Issue 98 - Who Killed Tycho Brahe
Waiting for the Apocalypse
From Editor, J. Douglas Kenyon
If you are reading this, you have survived 2012. That is certainly good news, and you have our congratulations. To paraphrase Mark Twain, the reports of our collective demise appear to have been exaggerated. Once again the prophets of doom have missed the mark.
For as long as we can remember, assorted prognosticators have floated forecasts of an impending apocalypse, but so far the time foretold has not arrived. Of course we could be like the man who jumped from the tenth floor and was heard to exclaim as he passed the fifth, "So far, so good."
The main reasons, we suspect, for the abundance of negative prophecy are likely more subjective than objective. That is not to say, however, that we should not pay attention to authoritative prophecies when we can find them. The real purpose of true prophecy, it has been said, is to warn. By this reckoning, a prophecy that actually comes to pass, is one that has failed.
In the Bible, the prophet Jonah is told to go to Ninevah to warn of its coming destruction. When he refuses, the story goes, he is swallowed by a whale, but after, in due course, being regurgitated he decides to follow the divine instructions and to warn the Ninevites of their imminent destruction, whereupon the people repent of their evil ways and are then spared their day of reckoning. The outcome does not please Jonah, apparently feeling that his credibility as a prophet has been damaged. God then rebukes him, pointing out that the outcome was far better for all than it could have been.
The source of most erroneous prophecy, though, likely has more to do with misunderstanding the meaning of the original source, and a determination to read, literally, material which was never so intended. The biblical Book of Revelations, it can be argued, is really an account of contending archetypes vying for acendancy within the inner world of the spiritual aspirant. From this perspective it is probably futile to interpret the words of St. John as a forecast of actual events to come, though it is worth remembering that outer events ultimately reflect the inner realities.
The failure of winter solstice 2012 to deliver on the dire forecast made by some interpreters, including Hollywood, of the Mayan calendar are, as we know, nothing new in the long history of doomsday prediction; and there has been plenty of that lately, especially the biblical kind. After having previously promised the second coming of Christ for May 21, 2011, the California radio preacher Harold Camping revised the schedule to Oct. 21, 2011, but, predictably, drew a blank for the second time. Another preacher of Internet fame Ronald Weinland named May 27, 2012, as the date. Again no luck. José Luis de Jesús, leader of a well-known Florida sect, made similar predictions for June 30, 2012. Same result. Apparently all three had forgotten the admonition from Jesus himself regarding the hour when he might be expected to return. "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." (Matthew 24:36)
As Niels Bohr, or possibly Yogi Berra, reportedly commented, "It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future."
TEMPLE OF ATLAN, IN THE BAHAMAS?
A discovery of massive ruins of quarried stone about 30 miles south of Bimini in the Bahamas has been reported by underwater archaeologists (and frequent contributors to this publication) Drs. Greg and Lora Little. First described in Atlantis Rising, #97, "Brown's Ruins" (named for Eslie and Krista Brown, the divers who found it) is arousing much speculation that it might, perhaps, be part of the long-sought remains of Atlantis. Whether or not that is the case, the anomalous features and the clearly artificial character of the site make it virtually impossible to explain in terms of the standard archaeological paradigm. The accompanying photos are the first to be published of the location.more...
Is Piltdown Hoax Now Solved?
When first announced a century ago at Britain's prestigious Geological Society, the discovery of the so-called Piltdown Man skull, and related fragments, was hailed as conclusive proof of the long-sought "missing link" in Charles Darwin's scheme of human evolution. Certainly the British scientific establishment was more than pleased by the opportunity not only to validate its hero but to claim a key step in the theoretical advance from apes to humans had occurred on British soil in Sussex.more...
Cave Artists Better Than Their Modern Counterparts
Those who believe our ancient forebears were, in many ways, more sophisticated than their modern descendants, have new ammunition for their argument. A study appearing in a December issue of the Hungarian Scientific journal, PloS ONE, says prehistoric artists were more scientifically accurate in depicting the movements of animals than are their modern colleagues.more...
