Okay, I pledge to readers that next week I’ll blog again on topics related to waste management and pollution control. Promise!
But sometimes it’s fun to write in an online column (blog) about topics that are fascinating, even if they’re a bit off-spec for the main value proposition of our magazines.
So, you can call this Part Two of “Wacky Science Week.” (I’m thinking here of the “junk science” series Terence Corcoran used to run each year in the National Post newspaper, though I’m not presenting these ideas as junk; instead, I enjoy these outside-the-box investigations of paranormal phenomena and alternative history/archeology.)
Okay, let’s start with crop circles. You think I’m kidding, right?
Well, here’s the link to a documentary on YouTube that I think you’ll really enjoy on this fascinating phenomenon:
(Don’t trust me? Just watch it. Be warned though that it’s two hours long. I watched it over two evenings.)
Now I know (I know!) this documentary will get some people’s hackles up. So I won’t leave you high and dry with a one-sided presentation of the issues.
Here’s a link to a decent academic article that promotes the interpretation that the circles are all man-made:
BUT, before you get all smug that the issue is settled, you can read this “debunking of the debunking”:
So, what’s my take on all this? I feel we have to be wary of opinions over paranormal phenomena that are too simplistically in favor or against
In the end, discussion about crop circles often falls into the same trap as any debate into a paranormal phenomenon. People will generally find the information — often very quickly — that confirms their own bias or world view. If they’re adherents of a materialist and reductionist scientific paradigm, they’ll gravitate toward explanations that “explain away” the phenomenon, because something so enormous as an other-worldly intelligence manifesting itself in human affairs is beyond what they would ever consider in the first place. If they’re spiritualists and inclined to see everything in New Age alternative terms, they likewise may rush too quickly to embrace explanations from that paradigm to accept and explain phenomena that may, in fact, have a more material explanation.
I tend to fall in the middle on many of these issues; skeptical and certainly not wishing to be duped, but aware that there are some things that cannot easily be explained (or explained away) by conventional science.
One (of several) amazing experiences I had was a few years ago when I had dinner with a couple who started discussion the fact that they’re Reiki masters. I was polite (of course) but inside I was thinking, “Yeah, right.”
Later in the meal I felt an intense heat and energy flowing into the back of my neck. It was an astonishing feeling, like someone was holding a heat lamp against my skin or some kind of ray gun, shooting a beam of high energy into me. I turned around surprised and it was the male half of the couple, holding his hand about a foot from the back of my head. He was giving me a little demonstration of this strange power.
I felt my whole concept of what is possible, what is real, slip a little. (Quite a bit, actually!) That evening taught me something, which is that certain phenomena need to be experienced to overcome one’s skepticism. That couple could have talked all evening and cited any number of academic references, and I wouldn’t have been convinced at all. But by actually experiencing high energy transferred into me like that, I was forced to accept I’d encountered something not easily explained away.
Okay, let’s switch topics. (A little.) If crop circles are too much for you, perhaps you’ll at least be open to the idea that the conventional chronology of how and when civilization got started is due for revision.
In that regard, I recommend the short book The Cygnus Mystery by science writer Andrew Collins, to which I referred last week. You can buy the book on Amazon or access it for free at this website:
I’m not going to say anything more about this book other than to say you should read it. A great deal of the world’s ancient monuments and sacred architecture will begin to make sense to you.
Another source of tremendous information about an alternative interpretation of history, in this case ancient Egypt, is the Magical Egypt series based on the work of John Anthony West. You can watch all the episodes for free on YouTube, starting here:
I took courses in Egyptology in school but lost interest eventually because i couldn’t see the relevance of the ancient temples in my own life, in our era.
But a lot has happened since those classes decades ago. It turns out the Great Sphinx is thousands of years older than previously thought. This TV series examines all the major sacred sites in Egypt. My favorite is the detailed explanation of the temple complex at Luxor, which (it turns out very convincingly) is actually a medical map of a human being, and even uses building techniques to convey how neurotransmission in the human brain. (And human spermatozoa is accurately depicted, raising the question of how the ancients were able to view that.)
Perhaps the most mind blowing segment of the series concerns the monolithic circle in Nabta Playa in the Egyptian desert that points directly to the stars of Orion (or Osiris, an afterlife god, to the ancient Egyptians) fixing the site at around 6,000 BC. (You can read a short article related to this here http://www.colorado.edu/APS/landscapes/nabta/index.htm)
This fascinating Stonehenge-type monument calculates the position of each star as they would appear one by one over the horizon during the summer solstice at that time. That alone is incredible given the age of the monument, but where things get really freaky is that the monument also represents the distance of each star from the Earth — something we have only been able to calculate very recently using the modern astrophysics and high-tech telescopes.
I don’t know what that last point really tells us, other than that suspending disbelief while maintaining some skepticism can yield some awesome discoveries into mysterious realms.
So, next week it’s back to environmental protection and waste management. But I do hope readers make time to watch these docs and read these articles and books. Whatever you conclude I think you’ll agree it’s fascinating stuff!