Weather Wars

This historic tropical storm season (storm specialists ran out of named storms, substituted Greek letters) appears to have finally jarred the mass consciousness into realizing there’s something fundamentally off with the weather. For “off” substitute “unnatural.” Consequently, concepts and people normally kept on the sidelines and out of the public eye are receiving unprecedented coverage and exposure in such unlikely places as Business Week Online magazine. Consider the following: First, “normal” weather is, from a long-term-climatological perspective, an exception to the general pattern; his­torically it…

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The Legend of Markawasi

“ . . . natural adapted features in a sanctified landscape.” These words (from John Michell, Confessions of a Radical Traditionalist, 2005, p. 127) resonated in my mind as I ex­plored the Markawasi Plateau. I had come to this small plateau (about 2 miles long by a little over half a mile wide) in the Andes, towering above the town of San Pedro de Casta (50 miles northeast of Lima), at an elevation of 12,000 feet above sea level, to view for myself the reputed…

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Ancient Metals

Our current civilization would not exist if four principle inventions had not occurred: agriculture, the wheel, writing and metallurgy. In each case a considerable amount of conceptual work was invested in the discovery process. This is the all-important precursor to the development of any technology and it is the process that is almost never brought up or analyzed by scholars, archaeologists and anthropologists. In a rare exception, in his excellent paper ‘The Problems and Prospects of Cultural Evolution’ (Part II) anthropol­ogist Robert Fellner did address…

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The Politics of Intelligent Design

As the recent federal court trial in Dover, Pennsylvania, over whether “Intelligent Design” (ID) may be taught in schools, has commanded the attention of the world, it has been fascinating to watch the classic strategies and tactics for achieving political advantage acted out. Once again we have been reminded that, indeed, there is nothing new un­der the sun. Take, for example, the use of the word ‘evolution.’ There is nothing in the current ID theory which denies the re­ality of evolution. In fact, much of…

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Fighting the Ignorance

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”). Intelligent Design Controversy I have been reading your latest Issue. The information given is priceless. Our local Newspaper content is in the na­ture of meaningless Pap!! I am an older man, 85 going on to 86 and your article about the Intelligent Design…

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News

SPHINX AGE DEBATE REJOINED Against a backdrop of continuing and fevered controversy over the true age of the Great Sphinx of Egypt, plans are in advanced development to definitively reexamine the sensational dating scenario—based on water weathering— offered by independent Egyptologist John Anthony West and Boston University geologist Robert M. Schoch. If things go as intended by organizers, this summer (2006) a panel of geologists will weigh the evidence in Egypt. Though somewhat more modest than originally intended, the Geo-panel will be asked to focus…

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GREAT PYRAMID SHAFT TO BE REVISITED Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s Director of antiquities, has not forgotten about the mysteries of the Great Pyramid, and contin­ues intent on solving at least one of them. Sometime in the next few months, says Hawass, another robot camera equipped with powerful drilling equipment will be sent up the so-called air shafts from the Queen’s chamber. The ex­ploration is intended to follow up on a similar effort in 2002 which was brought to a halt when the machine met an impassable…

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Even More News

INTELLIGENT DESIGN FIGHT PROVOKES CHARGES The argument over Intelligent Design (ID) seems to be coming to some kind of head. After years of languishing in the background without much public attention, the proposition that much of nature is “irreducibly complex” and shows evidence of intelligent involvement in its origin, is finally getting its time in the sun. In Dover, Pennsylvania a lawsuit in federal court has challenged the right of the local school board to require the mention of ID to ninth grade biolo­gy students…

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ALARM BELLS SOUND OVER MICROCHIP IMPLANTS Biblical literalists see them as the ultimate “mark of the beast,” the sign of the evil tyranny prophesied for the “last days” in the Book of Revelation. For those who get their prophecies from science fiction, they are the tools of ‘big brother’ intent on mass control, a’la George Orwell and others. For those worried about terrorism, they offer some hope for security in a dangerous world. The argument is over RFID microchips like those used to mark boxes…

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The Hard Struggle for Electrogravitics

What would it take to get the secrecy club to open its file cabinet doors to the rest of us? In our dreams, right? De­spite the odds, however, I don’t think we should just give up on the dream. If the black-budget group ever opened cer­tain files to civilian use, it would save countless tons of fuel from being burned in the sky—and on the ground. According to recent rumor, the aerospace company Boeing invented an advanced system for the US Air Force. I’m told…

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iNews

• Archaeologists Find Base of Ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria French archaeologists have discovered the foundation of the ancient lighthouse of Pharos in Alex­andria, the seventh wonder of the world. • Ancient Alphabet Found In the 10th century B.C., in the hill country south of Jerusalem, a scribe carved his ABCs on a limestone boulder. • Breakthrough Power Source Turns Physics on its Head It seems too good to be true: a new source of near-limitless power that costs virtually nothing, uses tiny amounts of water…

