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Uriel: The Well Seal and the Man of the Island

March 19th, 2009No comments


Uriel: The Well Seal and the Man of the Island

From Paul Dale Roberts February 20 2009 Interview with Peter Fotis Kapnistos, American Journalist (

Peter Fotis Kapnistos (copyright, 2009)


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The Well Seal: Peter Fotis KapnistosIn 1968 when I was still a teenager in Ohio, I had a near-death experience. I really believe I died and felt myself float like a blue mist in a tunnel above my dead body. It’s very difficult to convey with mere words. There was a strong sense of déjà vu or a remembrance that I had originated from that bodiless condition before I was born. I’m now convinced that’s where we all will return to again after death. Primal consciousness is entrenched in space itself – like a blazing home plate or cosmic singularity, but we are not aware of it in our everyday lives. It was only after I recalled Jesus that I suddenly unscrambled from that kaleidoscopic pattern and returned to my physical body. From that day on, I began to look for the person that freed me from a glowing pit or tunnel of light. About six years later, I unexpectedly found myself at the Athens Polytechnic University student riots that brought down the military dictatorship of the Greek Colonels. Upset by the shock of dodging tanks, teargas, and political bloodshed, I traveled in the spring to the Patmos group of islands.


The Well Seal: Peter Fotis Kapnistos

Just before dawn on Saturday, April 20, 1974, as I sat near the port of the Aegean island of Mykonos, I met a Man in Black who telepathically revealed to me a metal seal, the cap of a well pipe in the flagstone near my feet, with the design of what he said was the universe engraved on it. The man was well dressed, like a bridegroom, or a young business executive. I could hear his soft voice in my mind with perfect clarity. He told me that his father had claimed the judgment of Hitler’s soul. Astonished by that weird idea, I tried to get up from my chair and walk on. But the stranger stopped me. Stepping forward, he stretched out both his arms with his fingers extended in my direction. Then he turned and looked across the bay. Dawn had arrived. But a thick black line or dark rectangular object blocked out part of the orange sun. I heard him say, Peter, will you look at me? When I did, the man fixed his concentration and asked me; do you know what I must do?


The Well Seal: Peter Fotis Kapnistos

The Well Seal: Peter Fotis Kapnistos

He then broke the metal seal by melting its small central rod with a forceful gaze. I could see a cloud of steam or vapor swirling around his forehead. I heard the loud trumpet-blast of a ship’s horn, but I didn’t see any large boats moving in the harbor. He walked towards me and said; know the faith, as he passed by my chair. Then he disappeared into the village footpaths behind me. The sun looked normal again. Crisis apparitions are usually associated with projections of the subconscious mind, due to stress or emotional shock. But this occurrence had an effect on external matter — the center of the metal seal was broken — and I later photographed it to have a record. The well seal was a very old atomic symbol of heavy hydrogen or deuterium. Its broken nucleus signifies binary fission, the strongest force in nature.


The Well Seal: Peter Fotis Kapnistos

I spent over thirty years trying to decipher the meaning of that amazing experience. The metal seal received publicity in the Greek press long before it appeared on the Internet. A popular Greek magazine and local Mykonos newspapers reported it — and it seems that even an Athenian cocktail lounge, the Louki, was named after it. Some people wonder why I’d waste my time with what appeared to be a common sewer cap. But I can assure you the seal is not a gutter lid. In fact, the well of Mykonos has an amazing legend to it, particularly with pilgrims and pirates. For example, a fourth century Apocalypse of Paul says: And he took me from the north side and set me over a well, and I found it sealed with seven seals. As it turns out, the founder of the Mykonos Folklore Museum reproduced a detailed map of the original Mykonos castle’s courtyard as it remained until the 17th century. It shows seven seals or shutoff valves and outlets leading to submerged well shafts, with an eighth outlet crossed out, rising up from an underground aquifer that yields fresh water where the cave of a pirate’s hideout was recently discovered. That means that seven of the well seals were at least a few centuries old, although many other seals were probably added to the well system throughout the years. By the mid 1970s, the antiquated well canales of Mykonos were finally unsealed for renovations. 



The main church of the Mykonos castle is from the 15th century. Construction began in 1475 and its Italian name, Paraportiani or Postern Gate, means small inner door or beyond the small door, perhaps because it was next to the gate of the medieval castle, which was completely destroyed by invading pirates in the mid 1500s. The assault was a lead up to the Council of Trent in 1545, and the decision to reject classical Greek art as a detested thing. Early churches were often constructed over the ruins of pre-Christian temples. Perhaps this was also the site of an ancient mystery school of Kore or Persephone, with a certain pit of gold hidden under ground. The ill or injured from nearby Delos were probably brought to the curative spring of Mykonos situated in a grotto beneath the shore, which served as a sick-quarters, enforced by the Delian purification laws. In honor of the serpent-bearer, or the Rod of Asclepius, which represented the healing aspect of the medical arts, non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor in areas where the sick and injured slept. The bottomless well may have been a hospice for diagnosis and treatment before it became known as a snake pit of suffering.



