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The Doomsday Fallacy

By John White

Will the world end in 2012? Some authors—as well as some Hollywood producers—argue as much and are making loud and very disturbing predictions of catastrophic disaster ensuing from the convergence of numerous planetary and cosmic cycles. Others expect the dawn of a New Age as the “gods” or “ETs” make a long-awaited return to our lit­tle planet. The current explosion of 2012 hysteria is not unlike the hue and cry of the 1980s and ’90s when the hot, threatening phenomenon of the day was “pole…

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The Mythical Jesus

By Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.

Did Christianity spring onto the scene two millennia ago as a divine revelation that came directly from the one true God, as to this day some of its more fundamentalist adherents contend? Was there a real individual, a historical per­son, a genuine Jesus Christ—a preacher and, according to his followers, a theurgist and wonder-worker—who was crucified in Jerusalem? Was such a man the Messiah for whom many Jews longed? I would venture to guess that most people who call themselves Christians today (there are estimated…

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A New Book from A.R. Probes for Invisible Forces

BY J. DOUGLAS KENYON

On the heels of the success of our first book Forbidden History, the new volume, due out in November, deals with the untold story of western spiritual traditions. The following preview is reprinted from the introduction.—Editor The history of the world, it has been alleged, is the history of a war between secret societies. And religion, it is some­times argued, is but the public tip of a secret iceberg by which human activity at large can be directed for good or ill. And just as…

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Independent Thinking in the Academic World

By Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.

As regular readers of Atlantis Rising know, I have found myself butting heads with mainstream academics more than once. Perhaps most famously, or infamously, for two decades I have advocated the position that the Great Sphinx of Egypt traces its origins back thousands of years earlier than the standard Egyptological date of circa 2500 BC(as re­counted in various issues of Atlantis Rising, including most recently AR #s 76 and 78). An older Sphinx overturns the classical view of when and where civilization and high culture…

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Creation by the Numbers

By William B. Stoecker

Mystics and magicians have always believed that numbers have, in and of themselves, certain characteristics and powers. The belief that repeating a chant or spell or a ritual a certain number of times makes it effective is very old and very widespread. Of course, even to modern materialistic scientists, it is obvious that certain numbers are important—mathematical constants like pi and epsilon (the constant for natural logarithms), and physical ones, like Planck’s Constant and the Gravitational Constant. The belief that numbers may have mystical powers…

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When is Coincidence Something Else?

BY WILLIAM B. STOECKER

Much of modern science seems to rest on a foundation of dogmatic (and unproven) philosophical materialism, a be­lief that matter (mass/energy/space/time), which the scientists cannot even define, is the prime reality and that mind/ thought/spirit/consciousness is a secondary manifestation. Aside from the fact that people who pride themselves on questioning every hypothesis should not accept materialism on faith, a little reflection should make it clear to anyone that none of us can be absolutely certain of the independent existence of that material universe out there….

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Pathological Skepticism

By D.W. Kreger

In my previous books, The Secret Tao, and 2012 & The Mayan Prophecy of Doom, I have been criticized by skeptics that the theories and evidence I cite have not yet been accepted by mainstream science. So, I think it’s worth examining the question of what constitutes good science. http://viagra24onlinepharmacy.com/ Evidence is neither true nor false; it is the conclusions you draw from the evidence that are either true of false. Of course, that depends on whom you talk to. Sometimes there is a consensus…

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The Trouble with Atheists

BY MICHAEL E. TYMN

According to various surveys, polls, and studies, atheists account for roughly 10 percent of the U.S. population and around 25 percent of Canada’s. There are indications, however, that the numbers are much higher, perhaps closer to 20 percent in the U.S. and as much as 40 percent in Canada. One study suggests that only five percent of the U.S. pop­ulation born before 1946 are atheists, but that 19 percent of those born after 1977 fall in that category. Although the numbers vary significantly from study…

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