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How Did the Ice Ages End?

SIDEBAR: John Anthony West has complained that Ph.D. candidates in Egyptology spend way too much time on subjects like Tutankhamun’s underwear, and far too little on subjects of real significance, like the true meaning of Egypt’s monuments. We end up knowing more and more about less and less, he has argued. The pattern is repeated throughout the entire scientific establishment, as researchers, in order to advance their careers, feel the need to specialize in ever-narrower areas of interest. The smart doctoral candidates politely defer to…

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Fighting to Forget

In May the terrorist army calling itself the ‘Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant’, aka ‘ISIS’ captured the historic Syrian desert city of Palmyra and soon began to trash its ancient ruins. The mostly Roman-era ruins at Palmyra are classified as a United Nations World Heritage Site which must be protected by the civilized world. ‘Civilized,’ alas, is not a term that can be applied to Palmyra’s new bosses. For the invaders, the sites and statues are nothing more than heathen temples and idols,…

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The Surveillance State

The concept of personal privacy has changed drastically in an era of explosive technological advancement that includes drones and satellites that see through walls, cameras on every city street corner, cyber spies lurking behind your computer screens, and cell phones that track your every move. Nothing you do is done in private, not even in your own homes. In many ways, even your thoughts, behaviors and actions are being exposed to a variety of powerful sources that want nothing more than to control some aspect…

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Pushing Back on ‘Fake News’

Back in June, I received an e-mail from book author and longtime Atlantis Rising contributor, John Chambers, asking me to check out a “news” story that he had seen. The report, which I later learned had originated with the website, WorldNewsDailyReport.com (not to be confused with the conservative news site World News Daily), declared, “A U.S. Supreme Court ruling has forced the Smithsonian institution to release classified papers dating from the early 1900s that proves the organization was involved in a major historical cover-up of…

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Intelligent Life on Earth?

Writing to Atlantis Rising via snail mail or e-mail is the best, but not the only, way to make your views known to our readers. There are also “forums” on the Atlantis Rising web site. (Go to www.AtlantisRising.com and select “Discussions.”)   The Artificial Intelligence Threat Henri Bergson was conjecturing before our Computer Age, so he did not have its OS-RAM-hard-drive model (“The Artificial Intelligence Threat,” by Stephen Robbins, Ph.D., AR #112). Yet he presciently viewed memory storage as a primal cloud-type field, a.k.a. space….

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News

Ancient Greeks in Peru? When Hesiod, the Greek poet of the eighth century BC, spoke of Theogony and its labyrinths at the end of the world, was he actually describing the ruins of Chauvain de Huantar in the Andes of Peru? A retired professor of physics at Federal University in Rio de Janeiro, Argentina believes he was. In his 2011 book, Journey to the Mythological Inferno, Dr. Enrico Mattievich claimed that there are surprising similarities between Hesiod’s descriptions and key locales in ancient Peru. The…

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Modern India Reawakens to Its Ancient Achievements With Nobel Prize-winning breakthroughs in cancer research, rockets to Mars, and even startling discoveries in zero point energy (see A.R. #112, p. 10), modern India advances to the heights of economic power and cutting-edge scientific achievement, and interest in the forgotten advancements of its ancient past has also risen to new heights. A growing consensus recognizes that previously unappreciated technical knowledge in medicine, metallurgy, and mathematics can be extracted from ancient texts, and, indeed, there are some who…

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Even More News

Remote Viewing the Stock Market Remote viewers use techniques developed by the U.S. military and others to harness the subconscious mind to obtain restricted information from other places and other times. If it works, the military benefits are obvious, but could the method be used to gain financial advantage, say by accurately forecasting the ups and downs of the stock market? University of Colorado-Boulder engineering professor Garrett Moddel, Northwestern University psychology professor Dr. Julia Mossbridge, and an anonymous financial services advisor want to know, and…

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Still More News

Medjugorje Ruling Coming Soon, Pope Says In June Pope Francis announced that the Vatican will soon rule on the legitimacy of the alleged apparitions of Mother Mary in Medjugorje in Bosnia. Since 1981, the claims of six children to witnessing appearances of, and the receiving many messages from, the Virgin Mary herself have made the town world famous. At stake, though, could be much more than a major tourist attraction. For many, the messages are considered crucial to the fate of the planet. In “The…

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Life and Death In a Nuclear-Powered World

The nuclear disaster at the Fukushima, Japan Nuclear Power Plant that began on March 11, 2011 resulted in the meltdown of three of the plant’s six reactors. I guess I’ve been, and am, overly concerned with the effects of that event in killing the Pacific Ocean, and the ramifications for all of us, as radioactive poisoning seeps into the air, water, land, and food. Walter Russell, the American polymath known as a great painter, sculptor, author, and builder, was also believed by many to be…

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Checking the Newest Claim for Oldest Stone Tools