To add to the brainteaser, Robert Louis Stevenson used a map of Mykonos to illustrate his famous story of Treasure Island. The most important treasury of the ancient Greek world was located on the small rocky islet of Delos, almost touching the western tip of Mykonos. Pirates plundered the fabulous wealth of Delos and reduced it to a barren skeleton island. William Captain Kidd committed his first act of piracy only a few nautical miles from the shores of Mykonos, and the bulk of that treasure has never been found. Fifteen men on a dead man’s chest. Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum. Robert Louis Stevenson was commissioned by a major publishing house to write a factual book about the Aegean islands, complete with his map of Mykonos, but he finally had to abandon the task because of poor health.




Perhaps the most mind-boggling aspect of the seal of Mykonos is its likeness to the Bruce Codex diagrams from the University of Oxford. The Bruce Codex contains 2nd century AD manuscripts found in 1769 in Upper Egypt by James Bruce, a Scottish traveler who explored the source of the Nile. Though still largely unknown to the general public, the Codex Brucianus diagrams are probably the world’s oldest graphic images of the seal of the living God as mentioned in St John’s Revelation. If you would like to learn more about my paranormal experience please look at my report: Directed Panspermia and the MIB Experience.


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In my opinion the ancient well descriptions imply that complex organic molecules are outgassing from a seafloor fissure made by a prehistoric comet collision. Here perhaps is the starting point of all life on earth. And because humans are life forms, we relate to it biologically — even on a subconscious level. For that reason, if you think I’m leading you to a scene that should only exist in youthful fantasies, remember, this is a very real place. In fact, I went to the trouble of taking my story to Washington D.C., by personally handing over my correspondence and seal photos to an official in the White House mailroom in 1977. George Bouloukos, a parapsychologist linked to the Edgar Cayce group, afterward hypnotized me and recorded it on video to help me remember more details. So abandon God Is Not Deadyour shyness and let me take you to a charismatic island where young people fall in love, and Ben Gunn, the mysterious man of the island, watches over a remarkable treasure — with reasons of his own — and waits to greet his entrusted new guests.


loukiUri-El is the Archangel of salvation. Legend says it is Uriel who stands at the gate of the Lost Eden, with a fiery sword. He was the dark angel (Genesis 32) or man in black who wrestled with Jacob at Peniel (“face of God”). Jacob asked him, “Do tell me your name, please.” He answered, “Why should you want to know my name?” Uriel then gave Jacob his new name, Israel. Uriel is noted in the 2nd century BC Book of Enoch (chapter xxi), as the Archangel who helps us with natural disasters and is called for to avert such events, or to heal and recover in their aftermath. He is the great instructor who teaches us that art and study are for experiencing the joy of liberation that comes as wisdom is gained. Among his symbols are the scroll and the book (with seven seals). The name Uri-el probably predates the ancient Mesopotamian city of Ur (ouranos is the sky or light of heaven). Uriel was the legendary Sumerian Lord (El) of Ur, or the Archangel who conveyed the faith of monotheism to Abram and gave him his new name, Abraham. According to an Apocalypse of Peter once ranked next in popularity to the canonical Apocalypse of St. John, it is the Archangel Uriel who will resurrect the dead when appealed so by the Lord: “And soul and spirit shall the great Uriel give them at the commandment of God; for him hath God set over the rising again of the dead at the day of judgment.”











Psychologist Carl Jung once mentioned a patient who claimed that he saw a tube in the sun. Jung referred to the sun-barge of the Alexandrian school of mysticism and a papyrus passage: “For you will see hanging down from the disc of the sun something that looks like a tube.” There is evidence that other persons also saw a black line obstructing the Mykonos sun. The apparent atmospheric anomaly was recently photographed by a musician tourist in Mykonos.

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More Terrible than Atlantis?

March 15th, 2009No comments


More Terrible than Atlantis?


Peter Fotis Kapnistos (copyright 2009)


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According to Plato, the “great and wonderful empire of Atlantis” ruled the prehistoric Mediterranean world as well as “the opposite continent” (of America), which surrounded “the true ocean.” Today the legend of Atlantis is mostly rejected and sporadically made fun of by writers who see it merely as a philosophical invention of Plato’s imagination. Yet we have reached a perilous stage in human history that might prove to be even more terrible than the fall of Atlantis. To comprehend the impending jeopardy, let’s look at some resemblances between ancient Atlantis and modern Britain.


thera3In 1623, Sir Francis Bacon published “The New Atlantis.” In that utopian novel he described a mythical ultramodern island whose citizens attempted to conquer nature and utilize their shared knowledge for the benefit of their civilization. But what if the scientific or industrial outlook they condoned was flawed — so faulty, in fact, that it would eventually produce the cataclysmic footprints of global warming?


The British Commonwealth is an intergovernmental group of 53 autonomous states. Most of them were parts of the British Empire (Britain established a dozen colonies in the New World). The term “Anglo-American” is nowadays used to jointly describe the United States and the United Kingdom. At the end of World War II, the US and Britain became founding members of the United Nations. Close military teamwork between the US and Britain created the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Britain was the most significant ally of the US in the Cold War and helped in nuclear research. When the British Empire diminished throughout the world, the United States emerged as the unmatched global superpower. 



