Publisher’s Letter

Getting to the Heart of Camelot

By J. Douglas Kenyon

In our last issue, Steven Sora provided a plausible case for the likely identity of Queen Guinevere of Camelot fame (A.R. 118, “Guinevere Unveiled”). She was, he argued, a Pictish princess from a pre-Scottish tribe. While many believe that the stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table are entirely fiction, Steve pointed out that the origins of the legend are probably factual, albeit of a much earlier era than we usually consider. Popular British writer Graham Phillips (The Lost Tomb of…

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Belief vs. Knowledge

By J. Douglas Kenyon

The next time some pompous television narrator pronounces, in reference to some scientific issue—the “Big Bang” for instance—that “we know” something, you might consider substituting the phrase “we believe.” If you try to do it every time, however, you may find yourself too busy to follow the program. The “Big Bang”—the idea that the universe emerged from the mother of all explosions billions of years ago—has replaced God these days (at least among the scientifically ‘sophisticated’) as the most popular notion of first cause and…

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The Quest for a Balanced Perspective

BY J. DOUGLAS KENYON

Since Atlantis Rising first saw print, we have made it our business to challenge the abuses of the prevailing ‘scientif­ic’ authorities. Indeed, we have tried not to miss an opportunity to point out the shortcomings of orthodoxy wherever we found them. The pervasive corruption, materialism, mediocrity, etc., to say nothing of the suppression of contrary points of view, have not inspired our confidence. Nevertheless, having said that, we don’t want to give the impression that we are blind to problems at the other end of…

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Finding Our Way

BY J. DOUGLAS KENYON

According to a new study from researchers at the University of Toronto, most Americans believe that God is directly involved in their personal affairs. In fact, 82 percent say they depend on God for help and guidance in making decisions. Seventy-one percent believe that when good or bad things happen, these events are simply part of God’s plan for them. God has determined, say 61 percent, the direction and course of their lives. Moreover, 32 percent agree with the statement: “There is no sense in…

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Is Mother Earth Cutting Us More Slack?

By J. Douglas Kenyon

In a time of rising oceans and declining economies, it is easy to become pessimistic about the future of life on Earth. When the things we need are in ever shortening supply and prices we must pay for them continue their inexorable rise, it is hard to resist the notion that the wave of the future might be scarcity, not abundance. In such times, prophets of doom do a brisk business. The worst of them all, the influential nineteenth century British scholar and cleric Thomas…

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Science and the Forgery Factor

By J. Douglas Kenyon

The very cold case of the Piltdown Man forgery has, we are led to believe, been solved at last, scientific embarrassment notwithstanding. The perpetrator of one of the greatest frauds in scientific history has now been fingered. In August 2016, the journal Royal Society Open Science, revealed the results of a recent special forensic investigation. At long last, they have found their man (a precursor paper, released in 2012, was reported at the time in AR #98). The Piltdown forgery was, indisputably, the work of Charles…

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When Beauty Is More than Skin Deep

By J. Douglas Kenyon

The news in March was that science had at last revealed the “real” face behind the iconic bust of Nefertiti in Berlin’s Altes Museum. Beneath the skillful handiwork of Thutmose, the royal sculptor, was exposed yet another face also carved by him in stone. Researchers, we were told, using CT scans, had come “face-to-face” with the hidden image be­neath the outer stucco layers. Long regarded as one of the most beautiful women who ever lived, the queen, quoth science, was actually “wrinkled.” The report, however,…

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Dealing with Visitors from Other Worlds

BY J. DOUGLAS KENYON

On some South Pacific islands in the 1940s the native tribes came to believe that western manufactured stuff (“Cargo”) had been created by divine spirits in the sky and was intended for their people. They objected to the unfair­ness of sending such bounty to white people alone and formed what were called “cargo cults” to enlist the gods in their cause. Meanwhile on other islands the natives worshipped the Americans who flew in the “cargo.” The phenom­enon was studied and written up by celebrated anthropologist…

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Moving Beyond the Printing Press

Atlantis Rising has been publishing since the fall of 1994, which, for the most part, has meant printing many thousand of copies of our product. That has been the opportunity provided by the printing press, and we have been happy to avail ourselves of it. The times, though, are changing and new opportunities, which Mr. Gutenberg could never have fore­seen, are upon us. With the success of mobile reading devices like the iPad and the Kindle, it is clear that electronic pub­lishing is here to…

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Webcasting our “Conversations”

By J. Douglas Kenyon

By the time you read this, the all-new Atlantis Rising Conversations Internet radio show will have made its debut. It is our plan to offer a regular series of interviews with our many world-class writers on the topics they cover so well in our pages. Eventually we expect to talk to others who share our perspectives. For now each show will feature yours truly in conversation with one guest. As I write this in late February, all the details are not finalized, but you will…

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