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Illustrations Used in Proof of Atlantis?

Proof of Atlantis? cover

The legendary island of Atlantis has dazzled our imaginations for more than 2,500 years. Despite modern scientists dismissing the island as pure fiction, some people keep looking for it. The book, Proof of Atlantis?, provides evidence which suggests that the lost island was indeed a very real place.

As a service to those who have a text only ebook reader, the illustrations used in the book are duplicated here for their convenience.

Introduction: In Search of Proof

Göbekli Tepe, Turkey excavation
Figure 0.1. Ruins at Göbekli Tepe, Turkey excavation, dated at 9500 BC—only 100 years after the supposed demise of Plato’s Atlantis.. Photo: Benefits (CC BY-SA 3.0)

 

Bimini Island from space
Figure 0.2. Bimini island, Bahamas, off the coast of Florida, as seen from space. This is the location of a sunken breakwater said to be associated with one of the colonies of Atlantis. Photo: NASA (PD).

 

Santorini (Thera) from space
Figure 0.3. Santorini (Thera) as seen from the Landsat satellite. Some have theorized that this was Atlantis. Notice that the island is far from circular, and at 16 kilometers in diameter, the island set remains far from the size of Asia Minor and Ancient Libya combined, as described by Plato. Photo: NASA (PD).

 

Chapter 1: Proof of an Atlantis-Like Event?

GISP2 ice core sample
Figure 1.1. 19 cm long section of GISP 2 ice core from 1855 meter depth, showing annual layer structure illuminated from below by a fiber optic source. Section contains 11 annual layers with summer layers (arrowed) sandwiched between darker winter layers. NOAA (PD).

 

Mount St. Helens eruption, 1980
Figure 1.2 Mount St. Helens eruption, 1980. Photo: USGS (PD).

 

GISP2 ice core sulfate table (partial)
Figure 1.3. Partial table of GISP2 sulfate readings by date BP (before “present,” or 1950). The highlighted record is for 9620.77 BC, showing a moderately large reading of volcanic sulfates. Data from NOAA website.

Graph of sea level depth from R. Fairbanks
Figure 1.4. Graph from a 1989 article by R. Fairbanks, published in Nature magazine. It shows Barbados sea level curve based on radiocarbon-dated A. palmata (filled circles) compared with A. palmata age-depth data (open circles) for four other Caribbean island locations.

 

Chapter 2: Weakest Link and Climate Change 9620 BC

Illustration of convergent tectonic boundary and subduction
Figure 2.1. Convergent tectonic plate boundary. Examples: West coast of South America and the Cordilleras mountain range or the Philippine archipelago. Illustration by DomDomEgg (CC BY 4.0).

 

Bathyspheric map of NE Atlantic
Figure 2.2. Bathymetry of the Northeast Atlantic. Map by Ifremer.fr.

 

Map of lithospheric uplift
Figure 2.3. Vertical crustal motions in millimeters per year. These rates of lithospheric uplift are due to post-glacial rebound. Map by Erik Ivins, JPL, NASA (PD).

 

Chapter 3: Geological Evidence

Map of N. Africa volcanoes
Figure 3.1. Seventeen volcanoes or volcanic fields in North Africa. The red lines indicate tectonic plate boundaries, excluding the Great Rift Valley partial boundary. https://volcanodiscovery.com/north-africa.html

 

Map of N. Atlantic tectonic boundaries & AF-EU Euler pole
Figure 3.2. Tectonic plates boundaries (detail) by Eric Gaba (CC BY-SA 2.5). Africa-Eurasia Euler pole (bullseye off coast of Africa) added based on the source for this map by Professor Emeritus Peter Bird, UCLA. This is the pole of rotation of the Africa plate with respect to the Eurasia. Red spreading center, ridge, divergent boundary. Green transform boundary (sliding side to side). Lavender convergent boundary, compressive folding. Blue subduction zone, convergent but sliding underneath (arrow indicating direction).

 

Illustration of transform tectonic boundary
Figure 3.3. Transform tectonic plate boundary. Example: San Andreas fault line in California. Illustration by DomDomEgg (CC BY 4.0).

 

Illustration of divergent tectonic boundary (ridge)
Figure 3.4. Divergent tectonic plate boundary, also called a “spreading center” or “ridge.” Examples: the Mid-Atlantic Ridge or the Great Rift Valley in East Africa. Illustration by DomDomEgg (CC BY 4.0).

 

Chapter 4: Hints from Myth

Graphic representations of 3 Egyptian gods (Asett, Heru & Sett)
Figure 4.1. Asett (Isis), Heru (Horus) and Sett (Seth), Egyptian deities. Illustration by Jeff Dahl (CC BY-SA 4.0).

 

 

3 of Our Books on Amazon’s Bestseller List for Weather—Top 100!

It’s after Christmas in 2018, and 3 of our books have made Amazon’s Bestseller Top 100 in their Weather category.

Screen shot Climate Basics #1 Bestseller on Amazon
Climate Basics, Amazon Bestseller #1 in Science & Math short reads, #4 in Weather, #15 in Climatology. Click on the picture for more information.

Climate Basics—Top 10 in 2 Categories and #15 in Climatology

Climate Basics is a short read in the Science & Math category and has risen to #1 Bestseller several times over the last few weeks. As of today, it is, once again, #1 in the Science & Math short reads on Amazon. The book is also currently at #4 in Weather and #15 in Climatology. Climate Basics shares the Top 10 in Weather with books like Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, a perennial favorite at #2, and infamous Michael Mann’s The Madhouse Effect at #7.

This book takes the biggest claims of the Warming Alarmists and debunks them with facts, logic, empirical evidence and loads of sources. Amazon estimates this Kindle ebook at 46 pages.

Thermophobia book cover
Thermophobia currently in Amazon’s Top 100 Bestsellers, Weather. Click picture for more.

Thermophobia—#58 in Weather

Thermophobia tackles the unrealistic fear in which our modern world finds itself wallowing. This book digs deeply on the topic of global warming and how the fact that we currently live in an Ice Age makes the fear of warmth all the more ironic. In addition, this book also takes head on the unrealistic fetish some parts of society have for ice. This “cryophilia” is yet another symptom of the Left’s and Globalists’ #ProDeath stance.

The last part of this book provides the reader with realistic solutions to the problems we do actually face—solutions which don’t involved giving up our hard-earned cash, personal liberties or national sovereignty.

This book is part of the “Shining a Light” series. Amazon’s estimate for this ebook is 125 pages.

Red Line - Carbon Dioxide cover
Red Line debunks the slander against CO2, this vital gas of life. Click picture for more.

Red Line—Carbon Dioxide—#85 in Weather

Red Line—Carbon Dioxide delivers tons of wonderful facts about this vital gas of life. It provides a much-needed perspective on the amount of CO2 we currently have in our atmosphere. Despite all the fearmongering, we currently reside in a dire shortage of the gas.

This book gives the long an illustrious existence of carbon dioxide in making life on Earth possible. It also provides the startling realization that nature itself has been slowly committing suicide. Humans, bless their hearts, have accidentally saved all life on Earth from Extinction by burning fossil fuels.

This was Rod Martin, Jr.’s second book on climate science. Amazon estimates this ebook at 58 pages length.

Deserts & Droughts book cover
Deserts & Droughts, Climate Basics series #2. Click on picture for more.

New Climate Book—Deserts & Droughts

Rod Martin, Jr. has added a fourth book to his list of climate bestsellers. Will this one make Amazon’s Top 100 in Weather or Climatology? Only time will tell.  This work takes on the specific like of the Warming Alarmist mainstream corporate media—that global warming will result in more droughts and larger deserts. As this slender book proves, reality remains the complete opposite of their claims. Warming leads to more life-affirming rain, not less.

This is the second book in the “Climate Basics” series, based on the bestselling Climate Basics. Amazon estimates this ebook at 55 pages in length.

Illustrations Used in Deserts & Droughts

Climate Basics: Nothing to Fear, having made #1 Bestseller in Amazon’s Science & Math short reads, and #2 in Amazon’s Weather category, the author decided to make “Climate Basics” into a series. Deserts & Droughts: How Does Land Ever Get Water? is the first second book of the series. As a service to those who have a text only ebook reader, the illustrations used in the book are duplicated here for their convenience.

Chapter 1: Bogus Claims About Deserts and Droughts

Deserts & Droughts: California drought timeline
Figure 1.1—This graph was developed from current and proxy drought data while the California drought was still ongoing. Notice the size and duration of the previous droughts. (Click on image for closer view.)

