Issue 99 - The Bible and Astrology
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Issue 99 - The Bible and Astrology

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The Future of Scientific Genius
From Editor, J. Douglas Kenyon

Is scientific genius becoming extinct? At least one leading academic psychologist thinks so. Dean Keith Simonton, a professor at the University of California, has written a recent commentary in the journal Nature forcefully suggesting that he thinks it unlikely that society will produce another Leonardo da Vinci, Newton, Einstein, or genius of equivalent stature. The reason, he says, is that all the basic principles of how the world works have already been discovered, and little remains to be done—except, perhaps, he might have said, to write the footnotes.

Professor Simonton appears to be one of those materialist scientists who the great biologist Dr. Rupert Sheldrake had in mind in his recent book, Science Set Free (the American title, and, in the UK, The Science Delusion). An authentic genius himself, Sheldrake is originator of the groundbreaking, albeit controversial, hypothesis of morphic resonance to explain shared information between living things. After encountering much in the way of very unfair opposition to his work, he has decided it is time to confront institutional science directly. The advance of science, particularly the academic biological variety, Sheldrake has argued, is frustrated by a series of unquestioned, unproven, and limiting dogmatic beliefs which, like fundamentalist religion, prevent the free pursuit of truth. At the core of this 'religion of science,' sometimes called scientism, is the highly questionable assumption of people like Simonton that, in principle, we already understand the nature of reality. The fundamental questions, it is believed, have already been answered. Not surprisingly, it follows, some think we may be done with discovery itself.

According to Sheldrake, the 10 fundamental dogmas of materialistic science are:
1—That nature is mechanical.
2—That matter is unconscious.
3—The laws of nature are fixed.
4—The total amount of matter and energy are always the same.
5—That nature is purposeless.
6—Biological inheritance is material.
7—That memories are stored as material traces.
8—The mind is in the brain.
9—Telepathy and other psychic phenomena are illusory.
10—Mechanistic medicine is the only kind that really works.
None of these, Sheldrake shows, are supported by evidence, and none, moreover, stand up to any honest scrutiny. These have accumulated over time but are now implicit in virtually every pronouncement from today's ruling scientific elite. Sheldrake, a Cambridge trained scientist with impeccable credentials, has also learned that his views are not suffered gladly by his peers— some of whom, more than half seriously, have called openly for his books to be burned.

In such an archaic system, it is easy to understand professor Simonton's point, though his perspectives on genius seem born of a kind of cynical despair, where freedom of thought has been blocked by some malevolent jailer. After studying genius for 30 years and writing many books on the subject, Simonton has become convinced we shall not, alas, witness any more great discoveries on the nature of the universe. How could we, after all, if the greater truths have already been figured out?

Another point Simonton might have fairly made, but didn't, is that even if the kind of 'great discovery' he touts were to be made, that is no guarantee that science at large would be willing or able to recognize it, which, of course, is nothing new. If the persecution of Galileo and, more recently, the attempted ostracism of such great independent thinkers as Sheldrake, Immanuel Velikovsky, Halton Arp, Robert Schoch, etc., have taught us anything, the same hubris which has often blocked civilized progress has not disappeared. Ironically, many of those who believe they know genius when they see it, are among the first to scoff at developments which do not fit their own particular view of the possible.

It is worth remembering that at the turn of the nineteenth century, there were those who thought we could and should dispense with the patent office, since, by then, everything worth inventing had already been invented.


ALTERNATIVE NEWS
CELESTIAL CLOSE ENCOUNTER of the PHYSICAL KIND
On the morning of Feb. 16, 2013, the small city of Chelyabinsk in the southern Ural mountains of Siberia got a taste of what the last days of Atlantis may have been like.

Traveling at close to 40,000 miles per hour, a meteor flashed through the heavens and exploded with an estimated force of about 500 kilotons of TNT (or about 20 to 30 times the atomic blasts at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan which ended World War II). The explosion occurred at about 10 to 15 miles above ground, but, still, the resulting shock wave blew out windows in over 3,000 buildings in six cities. The dazzling flash was witnessed by thousands (over 1,200 were injured by flying glass), and soon the multitude of photos taken by many digital cameras were going viral on the Internet.more...

