Publisher’s Letter

Advancing Our Case on the Web

By J. Douglas Kenyon, Publisher

When we launched this publication late in 1994, we daydreamed about becoming a kind of alternative National Geographic, but, in fact, we had no clue to what to expect. Now, though, about 18 years later, we can say that while we may still have a way to go to catch NatGeo, a not inconsiderable number of achievements have been chalked up. Atlantis Rising has now become the number-one-selling magazine in the U.S. featuring ancient mysteries, unexplained anomalies, and future science. Our books have been bestsellers…

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The Downside of ET Contact

By J. Douglas Kenyon

Much to the chagrin of many who eagerly await the arrival of extraterrestrials to solve the problems of Earth, astro­physicist Stephen Hawking caused considerable excitement in April by warning that, rather than seeking such con­tact, we should be trying to avoid it. The British theoretical physicist is no stranger to the limelight. His scientific career spans over forty years. His books and public appearances have made him a kind of academic rock star. In 2009 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest…

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The Price of Progress

BY J. DOUGLAS KENYON

If you have been part of the Atlantis Rising circle for a while, you have probably noticed that with issue #57 some of our prices changed, a development which, in all probability, did not make you happy. So, in the interest of maintain­ing our respected position as a merchant in the public bazaar, and of maintaining the appreciation of our best cus­tomers, if you will forgive us, we would like to take this opportunity to present our wares in the most favorable light. First, there…

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When the Date Keepers Twist the Timelines

By J. Douglas Kenyon, Publisher

In Timaeus and Critias, Plato’s account of Atlantis (written in 360 BC), the island nation, was said to have sunk around 9600 BC after millennia of history. In the seventeenth century the Bishop of Ireland, James Ussher, published a biblical chronology declaring that the creation occurred on Sunday, October 23, 4004 BC (Julian calendar). Today mainstream natural historians insist that Earth is between four and five billion years old, and that the first humans like us arrived about one hundred thousand years ago, which, they…

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Friends from Other Dimensions

By J. Douglas Kenyon

Author John Geiger’s 2010 book, The Third Man Factor: Surviving the Impossible, has many stories of how people at the very edge of death often sense a presence beside them who encourages them to make one final effort to survive. Mountaineers, 9/11 survivors, divers, polar explorers, prisoners of war, sailors, shipwreck survivors, pilots, and astronauts all tell such stories. These anecdotes, it turns out, are quite common. In moments of great danger, stress and privation many find themselves accompanied by a stranger, or unseen presence,…

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Distinguishing Reality from Illusion

BY J. DOUGLAS KENYON

As David Childress points out in his piece on crystal skulls elsewhere in this issue, there is some truth to the story in the latest Indiana Jones epic, even if the producers did get somewhat carried away. The same can be said for many Hollywood productions, including some that are even more outrageous. The producers of Tinseltown like to grab a fact or two as their starting point and then to venture into the imaginary. Mutant powers, as in X-Men, are based on actual medical…

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Walking the Line

BY J. DOUGLAS KENYON

In an age of increasing polarization, the difficulty of presenting a balanced point of view on sensitive issues is much like walking a tightrope. Though this publication has challenged the entrenched positions of many vested interests, it is not our intention to be identified with their entrenched opposition, because we usually see prob­lems with the other side as well. Take the Darwinist-vs.-creationist debate. Without getting into the arcane depths here, either pro or con, it seems clear to us that there are major difficulties with…

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Waiting for the Apocalypse

By J. Douglas Kenyon

In Timaeus and Critias, Plato’s account of Atlantis (written in 360 BC), the island nation, was said to have sunk around 9600 BC after millennia of history. In the seventeenth century the Bishop of Ireland, James Ussher, published a biblical chronology declaring that the creation occurred on Sunday, October 23, 4004 BC (Julian calendar). Today mainstream natural historians insist that Earth is between four and five billion years old, and that the first humans like us arrived about one hundred thousand years ago, which, they…

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Pushing Back on ‘Fake News’

By J. Douglas Kenyon

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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Changing Times or Not?

BY J. DOUGLAS KENYON

One word getting plenty of play these days is “change.” Everyone wants it, but no one seems too clear on just what it means. Certainly change alone is not the answer. After all, if things suddenly got much worse that would be change too but no one wants that. Doubtless, the kind of change people want is for things to get better, but the meaning of that too seems obscure. One man’s progress is another’s degeneration, and so it goes. The kind of change most…

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