The Titans of Baalbek

Late in 2014, in the ancient quarry at Baalbek in the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon, the largest worked monolith in the world was discovered. The newly found megalith weighs, it is estimated, an astonishing 500 tons more than the former record holder, ‘The Stone of the South,’ or Hajar el Hibla, from the same quarry, a massive 1242 tons. A third monolith called the ‘Stone of the Pregnant Woman,’ or the Hajar el Hibla, weighing about 1000 tons, rests virtually on top of the newly…

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Return to the Great Sphinx

Perhaps one of my distant ancestors or relatives preceded me here—among nineteenth and early twentieth century graffiti inscribed on the entrance to Nefertari’s Temple of Hathor at Abu Simbel can be found my name—“Schoch.” I had noticed this on previous trips, but this time it really impressed me. Perhaps I was feeling nostalgic; it was just short of a quarter century since I had first traveled to Egypt (in June 1990). As I have always found to be the case, my most recent trip (January…

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Catastrophism Reconsidered

When science in the modern sense was first emerging in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in Europe, those who studied rocks, landforms, and fossils—studies that would evolve into geology and paleontology—believed that Earth’s past had been shaped by sudden and violent catastrophes, chief among them being Noah’s Flood. These people were strongly influenced by the Bible, but as Christianity fell into disfavor among many of the intellectual elites, catastrophism came to be rejected in favor of uniformitarianism, the belief that the past was shaped by…

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Tracking the Ancient Warfare of the Priests

As fans of Star Wars can tell you, the history of the world is a tale of virtually unending warfare between secret societies—where the priests of the dark side attack the priests of the light side, only to be foiled by sabers of light. The idea did not begin with George Lucas. For millennia it has been the subtext, more or less, of most religions. But in this world, of at least fifty shades of grey, such ideas are seen as too simplistic to be…

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Unknown Influences

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.”)   Interdimensional Dangers What Susan Martinez wrote (“The Inter-Dimensional Threat”, AR #110) would be accepted at face value in Christ’s time. See the book, Jesus the Magician, by Morton Smith. That humans can be influenced by thoughts from other nonphysical beings is not accepted…

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News

Our Galaxy Could Be a Giant Wormhole, http://cialis24pharmacy-online.com/ Say Scientists Could our galaxy be a huge wormhole like that seen in the movie Interstellar? And if that were true, would it be “stable and navigable?” Now a new study published in the journal Annals of Physics says yes. “If we combine the map of the dark matter in the Milky Way with the most recent Big Bang model to explain the universe and we hypothesize the existence of space-time tunnels, what we get is that…

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The Universe Had No Beginning, Quantum Calculations Reveal Has the universe been around forever? Most physicists will emphatically say, “No,” and they will add that they have the math to prove it. It all began about 13.8 billion years ago, they say, with the Big Bang. In the mother of all explosions, an infinitely dense point called a singularity, for some unknown reason, began feverishly to expand. Such is the scenario dictated by the mathematics of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity. But, unfortunately for the…

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Can the Ark of the Covenant Be Located Soon? The true fate of the Ark of the Covenant remains a mystery, but not for any lack of investigation. In fact, long before Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster movie Raiders of the Lost Ark brought worldwide attention to the mystery, many scholars and archaeologists had tried to figure out just what happened to the relic, when—as the Israelite captivity by the Babylonians began in 586 BCE—it went missing. In the twelfth century AD, for instance, the Knights Templars,…

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Inventor Says His Water House Is the Wave of the Future Human life begins in a chamber filled with fluid. We call it the mother’s womb. Now a Hungarian inventor is proposing that all of us could benefit from such a living space. Matyas Gutai is proposing homes with interconnected walls and windows filled with water. Such a home he says will provide year-round comfort and save us a bundle in energy costs. Just a few cubic meters of water, he says, could preserve thermal…

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Dr. Pollack and the Case for a Fourth Phase of Water

Professor Gerald Pollack is Founding Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal Water, and is recognized as an international leader in science and engineering. He has developed a very unusual theory of water and has spent years convincing the world that water is not actually a liquid. Pollack was the 2012 recipient of the Prigogine Medal for thermodynamics of dissipative systems. The recipient of an honorary doctorate from Ural State University in Russia he was also named an honorary professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences. A…

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Late-Breaking Stories

•  Oldest Stone Tool Ever, Found in Oregon Below a layer of volcanic ash from an eruption of Mount St. Helens 15,800 years ago, archaeologists have uncovered a stone tool made from orange agate that could turn out to be older than any known site of human occupation in western North America. http://phys.org/news/2015-03-eastern-oregon-uncovers-ancient-stone.html   •  UFO Victim to Be Compensated by U.S. Government An American airman has won a legal bid to force military health chiefs to pay for the treatment of an illness allegedly…