DNA Said to Prove Bigfoot's Existence
Bigfoot is no mere figment of fevered imaginations. A Texas DNA lab says it has proof. Melba Ketchum, of DNA Diagnostics in Nacogdoches, says her lab's fiveyear analysis of more than a 100 mitochondrial DNA samples provides clear evidence.more...
Lunar Vacations Coming Soon
If you have long dreamed of personally traveling to the Moon, don't despair. Anyone who can afford the price of a ticket, soon may be able to do just that. About 1.4 billion dollars should be enough, so start saving.more...
Indus Civilization Much Older than Once Believed
No one knows exactly when the Harappan civilization in the Indus Valley of Pakistan and India was born, but scientists now know it is at least two thousand years older than previously suspected by some academics.more...
Time Reversal Is Here Now
Researchers at the University of Maryland have figured out how to send power and other information to remote objects without even knowing where they are and without affecting any surrounding objects. According to physics professor Steven Anlage, it is all done through the magic of what he calls "time reversal."more...
REPORT FROM THE FRONT
Tracking the News of the Coming Energy Revolution
The Many Dimensions of Breakthrough Thinking
By Jeane Manning
The Global Breakthrough Energy Movement conference in Hilversum, Holland, in November was a breakthrough in itself. The three-day event broadened and deepened communication between advocates of new, clean-energy inventions, on the one hand, and thought-leaders who are passionate about other ways to improve our world.more...
THE FORBIDDEN ARCHAEOLOGIST
The Oldest Stone Spear Points? Really?
By Michael Cremo
In the November 16, 2012, issue of Science, Jayne Wilkins of the University of Toronto and her coworkers announced what they considered to be the oldest example of stone spear points. The spear points, which were found at a site called Kathu Pan 1 in the country of South Africa, are about five hundred thousand years old. The discoverers attributed the spear points to the apeman Homo heidelbergensis. Mainstream archeologists do not believe that anatomically modern humans existed a half million years ago.more...
ReconcilingModern ScienceandAncient IndianMythology
By Rita Louise, Ph.D.
Historians, archaeologists and researchers into our distant past insist that civilized life began on the Earth about five thousand years ago. They point to an absence of hard evidence supporting the existence of a preexisting culture prior to the rise of the Sumerians and the Egyptians, and despite recently discovered ruins of advanced construction at Turkey's Gobeckli Tepe dating to over twelve thousand years ago. When alternative historians such as John Anthony West, Robert Schoch, and Graham Hancock propose that structures on the Giza plateau in Egypt may be far older than currently accepted, their claims are quickly dismissed. Unfortunately, no record exists concerning the date of their construction, so these complex masterpieces are placed in the accepted timeline of human development and culture.more...
Updating the Dating Picture
For Academic Science These Days,Time May Really Be Out of Joint
By William B. Stoecker
Back in the nineteen fifties, when, to paraphrase poet Robert Burns, "God was in his heaven and all was right with the world," mainstream archaeologists, physical anthropologists, and geologists thought they had it all figured outor, at least, so it seemed. Civilizationagriculture, woven fabrics, fired ceramics, large stone buildings, and writing, they argued, dated back only five to six thousand years BP (before the present). Only the shortest ocean voyages were made in that early period, with seafarers hugging the coastline. Man, as a species, dated back only, perhaps, fifty thousand years. Earth's climate changed only very gradually, and mountains were pushed up at an imperceptible rate, eventually to erode down just as slowly. There were, in other words, no sudden, catastrophic changes to consider. more...
The Very Strange Case of Çatalhöyük
What Was the Real Purpose of This Very Ancient Place ?
By Robert Schoch, Ph.D.