Deserts & Droughts: Holocene temperatures
Figure 1.2—A graph of the Holocene temperature from GISP2 (Greenland) ice cores. Notice the scientist’s label on the right—“Approximate global temperature anomaly (Deg. C).” The original graph has been modified by adding the recent temperature, in red, following the ice core proxy (blue), “Today’s temperature” in red, and an additional 7 bars of green after the 3 most recent, to show the periodicity of the warm periods.

Deserts & Droughts: Temperatures and CO2 last 67 million years
Figure 1.3—Earth’s climate over the last 67 million years with the 2.6-million-year Pleistocene Ice Age on the far right. The prior 3-million-year Pliocene, and 17.7-million-year Miocene Epochs had warm periods that were far warmer than at any time during the current Ice Age. In fact, only a couple of brief times did the Miocene “cold” dip down to the level of the Holocene’s warmest periods.

Chapter 2: Counter-Claim — Deserts and Droughts Diminish from More Warming

Deserts & Droughts: Texas drought timeline
Figure 2.1—Here is the timeline of drought conditions for Texas from the year 2000 to 2018. (Click image for closer view.)

Deserts & Droughts: Texas drought map
Figure 2.2—This is a map of Texas showing the areas suffering a tiny amount of dryness and drought.
https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?TX
(Click image for closer view.)

Chapter 3: How it All Works — Rain, Droughts and Deserts

Deserts & Droughts: Temperatures and CO2 last 67 million years
Figure 3.1—Notice the massive cooling about 34 Mya, followed by 8 million years of Antarctica glaciation. That cooling turned Antarctica into a desert.

Chapter 4: Empirical Evidence About Deserts and Droughts

Deserts & Droughts: Temperatures and CO2 for last 570 million years.
Figure 4.1—Graph of temperatures and CO2 for the last 570 million years. Red shading has been added to the original graph in order to amplify the range of temperatures involved.

 

Deserts & Droughts: California drought timeline.
Figure 4.2—Drought timeline for California for 2000–2018. For a few short years, Californians suffered through a drought that seemed as though it might go on forever, but it didn’t. (Click on image for closer view.)

 

Deserts & Droughts: Drought timeline for continental USA.
Figure 4.3—Drought timeline for the Continental United States, 2000–2018. (Click on image for closer view.)

 

Illustrations Used in Climate Basics

Climate Basics coverClimate Basics: Nothing to Fear was first published in September 2018. The book contained no illustrations. One reader left a rave review on Amazon for the Kindle version, but said it would have been better if it had contained graphs to illustrate the data being discussed. The author thought it was such a great idea, he revised the book to include the suggested illustrations. As of this writing, we are preparing the new version to be available through Smashwords, which offers a text-only version. Because this version cannot include illustrations, we are providing a link in the book to this article so that the illustrations can be available online.

This book is a quick read—debunking the biggest lies about “climate change.” For more information on the book, see Climate Basics: Nothing to Fear.

Chapter 1: Wind

Graph of hurricane counts
Hurricanes (including typhoons) 1971–2016, from Dr. Ryan Maue. Notice the overall slightly downward trend in hurricane counts. Also notice that the count of major hurricanes is slightly up. This remains consistent with the idea that wind only blows because of temperature differences. As the Earth warms, the count reduces toward zero while the overall energy of hurricanes goes up. Eliminate all polar ice and we might have very few hurricanes—perhaps even zero.
Graph of strong US tornadoes
Strong US tornadoes (EF3–EF5) 1954–2014. Like hurricanes, tornado counts are also down. Unlike hurricanes, tornadoes don’t normally have the boost from cool winds passing over warmer waters. As polar ice is eliminated, tornadoes become increasingly rare.

Chapter 2: Rain

Map of Lake Megachad
Map showing the outline of Lake Megachad at its maximum extent during the Holocene Optimum. Image by Nick Drake, courtesy of King’s College.
https://kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/geography/people/academic/drake/Research/The-Sahara-Megalakes-Project/Lake-Megachad.aspx

Chapter 3: Beneficial Warmth

Graph of Holocene temperatures
This is a graph I developed from GIPS2 data using color coding to dramatize the cooling trend of the last 3,000 years. Warming alarmists imply that the Modern Warm Period is the hottest period of the Holocene. Clearly this is not the case. The Medieval Warm Period was the second coldest warm period and Vikings could grow crops in Greenland for hundreds of years. Today, Greenland has not yet reached the Viking standard.

Chapter 4: Causes of Warmth

Graph of temperature and CO2 from 1880-2010
Temperatures from NOAA, 1880–2010, with error bars on degree of certainty. Note that graphs in the 1970s showed far steeper cooling from 1940. This was what gave us the “Ice Age” scare back then. The CO2 graph was originally from 1750–2010. It has been trimmed and resized to match the NOAA graph time scale. Notice how CO2 and temperature have poor correlation with temperature going up and down while CO2 is only going up.
Graph of temperature and CO2 for 10,700 years
10,700 years of temperature and CO2. This composite graph includes temperature proxy readings from Greenland (GISP2 site) and CO2 readings from EPICA Dome C (Antarctica) modified to match the time scale of the temperature graph. The original temperature graph had only 4 green bars. I added the additional green bars to show the periodicity of the major warming periods of the Holocene. I’ve also added the red lines for “Today’s Temperature” and the extended temperature graph from the end of the ice core temperature proxy. Notice how CO2 and temperature have very poor correlation on this time scale. Also, notice the strong cooling trend from the Minoan Warm Period (c.1100 BC).
Graph of temperature and CO2 for 400k years
400,000 years of temperature and CO2. This graph has been modified by placing both temperature and CO2 together for closer comparison. I’ve also added the sharp modern rise in CO2 to today’s level. Notice that despite the tight correlation on this time scale, there is not a commensurate spike in temperature to match the massive spike in carbon dioxide. The strong correlation on this time scale between temperature and CO2 is a function of temperature driving CO2 in and out of the oceans. The lack of a commensurate spike in temperature for today shows that the effect of CO2 on temperature is extremely weak, if it exists at all.
Graph of temperature and CO2 for 67 Myrs
67 million years of temperature and CO2. Notice how low our current temperature is on the far right of the graph. And notice how CO2 and temperature have very poor correlation across most of the graph.
Graph of temperature and CO2 for 750 Myrs
750 million years of temperature and CO2. Notice how temperature and carbon dioxide seem to have virtually no relationship at all. Without correlation, there can be no causation.
Graph of temperature and CO2 for 4.5 billion years
4,500 million years of temperature and CO2 (4½ billion years). I’ve added temperature shading to emphasize how cool is today and how much most of Earth’s history has remained far, far warmer than today. During most of that time, life thrived. Warmth, within this range of temperatures, is good for life. Notice again how temperature and CO2 have virtually no correlation on this time scale. What little correlation there is remains accidental and not cause-and-effect.

Chapter 5: Dangerous Cooling

Graph of temperature and CO2 for 140k years
This is a detail from a far longer graph of temperature and CO2 proxies from Antarctica, going back 800,000 years. This has been modified by adding about 10,000 years from now, into the future to show what an Eemian cool-down would look like from the current 3,000-year cooling trend. The Eemian was the previous interglacial of the current Ice Age. The warmest period of the Eemian peaked about 128,000 years ago.

Climate Basics – Amazon Top 10 Best Seller

Climate Basics coverOne of our most recent books is currently an Amazon Top 10 Best Seller in two categories.

As of today, Climate Basics: Nothing to Fear, is ranked on Amazon at the following Best Seller rankings:

#4 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > One hour (33-43 pages) > Science & Math

#9 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Science > Environment > Weather

Top 10 Best Seller: Climate Basics

Climate Basics Kindle page on Amazon
This screenshot was taken 2 days after this article was first posted. In the Weather category, the book went from #9 to #7. Click on the image to get a closer look.

About the Book

Afraid of the future? Don’t be. When we’re armed with the basic facts of climate, we can more easily spot the lies that the corrupt, corporate news media is trying to feed us. Some of those lies are huge.

This small book gives us everything the layman needs to know about climate science.

The warming alarmists attempt to frighten us with things like,

  • Global warming will result in more violent storms.
  • Global warming will give us more deserts and droughts.
  • Global warming is dangerous.
  • Carbon dioxide is driving our dangerous global warming.
  • We urgently need to cool down the planet.
  • Carbon dioxide is a dangerous pollutant.
  • The future looks bleak unless we drastically reduce our “carbon footprint.”

This slender volume sets the record straight on all of the above issues.

There are concerns for the future, but none of these are it. And when we have real problems to face, it does no good to be fixing things that don’t need it. For more information on the book, click on Climate Basics: Nothing to Fear.