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A Visit to Angkor Wat, Finally

For a long time, I wanted to visit the Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia. I wanted to go for a few reasons. For one thing, it is a Vishnu temple, about a thousand years old. I happen to be a Vaishnava (a devotee of Vishnu, or Krishna). I am also a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), which is constructing a major temple (called the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium), in Mayapur, a sacred pilgrimage site in West Bengal, India. One of…

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Taboo

Located at the highest point of the Germus range in the southeastern Anatolia region of Turkey is the mysterious site of Göbekli Tepe. Excavations at Göbekli Tepe began in 1995 after German archaeologist Klaus Schmidt realized that what had been thought to be a Byzantine cemetery was actually a prehistoric site. Schmidt soon unearthed a number of T-shaped pillars, which set the archaeological world ablaze, but the existence of this magnificent and massive structure was not what most excited researchers; it was the age. Analysis…

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Is the Planet in Midlife Crisis?

In the beginning, says the origin legend of northwest Borneo’s tribes, “there was nothing but a widespread sea.” Half a world away, the North American Iroquois similarly describe the First Earth as covered with “only the primordial waters.” And the same was said in the sacred histories of Hawaii and Samoa. Too, the Mayan Popol Vuh spoke of “a watery world with no land… only the sweet sea.” Could these ancient legends lead us to a happy coincidence of science and myth? Perhaps so, if…

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New Light on the “Burrows Cave” Controversy

In 1982, Russell E. Burrows was trolling alone among the sparsely inhabited hills and fields in southern Illinois, twenty miles from the Ohio River. The amateur treasure hunter, originally from West Virginia, would later claim to have been searching for Civil War-era buckles, pioneer horseshoes, or old coins, with his metal detector, when he supposedly fell into a large, overgrown hole. The subterranean interior, he would say, connected to a corridor and series of man-made chambers filled with a vast and bewildering array of black…

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Strange Saga of the Ramapough

There are possibly as many as two hundred communities, existing mostly in the south and east of the United States and Canada, which are composed of unique multicultural groupings. These include the We-Sorts of Maryland, the Nanticokes and Moors of Delaware, and the Creoles and Redbones spread from Texas to Alabama. The term “Melting Pot” has often been applied to such mixed cultures of the Americas. Columbus described what would become the largest group, the people later known as the Melungeons. The name is taken…

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Overshadowing

Believing he might be going insane, Frederic L. Thompson, a New York City goldsmith, consulted Dr. James Hyslop, who specialized in abnormal psychology, during January 1907, explaining that around the middle of 1905, he was “suddenly and inexplicably seized with an impulse to sketch and paint pictures,” and that he continually had “hallucinations or visions” of trees and landscapes. Prior to that, he had no real interest or experience in art beyond the engraving required in his occupation. He further informed Hyslop that he sometimes…

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Can DNA Tell the Whole Story?

Our genes have long been ballyhooed as either a death sentence or the touch of genius, bestowing upon us anything from pristine health and an agile mind, to cancer, neurological disease, or birth ‘defects.’ But what if our fate is determined by something else? What if our genes were merely building blocks, and a greater intelligence was in charge of whether we could make a basketball free throw, or die at 46 due to a genetic predisposition for cardiac arrest? Genetic determinism is the idea…

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The Synchronicity Phenomenon

Since Carl Jung defined the word ‘synchronicity’ in the 1920s, it has become part of our everyday language. How many times have you heard someone describe a synchronistic experience they had, where something in their outer life seemed to be meaningfully connected to something on their mind? Though this sense of an interior connection to the outer world has deep roots in our history, the modern trend towards a more mechanistic worldview has tended to treat this belief as an outdated superstition. Jung’s theory of…

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Saturn in Sagittarius

“We are most nearly ourselves when we achieve the seriousness of a child at play.”  —Heraclitus, Greek philosopher   Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and after Jupiter, the second largest in the Solar System, and along with Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune is classified as a gas giant. Broad bands in the atmosphere mark Saturn’s hazy, yellow color, and Saturn’s prominent rings provide one of the most beautiful telescope objects in the Solar System. Sixty-one known moons orbit Saturn, not counting hundreds of…

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Emerging Threats & the Bible

Lately conservative Christians have shown a growing interest in the kinds of subject matter investigated regularly by Atlantis Rising, albeit from their own traditional, biblically based perspectives. Here are a couple current DVDs to make the point.   TRANSHUMANISM: Recreating Humanity Revolution Films This brand new film explains the shocking reality of “Transhumanism,” a developing trend within the scientific community and among technological enthusiasts. The movement is driven, it seems, by the incredible innovation in four technologies: genetics, robotics, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence. Each technology…

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