation of Rock Art Organizations in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There are two kinds of rock art researchers. One kind is interested in trying to decipher the meaning of ancient markings on stone (petroglyphs). Another kind thinks that such attempts are fruitless, and they concentrate on what they consider to be the purely "scientific" aspects of petroglyphs, such as trying to date them with chemical or radiometric methods and trying to determine exactly how they were made. I think both approaches are valid.more...
THE ET FACTOR
Creatures of the Underworld
Myth, Underground Bases, and the Extraterrestrial Presence
By Rita Louise, Ph.D.
Deep in north central New Mexico is the sleepy little town of Dulce. Located on the Archuleta Mesa on the Colorado-New Mexico border, Dulce is home to about 3,000 and is capital to the Jicarilla Apache Nation. In the early 1980s this seemingly insignificant location became a center of controversy. Physicist and inventor, Paul Bennewitz, claimed he had discovered an underground base there occupied by extraterrestrials. His story quickly spread throughout the UFO community. Sensational allegations included human abduction by these extraterrestrial beings. Bennewitz also asserted that the extraterrestrials were engaged in the development of advanced technologies including genetic manipulation. Their plan, according to Bennewitz and other conspiracy theorists, was to control the governments of Earth by means of a New World Order. Fantastic rumors soon emerged of an untoward alliance between shadowy secret societies such as the Illuminati, the Masons, the Bilderbergers, etc., and the alien inhabitants of the Dulce base.more...
Facing the Extinction Threat
Why Some Species and Not Others... and Why So Many of Those?
By William B. Stoecker
Periodically there have been planetwide mass extinction events which have wiped out many plant and animal species. A prime example would be the asteroid impact of some sixty-five million years ago that ended the Cretaceous and, apparently, brought an end to the dinosaurs (although they may have already been in decline or had been wiped out by the Deccan Traps flood basalt eruptions and climatic change caused by those eruptions). The much earlier Permian extinctions were even greater and were apparently triggered by the Siberian Traps eruptions. In one sense, these mass extinctions are no mystery: both plant and animal species, on land and in the sea, can be stressed by rapid climate changes and by truly catastrophic events, such as the aforementioned mega volcano eruptions, or major comet or asteroid impacts. Moreover, such eruptions and/or impacts may also trigger sudden climate change. more...
The Mathematics of Catastrophe
When Halley, Newton, and Whiston Explored the Heavenly Dangers
By John Chambers
The seventeenth century scientists Isaac Newton, Edmund Halley, and William Whiston were not, it seems, as staid and steady in their creation of the new mathematics and physics as we might have thought. They were virtually Velikovskian in their belief that a comet caused the Biblical Flood. Even more wildly, they believed that the comet that caused the Flood also played a starring role in the creation of the world and will play a catastrophic role in bringing our world to an end. more...
Legend of the Swan Knight
Does the Tale Mask Secrets of Our Origins?
By Steven Sora
Legends, folktales, myths, and stories often are told on two levels. One is for the common people, the uninitiated who view the stories as entertainment. Another level is for the few initiates who are taught that the tale conceals much deeper secrets. Many of these have been around for hundreds and thousands of years, being updated to fit their times. The legend of the Swan Knight, mostly considered to have a medieval source, is actually one with a history spanning nine thousand years and one that actually conceals and preserves the source of mankind's origin. more...
Atlantis Navel of the World
Was It More Than Just a Place?
By Frank Joseph
While first collecting research materials during 1980 for my investigation into the lost empire of Atlantis, a peculiar motif began to emerge almost of its own accord from time to time. Over the thirty-three years since, this recurring theme eventually opened up a line of inquiry that not only affirmed the sunken kingdom's historical reality but revealed its spiritual core as the axis mundi, or "Navel of the World." more...
The Mysteryof Maryin Ephesus
What Is the Real Truth about Her Last Years on Earth?
By Robert Schoch, Ph.D.
I almost skipped it, as indeed I had on previous trips to the Ephesus-Selçuk region of Turkey. Could Mary, the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, have really lived here? I was vaguely aware of various traditions, going back to the Renaissance and earlier, that she had come to this area with the disciple St. John, but I put about as much stock in the veracity of such accounts as the supposed staff of Moses and sword of David that I had seen a few days earlier in the Topakı Palace Museum in Istanbul. After all, many a venerated holy relic, whether a fragment of the true cross or an entire building, has proven upon analysis to be nothing more than a pious fraud. My initial instinct was that Mary's House was no different and, moreover, primarily a late nineteenth and early twentieth century inventionóso it did not even have the patina of partial antiquity or a medieval heritage. Any desire I might have to visit Mary's House (or should I say, waste time and money traveling out of my way to see it) was further dampened by the comment in the Turkey guidebook I carried in my knapsack stating that the site is highly commercialized; and unless one has a special reason to visit thereóthat is, it has religious or other significance to one personally, such as a site of pilgrimageóit might be better to save the time and money for something else. Still, I was persuaded by various friends and colleagues to make the trek. As soon as I arrived, I was glad I had. more...
