Mysteries of the Universe

The Quest for Answers Still Takes Some Unexpected Turns

TUNGUSKA COMPLEXITY

Farsight Institute

The Tunguska event is the largest impact event on Earth in recorded history. Studies have yielded different estimates of the meteoroid’s size, on the order of 60 to 190 meters (200 to 620 feet). Since the 1908 event, there have been an estimated 1,000 scholarly papers (most in Russian) published on the Tunguska explosion. Early estimates of the energy of the air burst range from 10–15 megatons of TNT to 30 megatons of TNT, depending on the exact height of burst estimated when the scaling-laws from the effects of nuclear weapons are employed. However, modern supercomputer calculations that include the effect of the object’s momentum find that more of the energy was focused downward than would be the case from a nuclear explosion. The 15-megaton (Mt) estimate represents an energy about 1,000 times greater than that of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.

It is estimated that the Tunguska explosion knocked down some 80 million trees over an area of 830 square miles, and there was no impact crater.

On the morning of June 30, 1908, Evenki natives and Russian settlers in the hills northwest of Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia, observed a column of bluish light, nearly as bright as the sun, moving across the sky. About ten minutes later, there was a flash and a sound similar to artillery fire. Eyewitnesses closer to the explosion reported that the source of the sound moved from the east to the north of them. The sounds were accompanied by a shock wave that knocked people off their feet and broke windows hundreds of miles away. The majority of witnesses reported only the sounds and tremors and did not report seeing the explosion. Eyewitness accounts vary regarding the sequence and duration of the events.

The explosion registered at seismic stations across Eurasia. It is estimated that, in some places, the resulting shock wave was equivalent to an earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter magnitude scale. It also produced fluctuations in atmospheric pressure strong enough to be detected in Great Britain. Over the next few days, night skies in Asia and Europe were aglow; it has been theorized that this was due to light passing through high-altitude ice particles that had formed at extremely low temperatures—a phenomenon that many years later would be produced by space shuttles. In the United States, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Mount Wilson Observatory observed a months-long decrease in atmospheric transparency due to an increase in suspended dust particles.

Long-time readers of Atlantis Rising might remember that we did a review on the DVD: “Tunguska: Russia’s Roswell.” That documentary showed archival film footage of hundreds of square miles of flattened forestland. It included an interview with a person who had witnessed the event as a small child; and another interview with a Russian military officer who spoke of a coverup by the Soviet military due to the discovery of possible UFO crash debris found at the site; and interviews with scientists from NASA-JPL discussing what really might have happened in Tunguska in 1908.

Now, the Farsight Institute has taken on the quest to find out what really happened, so here’s yet another DVD with possibly some enlightening input. While there are some researchers who think that the cause has definitely been resolved, Courtney Brown of Farsight asks that we not be seduced by their apparent certitude. “It’s a mystery,” he says, “a true mystery; and it just so happens to be a mystery that can be addressed using remote viewing of the sort used in a long list of projects that have been conducted at the Farsight Institute.

“The Tunguska event is different from most of our other projects. I designed this project, and I did it based on the assumption that the explosion was probably the result of an exploding meteor, a bolide of some sort. I knew there was controversy about the event, but I did not think it would be difficult for our remote viewers to sort it out. We have successfully used remote viewing in so many other applications, it only seemed obvious, at least to me, that an explosion would be, well, a walk in the park, so to speak. And was I wrong! As it turned out, this has been one of the most complicated projects that I have ever supervised.”

He explains that when remote viewers do their sessions, they tend to focus on one or two crucial things. They are not capable of sophisticated analysis at the time when they are doing their perceptual work. When different remote viewers perceive a target, it is normal for them to have a great deal of overlap in their descriptions; that is, much of what they say will be the same. But it is also normal for them to perceive different elements of the target, as well. And, if the target is highly complex, then it is normal for this complexity to be represented in variations in the reports of the remote viewers. That is what happened with this project.

All three of the remote viewers perceived the exact same data regarding the environment of the target location—a remote and barren environment containing mostly natural elements, such as undulating land and trees and very few people. They all perceived the explosion and described it in largely similar terms—a huge explosion that flattened trees for miles in each direction without producing a significant crater. Moreover, all three viewers mentioned to various degrees the idea of, or the involvement of, a meteor or natural object. But after this, the reports vary dramatically; that is, there is tremendous overlap, but it is also clear that the viewers each focused on different elements in their sessions. There is no guarantee of completeness with any one remote viewing report, which is why Farsight likes to use multiple remote viewers.

So, hold onto your seat! Some surprises are in store.

DVD – 125 Min. • $32.95 • 1-800-228-8381

 

 

FABRIC OF THE COSMOS

PBS

From Brian Greene, one of the world’s leading physicists and author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Elegant Universe, comes a grand tour of the universe that makes us look at reality in a completely different way.

Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past? Greene has set himself a daunting task: to explain non-intuitive, mathematical concepts like String Theory, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, and Inflationary Cosmology with analogies drawn from common experience. From Newton’s unchanging realm in which space and time are absolute to Einstein’s fluid conception of space-time, to quantum mechanics’ entangled arena where vastly distant objects can instantaneously coordinate their behavior, Greene takes us all, regardless of our scientific background, or lack thearof, on an irresistible and revelatory journey to the new layers of reality that modern physics has discovered just beneath the surface of our everyday world.