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Your Man in Beijing

Last July, I went to Beijing to give a paper at the 22nd International Congress of History of Science. It was my first trip to China. At the Beijing airport, I ignored the advice in my Lonely Planet guidebook. Instead of walking to the regular taxi stand, I took up an offer from a man who walked up to me as I was coming out from customs and pass­port control. As the guidebook warned, I wound up paying three times the normal fare for the…

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Underwater Bases and Alien Civilization

Ivan T. Sanderson was born in 1911. Before he died in 1973 he wrote over 18 books on the UFO phenomenon. A trained biologist, Sanderson, was, nevertheless, fascinated by the unexplained and wrote on many exotic topics, such as mystery animals (including Bigfoot and the Yeti), lost civilizations, UFOs and “Ooparts,” or “Out-of-Place-Artifacts.” In Invisible Residents, first published in 1970, he put forward the curious theory that “OINTS”—Other Intelli­gences —live under the oceans. This underwater, parallel civilization, he proposed, may be twice as old as…

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The Lost Builders of Skara Brae

Five thousand years ego, a thriving community existed on an island north of Scotland. Their homes are there today, looking as if their occupants had left them yesterday. They had central heating, toilets with drains and sewers, furni­ture including dressers, beds and couches, water tanks and were partly sunken so as to utilize the earth for insula­tion. Skate Dram on the west coast of the main island of the Orkneys is the finest prehistoric monument in Europe and, if it were in a more accessible…

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Voice Power

Gguung…ggaang…gginngg: these gargly syllables accompany various groaning, laughing, nonsensical and utterly sil­ly sounds coming from slack-jawed participants in James D’Angelo’s workshop: Awakening Chakra Energies Through Sound. They’re here to “free up” their voices and discover the power of the voice to heal. The circle is composed of professional musicians, singers, orators and ordinary people who want to experience what D’Angelo describes in his book, The Healing Power of the Human Voice (Healing Arts Press 2005). Readers can join the group by using the ac­companying CD,…

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San Francisco’s Pyramid Saga

Has San Francisco been keeping a secret for over a century—a secret like those mentioned by Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval in their groundbreaking book Talisman? A careful look at the curious alignment of several of the city’s streets yields some surprising revelations and what appears to be an unexpected connection to the Great Seal of the United States. It all seems to be connected to the area’s freemasonic heritage. From its inception, California was a haven for Freemasons. Many of the state’s pioneers were…

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Dostoevsky & Spiritualism

In The Brothers Karamazov, the masterpiece of the towering 19th century Russian novelist and short-story writer Fyodor Dostoevsky, Ivan Karamazov tells the story of an atheist who didn’t believe in life after death and who, after he died, was sentenced by God to walk a billion miles in penance. Colin Wilson summarizes the story in The Occult: “The atheist lay on the road and refused to move for a million years; however, he eventually dragged himself to his feet and unwillingly walked the billion miles….

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An Angry Planet?

Could the people of planet Earth have recently become the guests who overstayed their welcome? Over-population, pollution of the air, land and sea, destruction of the protective ozone layer, and finally the threat to the oxygen bal­ance in the atmosphere, it seems, have long tried the patience of a living planet. If the beginning of the new century is a sign, Mother Earth may not be happy with the bad behavior. In fact, she might be downright angry. Tsunamis, hurricanes of Biblical proportion, flooded cities,…

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The Riddle of Tulum

Ancient Mexico’s most physically alluring location stands atop a forty five-foot cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the coast of Yucatan, about 85 miles south of Cancun. Although the site continues to attract tourists from around the world, few are aware of its singular mysteries, past and present. Set in the west between a dark green jungle forest and tourqoise waters of the Caribbean in the east, Tulum shines under Middle America’s sun like a crystal in its 36-square-acre archaeological zone of limestone temples and…

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Circular Logic

“Everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the power of the world always works in circles, and everything tries to be round.”—Wallace Black Elk (1863-1950) Symbols are a silent and potent language which reaches our conscious awareness through the agency of subconscious­ness. A symbol is a representation, a mark, a picture or an image which stands for something else. All communica­tion, or transmission of ideas, takes place through the use of symbols whether spoken or ideographic. A symbol is generally…

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Finding the Keys to the Mysteries

Despite all attempts by the intellectual elite to treat certain issues as settled, controversy persists. This issue’s DVD of­ferings focus on three areas where conventional thought is getting a workout these days. UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY OF LIFE: The Scientific Case for Intelligent Design Illustra Media In 1993, a landmark meeting of design theorists was assembled by Professor Phillip Johnson in Pajaro Dunes, Cal­ifornia. Out of that meeting came something the world has learned to call Intelligent Design theory, an idea that is now shaking the…

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