About the Author

Rod Martin, Jr. is a modern polymath (Renaissance man)—artist, scientist, mathematician, engineer and philosopher. He first became interested in climate science in the mid-70s. A forest ecology PhD friend of his was retiring and donated two climate texts to the cause. Initially, Martin’s interest in the subject covered planetary atmospheres—weather systems, atmospheric retention rates, optical thickness (greenhouse effect), adiabatic lapse rates, climate chemistry and planetary habitability.

Like so many others, during the 70s, 80s and 90s, Martin’s interest in ecology and the environment continued to grow. When Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth, came out in 2006, Martin was an immediate fan. But as the controversy on the topic heated up, Martin suddenly realized that all of the things he had learned about climate over the years contradicted many of the so-called facts in Gore’s award-winning film.

In college, from the mid-90s to the early 2000s, Martin studied computer science, earning a degree, summa cum laude.

With only a 139 IQ, Martin realized that he was not the sharpest implement in the tool shed. In fact, all of his younger brothers had far higher IQs. From this relative handicap, he learned the immense value of humility and the need to remain unattached to any ideas, lest they become dogma, and blind him from further discovery. Thus, he was able to learn the true value of skepticism, and was able to recognize the inevitable pitfalls of that scientific paradigm. He also made the distinction between confidence in knowledge (an enormous source of blindness) and confidence in one’s ability to find new knowledge (a source of empowerment).

In 2016, Martin implemented a campaign to set the record straight on climate. He wasn’t alone. Many climate scientists, astrophysicists, meteorologists and concerned citizens had already begun to speak out against the so-called “scientific consensus” (an oxymoron, because science is never done by consensus). Martin has created numerous educational videos on climate change and global warming, and created a website to discuss these topics in greater detail.

https://GlobalWarmthBlog.WordPress.com/

From a lasting love of stars and astronomy, he created 3D space software, “Stars in the NeighborHood,” available online.

https://SpaceSoftware.WordPress.com/buy-now/

He currently resides in the Philippines with his wife, Juvy.

He has taught mathematics, information technology, critical thinking and professional ethics at Benedicto College, Mandaue City, Cebu. He continues to teach online and to write.

Updates

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#2 in Kindle Short Reads … Science & Math

 

Illustrations Used in The Bible’s Hidden Wisdom

The Bible's Hidden Wisdom coverThe Bible’s Hidden Wisdom: God’s Reason for Noah’s Flood was first published in February 2014. The book contained a number of illustrations which were critical to understanding the text. As of this writing, we are preparing the manuscript to be available through Smashwords, which offers a text-only version. Because this version cannot include illustrations, we are providing a link in the book to this article so that the illustrations can be available online.

Most ebook formats do not handle tables well, so tabular data is replaced with a picture file of that data. Most of the illustrations in this book fall into this category.

This book is a detective story very much like an Indiana Jones adventure. For more information on the book, see The Bible’s Hidden Wisdom: God’s Reason for Noah’s Flood.

This article includes additional information and resources not found in any version of the book.

Chapter 1: The Water of Death

Estimated Count of Species Described by Science

Table: Count of known species
Figure 1.1—Count of known species by category.

 

Chapter 2: The Burning Question

Nephilim in Hebrew
Hebrew for Nephilim and its root word.

 

Chapter 7: Clues in Genesis

Chart comparing name similarity in Genesis 4 and 5
Figure 7.1—This is a representation of the handwritten chart I had created from the names found in Genesis 4 and 5. Two of the names were a match in spelling (Enoch and Lamech). The remainder were similar in spelling and the sequence was nearly a match with a curious crisscross in the middle around the Jared-Irad pair.

 

Chapter 8: These Are the Generations

Two versions of the Kabbalists' Tree of Life
Figure 8.1—Two versions of the Kabbalists’ “Tree of Life” matrix. The version on the left is closer to the one I originally saw. The one on the right includes the Sefirah, Da’at, but according to traditional Kabbalah, this is invalid. The Tree may show Da’at or Malkhut, but not both.

 

Two halves of the Tree of Life with the names of Genesis 4 and 5
Figure 8.2—The names of Genesis 4 and 5 poured into the “Tree of Life” matrix.
Hebrew for "Tree of Life"
Hebrew for “Tree of Life”

 

New Genesis timeline based on 40-year generation factor.
Figure 8.4—This is the finished timeline based on a generation factor of 40. This gives us a most interesting date for the Flood, but the starting point for Adam seems far shy of the currently known age of Homo sapiens—200,000 years.

 

Chapter 9: Numbers of Perfection

Prime factors found in Genesis 5 ages.
Figure 9.1—Prime factors of the Genesis 5 patriarchal ages.

 

Positions of 7s within the Tree of Life
Figure 9.2—The Tree of Life with the placement of prime factor 7’s. The positions of Cain and Cainan each received a “7” of perfection, while both Lamech’s receive a double portion of perfection. I have placed these on the Sefirotic “Tree” only to show the symmetry of this pattern.

 

Timeline zig-zag
Figure 9.3—This shows only a portion of the timeline as we calculate from Shem’s birth to Noah’s death, Noah’s birth, and so on. At this scale, Methuselah’s span does not fit on the chart, covering nearly three million years.

 

Revised timeline from Flood back to Adam.
Figure 9.4—Revised early timeline from Noah back to Adam.

 

Chapter 10: A Timeline Compatible with Science

The following illustration is also used in Chapter 12: The Water of Life.

Healing the World in Hebrew
The meaning behind the Sabbath — perfecting the world.

 

For more information on the book, see The Bible’s Hidden Wisdom: God’s Reason for Noah’s Flood.

Other Articles on the Bible’s Hidden Wisdom

On HubPages, Rod Martin has written a series of articles on this topic.

Notes to the Book

For the reader’s convenience, the entire Notes section of the book is included here. This will make it easier to refer to specific notes without losing place in the body of the book while reading.

Introduction—God’s Enduring Love

1 As I was editing this book, I realized that I had no idea how fast the water must have risen during the Flood. Taking the scant information given to us in Genesis, we can make calculations, but are they correct? We may never know, for certain. If the Flood covered the tallest mountains, then we have an additional 29,000+ feet covering the world—land and oceans alike.

If it rained 40 days and nights and waters also came from the deep, I would suspect that rain contributed only a small percentage of the overall bulk of water to be added. Why? Well, let us do the calculations to gain a better understanding. First, assuming that the rate of sea level rise remained relatively constant, 29,000 feet divided by 40 days yields 725 feet per day! Dividing this by 24 hours, we get a little over 30 feet per hour. That’s 1 foot (12 inches) every 2 minutes! An inch every 10 seconds! If this was entirely rain, it would make “cats and dogs” look like a light sprinkle.

With God, anything is possible. Doing these calculations helped me appreciate the power of what was done, if indeed Noah’s Flood was a worldwide inundation. As we will see, it may well have been and with scientific evidence to back it up.

2 As a teenager living just outside the nation’s capital, I felt far closer to the pulse of the world than I had growing up in West Texas. Our next-door neighbors worked with the embassy for the Dominican Republic. The school district was scholastically rated the third highest in the nation. My father worked in the space industry.

I remember feeling confused and betrayed by Time magazine when its April 8, 1966 cover asked the bold question, “Is God Dead?” I knew the answer was “No,” but somehow merely asking the question seemed to tie me down, strip me of all dignity and slay me. It took me many years to put that feeling into words. I now understand that the question had such a big impact on me merely because I had not yet learned to turn the other cheek.

3 American journalist, former Baptist pastor and former White House press secretary, Bill Moyers has a different take on God and Auschwitz. In his book, Genesis: A Living Conversation (p.147), he says, “…God may not be like us. God may not be moved by Auschwitz.”

4 Non-theist covers a broad spectrum of beliefs from rejection of a deity to an attitude that holds a deity is not an important consideration. The deist, on the other hand, is a more specific term that refers to someone who acknowledges the existence of God, but rejects the notion that there has been anything magical since creation itself.

5 Professor Nof’s bizarre idea is creative, to say the least, but it ignores a great deal about the biblical story. In the New Testament, Jesus was walking on a stormy Sea of Galilee. Could ice form on choppy water that so frightened the disciples in their boat? The notion that Jesus walked on a sheet or even a block of ice is doubly dubious, because ice is slippery. A rocking block of ice being tossed by the waves would’ve been difficult in the extreme to balance on. It is equally ludicrous that Jesus also towed an additional block of ice for Peter to step on. Another detail Professor Nof seems to have ignored about the story is that Jesus stopped the storm moments after joining his disciples on the boat.

6 When I first read of the ridicule suffered by scientists because of “Clovis First,” I couldn’t believe I was reading about scientists. It sounded too much like children squabbling or bullies beating up on geeks. The “Clovis First” dogma is by no means the only example of science and ego combining with disastrous results.