Story of Human Origins in the Americas Now Getting Long-Overdue Rewriting
Even as Atlantis Rising Magazine has been among the few arguing that mainstream theories of how long humans have lived in the Americas are outdated, evidence on the point has continued to mount. Very slow to recognize the obvious, mainstream academia has continued to insist, and to be echoed by an illinformed press, that the first humans (the so-called Clovis people) arrived about eleven thousand five hundred years ago by way of a land bridge from Siberia to Alaska. Now, however, even that bastion of scientific wisdom, Smithsonian Magazine has joined those who say humans were likely here thousands of years sooner than we have been told.more...

Making Buildings Invisible to Earthquakes
Could earthquake invisibility shake up the building construction industry? As builders in dangerous areas cross their fingers, a new technology is offering a possible defense against earth tremors.more...

SOLAR "SUPERSTORM" WARNINGS FLY
In his 2012 best-selling book Forgotten Civilization: The Role of Solar Outbursts in Our Past and Future, frequent Atlantis Rising contributor Robert Schoch warned of the threat to modern civilization from massive discharges of coronal particles from the sun. Schoch's views are now echoed in a major new report from the the Royal Academy of Engineering in London.more...

POSSIBLE CROP CIRCLE PHOTOS SURFACE FROM 1945
The theory that crop circles are strictly the work of human pranksters—and nothing more—has itself now been declared a hoax. An Australian researcher has been able to find similar field patterns in aerial photographs dating back to 1945, years before notorious circle hoaxers Doug and Dave were even born.more...

Hidden Chamber Discovered in Machu Picchu
The wealth of immense and mysterious stone ruins found at many sites in Peru and Bolivia is officially attributed to the historically well-known Inca civilization of about six centuries ago, but the exact source and age of the amazing engineering remains unproven. Some scholars, such as Bolivian archaeologist Arthur Poznansky, have argued that many of the amazing achievements credited to the Incas were, in fact, inherited from an earlier, much more advanced, albeit forgotten, civilization. So far, neither side of the argument has been able to provide definitive proof, but that may soon change.more...

Cold Fusion Warming for Minnesota's Economy
The successful inventor of the "turtle meter," a device which allows utility companies to read your meter from a distance, is now using the millions of dollars he made to develop cold fusion. Inventor Paul Hunt has launched Hunt River Utilities Group with 20 employees on a 70-acre site in Minnesota for the purpose of producing renewable power technology. At the top of his list for research is "low energy nuclear reactions" (LENR, better know as Cold Fusion).more...

Will Computer 'Rosetta Stone' Unlock Lost Languages?
Many of the lost secrets of ancient cultures might be revealed to us, if we just understood their language. Certainly, most of what we know of ancient Egypt was learned only after the translation of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics made possible by discovery of the Rosetta stone. Now, a new computer program offers to quickly reconstruct many so-called protolan- guages, the rudimentary ancient tongues from which modern languages are said to have evolved.more...


REPORT FROM THE FRONT
Tracking the News of the Coming Energy Revolution
New Energy History and Schoolgirl Still Evolving
By Jeane Manning
Somewhere out there is a bright, strongminded young woman in her early twenties who more than a decade ago played a role in a new-energy science saga which is still unfolding. She was the school girl for whom an invention, a key device for learning about the new energy paradigm, was nicknamed.

The name School Girl circuit was soon shortened to "SG." And now an e-book clarifies the invention in straightforward language. Bedini SG: The Complete Beginners' Handbook, written by Dr. Peter Lindemann and Aaron Murakami, says that in the past 11 years the Bedini SG has become the best known and most replicated machine in the global community of "free energy" seekers—a rite-of-passage for experimenters. "Unless you have built one and learned what it has to teach, the nature of these discoveries will remain a mystery. It is quitemore...


THE FORBIDDEN ARCHAEOLOGIST
My Latest Opus
By Michael Cremo
Iwould like to introduce, My Science, My Religion, which is a collection of 24 papers that I have presented at major international conferences on archaeology, anthropology, consciousness studies, history of science, and history of religion (www.mysciencemyreligion .com). Presenting the papers has been an interesting experience for me, as well as for many of the scientists and scholars who have heard me. It is not every day that one sees someone like me making presentations at science conferences. I don't have a Ph.D., and I openly position myself as someone who looks at the world of science from a religious perspective.more...