Off the modern beaten path, on the Anatolian plain southeast of the city of Konya (south-central Turkey), are found a couple of large and rather nondescript hills surrounded by fields. For seven millennia these mounds held a secretburied within them are the material remains of a large and complex community dating back to what conventional archaeologists refer to as the Neolithic (New Stone Age) and Chalcolithic (Copper Age, transitional between the New Stone Age and the Bronze Age). Today this archaeological site is known as Çatalhöyük (spelled various ways, such as Çatal Höyük or Çatal Hüyükthe name is not ancient; in Turkish it means something along the lines of "fork mound," possibly referring to the road which at this point divides into several directions). Occupied for over 2,000 years, it covers some 34 acres, although only a fraction of this has been excavated, and may have been home to a population of 3,500 to 8,000 people at any one time. There are two major mounds. The East Mound dates back to circa 7500 or 7400 BCE, and due to repeated occupation and the building of new structures upon older ones rose to a height of 69 feet. The West Mound dates back to circa 6200 BCE and may have been originally settled due to overpopulation of the East Mound. The site was continuously occupied until about 5400 or 5200 BCE. more...
Tales of the Real Ulysses
Where Did Homer Get His Material?
By Steven Sora
Homer may be regarded as the greatest poet of the ancient world. The stories, however, are not his own. He took the imported tales of a great war that happened long before and far from Greece, took some of the gods and heroes that existed among peoples from Ireland, Iberia, and Scandinavia and added his own creativity. The result was The Iliad and The Odyssey. more...
THE OTHER SIDE
The Marian Apparition Enigma
Can Science Offer Any Credible Explanation?
By Patrick Marsolek
On October 13, 1917, in Fatima. Portugal, 70,000 people witnessed a miracle of the sun "dancing." All who were present reported that they could look directly at the sun without blinking or hurting their eyes. While they were watching the sun, it appeared to come close and move far away, get larger and smaller, change colors, and rotate like a wheel. Eye specialist Dr. Domingos Pinto Coelho, wrote of his experience: "The sun, at one moment surrounded with scarlet flame, at another aureoled in yellow and deep purple, seemed to be in an exceeding fast and whirling movement, at times appearing to be loosened from the sky and to be approaching the earth, strongly radiating heat." more...
THE OTHER SIDE
Physics and the Unconscious
The Discoveries of Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung
By John Chambers
A strange Phenomenon stalked the ground-breaking, Austrian physicist Wolfgang Pauli, who won the Nobel Prize in 1945 for his discovery of the exclusion principle: oftern when Pauli appeared, catastrophes, such as mechanical breakdowns, took place in his vicinity though they always excluded Pauli himself.
On the same afternoon that Pauli visited the astronomical observatory at Bergesdorf, Germany, the staff found out that a terrible accident had rendered the refractor telescope useless. Once, when Pauli was thought to be in Switzerland, a massive equipment failure took place in a laboratory at the University of Göttingen; later it was discovered that Pauli had been on his way to Denmark in a train that stopped at the Göttingen Station for a few minutes at the exact time the catastrophe occurred. more...
Thoth and The Grail
Are the Legends Far Older Than We Have Been Told?
By Philip Coppens
The very name "alchemy", it has been said, is derived from the land of Egypt: "Al-Khemit". Egypt itself was a symbol of alchemy, the outcome of a transformative substancethe Egyptian soil, deposited by the Nile, allowing farmers to grow their crops and feed the nation. No wonder that the Nile was considered to be at the origin of all life; for the ancient Egyptians, it was. more...
Who Killed Tycho Brahe?
Unearthing the Truth Beneath the Great Astronomer's Untimely Demise
By Martin Ruggles
Peter Bros, the late alternative science historian and regular Atlantis Rising contributor, believed that mainstream science was not to be trusted. Citing such unsung heroes as Immanuel Velikovsky and Halton Arp, Bros argued that modern academic science behaves more like an intolerant fundamentalist religion than an institution devoted to learning the truth. more...
The Devils Triangle Revisted
Paranormal Theories Have Been Debunked, or Have They?
By Frank Joseph
It would seem that everything known about the disappearance of ships and planes in the so-called "Bermuda Triangle" has been repeatedly published or discussed for nearly seventy years. Not so, according to a U.S. Army Master Aviator with twenty years in the military, awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Bronze Stars, four Purple Hearts, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Jon F. Myhre began flying when he was twelve years old, soloed three years later, and is today a commercial pilot and flight instructor. As such, he is the first investigator to examine the "Devil's Triangle" exclusively within the light of his own, professional experience by focusing on its most notorious event: the inexplicable loss of half-a-dozen aircraft and 27 men belonging to Flight 19 and a flying boat dispatched to rescue them. more...