The name-calling and dismissal of cold fusion researchers is another example that ego does not respect boundaries between disciplines. When cold fusion researchers discovered why cold fusion sometimes doesn’t work, other scientists had already made up their minds and closed the door on the topic. It surprised me, too, to read of the vile vitriol one scientist aimed at NASA researchers who had discovered arsenic-friendly microbes. The critic’s diatribe was pure emotion and know-it-all attitude.

Scientists dismissing ideas without a thorough investigation is nothing new. The mid-1990’s discovery of possible Amazon warriors is another example of this type of problem. Before the discovery, the Amazons of Greek myth were thought by some to have been completely fictional. With the discovery of women buried with armor and weapons, and men buried separately with the children, we find compelling evidence that the Amazons have indeed been found. Add to this the fact that these burial mounds were found in the region to which Herodotus, the Greek historian, had said the Amazons had migrated. Though there is still disagreement over the 1990’s discovery of supposed Amazons, there remains a strong possibility that there is some reality behind the myth.

It is human nature to miss clues that are prejudged not to exist. Obviously, such a human trait does nothing to prove any myth as real. It does, however, reveal that a potent blindness exists and that many investigators—scientists and others—seem oblivious to its existence.

7 Michael Collins, a University of Texas archaeologist, is one scientist at the forefront of the pre-Clovis debate. In a University of Texas 2006 article on their website, writer Tim Green quotes Collins about the conflict generated within the archaeological community. “‘If you want to get beat up, talk about pre-Clovis cultures in the Americas,’ said Collins. In the early days of the pre-Clovis movement, to suggest one had evidence of such inhabitants of the Americas was to ‘invite ridicule,’ he said. ‘It was very, very difficult to get funding for research devoted to that topic.’“

In a 2004 article in the Christian Science Monitor, writer Peter Spotts characterizes the debate in a similar fashion. “To claim a pre-Clovis find was akin to claiming to spot Big Foot. Researchers often hesitated ‘to dig below the Clovis horizon for fear of ridicule,’ says Dr. Waters.” (Dr. Michael Waters is a geoarchaeologist at Texas A&M University.)

8 “Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life” (2 Corinthians 3:6). Note: All scripture is from the King James version, unless otherwise noted.

9 Why would Jesus do this? If he had wanted to make it easy for his listeners, he would have told them in plain language the lessons he had wanted to teach.

What value is achieved by making a lesson difficult? For one thing, difficult lessons stimulate the priceless personality trait of humility. For another, difficult puzzles make people think. They make people work. Hard work and humility are highly prized throughout the Bible. Strangely, one group of Christians insists that the Bible is supposed to be easy, requiring very little work. But when has God ever admired laziness?

Jesus also seemed to emphasize the intentional difficulty of scripture by characterizing salvation as a narrow, difficult path—not a place, and not a broad, easy path.

Understanding the Bible and the Law has never been the key issue. Understanding helps us move toward wisdom, but the Pharisees and others tripped themselves up with a barrier far closer to home—their own egos. Ego loves things to be easy. Ego loves to be right (first). Ego doesn’t want to learn anything new. As we shall see, ego may well be the source of all evil—the forbidden fruit itself.

10 In the book, The Sacred Books of the Jews (p.198), author Harry Gersh quoted Rabbi Simeon, “Thus the tales related to the Torah are simply her outer garments, and woe to the man who regards the outer garb as the Torah itself, for such a man will be deprived of his portion in the next world. Thus David said: ‘Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law’ [Psalms 119:18], that is to say, the things that are underneath. See now. The most visible part of man is the clothes that he has on, and they who lack understanding, when they look at the man, are apt not to see more in him than these clothes. In reality, however, it is the body of the man that constitutes the pride of his clothes, and his soul constitutes the pride of his body.”

11 One of the simplest and most compelling such pieces of evidence for an ancient universe can be found in NASA photos of colliding galaxies. Some of the pictures are of galaxies which collided hundreds of millions of years ago and have strewn billions of stars across intergalactic space.

Even with the “creationist” theory of varying velocities of light, there is no way around the fact that it takes many millions of years for stars to be drawn out of a galaxy and tossed to the incredible void of space between galaxies. Such effects take far more than 6,000–10,000 years. These effects take billions of years, if you include the time it takes for a galaxy to approach another galaxy from a distance, before colliding.

12 Here, of course, we’re talking about hundreds of facts contradicting one biblical interpretation (someone’s “guess”). This is a bit different than hundreds of individuals voting. Scores of facts in support of one idea tend to make that idea at least partially right, just as Newtonian physics was mostly right based on observable facts.

13 In this book, “biblical literalists” will be used instead of “Fundamentalists,” and frequently in place of “creationists,” “Young Earth Creationists,” and “creation scientists.” Not every label perfectly describes every individual of a group, but there are many similarities and common beliefs amongst a group’s members.

Throughout, the book may seem to pick on biblical literalists as well as scientists. This happens only to the degree that there is something amiss. But other believers likely bear similar flaws because of ego. As a source of imperfections, ego remains an equal-opportunity destroyer.

14 Obvious to him. There is still no universal consensus as to the past reality or the actual location of Troy. The inconsiderate Trojans did not leave any signs stating, “Now Entering Troy.”

15 Author Harry Gersh gives us some important background on the Kabbalah. In his book, The Sacred Books of the Jews (p.198), he writes, “Since everything in Judaism must be rooted in the Torah, and the teachings of mysticism were not specifically mentioned in the canon, the mystics called their teachings Kabbalah, from the Hebrew word for tradition, or transmitted teachings: in effect, ancient wisdom handed down. The secret mystic teachings were found in the Torah, said the Kabbalists, if one knew where and how to find them.”

Chapter 1—The Water of Death

16 Stargate was first a movie and then a set of television series involving an alien technology for transporting people and materials across great distances simply by stepping through the “gate” portal. This type of device has been a staple in science fiction for decades.

Typically, the fictional technology requires two gates tuned to each other or one tuned to the “address” of the other. Once turned on, people can merely step through one side and appear on the other. For instance, a gate in Los Angeles can make travel to Paris instantaneous when it is tuned to a comparable device in the French capital. Of course, this raises all manner of problems involving differences in time zones, air pressure gradients, passport control, disease vectors and more.

One could easily imagine a gate placed deep in the ocean of another world tuned to a gate shallow in Earth’s oceans gushing water from that other world by a large difference in water pressure alone. Then, when the Flood is over, reverse the positions—deep ocean on Earth and shallow on that alien world.

Would God make use of such a device? It seems unlikely, but we do not know for certain.

17 An alternate interpretation of this 120 years comes from Genesis and Archaeology, by Howard F. Vos. On page 39 he refers to this as a period of grace. “Genesis 6:3 states that man was granted a 120-year reprieve from judgment, during which time he had ample opportunity to repent.”

Mr. Vos was not the first to offer this interpretation. Archbishop Ussher, famous for his six thousand year timeline of the universe, said in his 1650 book on the subject, “[29] Before the deluge of waters upon the whole wicked world, God sent Noah, a preacher of righteousness to them, giving them 120 years to repent of their evil ways (1536a AM, 2245 JP, 2469 BCE).” Ussher may not have been the first, either.

In Hebrew Myths: The Book Of Genesis, Graves and Patai mention this same “120-year” passage, but interpret it differently. They write, “The children of their unions would have inherited eternal life from their father,” but that God limited man’s years to 120 to prevent this.

Are any of these interpretations literal? Perhaps the limiting of man’s lifetime to 120 years would be a literal reading of this passage. The structure of the phrase is similar to those giving the ages of the patriarchs—the “days” [were/shall be] “years.” Yet, taking this literally causes problems. Biblical scholars are well aware that the early patriarchs all lived far longer than 120 years, including many of those after the Flood.

18 Each of the known flood myths could belong to unrelated events—more than two hundred different floods. Or some of them could be different views of equivalent events. There is no way to know for certain, unless we had a time machine to follow each thread back to its source.

19 If Argalan-Zan was left out of the Mongolian ark, then the Flood would have been closer to 10,000 BC. This is approximately when the mammoths went extinct. Of course, the Mongolians could be mixing stories—perhaps an older flood myth with a more recent disappearance of woolly mammoths. Or it could be the other way around—a more ancient disappearance of mammoths and a more recent flood.

20 Naturally, this cannot have been in reference to the original 6 days of creation. Why? Because Adam already existed on the 6th day, and that was at the beginning of human history. Everything from Genesis 2 to the present happened after those 6 days.