The word “Anglosphere” describes a group of anglophone (English-speaking) nations that share historical, political, and cultural features rooted in the historical saga of Britain. According to James Bennett, founder of The Anglosphere Institute: “Geographically, the densest nodes of the Anglosphere are found in the United States and the United Kingdom, while Anglophone regions of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and South Africa are powerful and populous outliers. The educated English-speaking populations of the Caribbean, Oceania, Africa and India pertain to the Anglosphere to various degrees.”


The solution to ranking the power of modern Britain is a “network commonwealth.” Perhaps the network rule is how we should also reflect on Plato’s Atlantis. His unfinished narratives in the dialogs Critias and Timaeus spotlight a central island. But Plato also stated that Atlantis was in fact a sizable network of ten governments.


“Each of the ten kings, in his own division and in his own city, had the absolute control of the citizens, and in many cases of the laws, punishing and slaying whomsoever he would.”


Plato gave us the outline of a commanding sea-faring civilization whose kingdoms must have initially been islands or continental harbors — stepping-stones, as it were, or network seaports between Atlantis and the coasts of Europe and America. But the heart of the empire was “the island in which the palace was situated.” In the same way, Britain today, despite its small size, is the recognized focus of an enormous supporting network, which we call the Anglosphere.


Plato’s account was first derived from Solon (c. 638 BC–558 BC), who had been told by Egyptian priests of the loss of a great island empire. In recent times, geographical and archeological facts suggest that the disintegration of Atlantis may be related to a massive Bronze Age volcanic eruption in the Mediterranean Sea, which produced a flooded caldera and destroyed a highly developed Minoan civilization on the Greek island of Thera, also known as Santorini.



In 2006, an international team of scientists found that the second largest volcanic eruption in human history, the massive Bronze Age eruption of Thera in Greece, was much larger and more widespread than previously believed. Scientists found deposits of volcanic pumice and ash 10 to 80 meters thick extending out 20 to 30 kilometers in all directions from the Greek island of Santorini. “These deposits have changed our thinking about the total volume of erupted material from the Minoan eruption,” said volcanologist Haraldur Sigurdsson.


An eruption of this size likely had far-reaching impacts on the environment and civilizations in the region. The much-smaller Krakatau eruption of 1883 in Indonesia created a 100-foot-high tsunami that killed 36,000 people, as well as pyroclastic flows that traveled 40 kilometers across the surface of the seas killing 1,000 people on nearby islands. The Thera eruption would likely have generated an even larger tsunami and pyroclastic flows that traveled much farther over the surface of the sea… Thera has erupted numerous times over the last 400,000 years, four of which were of such magnitude that the island collapsed and craters were formed. Some scientists believe the massive eruption 3,600 years ago was responsible for the disappearance of the Minoan culture on nearby Crete. Others link the eruption to the disappearance of the legendary island of Atlantis. (Todd McLeish, “Santorini eruption much larger than originally believed,” University Rhode Island, 8-23-2006)


The extensive range of the Thera eruption is shown by the wide distribution of Bronze Age tephra, found in both deep-sea sediments of the Aegean, Mediterranean, and Black Sea, and in archeological sites throughout the Mediterranean coast. It is essential to understand that at least four separate eruptions detached by significant time-spans ultimately triggered the collapse of the island. This point suggests that the civilization of Thera was perhaps much older than the last eruption we know of at around 1600 B.C.


A peculiar oddity of the Santorini-Akrotiri excavations is that human remains weren’t discovered there. The entire population of the Minoan port safely evacuated before the last massive eruption 3,600 years ago. But when, and where, did they go?


Several years ago, I worked with Professor Spyridon Marinatos, the archaeologist who discovered the ruins of Akrotiri on the island of Thera. I was the assistant of Spiros Tsavdaroglou, an official photographer for the National Archaeological Museum of Greece. We photographed Minoan and Mycenaean sites and artifacts for Professor Marinatos, who was one of the premier Greek archaeologists of the 20th century (his name is mentioned in the video game Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis). As I tried to figure out where misplaced citizens of a Bronze Age volcanic island could have migrated to, I now and again discussed with my friend Frank Pantages the phonetic origins of the ancient name: TE-RA. The name Santorini was given to the island by the Venetians in the 1200s, in honor of Saint Irene. Before then it was known as Kalliste (the most beautiful one), Strongyle (the circular one), or Thera.


Some researchers link the TE-RA (or Qera) vocal sounds to Tiresias, the most famous soothsayer of ancient Greek mythology. With a lifespan of seven lives, the prophet of Thebes was transformed into a woman, turned back into a man, and finally struck blind. Perhaps more interesting is the fact that the Bible gives the name of Abraham’s father as Terah: “And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods.” (Joshua 24:2) The “other gods” were possibly idols or pagan deities such as Atlas and Poseidon. The phrase, “on the other side of the flood” is recognized to signify beyond the Euphrates River.


Author and social reformer of the 1800s Ignatius Donnelly said that links are made in the Old Testament to the “islands of the sea,” especially in Isaiah and Ezekiel. What had an inland people, like the Jews, to do with distant seas and islands? Did these hints grow out of traditions linking their race with islands in the sea?