ANCIENT MYSTERIES
The Lost Tomb of Alexander—Found?
OneVexingAncientRiddle Could Now Be Solved
By Ralph Ellis
One of the great unsolved mysteries of antiquity, is the final resting place of that mighty royal warrior, Alexander the Great. His biographer, Arrian, fails to mention the funeral preparations, but Diodorus Siculus takes up the challenge in his Library of History.more...


ALTERNATIVE SCIENCE
The Sailing Sailing Stones of Death Valley
Why Has the Mystery of the Racetrack Not Been Solved?
By William B. Stoecker
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By The Racetrack Playa is a flat-bottomed dry lake bed just northwest of Death Valley but still within the boundaries of Death Valley National Park. It is a closed, or endorheic, basin 3,608 feet above sea level, and is 2.8 by 1.3 miles in size. Its average rainfall is only three to four inches annually, and freezing nights in winter are not uncommon. There are two outcroppings of bedrock at the playa's north end; one, called the "Grandstand," is composed of adamellite, a mineral made up mostly of quartz and feldspar. The other outcrop is made of dolomite, a hard limestone (calcium carbonate). At the base of the mountains bordering the playa are syenite stones made of igneous feldspar containing potassium, calcium, and sodium silicates.
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THE OTHER SIDE
The Mahatmas and Their Letters
Was the Correspondence from Higher Dimensions?
By Patrick Marsolek
The Sanskrit word "mahatma" means great soul. The term has been applied to recent historical figures, such as Mohandas Ghandi, due to his public work and apparent spiritual development. Such great souls have been part of the founding of many of the worlds wisdom and spiritual traditions. In the 1880's, the two mahatmas Morya and Koot Hoomi are supposed to have commu- nicated a whole body of esoteric knowledge to the early founders of the Theosophical Society through a large collection of "transmitted" letters. There has been much debate about the or- igin of the Mahatma Letters, and they remain an enigma surrounding the origins of the Theosophical movement. Over a thousand pages of these letters reside today in the British museum. more...


THE OTHER SIDE
Confucius In Manhattan
The Well-Documented 1926 Encounter Was Far Beyond Easy Explanation
By Michael E. Tymn
Dr. Neville Whymant, a British professor of linguistics, was surprised when he found out the real reason he was invited to a dinner party at the New York City, Park Avenue home of Judge and Mrs. William Cannon. But what he experienced that night during October 1926 went far beyond mere surprise. It left him awestruck. Some believe it is perhaps the most intriguing contact with the spirit world on record. As related by Whymant, first to the American Society for Psychical Research (ASPR) and then in a 1931 book, Psychic Adventures in New York, the story exceeds even the boggle threshold of many ardent Spiritualists. more...


ALTERNATIVE ARCHAEOLOGY
Where Atlantis Meets Lemuria
What Can Tiwunaku Tell Us About the End of the Last Ice Age?
By Robert Schoch, Ph.D.
I want to be honest and state up front that I am just not sure what to make of Tiwanaku (Tiahuanaco, Tiahuanacu, Tihuanacu) and the associated site of Puma Punku (they are very close geographically and part of the same overall complex). Located high in the Andes of modern Bolivia near Lake Titicaca, at an altitude of over 3800 meters (over 12,500 feet), Tiwanaku is one of the great wonders of the ancient world and well worth exploring (as I did during a brief trip in November 2012). Like many ancient sites that are poorly understood, Tiwanaku and Puma Punku have been subject to diverse interpretations ranging from the apogee of a civilization dating to shortly before the Incas (whom the Spanish conquered in the sixteenth century) to actual physical remains left by the Lemurians and Atlanteans thousands of years ago. In order to understand and evaluate the latter possibility, we need to review pertinent aspects of "occult wisdom." more...


LOST HISTORY
Native American Origins The Maya Connection
In the Southeastern U.S. the Trail Is Getting Warmer
By Steven Sora
American history has endured two centuries of the destruction of historic sites to make room for the modern. It was not until recently that laws were enacted requiring builders in many states to stop excavation work wherever a site might be deemed historic. This saved an ancient circle from being destroyed right in the middle of Miami, Florida, where workers were tearing down an older property to make room for a newer one at 401 Bricknell Ave. In the middle of the excavation, a worker called attention to the presence of a perfect circle, 38 foot in diameter, with 24 holes or basins, cut into the limestone bedrock. more...