Chapter 2—The Burning Question

21 We know that God brought about the Flood, but we don’t know the identity of the criminal who is behind God’s need for that devastation. That culprit is the one for whom we are searching. There have been a couple of popular theories, but each of them remains an unsatisfactory solution to this problem. We will investigate each of those theories more deeply in the pages to come.

22 See earlier in this appendix for a full copy of Genesis 1–8, King James version.

23 I’m moderately familiar with the Book of Enoch and the story of angels consorting with beautiful young women. This had remained a key source of the “angels as sons of God” interpretation throughout the ages, giving rise to Dante’s Inferno and other stories. Was this a literal story or a series of metaphors, like Revelations?

We have other references in the Bible to “sons of God” as angels in heaven. In Job, these angels as sons of God discuss with the Heavenly Father and with Satan the status of Job. It seems clear that the sons of God in Genesis 6 have a different meaning. Jesus talking to the Sadducees rules out angels in heaven, like the ones in the book of Job. God’s promise to Noah rules out the fallen angels idea.

24 At my first job in Los Angeles, the music of Iron Butterfly helped to keep me awake through many a late night at work sitting at the drafting table, producing the monthly newsletter. The evocative sense of the tortured soul kept me energized through the long hours. Though my taste in music has evolved over the years, I still feel some of the same soul-searching energy when I hear In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida by Iron Butterfly. These days, I get a natural high from the traditional Peruvian cultural music of Markahuasi or the evocative melodies of Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Edvard Grieg or Debussy.

25 Some have also taken this to mean that humanity has 120 years in order to repent. H.C. Leupold wrote, “Before disposing of the guilty ones a time of grace of no less than one hundred and twenty years is allowed for their repentance.”

26 In 2011, Dr. Aubrey De Grey, co-founder of the SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence) Foundation, announced that the first person to live to 150 had already been born. More amazingly, he stated that the first person to live to 1,000 would be born in the next two decades.

27 Bill Moyers, in his online introduction to his book, Genesis: A Living Conversation, notes how Noah is an uneven character. He writes, “Reading the story of Noah and the Flood, I am haunted by the ordeal of the survivor. I find Noah after the Flood both mystifying and troubling: God had spared him because he was a man ‘righteous in his generation,’ but he hardly behaves the way we’d expect a model of righteousness to behave. His story is full of contradictions and divine mystery—just like most of the stories in Genesis, just like our own.”

28 Science suggests that an event like Noah’s Flood would have caused a genetic bottleneck traces of which would show up in the people of today. The only bottleneck with which I’m familiar occurred about 70,000 years ago and there is no universal consensus on that one. Of course, if there were multiple Noahs, then the “bottleneck” effect might possibly have been less pronounced.

Chapter 3—Biblical Wisdom

29 Two potent articles tell the horror stories of lottery winners who were not prepared for such a windfall—http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/

SavingandDebt/SaveMoney/8lotteryWinnersWhoLostTheirMillions.aspx?page=1, and http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=3012631&page=1. The second article tells the story of one of the biggest winners of all time, Jack Whittaker, who won nearly a third of a billion dollars in the United States. He is quoted as saying, “I wish I had torn that ticket up.”

30 One reference attributes this to the founder of Taoism, Lao Tzu (http://ezinearticles.com/?Lao-Tzu—Give-A-Man-A-Fish,-Feed-Him-For-A-Day.-Teach-A-Man-To-Fish,-Feed-Him-For-A-Lifetime&id=512280). Another reference tells us that this proverb is unlikely to come from any Chinese language, though it does not cite the reasons for this conclusion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proverbs_commonly_attributed_to_be_Chinese).

31 Is it such a wild idea that the writers of the early Bible would have insisted that someone work hard at understanding what they were writing?

Advertisers occasionally use this technique in the wording of their promotions and packaging text. Once at breakfast, I noticed that the wording on a package of soy drink made use of this wisdom. It said, “Non-GM.” My first thought was, “What does ‘Non-GM’ mean?” It took me a moment to remember.

Immediately, I understood why the copy writers had not spelled out the words abbreviated there. “Non GM” means “not genetically modified.” It would have been unwise for the copy writers to spell out the words. A casual reader might have glanced at the carton, read the words “genetically modified,” and promptly placed the carton back on the shelf. “But we’re not genetically modified,” the carton might say in its defense. Too late. Lost sale. The consumer will now forever think of their product as evil, genetically modified materials.

By abbreviating the sensitive words, the reader is forced to think and to read more carefully. Add to that the fact that the prefix, “Non,” is longer than the sensitive abbreviation “GM.” The emphasis is on the negation of the “GM” identity.

More people are waking up to the fact that GM products have been linked to cancer and other health problems. Monsanto and other GM corporations have billions invested in their GM products and technology. They have done a great many things to protect their investment, including lobbying against labeling of GM products, pushing legislation to protect GM companies from consumer lawsuits, and placing former GM executives in editorial positions at scientific, peer-reviewed journals.

32 This may be a radical concept for some, but remember, first of all, that God created us in His image and likeness. Part of that likeness is the power of creation. We will discuss this in greater depth in the next chapter.

33 Jesus once said, “So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen” (Matthew 20:16). Ego wants to be first, always. But ego is more than pride. Ego is self-importance and selfishness. Ego is separateness from God. Ego is the antithesis of love. The humble don’t mind being last, because their love is abundantly and unconditionally generous.

34 The nakedness of Adam and Eve before the fall was that of innocence. The nakedness afterward was that of self-consciousness. This was their attention directed inward toward the false, separate self—ego.

35 I must add a caveat, here. Some concepts included in the Bible might have multiple layers to them. In other words, there might be metaphorical, literal and other meanings to some passages. I make this point, not because I have located such multiple layers of meaning, but because I sense that by not being aware of such a possibility, I may be blocking my own awareness. We need to remain alert to all potential barriers that we could create in thought. The answers to our questions about a chessboard might not be on the board itself.

36 Perhaps a related concept can be found in Perle Epstein’s 1978 book on Kabbalah. “Bliss ungrounded in physical reality is not bliss but delusion, insists the Jewish master” (Bayha ben Joseph Ibn Paquda, an eleventh-century judge in the rabbinical court at Saragossa [Caesar Augusta], Spain). The transcendent state of faith or bliss cannot be achieved by blinding oneself from reality or ignoring the evidence of science.

37 Perhaps control should never be an issue for the church. Each person’s salvation is a personal issue. The church cannot do it for them, perform their prayers, penance or the following of Christ.

38 Statistics courtesy of the CIA World Factbook, via Wikipedia.org, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_literacy_rate, retrieved November 30, 2013.

39 Statistics from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), via Wikipedia.org, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:World_illiteracy_1970-2010.svg, retrieved November 30, 2013.

40 One of the more notorious cases of burning at the stake involved Giordano Bruno, an Italian Dominican friar, mathematician, astronomer, astrologer and philosopher. Bruno was not only charged with disagreeing with the Catholic church on matters of dogma, but he believed in the existence of other planets and in the reincarnation of souls.

41 President Obama professed to be a Christian during his original presidential campaign. After entering the White House, he has repeatedly belittled Christianity and its core beliefs. The following links reveal this:

http://christianadc.org/resources/seven-reasons-campaign

42 No matter how much I might convincingly argue the merits of this research, it may remain only a shadow of Truth. Even if the conclusions of this book are matched by what actually happened, we need to hold even such agreement as imperfect, because it pertains to the imperfect physical realm and its history. The Truth we need lays beyond such details.

43 The Lamsa Version of the Bible (not included at Bible Gateway’s website) arguably gives us a less corrupted version of the Bible. This claim has its critics. Taken from ancient Eastern manuscripts (“Peshitta text”), the Lamsa Bible is said to have been closer to the original source material, and thus subject to fewer mistakes and alterations. The front of the Lamsa version gives a list of examples showing how translators would have had a difficult time translating from Aramaic into Greek.

“Translators are well aware of these grammatical difficulties, particularly in a language like Aramaic where a single dot above or under a letter radically changes the meaning of a word. These tiny dots are made by scribes, who are not authors but mere copyists,… Furthermore as the lines are crowded for lack of space, a dot placed above one letter may read as though it were placed under a letter in the previous line. For example, the only difference in the words learned man and stupid man is a dot, over or under the word, respectively.”