Discover how our perceptions have fooled us and empty space is not empty; why time may be an illusion; how a hidden realm, where the seemingly impossible is possible, lies just beneath the surface of the everyday world; and why other universes—even copies of you—may exist. This documentary is on two DVDs, presented in four segments:

What Is Space? You can’t see it, touch it, or taste it, but space is everywhere. And it’s not just an empty void. Surprising clues that space is “something” rather than “nothing” are overturning much of what we thought we knew about the universe, and may even hold the key to its ultimate fate.

The Illusion of Time—we waste it, spend it, make it, and kill it, but what really is time? Is it like a river that flows, a clock that ticks, or nothing more than an illusion?

Quantum Leap—take a wild ride into a bizarre realm where it seems the impossible is possible. Objects pop in and out of existence; things can, in a sense, be in two places at once; even teleportation is real. Welcome to the weird world of quantum mechanics. On the scale of atoms and particles, the universe is nothing like it seems.

Universe or Multiverse? Is our universe unique, or could it be just one of many in an endless “multiverse” where copies of you, me, and everyone else may exist? This radical idea is getting some serious scientific attention, and it could revolutionize our picture of the cosmos—and our place within it.

One aspect covered by interesting graphics is the hologram concept, where Greene discusses the Universe as a Hologram. A hologram is a two-dimensional piece of etched plastic, which, when illuminated with appropriate laser light, projects a three-dimensional image. In the early 1990s, the Dutch Nobel laureate Gerard ’t Hooft and Leonard Susskind, the same physicist who co-invented string theory, suggested that the universe itself might operate in a manner analogous to a hologram. They put forward the startling idea that the comings and goings we observe in the three dimensions of day-to-day life might themselves be holographic projections of physical processes taking place on a distant, two-dimensional surface. In their new and peculiar-sounding vision, we and everything we do or see would be akin to holographic images. Whereas Plato envisioned common perceptions as revealing a mere shadow of reality, the holographic principle concurs, but turns the metaphor on its head. The shadows—the things that are flattened out and hence live on a lower-dimensional surface—are real, while what seem to be the more richly structured, higher-dimensional entities (us; the world around us) are evanescent projections of the shadows.

Greene presents this mind-blowing, new exploration of space, time, and the very nature of reality in a documentary that turns complex concepts into terms that the average person, who has little or no formal training in the sciences but who has a desire to understand the workings of the universe, can at least begin to comprehend—with many demonstrations and excellent graphics—making for an enjoyable viewing for all ages.

DVD – 240 min. (approx.) • $24.95 • 1-800-228-8381

 

 

FORBIDDEN ARCHEOLOGY:
The Hidden History of the Human Race

Reality Entertainment

This title is the same as Michael Cremo’s book, which has over 900 pages of well-documented evidence suggesting that modern man did not evolve from ape man but, instead, has co-existed with apes for millions of years and that the scientific establishment has suppressed the fossil evidence of extreme human antiquity. He says a knowledge filter (confirmation bias) is the cause of this suppression.

Over the past two centuries researchers have found bones and artifacts showing that people like ourselves existed on earth millions of years ago. But the scientific establishment has ignored these remarkable facts because they contradict the dominant views of human origins and antiquity. Cremo and Thompson challenge us to rethink our understanding of human origins, identity, and destiny. Forbidden Archaeology takes on one of the most fundamental components of the modern scientific worldview and invites us to take a courageous first step towards a new perspective. Since 900 pages is a bit daunting for some, the publishers offered an abridged version, The Hidden History of the Human Race. Here is Graham Hancock’s review of it:

“Let me say at the outset that I believe this book to be one of the landmark intellectual achievements of the late twentieth century.

It will take more conservative scholars a long while, probably many years, to come to terms with the revelations it contains. Nevertheless, Michael Cremo and Richard Thompson have put the revelations out there, and the clock cannot now be turned back. Sooner or later, whether we like it or not, our species is going to have to come to terms with the facts that are so impressively documented in the pages that follow, and these facts are stunning….In the final analysis, it is the meticulous scholarship of the authors, and the cumulative weight of the facts presented in The Hidden History of the Human Race, that really convince. The book is, I believe, in harmony with the mood of the public at large in the world today, a mood which no longer unquestioningly accepts the pronouncements of established authorities, and is willing to listen with an open mind to heretics who make their case reasonably and rationally. Never before has the case for a complete reevaluation of the human story been made more reasonably and rationally than it is in these pages.”

Since Michael Cremo is a regular contributor to Atlantis Rising, and we’ve sold his books for years, this DVD seemed like a natural for us to review. However! What would be an interesting lecture, as far as content is concerned, because it’s Cremo’s, was shoddily taped. As Cremo lectures and refers to slides of archaeological digs, graphs, etc., we never get to see even one of those, as the camera remains on Cremo. And once when he moved out of the frame to point out something in a slide, the camera remains fixed on a blank wall. So, if you’re a Cremo fan, you might still appreciate his lecture; just know you’ll be disappointed in the video. You might want to just refer back to his books, or get The Mysterious Origins of Man DVD—an older production but professionally produced. On February 25, 1996, NBC aired this one-hour, prime time special, hosted by Charlton Heston. Much of the material for the program was taken from Forbidden Archeology, featuring interviews with co-authors Michael Cremo and Richard Thompson.

In addition to the 90-minute lecture by Cremo on one disc, this is listed as a “Comprehensive Multi DVD Set” and includes a 51-min. film, Secrets of the Serpent, which has seen multiple releases over the years by Reality Entertainment. Why it’s included makes no sense; and after a few minutes with the acid rock intro, I was done. I don’t see it as a bonus at all—just a worthless disc—well, maybe not totally worthless—frisbee, anyone?

DVD – 180 Min. • $24.95 • 1-800-228-8381

 

By Marsha Oaks