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ISSUE 112 -- Coming of the Clones --
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INDIAN ENGINEER HARNESSES ENERGY FROM THE VACUUM
The long sought, zero-point energy -- power from the vacuum of space -- may be about to debuton the world stage. The Indian electrical engineer Paramahamsa Tewari, former director of India's Nuclear Power Corporation, has introduced a novel electrical generator that operates at an astonishing 250% efficiency. Such an 'over unity device' is deemed impossible by conventional scientists. more...
Artificial Intelligence: Is There Danger Ahead?
300,000,000-Year-Old Screw Raises Questions
New Evidence Is Said to Confirm the Historical Jesus
FASTER TRIPS TO MARS
Do Strange Radio Bursts Indicate ET Intelligence?
Underground Pyramid Near Tiahuanaco's AkapanaPyramid to Be Excavated
Prehistoric Engineering Put Back to Work in Peru
Pre-Ice-Age Civilization in Indonesia
Free Energy...Gravity Control...Alternative Science...
Fighting Back Against Catastrophic Drought
By Jerry Decker
In the last issue of Atlantis Rising we spoke about the benefits of structured water, but in much of the world now, the ordinary kind of water that all of us need to survive is becoming very hard to come by.
Conserving water in California isn't optional anymore. In April, Governor Jerry Brown announced there will be mandatory water cut backs in the drought stricken state for the first time in history.
Catastrophic water scarcity is already here in many places, including India. Corporations and farmers have been consuming surface water there, and ground-water levels have been dropping. At the same time, according to a new report by the World Resources Institute, water pollution is increasing rapidly. more...
THE FORBIDDEN ARCHAEOLOGIST
Ethiopian Jawbone, First Human? Not Really
By Michael Cremo
In March of 2015, some of my correspondents called my attention to reports that scientists had discovered a fragment of a "human" lower jaw in Ethiopia. The fossil was found in deposits 2.8 million years old. My correspondents suggested that this discovery supported my idea of extreme human antiquity. It is easy to understand why they thought so. Pallab Ghosh, science correspondent for BBC News (Science & Environment), in the first line of his web report (March 4, 2015), stated, "Scientists have unearthed the jaw-bone of what they claim is one of the very first humans." Similar statements were made in other reports.
Here's the problem: when most scientists today use the word "human" in this context,they do not mean humans like us, anatomically modern humans. They mean some barely human like ancestor of the modern human type. Their absolute faith in the idea that humans like us evolved from some primitive apelike ancestors demands that such intermediates exist. more...
The Artificial Intelligence Threat
How Smart Can Our Machines Become?
By STEPHEN ROBBINS, Ph.D.
Humanity faces a crisis. At the rapid rate Artificial Intelligence (AI) is developing, we will quickly reach the point of Ray Kurzweil's "Singularity" -- the point where AI equals human intelligence. Then AI will proceed beyond-- to "Superintelligence." The super intelligent AI will be so smart they will have the capability to destroy their creators. Unless, as a new theme in the AI world argues, we learn to impart human values to these machines -- a process (the "values loading problem" ) now seen as extremely tricky -- we are toast. Yup, like toast, we will be eaten for breakfast. Maybe we last until lunch. more...
Atlantis & Ezkiel
Was His 'Tyrus' the Fabled Lost City?
By DAVID HERSHISER
In her 1888 theosophical treatise, The Secret Doctrine, Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky made the startling assertion that Ezekiel's account of Tyrus from the Old Testament was actually about Atlantis. A search of the literature on Atlantis reveals little or no information on this idea, nor does a review of modern Bible commentaries and other interpretative works. The New Interpreter's Bible (NIB), an encyclopedic reference intended primarily for clergy, provides a line-by-line interpretation of the entire Bible, along with overviews and summaries for each chapter. It's not surprising to learn that thereis no mention of Atlantis, or Madame Blavatsky for that matter, in any of the commentaries on Tyrus or Ezekiel. The scholarly consensus on Tyrus is that Ezekiel was referring to the Phoenician city-state of Tyre, the site of which still exists on the coast of modern-day Lebanon, about 50 miles south of Beirut.
Blavatsky's assertion about Tyrus sounds ridiculous in light of the commentaries. But a careful study of what is actually written about Tyrus in the Old Testament will lead to some intriguing observations. more...