The Lamsa (Peshitta) version gives several examples. These show the difference between their version and that of King James. In Genesis 30:8, for instance, the words “pleaded” (ethkashpeth) and “wrestled” (ethkathsheth) may have been confused. Peshitta text: “And Rachel said, I have besought the LORD, and pleaded with my sister…” while the King James Version: “And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister…”

In Numbers 25:4, the words “chiefs” (reshey with two dots) and “heads” (reshey with one dot) give us two translations. Peshitta text: “And the LORD said to Moses, Take all the chiefs of the people and expose them before the LORD in the daylight…” while the King James Version: “And the LORD said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the LORD against the sun…”

In Job 19:18, the words “ungodly” (awaley) and “babies” (eweley) lead to two very different passages. Peshitta text: “Yea, even the wicked despise me; when I rise, they speak against me.” while the King James Version: “Yea, young children despised me; I arose, and they spake against me.”

The Lamsa (Peshitta text) version seems to make a little more sense of these passages, and there are many other examples given. Attempting to take literally the King James Version of these passages seems to have been a wasted effort. In fact, any interpretation of a garbled message can be hazardous.

Chapter 4—The Sons of God

44 In his book, The Sacred Books of the Jews (p.197), author Harry Gersh tells us, “Physical man, said the mystics, cannot have communion with God. Only his immaterial essence, his soul, can achieve this communion.”

45 Perhaps the most famous passage on this theme is found in Matthew 26:41, “…the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

46 The Westminster Theological Seminary website has an interesting article that interprets Genesis differently. Douglas Green, there, translates Genesis as saying, “let us make humanity in our image,” and later the individual from dust.

There is a definite logic to this interpretation. Humanity has a unique nobility that rises toward creation (and away from chaos) with the formation of societies, civilization, and great works. Perhaps this is more “God-like” than the activities of animals, but this point-of-view misses the emphasis of a greater portion of the Bible (and most, if not all, major religions) on the spiritual nature of man. The transcendental quest (for example, Buddhism’s Enlightenment, Christianity’s “everlasting life,” and Jewish Kabbalah’s devekuth, or “cleaving to God”) frequently ignores the mundane pursuits of humanity as a group. The spiritual growth of the individual is what matters, though the methods and definitions vary from one group to another.

47 Self is very important to us. Perhaps because of this, we are not yet Enlightened beings, to use the Buddhist term. We do not yet have the “everlasting life” of which Jesus spoke. Frequently, Jesus mentioned selflessness as a key element of salvation—giving up one’s life in order to save it (Matthew 10:39, Luke 17:33), the blessedness of giving one’s life for another (John 15:13), and turning the other cheek (Matthew 5:39).

In Buddhism, there is a similar emphasis on selflessness. In Way to Go (p.10), by Khentin Tai Situ Pa, we learn that, “It is the illusion of ego which is the beginning, the very source of the twelve links of interdependence. The first of these links is ignorance, ignorance in the sense of not seeing, not knowing, the ‘as-it-isness.’ That which is not ‘I’ is held as ‘I.’ Since there is no ‘I’ then there is no ‘mine,’ yet we believe in ‘I’ and ‘mine’.” Is this ignorance (“ego;” act of ignoring) a willful and self-imposed separateness into the “here and now” from the source of our creation? Is this the “banishment” from the Garden?

Also, Perle Epstein, in her book, Kabbalah, The Way of the Jewish Mystic (p.72), points out similarities between Taoism and the Jewish Kabbalah that touch on this subject of selflessness or removal of imperfect “ego” self. She writes, “More remarkable still is the similarity between the Kabbalist’s cosmic tree and the Taoist’s ‘diagram of the ultimateless.’ Both are depicted as a series of ascending circles that lead to Hsu (non-being, Chinese) or Ayin (no-thing, Hebrew).”

The deed of holding onto one’s individual and separate point-of-view in the here and now might be considered to be an act of willful self-righteousness. Sometimes one’s survival depends on at least a little selfishness, but that crutch may be part of the problem. Perhaps that is what Siddhartha Buddha, Lao Tzu and Jesus were attempting to tell us.

48 This notion isn’t as farfetched as it may sound at first “whisper.” What seems farfetched is that physical fruit could create spiritual death. I sincerely doubt the forbidden fruit was one of the many possible fruits claimed by scholars—apple, fig, pear, pomegranate, carob or quince. Another meaning for the word “fruit” is “product,” as in “the product of his labor.”

In Jewish mysticism (Kabbalah), the Tree of Life, or Etz haChayim, is seen as a matrix of concepts instead of a physical, biological tree. The fruit of the Tree of Life is “everlasting life,” the promise given by Christ. So, immortality is a good thing, but that immortality seems aimed at spirit instead of flesh. Could the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil also be a conceptual matrix?

In his 2007 book, The Eden Narrative, Tryggve N D Mettinger comments on the notion made by others that the two trees may have been one and the same. This is an idea I don’t currently share, and if I understand the author, neither does he. Mettinger also makes points about the choice in the Garden between Life and Knowledge. Man can have one, but not both. God’s preference, of course, is that man have Life, but not Knowledge. Yet, what does “knowledge” mean? In some contexts, knowledge connotes arrogance, as in a “know-it-all” attitude.

“Knowledge” has more than one meaning in the Bible. In Genesis 2:9, the word “knowledge” in reference to the Tree is “da’ath” (Strong’s Concordance number 01847, based on the root word “yada’,” or Strong’s number 03045). The idea of a man laying with a woman—becoming intimate with her—is one form of such knowledge (to “know” carnally; “yada’.”). Perhaps with the forbidden fruit, man (as spirit) had become intimate with the dichotomies of physical reality. These dichotomies might be every conceivable flavor: good-evil, right-wrong, wisdom-stupidity, confidence-doubt, compassion-indifference and many more. Perhaps the most insidious dichotomy is that of victim-perpetrator. Being trapped in this matrix may well be the essence of what ego is all about. Rather than being an invulnerable, invisible spirit, created in the image of God, the being has now made himself tangible and vulnerable. The being is now subject to the laws of physical reality, including Newtonian action-reaction, which, on a personal level, might be called “karma.”

The perfections of Buddhism, called the “paramitas,” might be ideal examples of the divine versions of these earthly, dichotomous states. For instance, paramita confidence would be perfect confidence without a hint or spot of doubt, like that of Jesus walking on water, or Moses parting the sea. The earthly form would be the dichotomy confidence-doubt. Within the dichotomy, spirit is dependent upon physical instrumentalities, like operating a human body, perceiving through its physical senses and thinking with its physical brain. Such earthly confidence comes with all manner of difficulty—doubts. Could this difficulty be the real meaning of the burden placed on Adam, Eve and the serpent described in Genesis 3?

We know, for instance, that the “goodness” of the Pharisees was something Christ derided. Why? Because that goodness was based on ego—the “separate self.” The goodness of the Pharisees was an imperfect abomination tainted with all manner of unrighteousness.

True goodness is not even in the same “playing field” wherein the dichotomy resides. True goodness has nothing to do with the artificial, separate “self.”

49 It took me more than 40 years to understand what happened that evening. It’s funny how writing about that incident in articles on a number of websites helped to jog the memories into greater clarity. Things which had not made complete sense, as pieces of the puzzle, suddenly came into sharp focus the more I played with those pieces.

50 Some of the individuals who have promoted this idea include, Lehman Strauss, Mark G. Cambron, S. Lewis Johnson Jr., E.C. Bragg, Witness Lee, George S. Hendry, Watchman Nee and Ruth Paxson. References to this tripartite view of man (trichotomy) go back to the second century AD.

51 This notion that the body was not the real Jesus, but a “cloak” he wore or a temple in which he resided exists not only in the New Testament and its Canonical Gospels, but also in the Gnostic Judas Gospel.

When Jesus tells his listeners that the temple will be torn down and rebuilt in 3 days, he is speaking of his shell—the body he wears.

In the Gospel of Judas, Jesus tells his future betrayer that the young disciple will exceed them all, because he will betray the man that clothes Jesus. Though the Gnostic text seems to portray Judas in more heroic terms, the fact that Judas, in that text, would be concerned with how he is viewed by others, makes it clear that Judas is self-centered (egotistical). This seems to match the portrayal of him in the New Testament gospels.

If there is any truth to the Judas Gospel, it may be that Judas was being led on by Jesus in order to accomplish the goal for which Christ had been sent to Earth. Certainly, as aware as Jesus was, he knew what kind of man Judas was. He knew in advance that Judas would betray him. Perhaps that is the only reason Jesus chose him as a disciple.

52 The idea that someone other than God could do miracles should not surprise us. Moses did miracles. So did his brother, Aaron. But so did the priests facing Aaron. The difference with the priests’ ungodly magic is that they were placing physical law above divine law, and that is why Aaron’s snake was able to eat theirs.