Presently, Spanish researchers are setting up excavations in the national park of Donana, in Andalusia, after having confirmed thanks to satellite photos the existence of great artificial structures which could belong to the mysterious and ancient city of Tartessos, which modern studies and readings of the Greek authors believe to have identified with Plato’s Atlantis. Two Germans, lecturer Werner Wickboldt and physicist Rainer Kuehne, relaunched the theory of Atlantis-Tartessos in 2004, beginning from these results.


In a topical commentary, “Comparison of Atlantis and the Sea Peoples,” Dr Kuhne suggested that the Atlantean warriors could be identified with the Sea Peoples who are mentioned in inscriptions of around 1180 BC under Pharaoh Ramses III. Dr Kuhne supported the idea of comparison between Plato’s description of the Atlanteans and the description of the Sea Peoples by Ramses III.





One recent theory equates Atlantis with Spartel Island, a mud shoal in the straits of Gibraltar that sank into the sea 11,000 years ago. Plato described Atlantis as having a “plain.” Dr Kuehne said this might be the plain that extends today from Spain’s southern coast up to the city of Seville. The high mountains described by the Greek scholar could be the Sierra Morena and Sierra Nevada. (Paul Rincon, Satellite images ‘show Atlantis,’ BBC News Online, June 6, 2004)


The geologist of the Spanish researchers group, Antonio Rodriguez said that the results from the geological examinations suggest a tsunami happened around 1500 BC. But what caused the tsunami? According to tsunami expert Costas Synolakis, from the University of Southern California, the study of ancient tsunamis is in its infancy and people have not, until now, really known what to look for. Scientists have obtained radiocarbon dates for deposits that show a tsunami could have wiped out the coast of Minoan Crete and disturbed its capital at Knossos at the same time as the eruption of the Santorini volcano, in the middle of the second millennium BC.


Recent scientific work has established that the Santorini eruption was up to 10 times more powerful than the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883. It caused massive climatic disruption and the blast was heard over 3000 miles away. Costas Synolakis thinks that the collapse of Santorini’s giant volcanic cone into the sea during the eruption was the mechanism that generated a wave large enough to destroy the Minoan coastal towns. It is not clear if the tsunami could have reached inland to the Minoan capital at Knossos, but the fallout from the volcano would have carried other consequences – massive ash falls and crop failure. With their ports, trading fleet and navy destroyed, the Minoans would never have fully recovered. (Harvey Lilley, “The wave that destroyed Atlantis,” BBC NEWS, April 20, 2007)


According to a BBC report by Tabitha Morgan in 2004, researchers claimed to have found convincing evidence that locates the site of the lost kingdom of Atlantis off the coast of Cyprus. The American team spent six days scanning the Mediterranean Sea bed between Cyprus and Syria using sonar technology. They believed they found evidence of massive, manmade structures beneath the ocean floor, including two straight, 2-km (1.25 mile) long walls on a hill. “The hill, as a whole, basically looks like a walled, hillside territory and this hillside territory matches Plato’s description of the Acropolis hill with perfect precision,” Robert Sarmast, the research team leader told the BBC.


At the present time, other explorers place Atlantis as far off as the South China Sea. The search for Atlantis has led archaeologists to the Caribbean, the Azores, Canaries, Iceland, Crete, Tunisia, Sweden, the coast of Western Africa and even the Sahara.


As said by Edgar Cayce (Doug Yurchey, “Psychic Flyby over Atlantis,” Feb 2009), Atlantis with its ten kings governed a great network of sea peoples in what is now the Atlantic Ocean between the Gulf of Mexico and the Mediterranean Sea: “In America, traces of Atlantean rituals and ceremonies are to be found among many of the Indian tribes. In Central America and Egypt ancient ruins show definite Atlantean influences, while in both places there will be uncovered records of Atlantean history, duplicate accounts of the early civilizations that will explain much of the early Jewish records as found in the Bible.”


Plato said the kingdoms of Atlantis were larger than Libya and Asia combined and “aggressed wantonly against the whole of Europe and Asia.” Perhaps Plato’s Atlantis was one consolidated empire from Egypt to Peru. St. Clement, in his Epistle to the Corinthians, also claimed that there were other worlds beyond the ocean. A 2006 documentary by filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici called “The Exodus Decoded” suggested that the eruption of the Santorini volcano caused the biblical plagues described against Egypt, re-dating the eruption to c. 1500 BC. The film claimed the Hyksos were the Israelites and that some of them may have originally been from Mycenae.


Bearing in mind that human remains weren’t discovered at the Santorini-Akrotiri excavations, we might picture a Bronze Age migration towards Mesopotamia (perhaps current with the birth of Terah) generations before the last major eruption. As it happens, Ignatius Donnelly tried to evaluate a key climate condition he coined “the Antediluvian World.” In 1882, the Representative from Minnesota argued that Plato’s end of Atlantis represents the doomed kingdoms of the Deluge or Great Flood (submerged by falling atmospheric moisture, sea level changes, and perhaps a massive first eruption of Thera).