Late in May of 2015, my correspondents began sending me links to news articles about some stone tools that had been discovered in Kenya. The archaeologists who discovered the stone tools, which were somewhat crude in form, judged them to be about 3.3 million years old. The original scientific report, “3.3-Million-Year-Old Stone Tools from Lomekwi 3, West Turkana, Kenya,” by archaeologist Sonia Harmand and several coauthors, was published in Nature (2015, vol. 521, pp. 310-315). Harmand and her colleagues said the stone tools were the…

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iNews

•  Facebook Boss Mark Zuckerberg Thinks Telepathy Tech Is Coming   The social network chief believes we’ll soon be able, using technology, to send vivid thoughts directly to each other.   http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/01/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-telepathy-tech   •  Driverless Cars Could Save the Environment   With large tech companies like Google and Uber circling driverless cars, the conversation has mostly been one of “how soon can we do this?” and not “should we?” Some say such cars could reduce toxic emission by 90 percent.   http://www.popsci.com/green-argument-driverless-cars   •  Ceres…

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The Otherworld in the Andes

Sixteenth-century chroniclers taking the road from Cuzco to Puno, on the western shore of Lake Titicaca, were amazed by the plethora of unusual round, stone towers perched on the edge of a mesa in a rural location called Silustani. These chullpas were constructed from small, ill-fitted river rocks and contained the preserved bodies of Inca nobles. But there were other towers nearby and of a very, very different character—tall and tapering and built with massive curved stones, fitted together tongue-and-groove style, without mortar, so tightly…

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Gothic Wonders

Light is a symbol of truth, a hidden wisdom, a greater understanding. From Chartres, Notre Dame, Canterbury, and Siena, to a pilgrimage on the road to Santiago de Compostela, the art and beauty of Gothic cathedrals still captivates the hearts and minds of European visitors today. Letting in light from out of darkness was a key theme of the dramatic new Gothic style that emerged in the twelfth century, one that celebrated both roots in the dark crypt as well as the height of its…

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Fairie Factors vs. Materialism

In the spring of 2014 John Hyatt, a lecturer with Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, published a series of photos of small winged creatures that look like very small flying people or fairies. Hyatt said he was taking photos through the trees at sunset, trying to capture fast moving insects. The photos weren’t doctored in any way other than enlarging the size and the resolution of the images. These “Rossendale Fairies,” similar to the famous Cottingley fairy photos taken in Yorkshire in 1917, have excited many…

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The Foundations of Reality

Most people go through their entire lives without giving any thought to philosophy or pondering the basic nature of reality. These seem, to most, to be impractical, abstract studies, of no importance to them. And yet many people, particularly many in the scientific community, do subscribe to a basic philosophy, without ever thinking about it or really even being aware of it. Their philosophy is materialism; they believe that the basic foundation of reality is matter, or, in the parlance of modern physics, mass/energy/space/time, the…

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Hominids & Humbug

It may be a truism that when we are committed to something, we tend to work everything else around it. This would hold for personal as well as public strategy. We all do it—to some extent. And that is fine. Unless… unless there’s something amiss with the premise itself. So let’s cut to the chase. Let’s look at the premise, taken for granted by those who subscribe to the Theory of Evolution, the premise that man “evolved” and that he did so in one particular…

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Ice-Age-End Scenarios

The end of the last Ice Age, nearly 12,000 years ago, was a pivotal period not only in the history of our planet but also for early cultures and civilizations living during those tumultuous times. There were rapid climatic and environmental changes as well as catastrophic geologic changes. Massive ice sheets (on the order of kilometers thick) quickly melted at high latitudes in the northern hemisphere; pressure was released from the crust setting off increased earthquake and volcanic activity. Tremendous amounts of moisture in the…

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Columbus and the Brothers Pinzon

For centuries Christopher Columbus was credited with “discovering” the New World. Then came evidence that other Europeans had preceded him. Vikings, for example, crossed the North Atlantic five hundred years earlier. Sailors from Ireland, Wales, France, and North Africa had also crossed the ocean. Columbus is still honored and often dishonored as the discoverer, but evidence shows that a Spanish mariner by the name of Martin Alonso Pinzon, who actually sailed with Columbus in 1492, had been in the Americas before the voyage. Three times…

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Jupiter in Virgo: August 2015–September 2016

“To be really great in little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization.” — Harriet Beecher Stowe     Virgo is the only female among the zodiacal constellations, and other than the twins, Castor and Pollux (Gemini), and the Water Bearer, the only human figure. Virgo is depicted as a maiden, holding a palm branch in her right hand and a single ear of wheat in her…

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Life Beyond the Grave?

Life beyond the grave provides much background for each of the offerings in this issue, but as you will see, there are many different ways to approach the subject.   ANGELS IN DISGUISE Grizzly Adams Productions Are there really angels among us? Some question whether angels exist at all. Some have no doubt that they do; and, of course, there are those who don’t even question it, because they “know” it just can’t be so. Here, then, are true life accounts of astonishing rescues, miraculous…

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