We also have Jesus telling someone that had been healed that it was nothing Jesus had done; it was by their own faith that they were healed. The caveat here is that we need to be careful of ego. If we put “self” into the mix, faith descends into doubt-ridden, mortal confidence. Was Jesus’s intent to make the person aware that miracles can be done without Jesus present? The Nazarene seemed to emphasize this notion when he sent his disciples out to perform miracles on their own. The problem is, ego wants to take credit for something it didn’t do. We must exercise the power that God gave us. We must be generous with it. This means, we need to use the power for the good of others, with love. Ego can never produce miracles, because it is a cog in the machine of physical reality. Only spirit is a creator, made in the image and likeness of the Father.

53 St. Athanasius once wrote of this passage in Genesis, “For the soul is made after the image and likeness of God, as divine Scripture also shews, when it says in the person of God: ‘Let us make man after our Image and likeness.’ Whence also when it gets rid of all the filth of sin which covers it and retains only the likeness of the Image in its purity, then surely this latter being thoroughly brightened, the soul beholds as in a mirror the Image of the Father, even the Word, and by His means reaches the idea of the Father, Whose Image the Saviour is” (from Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. IV, P. Schaff & H. Wace, editors).

Chapter 5—What is Important to God?

54 These human bodies have the five senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. Combined with ego, the human body also experiences many emotions that can be quite distracting: distress, fear, apathy, sympathy, grief, propitiation, anger, rage, boredom and others. Many people spend their time reacting with emotions to external stimuli. This is the ego speaking.

55 The Bible gives us a more straightforward example of this “individual-representing-group” idea in Genesis 5:2, “Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.” We will discuss this in greater depth in a later chapter.

The King Lists of Egypt and Sumer include individuals who lived for outrageously long periods. One hypothesis counts each such “individual” as a dynasty, instead of a single person.

We also find that some enigmatic myths make far more sense when we view the individual players as groups instead of single persons. One example of this effect can be found in Egyptian mythology and the war between Isis (Asett) and Seth (Sett). Horus (Heru), son of Isis, is locked in mortal combat with Seth as hippos under water.

Isis attempts to help her son by throwing harpoons, but hits her son, instead. Finally, she finds the right hippopotamus and strikes Seth squarely, injuring him. Surprisingly, Isis shows leniency and this infuriates her son. Horus then cuts off his mother’s head and hides it from her in the mountains. Ra, the sun god, comes to the rescue and returns the head to its owner, making her stronger than ever.

A goddess might be able to get along without her head for a few days, but an individual mortal would not. However, a group might do quite well without their leader (head) for a few days and might mount a rescue mission.

The myth of Metis as matriarchal Atlantis is yet another such story that benefits from looking at the players as groups. Athena is the group of refugees who escape the swallowing of Metis (Atlantis). The traits of Athena are those of the refugee society and their attempts to rebuild civilization in the wilderness of Europe, including their discovery of the olive as a source of food and oil.

Chapter 6—The Way to Find Answers

56 Science writer, futurist and atheist, Arthur C. Clarke observed the same problem with scientists. He once wrote, “It is really quite amazing by what margins competent but conservative scientists and engineers can miss the mark, when they start with the preconceived idea that what they are investigating is impossible.

“When this happens, the most well-informed men become blinded by their prejudices and are unable to see what lies directly ahead of them.”—Profiles of the Future, 1963, Arthur C. Clarke.

It’s also interesting that Clarke would be so blinded by his own prejudices that he could see neither his own spiritual nature nor the presence of God.

57 We find this kind of activity more and more in the mainstream media. Simplistic labels are used to divide a population into pigeon holes. It should remind one of the old saying, “divide and conquer.” It is almost as if someone were playing our egos like a symphony. By using Closure through Ignorance, people are made not to want to investigate. It is as if someone has done the investigating for them in order to keep them divided. In America, we have Democrats versus Republicans, liberals or progressives versus conservatives, and many other polarizations along religious, social, economic and other dimensions of the human equation.

Normalcy bias is one attitude that uses this Closure through Ignorance. When Hitler came to power in the 1930s, the Germans didn’t want to look at any bad news about their beloved leader.

The same can be said about polarized Americans. Even after Obama betrayed many of his campaign promises, even those over which he had complete power (like closing Guantanamo and ending the wars overseas), his fans were blind to his failings. When Obama signed into law more and more tyranny, his fans forgave him, thinking that whatever their hero did was somehow necessary. To my own chagrin, I had voted for the man.

58 Basketball’s Pat Riley led the Los Angeles Lakers to dominate the NBA during and around the 1980’s with five championships and eight conference titles.

59 In 1994, I wrote an essay called, “Outsiderness in the Scientific Community,” which talked about this disease of separation, fueled by ego. You can find a copy at, https://rodmartinjr.wordpress.com/about/outsiderness-in-the-scientific-community. It won the first-place Krupnick Award at Los Angeles Valley College for that year.

60 [Spoiler Alert: This discussion of a film includes facts that are a plot spoiler.]

This was one of Peter Sellers’ last films, and one might contend, his most powerful philosophically. It is easy to poke fun at the character, Chance, who is obviously a bumbling idiot—a simple-minded gardener with the mind of a child. Yet world leaders are listening to this putative wise man. On the surface, this film seems to show these world leaders as mindless buffoons for listening to this simple man. It is all very comical. After all, Peter Sellers built his career on comedy.

On a larger stage, the simple wisdom they gain from Chance’s naïve viewpoint is powerful and profound. Chance has unwittingly become a catalyst for positive change. And at the end of the movie, Chance is seen walking on water. Somehow, between the lines, there is an element of deeply rooted Truth that is easy for the skeptic to dismiss.

I read somewhere that Peter Sellers disagreed with the director for including comical outtakes in the end credits. When I saw the film for the first time, I was outraged by their inclusion. Given the right point-of-view, the film can take on a spiritual significance. Comical outtakes only seemed to trivialize something important.

Being skeptical or dismissive can cause one to miss out on a great many valuable ideas. One example of this my late father told me about when he worked for a NASA contractor in the 1960s. He told me that engineers were fussing over a solution for docking spacecraft in orbit. They could not come up with an effective way to solve their problem. The son of one of the engineers suggested to his Dad using a funnel, and that solved it. If the father of that child had been of the opinion that children should be seen and not heard, he may never have solved his engineering problem as elegantly.

61 This story was passed down from my high school chemistry teacher in Rockville, Maryland. I could not find a published source for this, but the idea behind the story seemed compelling enough to warrant it being repeated here.

62 In 1980, PBS American Playhouse distributed a miniseries of a BBC production named Oppenheimer, starring Sam Waterston as the scientist who led the American effort to develop the atomic bomb during World War 2.

63 As with all of the other barriers to discovery, both believers and non-believers are subject to logical fallacies. An attitude of unsupported dismissiveness has been known to cripple the thinking of both laypersons and scientists. It can lead to all manner of logical fallacies.

In an article reprinted in Lehmann and Myers’ book, Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion, anthropologist, I.M. Lewis warns his fellow scientists not to jump to hasty conclusions. In criticizing Weston La Barre, Lewis wrote, “He asserts that the visions of hallucinating shamans are literally the origins of religion…. All the evidence shows that shamanism is not the origin of religion, but of religions.” In other words, La Barre was saying that all religions come from drugged out medicine men; Lewis more reasonably says that only some religions can find their origins there. He says of La Barre’s rash conclusion, “this can only represent a hypothesis. It does not entitle us to affirm categorically that there are no spiritual forces save those that well up from man’s subconscious.”

Lewis concludes, “…the anthropologist’s encounter with the supernatural seems to me destined to remain ambiguous and inconclusive.”

64 The thought experiments detailed in the book, Einstein’s Dreams, are an example of suspending disbelief, and holding skepticism at bay. The grand “what-if” portrayed in the book is what scientists do when they are at the top of their game.

65 Politicians frequently use similar techniques to shield their hidden agendas. Their legislation or other actions are labeled “patriotic,” thus any opposition is “unpatriotic.” After 9/11, the Corporate Party media and government used labels like “conspiracy theorist” to marginalize anyone who questioned their version of what happened on that day. Even someone mentioning facts that called the government’s conspiracy theory into question were labeled as a “conspiracy theorist” or “kook.” Incorrect labels can be powerful tools to hide lies.

66 This definition of intelligence is not a new idea. I learned it from the controversial works of L. Ron Hubbard, and he may have borrowed the concept from some earlier source.

67 In What is Creation Science? (p.299), Henry Morris and Gary Parker wrote, “Scientific creationism is not based on Genesis or any other religious teaching. There is not a single quotation from the Bible in this entire book!” And yet, creation is a religious topic. The authors attempt to skirt this issue in order to circumvent American laws against teaching religion in public schools.