THE OTHER SIDE
Cats that Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home, and More
Investigating the Secrets of the Cat
By FRANK JOSEPH
more... While walking my Norwegian Forest Cat last September, I wondered why he had not climbed a single tree all summer. The thought had no sooner crossed my mind, than Sammy suddenly sprang up the nearest oak. Coincidence, telepathy, or something else? Many, if not most, feline fanciers have experienced similar occurrences, but few fully appreciate their pets' broad range of extraordinary abilities.
Wikipedia and the Slant Factor
How Much Should You Rely on the Free Online Encyclopedia?
By MARTIN RUGGLES
In the age of the Internet, everyone has access to facts and information as never before. Or do they? While it is true that a diligent researcher can uncover vast quantities of information on just about any subject, just how reliable is it? Now, it turns out, one of the most relied upon sources of Internet information could be something quite different from its billing. more...
Intelligent Design -- the Evidence
Can the Neo-Darwinists Explain Our World, or Not?
By WILLIAM B. STOECKER
The prevailing and most popular explanation for the panoply of life on Earth and the emergence of speciesis the theory of evolution or, to be more precise, neo-Darwinism, an updated version of Charles Darwin's theory claiming that random variation and natural selection could explain how species became extinct and were replaced by new, but often similar species. He put forth his theory in two major works, Origin of Species (1859), and The Descent of Man (1871). Another English naturalist, Alfred Russell Wallace, developed essentially the same theory at almost exactly the same time, and he and Darwin actually published a joint paper on the subject; and Darwin, to his credit, always acknowledged Wallace's contribution. Very general theories of evolution had been developed before, including one produced by Darwin's grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, but Charles Darwin went further,attempting to explain what actually caused new species to develop. He believed that random variation among offspring (which he could not explain, since the science of genetics had yet to be born, and no one had heard of mutation) produced individuals who had traits enabling them to survive and produce more of their kind, and others who did not. Over eons of time, tiny incremental changes would produce new species. Darwinism, for many, replaced Biblical creationism.
At first glance, it seems to make sense. more...
What's in a Name?
Archeolinguistics and the Lost History of Planet Earth
By SUSAN MARTINEZ, Ph.D
Although we might sometimes think of science and religion as at odds, at loggerheads, there are times when they work together. Unfortunately, when it comes to the origins of civilization, they combine to uphold a myth. I refer to the great fable of Mesopotamia as the cradle of mankind's high culture. To this day, every school child is taught that civilization began there, in the Fertile Crescent, today's Iraq (between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers) about seven or eight thousand years ago, claiming that before then only simple hunter-gatherers-- cavemen, if you will -- filled the landscape. more...
Easter Island Dogma Gets a Rewrite
Startling New Evidence Is Creating Serious Problems for the Paradigm Protectors
By ROBERT M. SCHOCH, PH.D.
A modern myth has developed around Easter Island (Rapa Nui) along the following lines. Once upon a time there was an isolated and uninhabited volcanic island in the South Pacific. A thousand or so years ago a group of people from the region of modern French Polynesia stumbled upon this small plot of land (just over 63 square miles) during a sailing voyage. Perhaps they were driven from their homeland by population pressures or political turmoil, or simply blown off course. Whatever the case, they decided to make it their home. Here they lived in "Splendid Isolation" (the title of an exhibition of Easter Island art held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2001 –2002) until "discovered" on Easter Sunday, 1722, by a fleet of three Dutch ships under the command of Jacob Roggeveen more...
The Coming of the Clones
The Return of the Woolly Mammoth and Other Disturbing 'Scientific' Experiments
By PATICK MARSOLEK
In March, a group of South Korean and Russian scientists working through the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation announced that they were actively working onc loning a Woolly Mammoth. Continuing advances in genetic research mean scientists may be closer than ever to realizing this strange dream. The Sooam group is working with DNA extracted from the amazingly well-preserved Mammoth that was recovered in 2013 on the Siberian island of Maly Lyakhovsky. While this Mammoth, nick-named "Buttercup," was being excavated from the permafrost, a thick, red, fluid flowed out of its abdomen. This fluid contained some of the best preserved genetic material yet recovered from an extinct species. more...
Knights Templar and The Much-Traveled Head of JOHN THE BAPTIST
Among Holy Relics, This One Stands Out
By STEVEN SORA
During the Crusades, the Templars earned a reputation for bringing home treasures that had been hidden away in both Jerusalem's Temple of Solomon and Constantinople. No one denies the Templars were fierce in battle,often facing enemies vastly superior in size, yet they were often plunderers on land and pirates at sea; and they brought back jewels, bullion, and spices. The Templars uncovered,s ome believe, the so-called Copper Scroll which listed sixty-four treasure stashes, but it was the sacred plunder that may have been the most important.