George Washington and the Hand of God
One Thing Seems Clear: Someone Up There Was Looking Out for Him
By John White
George Washington was indispensible to the American Revolution and to the first years of our fledgling republic. Instance after instance has been reported of what was widely recognized as divine intervention to protect him for a purpose. In a letter to his wife Martha, written after the Continental Congress selected him to lead the Continental Army, Washington said, "I shall rely, therefore, confidently on that Providence which has heretofore preserved and been bountiful to me, not doubting but that I shall return safe to you..." Throughout his extensive military career, Washington was never wounded in battle. more...
GENDER ISSUES ON OLYMPUS
Could Saturn and Neptune Actually Be Feminine Archetypes?
By Julie Loar
Half of the world is female, and in astrology the zodiac signs are six male and six femaleor projective and receptive polaritieswhich alternate polarity as they progress from the first sign Aries to the twelfth sign Pisces. But that "gender balance" does not extend to the planets. Of the planets used in traditional astrology, Venus is the only goddess, and the remaining are all symbolized by male gods. Although Earth and Moon are considered feminine, they are not symbolized by goddesses. Earth's name stems from words that mean "ground" or "soil," and the same linguistic root yields the planet's name in many different languages. The Moon does not have a proper name, although there are many lunar deities in mythology, and Artemis or Diana would have been good choices. A preponderance of god archetypes for the planets creates an imbalance that, I believe, distorts analysis and interpreta- tion. more...
Iconoclasts Take on Darwin
Reporting on the Budding Revolution Facing Biology's Ruling Elite
By Marsha Oaks
At Atlantis Rising we like to focus on facts, whether appreciated by the main stream or not. Conventional thinking, though interested in many things, seldom appears to include facts on the list, at least not unless preconceived notions are supported. This month's DVDs may not appeal to conventional thinkers, but we think those looking for facts and willing to follow them wherever they might lead will find them a very appealing group. more... ICONS OF EVOLUTION:
The Growing Scientific Controversy Over Darwin
This documentary raises the question: Are students learning the whole truth about Darwin's theory of evolution? According to a growing number of scientists, the surprising answer is, no. They claim that many of the most famous "icons of evolution"including Darwin's Tree of Life, finches from the Galapagos Islands, and embryos that look remarkably similarare based on outdated research and sloppy logic. They say students are being hurt by the failure to present both sides of an emerging scientific debate over Darwin's theory. This conflict over evolution in the classroombased on science, not religionis explored here by presenting the controversy that engulfs one town when a teacher actually tries to tell students that some scientists disagree with Darwin. more...
DVD 51 min., bonus features
ATLANTIS: SECRET STAR MAPPERS OF A LOST WORLD
Global Science Productions
This documentary was produced by Dr. Elliott Haimoff. After spending two years as a TV producer working for KCET (the Los Angeles PBS TV station), then forming Global Science Productions, Dr. Haimoff and his staff have produced over 200 documentaries and documentary news segments for TV broadcast. These shows have been broadcast in over 30 countries and have won numerous rewards. more...
DVD 324 min. 3-disk set
The Lost Inverviews
Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller was an American systems theorist, author, designer, inventor, and futurist. He published more than 30 books, inventing and popularizing terms such as "Spaceship Earth," synergetic, and ephemeralization. He also developed numerous inventions, mainly architectural designs, including the widely known geodesic dome. Carbon molecules known as 'fullerenes' were later named by scientists for their resemblance to geodesic spheres. more...
DVD 180 min. 2-disk set
The Designer Factor
No Myths Here
Darrick Dean -Pittsburgh, PA
The Tarot of Physics
B J Street -Paso Robles, CA
John Edward Bancroft -Hugo, OK
Global Warming's Benefits?
Sylvia Dailey -Farmington, NM