Dissenting Opinion

Intelligent Evolution?

For his celebrated theories of “morphic resonance” and “formative causation,” Cambridge-trained biologist Rupert Sheldrake has been roundly criticized and, some would say, crucified by the scientific establishment. Sheldrake’s well-evidenced suggestion that many of the so-called “laws” of nature would be more properly described as “habits” evolving over time—i.e., ‘learning’—in response to changing needs, has been ridiculed by the academic powers that be. Some have even proposed that Sheldrake’s books be burned. Now, though, new research from Britain’s University of Southampton suggests that evolution, itself, may…

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Was Napoleon’s ‘Waterloo’ Born in an Indonesian Volcano?

Electrically charged volcanic ash short-circuited Earth’s atmosphere in 1815, causing global poor weather and Napoleon’s defeat, says new research. Historians know that rainy and muddy conditions helped the Allied army defeat the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo. The June 1815 event changed the course of European history. Two months prior, a volcano named Mount Tambora erupted on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa, killing 100,000 people and plunging Earth into what became know as a ‘year without a summer’ in 1816. Victor…

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3D Proof of Stone Circle Alignments

Archaeologist Dr. Gail Higginbottom, the project leader and University of Adelaide Visiting Research Fellow, used a 3D Landscaping Model software package developed in South Australia to prove that the stone monuments do not only align with the sun and moon but also the shapes on the horizon. “Nobody before this has ever statistically determined that a single stone circle was constructed with astronomical phenomena in mind,” said Dr. Higginbottom. Archaeologists have long believed that megaliths, such as the famous Stonehenge site, which attracts people from…

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The Speed of Light Violated?

Thought-Provoking Challenges to the Powers That Be from the Atlantis Rising Newswires

Scientists behind a theory that the speed of light is variable—and not constant, as Einstein had suggested—have made a prediction that could be tested. Einstein observed that the speed of light remains the same in any situation, and this meant that space and time could be different in different situations. The assumption that the speed of light is constant, and always has been, underpins many theories in physics, such as Einstein’s theory of general relativity. In particular, it plays a role in models of what…

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Advanced Geometry in SW American Prehistory

Advanced Geometry in SW American Prehistory   Imagine you are about to plan and construct a building that involves several complicated geometrical shapes, but you aren’t allowed to write down any numbers or notes as you do it. For most of us, this would be impossible. Yet, new research from Arizona State University has revealed that the ancient Southwestern Pueblo people, who had no written language or written number system, were able to do just that—and used these skills to build sophisticated architectural complexes. Dr….

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Is Mars as Dry as It Seems?

When searching for life, scientists first look for an elemental key to sustaining it: fresh water. Although today’s Martian surface is barren, frozen, and uninhabitable, a trail of evidence points to a once warmer, wetter planet, where water flowed freely. The conundrum of what happened to this water is long standing and unsolved. However, new research published in Nature suggests that this water is now locked in the Martian rocks. Scientists at Oxford’s Department of Earth Sciences propose that the Martian surface reacted with the…

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Einstein’s ‘Spooky Action’ Goes ‘Bigtime’

The elusive quantum mechanical phenomenon of entanglement has now been made a reality in objects almost macroscopic in size. Perhaps the strangest prediction of quantum theory is entanglement, a phenomenon whereby two distant objects become intertwined in a manner that defies both classical physics and a “common-sense” understanding of reality. In 1935, Albert Einstein expressed his concern over this concept, referring to it as “spooky action at a distance.” Nowadays, entanglement is considered a cornerstone of quantum mechanics, and it is the key resource for…

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Bread 4,000 Years Before Farming

At an archaeological site in northeastern Jordan, researchers have discovered the charred remains of a flatbread baked by hunter-gatherers 14,400 years ago. It is the oldest direct evidence of bread found to date, predating the advent of agriculture by at least 4,000 years. The findings suggest that bread production based on wild cereals may have encouraged hunter-gatherers to cultivate cereals and, thus, contributed to the agricultural revolution in the Neolithic period. A team of researchers from the University of Copenhagen, University College London, and University…

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Mainstream Science Taking Heat on Multiple Fronts

Egyptian archaeology took a big hit in 2013 with charges that two German archaeology students had stolen, and taken out of the country, paint material from the famous “Khufu Cartouche” found in one of the so-called relieving chambers located above the King’s Chamber in the Great Pyramid of Giza. The mark was first discovered in the nineteenth century by British archaeologist Colonel William Richard Howard-Vyse. To read more on the implications of the challenge to Howard-Vyse’s “discovery,” see Atlantis Rising #106, “Crime in the Great…

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Study Says, Oxygen-Rich Water Might Exist on Mars

A team led by scientists at Caltech and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which Caltech manages for NASA, has calculated that if liquid water exists on Mars, it could—under specific conditions—contain more oxygen than previously thought possible. According to the model, the levels could even theoretically exceed the threshold needed to support simple aerobic life. That finding runs contrary to the current, accepted view of Mars and its potential for hosting habitable environments. The existence of liquid water on Mars is not a given. Even…

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