It has been claimed that the Templars returned to France with the Ark of theCovenant, the Holy Grail, the Mandylion -- which may have been the Shroud of Turin -- and possibly the most significant treasure of all, the skull of John the Baptist. more...
Return of the Gnostics
How the Dark AgesCame to an End
By GRAHAM HANCOCK & ROBERT BAUVAL
In the summer of 1460, shortly before the last embers of the Bogomil faith were stamped out by Sultan Mehmed II's invasion of Bosnia, a Tuscan monk named Leonardo da Pistoia rode into Florence on a donkey. He had been away for several months on a dangerous mission to Macedonia for his learned and immensely wealthy master, Cosimo de'Medici, the Doge of Florence, who employed him to procure rare and ancient writings. Already a vast library of extraordinary scrolls, codices, and books had been built up. Yet Leonardo knew that Cosimo would remain dissatisfied until he had in his hands certain very specific and once widely circulated books suppressed by the Church and lost to the world for close to a thousand years. Cosimo was convinced that these books must still exist somewhere -- and had ordered Leonardo to seek them out and buy them no matter what the cost. more...
What Effect Might These Uncommon Events Have?
By Julie Loar
July of 2015 has a second Full Moon in the same calendar month, which according to the modern definition is a "Blue Moon." Tracing the origin of the expression is an enlightening object lesson in the mechanism of folklore and idiom. more...
Travel to Mars on the Cheap
Is There Another Way to Get Our Questions About the Red Planet Answered?
By Marsha Oaks
According to recent news, any space flight to Mars will leave the astronauts in a state of dementia. This is likely to be the consequence of long exposure to interstellar radiation. Does that mean Mars travel iso ut? Maybe so. But maybe there is another way to get there. Maybe we can do it without leaving the comforts of Earth. more...
REMOTE VIEWING CYDONIA, MARS
The first interview is with Travis Walton., an American logger, who tells of his abduction by a UFO on November 5, l975, while working with a crew of loggers in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. His abduction may be one of the best documented ever, but it is also one of the most controversial.
HOW THE GREAT PYRAMIDWAS BUILT
In some cases, however, the visitor is not only felt, but seen, and more. In a YouTube video, the late spiritual teacher Elizabeth Clare Prophet reads a letter written by a soldier in the Korean War to his mother (http://youtu.be/xacbPiqAnUU). Michael, the soldier, tells of his participation in a dangerous winter patrol where he had been wounded, and he speaks of another soldier, also named Michael, who accompanied him but who he had never before met. The letter describes an ambush which the writer did not remember but which ended with several North Korean soldiers shot dead. In the aftermath there was no sign of the second Michael, and nobody else in the patrol had seen or had any knowledge of him. The soldier insisted to his mother, though, that there was no way he could have survived without the heroic help of his companion.
Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton wrote about one such event in which he and two others were accompanied by a mystery companion during an arduous, 36-hour hike across Elephant island to a whaling station in South Georgia on a mission to bring help to their stranded colleagues. The event happened in 1916. All three spoke later of their common awareness of another individual who walked with them to the whaling station but no further. Shackleton later wrote in his book "South": "during that long and racking march of 36 hours over the unnamed mountains and glaciers of South Georgia, it seemed to me often that we were four, not three."
Others who have written about such experiences include mountain climber Reinhold Messner and polar explorers Peter Hillary and Ann Bancroft.
The term Third Man factor, says Geiger, can be attributed to T.S. Eliot, who, inspired by Shackleton's experience, wrote, "Who is the third who walks always beside you? When I count, there are only you and I together. But when I look ahead up the white road, there is always another one walking beside you."
The significance of such experiences are, of course, pooh poohed in orthodox scientific circles. Generally they are dismissed as hallucinations brought on by stress. They are equated with psychological disorders like sleep paralysis. When compared to the evidence, though, such explanations fall short.
Shackleton and his companions all experienced an encounter with the same individual, something for which a theory of strictly subjective awareness does not account. Michael the Korean War soldier had no memory of battling with the enemy and insisted that he could not have taken them out by himself.
Perhaps it is time we took another look at the notion of guardian angels. Certainly, in this tumultuous time, we could use a little more angelic assistance.