ANCIENT MYSTERIES
Lalibela and the Ark of the Covenant
Might the Reputed "Eighth Wonder of the World" Tell an Even Stranger Story than We Knew?
By John Chambers
Few know of the mysterious and distinguished King of Ethiopia, Lalibela, who ruled from 1180 to 1225, who created at the behest of angels what might be considered the eighth wonder of the world, and who may have transported the Ark of the Covenant from Jerusalem to East Africa. more...


ASTROLOGY
The Bible & Astrology
What Does Judeo-Christian Tradition Owe to Ancient Celestial Lore?
By Julie Loar
With the recent spate of spectacular astronomical news-as in February's meteor strike in Siberia, the close encounter with asteriod DA14, or the dramatic appearance of purported comet of the century, Ison, expected later this year (see page 10)—it's tempting to draw disturbing conclusions from purportedly prophetic Biblical passages. Consider this reference in Revelation 8:10-11, "And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as if it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers and upon the fountains of waters." What are we to make of signs in heaven, prophecy, and the role of astrology in the Bible? more...


LOST HISTORY
King Arthur and the Comet
What Really Happened in the Sixth Century, AD?
By Mark Andrew
We know the legendary King Arthur today as a renowned British king, who rode out with the Knights of the Round Table to fight twelve epic battles. He was based in Camelot, whose location is still debated today; and after receiving a deadly blow in his last battle, was taken to the mythical Isle of Avalon to be healed. more...


ANCIENT MYSTERIES
The Templars in Portugal
Why Is the Story of Their Greatest Accomplishment Never Told?
By Freddy Silva
On Easter Sunday 1118 a new king of Jerusalem was chosen, Baudoin de Bourcq, cousin of the late king Godefroi de Bouillon. Like his former family members, he too had served on the First Crusade. Barely had Baudoin II gotten used to his newly appointed seat when he received a visit from Hugues de Payen and Godefroi de Saint-Omer, as though the two intrepid knights were presenting their credentials. more...


DVD
From Beyond the Grave
For Some Special Individuals, Being Gone Does Not Mean Being Silent
By Marsha Oaks
In this issue we deal with the legacies of three pioneers of alternative thought who are no longer with us. Zechariah Sitchin and Philip Coppens have passed recently, and Edgar Cayce much earlier. All three, though, remain relevant and will likely do so for a long time. more... SITCHIN: Future, Past, Present
Zecharia Sitchin
Enjoy an evening with Zecharia Sitchin, biblical scholar and expert on the Sumerian epic poems. After an interview with John Van Auken (A.R.E.'s Director) on the various ancient civilizations, Sitchin lectures on his theory of the 12th planet, providing extensive data and extraordinary illustrations to support his conclusions. He speaks of the Anunnaki, who inhabited the Earth, their aerial capabilities, and where the remnants of their ancient launch pads can be located today. He tells of the wars, and the release of nuclear weapons as early as 20,024 BC, and how the flood finally forced the Anunnaki to return to their own planet. Sitchin specifies that the day of the Lord and the end of times will be two different events. more...
DVD 90 min.
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ANCIENT ALIEN QUESTION:
From UFOs to Extraterrestrial Visitations
Philip Coppens
Here's another video from a previous "Atlantis Rising" contributor and author who has now passed on. He was also a frequent contributor to the History Channel's Ancient Aliens series from 2010 to 2012, and it was in 2012 that his book The Ancient Alien Question was published. This video, based on this book, was made in August of 2012, just four months prior to his passing. more...
DVD 70 min.
$19.95
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AKASHIC RECORDS AND THE ILLUSION OF TIME
Past + Present + Future = NOW
Kevin Todeschi
What is time? How does time on Earth differ from time on the other side? Do the Akashic Records, also known as The Book of Life, contain experiences that have not yet occurred in our lifetime? Do we receive insight on this from our dreams? Do our past lives, present life, and future lives all occur at the same time, right now? If so, can you change your past to make a better future? The answers to these questions on this fascinating topic are fully explored in a straightforward and easy-tounderstand manner with insight and humor by Kevin J. Todeschi, A.R.E.'s CEO, one of their most popular speakers, and an acknowledged expert on the Cayce readings and the subject of the Akashic Records. He has been a student and a teacher of the Edgar Cayce information for more than 20 years. more...
DVD 90 min.
$24.95
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