More recently, French scientist Jacques Collina-Girard, from the University of the Mediterranean in Aix-en-Provence, said Atlantis could have been sited on an island close to the Strait of Gibraltar, and would have vanished below the waves about 11,000 years ago – just as Plato said it did, because the melting and gradual retreat of glacial ice sheets produced a change in sea level.


“There was an island in front of the ‘Pillars of Hercules’,” what we would now call the Strait of Gibraltar, Collina-Girard told New Scientist magazine. Named Spartel, this island lay to the west of the Strait just as the Greek philosopher described. The Strait was longer and narrower than today, and enclosed a harbor-like inland sea. (Atlantis ‘obviously near Gibraltar,’ BBC News, September 20, 2001)


Collina-Girard’s evidence was based on a study of sea levels that prevailed as the last Ice Age was ending. His assessment of the coral reef data showed the coastline off the tip of Spain and around Gibraltar 19,000 years ago to have been 130 meters (422 feet) below what it is today. This would have exposed an archipelago, with an island at the spot where Plato reported Atlantis to be.


The closing stages of the Ice Age marked the end of Neanderthal populations and the emergence of modern man. Researchers nowadays suppose that Neanderthal was a clever sea-faring species drawn into extinction when the last Ice Age was winding up. In 2006, Spanish investigators said that they found proof that Neanderthal man reached Europe from Africa not just via the Middle East but also by sailing, swimming or floating across the Strait of Gibraltar:


Although the scientists have not yet reached definite conclusions, they say the evidence that Neanderthal man mastered some primitive techniques for crossing the sea into Europe from the coast near Ceuta looks promising. If the theory could be proved, and a two-pronged arrival of Neanderthal man accepted, it would help solve some of the mysteries thrown up by prehistoric sites around Europe. (Giles Tremlett, “Neanderthal man floated into Europe, say Spanish researchers,” Guardian, January 18, 2006)


neanderNeanderthal was the dominant Ice Age man in Europe and western Asia who apparently learned how to sail and float across the open sea before the emergence of the anatomically modern human. In his 2005 book “The Singing Neanderthal: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind and Body,” British archaeologist Steven Mithen liberally credited linguist Alison Wray, who first suggested that a “holistic prehistoric utterance” could have a meaning. By 2008, Dr. Robert McCarthy, an assistant professor of anthropology in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University, reconstructed vocal tracts that simulate the sound of the Neanderthal voice. The vocal tracts show that Neanderthal could speak (although in a different way than modern man) and even sing — as he presumably sailed across Ice Age seas.


Neanderthals were not as stupid as they have been portrayed, according to a recent study showing their stone tools were just as good as those made by the early ancestors of modern humans, Homo sapiens. “Our research disputes a major pillar holding up the long-held assumption that Homo sapiens were more advanced than Neanderthals. It is time for archaeologists to start searching for other reasons why Neanderthals became extinct,” said Metin Eren, a graduate student at Exeter University. Neanderthal tools found in England show that our early human relatives hunted with blades and spear tips that were pretty sophisticated, rivaling those made by modern humans.


A new analysis of Ice Age sailors suggests Neanderthal may have mastered techniques for crossing the sea into Europe. Prehistoric remains of hunter-gatherer communities found at a site in north Africa are remarkably similar to those found in southern Spain, and imply a Neanderthal ability to travel across stretches of sea.


blogad08According to some researchers, certain Homo sapien bones have anatomical features that could only have arisen if the adult female in question had Neanderthal interbreeding as part of her ancestral lineage. However scientists who sequenced the mitochondrial DNA of a 38,000-year-old Neanderthal returned no evidence of ancestral interbreeding with our long-lost cousins.


Collina-Girard’s Spartel Island data around Gibraltar approximately 20,000 years ago overlaps with new facts from the last known Neanderthal refuge in southern Iberia that indicates the final population was probably beaten by a cold spell at that time. Experts reported the research from the Gibraltar Museum and Spain. They said a climate downturn might have caused a drought, placing pressure on the last surviving Neanderthals by reducing their supplies of fresh water and killing off the animals they hunted. However in another recent study, a multidisciplinary French-American research team with expertise in archaeology, past climates, and ecology reported that Neanderthal extinction was principally a result of competition with Cro-Magnon populations, rather than the consequences of climate change.


If Neanderthal was a wily sailor capable of song and speech, modern man had to prevail by floating a better vessel. In this sense, perhaps the story of Noah’s voyage announced the emergence of Cro-Magnon at the end of the Ice Age as falling atmospheric moisture (or torrential rainwater), rising sea levels, and seismic activity contributed to the doom of Neanderthal man. But even from the prehistoric Spartel Island position, Thera still sparks off the most violent volcanic eruption in the western hemisphere. Only the volcano of Mount Tambora in Indonesia can match it on Earth. Thera has erupted numerous times over the last 400,000 years and has disturbed various sea kingdoms that sought to control the Pillars of Hercules, including perhaps even the Neanderthal. In the same way that early churches were often constructed over the ruins of pre-Christian temples, perhaps ancient mythologies and allegories of Atlantis were essentially pieced together from the memories of Ice Age lore.


