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Cyborg Eyes

In the 1984 movie, The Terminator, a cyborg—a being with both organic and biomechatronic body parts—from the future, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, searches for the mother of a yet-to-be-born hero who will be a scourge to the robots who rule that world to come. It was all science fiction, of course, but the memorable artificial eyes of the ‘Terminator’ could turn out to be more fact than fiction.

E.J. Chichilnisky, a professor of neurosurgery and ophthalmology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, plans to give vision to the blind with devices that can interface directly with the brain. Unlike previous technologies, the new devices, it is said, may be good enough to allow users to distinguish faces, and to do so at much less cost than previously. Chichilnisky theorizes that it is all a matter of proper timing for the impulses that the eye sends to the brain.

The new artificial eyes, however, will not be capable of foreseeing the future of their subjects. For that, you will need something better than a red light in a computer—maybe even ‘consciousness.’ but that is not a cyborg’s strong suit.


Is China Making ‘Impossible’ Space Drive?

In the race to develop the EM Drive, China may have moved ahead of the U.S. The mysterious—and, some would say, ‘impossible.’ Chinese scientists have converted space drive technology into a working prototype, successfully tested recently by NASA. That, at least, is the claim of the Chinese propaganda ministry.

The drive, invented by British engineer Roger Shawyer, appears to violate what some believe to be the basic laws of physics. Nevertheless, experiments by NASA scientists have demonstrated that it does work. By bouncing microwaves inside an enclosed chamber, the drive is, though requiring very little power, somehow able to generate measurable thrust while producing no exhaust. Even though very slight, any such thrust in the vacuum of space could eventually accelerate to near the speed of light. For that reason some call it a “warp drive,” referencing the fictional Star Trek technology. According to a recently released Chinese video, physicist Dr. Chen Yue of the Chinese space agency has made a working version. Moreover, the China Academy of Space Technology says they plan to use it in satellites as quickly as possible.

The mainstream scientific view is that the drive is impossible and has no more chance of working than one would of levitating by tugging on one’s bootstraps. Of course, similar statements were made about heavier-than-air flight before the Wright brothers proved them all wrong.


Americans Believe in Advanced Ancient Civilization

For anyone wondering how a magazine like Atlantis Rising could even exist, the answer may be found in a new survey from Chapman University, a private, nonprofit institution in Orange, California. In an October 2017 poll on ‘Paranormal Beliefs’ Chapman found that 55% of the public “agree” or “strongly agree” with the statement: “Ancient, advanced civilizations, such as Atlantis, once existed.” Of all the so-called paranormal beliefs examined in the survey, lost ancient civilizations found the most support but others were, surprisingly, also widely accepted. Fifty-two percent of Americans, for instance, believe that “places can be haunted by spirits.” Also enjoying wide acceptance: “Aliens have visited Earth in our ancient past,” at 35%.

While the Chapman poll may be taken as a rare instance of honest reporting on such matters, it still fails to grasp the extent to which many of the ideas which it considers to be outside the norm (i.e., para-normal) are supported, as readers of this publication well know, by a great deal of evidence, while views that they might consider more ‘normal,’ often are not.