The Riddle of the Lost Civilization
By Martin Ruggles
Astudy appearing in a December 2012 issue of the Hungarian scientific journal PloS ONE, declared that prehistoric artists were more scientifically accurate in depicting the movements of animals than are their modern colleagues.
By comparing drawings of four-legged animals found on cave walls with roughly parallel published drawings from the 1880s, researchers at Eotvos University in Budapest were able to show that modern depic- tions of the walking or trotting motions of animals had the positioning of the legs wrong more often than did the ancients. Where the prehistoric artists had an error rate of 46.2%, the modern artists were wrong 83.5% of the time.
Once again, mainstream history on Earth had been contradicted. more...
THE OTHER SIDE
Literature from Another World
The Amazing Gifts of Patience Worth
By Michael E. Tymn
The Los Angeles Times called her 1918 book, Hope Trueblood, a "masterpiece." The Chicago Mail said that the reader "will wonder at the sheer beauty of the story's thought and diction," calling the author a "master word builder." The New York Tribune referred to it as "a work approximating absolute genius." Lady's Pictorial, of London, said that the book "will stand as a landmark of fiction by a new writer, who will take a prominent place among great writers." more...
The Trouble with Terror Management Theory
Could the Finality of Death Have Been Oversold?
By Patrick Marsolek
How often do you think about dying? How do you respond when you see someone close to you die or have a close brush with death? Does thinking about death motivate you to do the things that are important to you? Many social psychologists suggest that the fear of death creates an unconscious terror that drives whole cultures. Terror Management Theory (TMT) proposes that awareness of the finality and inevitability of death causes us to create many different meaningful structures in our lives in order to give us selfesteem and a purpose. TMT is a very popular materialistic model for explaining why we have the cultural values we have as well as many of our driving beliefs. We'll take a look at TMT and some of the underlying assumptions of this theory in relation to non-materialistic views of our reality. more...
Haumea and Makemake
What Do Santa, His Reindeer, and the Easter Bunny Have To Do with Dwarf Planets?
By Julie Loar
About two decades ago astronomers began to understand that Pluto was just the most visible member of the Kuiper Belt, a vast ring of thousands icy, rocky debris circling the outer solar system. Other small, planet-like bodies, called Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNOs), joined the Sun's family; and when a world named Eris was found in this region and seemed to be larger than Pluto, astronomers reluctantly decided to define a planet for the first time. Since 2006, a planet is defined as a body in orbit around the Sun with sufficient mass to achieve a nearly-round shape and to have "cleared the neighborhood" around its orbit. more...
Journeys in Space & Time
For Really Safe Travel Your DVD Player Can Be Hard to Beat
By Marsha Oaks
If you like to travel in space and time, here is some video content to assist your arm chair forays. From Zeta Reticuli in space to Atlantis and Lemuria in time, the destinations should be exotic enough for anyone.
The Odyssey of Betty and Barney Hill
Many people have heard some version of the Betty and Barney Hill UFO encounter, which became a worldwide story in 1966 with the publication of the book, The Interrupted Journey, by John G. Fuller, and additionally in 1975 with the release of the movie, The UFO Incident. But according to Kathleen Marden, the complete story has never been toldóuntil now. And why would she know this? Because she is Betty Hill's niece and was a teenager (some skeptics erroneously say she was only three) when the abduction took place, so she does remember much. She had direct access to Betty and Barney and the complete story of what really happened that night. In the following years, she saw the effect on the them and knew of findings of investigators that had never been told. This documentary reveals new information about the lives of the Hills before and after Barney's death in 1969, their status as celebrities, Betty's experiences as a UFO investigator, and more. She shares details from her discussions with Betty and from the evidence of the UFO abduction. She plays the recordings of their riveting hypnosis sessions about their time onboard the spacecraft. more...
DVD 180 min.
Edgar Cayce's Tour Of Egypt:
A Journey Through Egyptian Mysticism
John Van Auken
In this enlightening production, you get to travel through ancient Egypt as Van Auken guides you through pyramids, temples, tombs, papyruses, and halls of decorated pillars, statues, and obelisksóeven secret chambers. As he explains: "You will go on a tour with the cycles of the Sun, into the darkness of the Underworld, and up into the heavens above, through portals to other worlds and dimensions, and back again." more...
TIKIóMYSTERIOUS ICON OF THE PACIFIC
Adventures Unlimited Press
This is a slide show presented by Doug Nason at the World Explorer's Club Ancient Science and Modern Secrets Conference in Sedona, Arizona.
Doug Nason is an anthropologist and professional photographer who travels the world to document his passion for the arts. In this lecture he describes his travels through the South Pacific in search of the origins of the elusive Tiki gods, taking us from Tiwanaku in the high Andes to remote islands, such as Rapa Iti, Easter Island, and the Marquesas. more...
DVD 60 Min.
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