Ignatius Donnelly remarked: “There are in Plato’s narrative no marvels; no myths; no tales of gods, gorgons, hobgoblins, or giants. It is a plain and reasonable history of a people who built temples, ships, and canals; who lived by agriculture and commerce: who, in pursuit of trade, reached out to all the countries around them.” In other words, it is just as normal to accept the likelihood of an Atlantis history, as it is to suppose that a great network of English-speaking governments should grow up around the small British Isles — without gods and demons. Plato was perhaps not reporting a departed sea myth, but an overlooked geopolitical domain example.


When looking at the British Isles on our maps, their slight size makes some of us sigh and wonder: Thousands of years from today, will people still suppose that a small group of islands might connect the cultures of the emancipated world? Will the world’s prized Anglosphere be finally set aside as just another old-fashioned myth?


In February 2009, Google Earth users who observed a sea map with a grid of lines or “roads of Atlantis” submerged west of the Canary Islands were told they were artifacts of the data collection process. Bathymetric (or sea floor terrain) data is collected from boats using sonar to take measurements of the sea floor. The lines reflect the path of the boat as it gathers the data.


Bruce Duensing (“The Roaring Silence: An Alien view of The Singularity and Atlantis,” Feb 2009) freshly commented on Atlantis self-indulgence: “Knowledge exceeding being is the myth of Atlantis, which unlike others who take it as an historical fact, I see this legendary civilization as the one we live in referred to in metaphorical terms in the psychology of this state of affairs as first proposed by Plato.”


Nevertheless, James Lovelock, famous for his Gaia theory of the Earth as a kind of living organism, recently said that climate change will wipe out most life on Earth by the end of this century and mankind is too late to avert catastrophe. Without a doubt, if the present sea levels change, an island-sustained network habitat might suffer a fate more terrible than the fall of Atlantis. A thin hope left is the possibility of one day being able to remove carbon from the atmosphere.







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Strange Things I Don´t Talk About

March 2nd, 2009No comments


Strange Things I Don´t Talk About

By Peter Fotis Kapnistos

thingsIn my lifetime I have experienced a few incidents that might be described as Fortean because they remain outside the recognized theories of science. Altogether, there were really only four or five such anomalous occurrences in my whole life and they took place years apart. But even so, I remember them in detail because they remain unexplained. I suspect that many ordinary people also experience extraordinary things but don´t talk about them for fear of being laughed at.

I personally don´t have a problem with making people chuckle. The way I see it, it´s a lot better than making people weep. So if you have a psychological need to giggle at something you can´t explain, go right ahead. It´s an excellent fear-repression mechanism. But listen closely to what I have to say.

Paul Dale Roberts, a paranormal investigator and writer recently interviewed me. He put forward a range of questions on the subjects of UFOs and Men in Black (MIBs) that I encountered several years ago. I also touched upon research in remote viewing conducted by the US Navy from 1972 until 1995. L.R. Bremseth, then a Navy commander, described it as a broad-based “transcendent and asymmetrical” research program. But there were some other matters that Paul Dale Roberts didn´t ask me about because they have no obvious link to UFOs. There are a few strange things I don´t talk about.

A most baffling incident happened to me one warm summer evening when I was walking alone. It was somewhere around three or four o´clock in the morning. The streets were empty and the neighborhood was silent as I nonchalantly made my way home after a get-together with a few friends. When I arrived at the intersection lights of two small streets near my house, I carefully looked in each direction to make sure no cars were coming. The junction was undisturbed and the narrow streets were abandoned. Nobody was outside except me. But I suddenly noticed something dim and small rapidly moving toward me from about half a block away. I was standing in the middle of the intersection and thought it could have been a dark cat or perhaps even a large rat running after me. The small dark thing was moving fast and when it approached me I quickly jumped in the air to prevent it from biting my foot. It abruptly stopped next to me. I cautiously crouched down to see what it was and was absolutely amazed by what I saw. It was a big cluster of muddy grapes. Where it came from, I do not know. How it scuttled along the street, I have no idea. There are some things I don´t talk about.

blogad35I realize there´s much symbolism to the grapevine. But I´m the type of person who looks for scientific explanations for bizarre experiences. This one really had me stumped. The only rationalization I am able to provide is a long shot. In 2008, researchers discovered single-celled organisms about the size of a grape on the seafloor near the Bahamas. These large single cells (called Gromia sphaerica) can actually scurry along the seafloor. Cosmologist Paul Davies recently speculated that a space-faring civilization could build miniature probes to explore the galaxy, perhaps no bigger than your palm. Such so-called “von Neumann probes” may act as roaming life forms the size of grapes from an extraterrestrial civilization. I told you it was a long shot. But if you can come up with a better explanation that doesn’t involve phantasms, please let me know.

