Commentary

Ancient Cities in the Forest

By William B. Stoecker

It has been said that we might not even recognize an alien life form should we encounter one, nor the ruins of an ali­en civilization (at least not on Mars, if NASA and JPL have their way). But how about ancient ruins here on Earth? Are we often looking in the wrong places and overlooking evidence of cultures that do not fit our preconceived no­tions? Can we even define “civilization”? There is reason to believe that the ruins of ice age “Atlantean” cultures may lie…

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Between Ice Ages

By William B. Stoecker

Today the government and the media bombard us with assertions that due to our production of carbon dioxide, the world will soon end. We are led to believe that our puny efforts can significantly alter the climate of our entire planet. In reality, we are completely at the mercy of vast forces over which we have no control. Ice ages come and go due to a complex interaction of purely natural forces and events, including Earth’s axial wobble and changes in its orbit, as well…

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Dehumanizing

By Richard Weikart

Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor who endured the horrors of Auschwitz, astutely commented on the way that modern European thought had helped prepare the way for Nazi atrocities (and his own misery). He stated, “If we present a man with a concept of man which is not true, we may well corrupt him. When we present man as an automaton of reflexes, as a mind-machine, as a bundle of instincts, as a pawn of drives and reactions, as a mere product of instinct, heredity and…

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Life In the Solar System Then & Now

By William B. Stoecker

Given the harsh conditions on our Moon and on Mars, and even worse conditions elsewhere in our solar system, could it still be that we are not alone even in this solar system? It seems unlikely that advanced life forms could have developed on Mars, with its thin, dry atmosphere and in­tense cold, or on our airless Moon, or on Venus, with its hellish surface conditions. The outer planets, gas giants, have no solid surfaces. Moons like Europa and several others may have liquid water…

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Robert Schoch Replies

By Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.

The notion that the Great Sphinx of Egypt has its origins in extreme antiquity, dating back to at least circa 5000 BC, and quite conceivably 8000 BC or earlier, is an argument that I have developed over two decades based on painstaking analyses of the geology of the Giza Plateau (where the Great Sphinx and Great Pyramid are located). Conventional Egyptological thinking dates the Sphinx to 2500 BC, during the Fourth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom. My dating plac­es its oriågins long before the rise…

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The Paradox of the Cathedrals

The Paradox of the Cathedrals Were They Simply Monuments to Faith or Something Else? By Richard Cassaro   The cathedrals of Europe are still one of the most famous and well-known examples of architecture in the Western world. Built nearly a thousand years ago, these structures still stand as a testament to the skill of the ancient craftsmen: the Freemasons, a band of traveling stone craftsmen who joined together in the Middle Ages to build some of the finest structures of all time, monuments to…

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Hidden in Plain Sight

BY WILLIAM B. STOECKER

Would we recognize the ruins of a forgotten indigenous human civilization or the evidence of an advanced technolo­gy here on Earth if we found it? Can we even define “civilization”? Suppose a technology was not like ours, on the same line of development and perhaps less advanced than ours or more advanced, but on a completely different path? Suppose machines were made of stone rather than metal and designed to harness the chi, or kundalini force (it has many names) the very existence of which…

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