About two years later, I visited Israel during the summer months because I wanted to see the old town of Jerusalem. Entering the ancient walled city was like taking a journey into the past. Unfortunately, there was much political tension in those days and soldiers with machine guns patrolled the streets at night. But that didn´t stop me from slipping past the guards and climbing up to the Mount of Olives where I found a comfortable spot to sit and gaze down upon Jerusalem and meditate every night. After doing that for a few consecutive evenings, one night I saw a small ball of light suddenly materialize in front of me as I sat in the grass. It seemed slightly larger than a ping-pong ball but looked smaller than a tennis ball. It was a bright sphere of continuous white light, not flashing, and seemed to float about four or five feet off the ground. It drifted slowly in front of me, from my right to my left, and traveled approximately thirty or forty feet before it abruptly evaporated.

Unlike the grape cluster, there is scientific recognition of this fact. It´s called ball lightning. According to Dr. Keith Heidorn, a similar phenomenon called St. Elmo’s fire can also appear on leaves, grass, and even at the tips of cattle horns. Prof. Colin Price, head of the Geophysics and Planetary Sciences Department at Tel Aviv University, said thunderstorms are the catalyst for a newly discovered natural phenomenon he calls sprites, described as flashes high in the atmosphere.

The exact cause and nature of ball lightning has yet to be determined; there may be several different types, confusing matters further. But generally it manifests as a grapefruit-sized sphere of light moving slowly through the air which may end by fizzling out or exploding. (David Hambling, “Scientist Looks to Weaponize Ball Lightning,” WIRED, February 20, 2009)

Even though scientists don´t know what causes ball lightning, at least they have a name for it. It seems that it may be a sporadic phenomenon in Israel. Uri Geller, the world´s most investigated paranormalist, said that at the age of four he had an encounter with a mysterious ball of light while in a garden near his house in Israel. He said that he chased after it and was actually hit in the head by the “sphere of light.” This might sound like a childhood flight of the imagination, but many years later an elderly Israeli man named Yaakov Avrahami recalled that while he was once walking to a bus station he witnessed a ball of light. “At that certain moment I noticed a little boy with a white shirt come out from the building to the left. This light ball stopped like it sensed him. Suddenly it moved backwards towards the little boy.”

Journalist Anthony Bragalia says that UFOs are both amorphous and solid. They appear as “lightforms” as often as they appear to be constructed of metal. Bragalia claims that in the coming months newly discovered information will be released revealing that the US government conducted some very interesting studies which, when published, will provide stunning insights.

Some of the aerial “plasma light” phenomena appears to be self-organized and self-directed, even exhibiting some type of intelligence. They can hover, move instantly, morph shape, blink out then reappear elsewhere… or fade into nothingness. Explanations have been proffered that the lights are unknown natural earth or atmospheric events or processes. Maybe they somehow relate to piezoelectricity, ions, earth lights — or unique combinations of these things. Or even still, some feel they may be some sort of unknown aerial life forms. (Anthony Bragalia, “UFOs and the States of Matter,” The UFO Reality, February 12, 2009)

The coincidental timing of my ball lightning experience is what symbolically matters to me. I can now say that “I saw the light” while meditating on the Mount of Olives over Jerusalem. But Uri Geller apparently caught it right between the eyes. Since the nature of ball lightning still remains unknown to scientists, we can´t rule out the possibility of a von Neumann probe in this case either. Observing a celestial probe might be amazing, but having one transferred into your forehead would truly be remarkable.

“The Men Who Stare at Goats” is a 2004 non-fiction book by Jon Ronson, and a movie based on the book, starring George Clooney, about the US Army’s exploration of the potential military applications of the paranormal. The title refers to attempts to kill goats by staring at them. According to David Hambling of WIRED magazine, Dr. Paul Koloc briefly obtained funding in 2002 from the Missile Defense Agency to create stable “magnetoplasmoids” or ball lightning a foot in diameter which would last between one and five seconds and accelerate to two hundred kilometers a second. This would make an idea anti-missile weapon, generating an intense electromagnetic pulse on impact. The USAF´s Phillips Laboratory supposedly examined a very similar concept in 1993.


Shortly before my father´s death, the hands of a small clock in my kitchen started moving counter-clockwise. We assumed that it was because the clock needed new batteries. When my father was placed in an intensive care unit after enduring a heart attack and a broken hip, I remained at home to watch over my ailing mother. As I prayed for my father´s health, I suddenly felt a mild breeze of air move from the left side of my body to the right. I sensed at that moment that my father had passed away. I looked at the clock in the living room. It was eight-twenty in the evening and I said so to my sister. When we later got our doctor´s hospital report, the exact hour of my father´s death was 8:20 PM. A few days later, our next-door neighbor happened to be visiting us. Because she was near the telephone, she answered it when it rang. It was a man´s voice. He asked about a family member. When my neighbor asked who the caller was, he replied that he was my father — and promptly hung up. Unless that was a heartless prank, it resembled various reports of so-called “dead ringers,” or phone calls from the dead. In many instances the cell or landline numbers had even been disconnected. But they still appeared on caller ID.

Every time the living picks up the phone all they hear on the other end is static. There have been instances of those who receive the calls recording them only to find voices in the recording that were not perceptible to the human ear at the time. (Pastor Swope, “Dead Ringers,” The Paranormal Pastor, November 30, 2008)

The Death and Resurrection of Mars

A popular website has built a minor-league reputation regularly nit-picking about “UFOs and the Death of God.” Citing Nietzsche´s schizophrenia and welcoming an existentiality that it presumes to be real, its most recent report claims “some in the UFO community replace God with UFOs for psychological reasons.”

That argument vaguely reminds us of the “Death of Mars” attitude. Scientists have long reflected on the possibility of life on Mars. In the 17th century, after telescopic observation by some observers of apparent Martian canals, it was natural to suppose that some form of life may inhabit Mars. But in 1894, U.S. astronomer William Campbell wrongly showed that water and oxygen were not present in the Martian atmosphere. By the early 1900s, the canal theory was no longer supported. In 1965, NASA scientists unhappily described a parched Mars without rivers, oceans or any signs of life. Mars was officially dead. But today all that has changed. The discovery of abundant sources of water on Mars, together with vast stores of methane gas have most researchers believing once again that Mars is alive and well.

Advocates of the “God is Dead” hypothesis may also be in for a big surprise. According to Paul Davies, there could be microbes that do not have the standard biochemistry of Earth-dwelling organisms. Davies and other leading researchers now think that an amazing realm of “life as we don´t know it” may exist around us. Scientists would never have identified such “weird life” because the techniques they use for studying microbes are based on the familiar biological processes that drive the living things we understand.

Some microbes may also have a means of carrying genetic information and replicating themselves that is not based on DNA, or that has extra DNA “letters.” These microbes could exist in extreme environments such as deep underground or in hot springs, or they could even live inside other organisms, including ourselves. “They might be right in front of our noses, or even in our noses,” Professor Davies said. (Mark Henderson, “Aliens ‘may be living among us’ undetected by science,” Times Online, February 15, 2009)

As one observer noted, the Bible clearly talks about life that is not based in DNA, realms of created beings that are not physical. Over eighty percent of the US population believes in God because that inkling appears to be hard-wired in our genes. The remaining twenty percent don´t believe because they have a psychological need (or guilt) not to. They argue that God is “too good to be true.” It is ironic that the English name God actually stems from the words “the good.” If you remove the possibility of an ultimate good, then you´re left with an ultimate banality. Are you good at what you do? Are you good at your job? Are you good in bed? Twenty percent of the US population has abandoned all trust in “the good” and by extension even attempts to identify the entire universe as an object of banality and mayhem. But they can only speak for themselves.

The “God is Dead” campaigners say God cannot possibly exist because he abandoned his people many times over the millennia, and more unspeakably during the Holocaust. Sir David Attenborough, a prominent agnostic and distinguished BBC television naturalist, recently said he rejects the Bible because a loving God would not allow an innocent child in Africa to have its eye destroyed by a parasitic worm. However, he failed to mention that there is still hope for that child if modern science turns away from warfare and concentrates on the healing arts. Perhaps what Sir David really means is: why would God allow an innocent Jesus to be crucified? The answer to that, we are told, is to teach us the importance of courage. Modern man has become a cowardly creature that destroys innocent life in underprivileged nations with push-button ease, while he gradually becomes a vile object of morbid obesity and banality. God´s death was to teach us the worth of valor — and that death cannot hold Him.

It is argued that many “deranged people in the UFO community” have taken to hallucinating about being taken to Him. But can you think of a medical specialist on appendicitis who has never actually seen a human appendix? Or how about a certified critic of hip hop music that´s never heard a single African American or Latino American song? They would probably be regarded as con artists, not authorities. Why then, are there so many official “UFO investigators” that have never seen a UFO — and really don´t want to because they fear it will make them appear to be unreasonable? Where is the expert common sense in that?

Imagine being a civilian in the Iraqi war (or any war for that matter). One day you look out your front door and see a large armored vehicle parked directly outside your house and perhaps a few soldiers patrolling your street with cameras and searchlights. Would you really suppose that the soldiers don´t notice you and that they don´t know who you are? You´d have to be pretty naïve to think that. It would be far more realistic to assume that they know exactly who you are — and they will probably keep tabs on you from time to time. This is how I interpret UFO experiencers: They are known and made use of by intelligent extraterrestrials to circulate and publicize particular facts of the UFO enterprise.

What is happening now appears to be a bizarre form of psychological warfare. We are being literally bombarded with countless sightings and photographs of unidentified aerial objects to drive home the intimidating point that something beyond the scope of human science is watching over our planet. There are simply too many reliable reports flowing in to be dismissed as hallucinations or frauds. Why then, doesn´t the government just admit that UFOs are real? Perhaps because the largest part of taxpayer money goes to an overwhelming defense budget. The last message the Defense Department wants to convey is the likely fact that it cannot defend us from potential UFO upheavals (as if we didn´t know by now). That would be an outright acknowledgment that billions of our dollars are being wasted. So instead, it plays the flightless ostrich game of hiding its head in the sand. Sixty years ago, the Japanese government chose to ignore warnings that America was developing a secret weapon. Japan´s ostrich game suffered a legendary defeat and the state religion of Emperor worship was banned. I don´t have a problem with making people laugh. But there are some things I don´t talk about. 





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