68 Henry Morris and Gary Parker collaborated on one such creation science book named, What is Creation Science? The book seems to go out of its way to label as “evolutionist” any concept not in agreement with their “young Earth” beliefs. However, most of the scientific fields they argue against have nothing to do with biological evolution.

An important alternative argument to their “creation versus evolution” thesis is relegated to the appendix of their book—evolution as a product of creation. This alternative may prove to be closer to truth, but their adherence to a literal interpretation apparently makes this an unacceptable idea to them.

69 For more information, see http://science1.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2001/ast05apr_1/.

70 In 2003, Y-J Kuan et al, reported in the Astrophysics Journal, the discovery of a glycine spectral signature coming from an interstellar dust cloud many thousands of light years away from Earth. Of the 20 different amino acids, glycine is the simplest.

In 2009, NASA scientists reported finding amino acids in a comet. NASA’s Stardust mission flew by comet Wild 2 in 2004. Upon the mission’s return to Earth, the samples retrieved from the comet were examined and several amino acids were detected, including glycine.

71 The use of labels is a common method of ad hominem attack. A believer calling a scientist “evolutionist” is one frequently used attack. A skeptic calling a believer “superstitious” is another.

Such labels stop the discussion and the focus is left on the person, not the controversial topic they raised.

72 For more information on this controversial, but fascinating topic, see https://AtlantisQuestScience.WordPress.com/ and http://MissionAtlantis.WordPress.com. The latter is my own. Both contain a great deal of science and logic in pursuit of a greater understanding of the legend and its possible past reality. We don’t know if Atlantis ever existed, but evidence is stacking up in favor of that fact. Some scientists are unwilling to say that we “don’t know, yet.” They have the Know Better attitude.

73 A well-rounded education is frequently underappreciated by students and teachers alike. Students frequently ask why they should learn something they are not going to use later in life. Teachers frequently cannot connect the dots between subjects to show any valuable relationship.

In high school, I aced mathematics. The subjects were so easy for me that one time I aided a substitute teacher in their class. During Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry class, I once asked the teacher the purpose of the quadratic equation. “What can we use it for?” His reply was less than satisfactory: “Uh, er, you’ll learn that in college.” Regrettably, I never did.

What is the real value of a well-rounded education? Perhaps not everyone will gain value from this. Those who do benefit will likely find an ability to make connections across disparate subjects—to find a relationship between nuclear physics and art, or psychology and mathematics, or calculus and creation. Of what value are such connections in thought? If you want an inkling of the value, see the original BBC miniseries, Connections, by James Burke. Modern civilization is built on connections no one would have been able to predict prior to those connections being made.

Subjects like physics and calculus need not be made excruciating, especially to students who are not taking mathematics or physics as majors. Teaching is an art, and many teachers are lousy artists. Can they be taught the art? How does one make a subject exciting? How does one show the connections between an integral or a limit from calculus and the real world? I’ve seen some publishers attempt to decrease the boredom factor with cartoons, but cartoons frequently do very little to show the connections so vital to understanding.

Several college textbooks I’ve seen on the subject of calculus did nothing to define the subject in layperson’s terms. Some of the writing was so cryptic that I, a math major, did mental contortions in an attempt to fathom their meaning. Why is it that some textbook writers demand a PhD from their students before they take the introductory course? One simple connection could shine a light on the subject and make everything else about it easy. When I wanted to study calculus before starting college (I was writing a short story for which I needed a better understanding of atmospheric science), I found one book that did shine a light on the subject. It was called, Calculus Made Easy, by Sylvanus P. Thompson. It was first published in 1910. The author could not understand the arrogance of mathematicians in making the subject more difficult than it needed to be. Can education of such subjects be made better? Can calculus be made to seem vital to an art major? Why not!

74 Also called an “LC circuit,” which stands for inductance (L) and capacitance (C) circuit. An enlightening article on this subject can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LC_circuit.

75 For more details about this imaginary face, see http://science1.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2001/ast24may_1/.

[NOTE: The preceding link appears no longer to work. An archived copy can be found at,
https://web.archive.org/web/20130703012157/http://science1.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2001/ast24may_1/ ]

76 sophate, adj. (sah-FATE)—derived from or made by intelligent beings. [sophos, skilled, clever; -ate, derived from.] After searching for a word to describe this and not finding one adequate to the task, I located suitable roots for creating a new word with the appropriate meaning.

Chapter 7—Clues in Genesis

77 It has taken 40 years of experience with miracles to be able to put this in such a succinct form in writing. Do not worry if it remains unclear to you for a time. Only experience with miracles will make it entirely clear to you. Since the original publishing of this book, I have completed two others that help understand miracles and our relationship with God—The Science of Miracles and Proof of God.

78 Too often someone will say that they can forgive, but cannot forget. Frequently, this is an indication that the person has not truly forgiven. Latching onto a memory and repeatedly telling others of the pain one has suffered are guarantees that true forgiveness has not been accomplished.

If, on the other hand, one also forgets the trespass, then there is no longer an attachment. By “forgetting,” we’re talking about judging the memory to have zero importance. Continuity has been broken. The person is free of the burden.

79 One controversial, but very interesting hypothesis seems, on the surface, to support the Young Earth (Young Universe) idea (http://setterfield.org/constc/constc.shtml). Here the velocity of light is thought to be variable, decreasing with time. Based on values of the speed of light over the last three hundred years, it appears that the “so-called” constant velocity is not so constant after all. The suggestion was made in Walter Brown’s book, In the Beginning…, that the average velocity was great enough over the last six thousand years that light from the edge of the universe could easily have arrived at Earth since Creation (six thousand years ago). This hypothesis agrees with the size of the universe, but takes exception with the constancy of light’s velocity and with the traditionally scientific age of the universe.

For this variable light speed to work, the average velocity over the last six thousand years would have to be roughly 2.5 million times the current velocity of light. This means that the velocity six thousand years ago would have to have been far greater than this. A roughly geometric curve might require a velocity of 16.8 million times the current velocity. Such a curve is, however, too steep close to the present and does not fit the data. A shallow curve that steepens sharply close to 4000 BC seems to be required, and this would mean that the velocity 6000 years ago would have to have been far greater than 16.8 million times the current value. All right. Three trillion miles per second is only slightly more mind-numbing than 186,282 miles per second. Even if they have proof of a variance in light’s velocity, they are a long way from proving light had such an interesting velocity six thousand years ago.

As a scientist, I have a hard time buying the literalists’ idea of a young universe. Perhaps that is no surprise. The idea that God is powerful enough to create a universe in six rotations of Earth (six days) is not an issue for me. Creation, as I’ve experienced, transcends the continuity of time. Because of this, time would be irrelevant to creation. That said, take a look at a picture of “The Mice”—two galaxies long after they have collided (http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap040612.html). To astronomers, their traditional “name” is NGC 4676 and they lie about 300 million light years away from us in the constellation Coma Berenices. Such a collision takes several hundred million years.

If the universe is only six thousand years old, why would God create the aftermath of a collision that never occurred?

80 “And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died” (Genesis 5:8). We see this pattern repeated throughout the list of begats—the “days” of were “years.”

81 Naturally, form follows function. Effect can never govern cause—even in a feedback loop. Creation is superior to what is created.

Are some believers concerned that the secular arts will claim superiority over the Bible, if we consult reality in our study of the Bible? This should not be a concern so long as we realize that creation comes before that which is created. Confusion occurs when believers equate their interpretation with the Truth behind creation.

How do we validate any interpretation? It might seem an easy solution to ask, “How many believers have ever performed miracles?” But this distinction is not good enough. Even evil can perform miracles. The Egyptian priests who confronted Aaron and Moses had their own weaker magic. The difference is in the intent—the “fruit” of their actions.

We can check the physical universe to gauge our interpretation of a biblical timeline, because we are checking reality, as documented in the Bible (and interpreted by us), against reality, as documented by science.

Yet, we would never consult physical reality on whether or not we can perform miracles. When it comes to creation and miracles, faith comes before “proof,” so proof becomes inconsequential, always.

82 As always, we need to be prepared to take each element as non-literal. Could the “water” here merely be one of the elements which makes up water. Hydrogen is a common gas amongst the stars. The name of the element literally means “water generating” or “water source.”

83 These (mass, time, distance, and energy) are the basic dimensions used by scientists, today. Mass is frequently measured in ounces, pounds, kilograms or tons. Time is usually measured in seconds, minutes, hours, days and years. For distance, we use inches, feet, miles, centimeters, meters, kilometers, astronomical units (AU), light years and parsecs. Finally, for energy, we use ergs, joules, foot-pounds and kilowatt-hours.

84 In his book, The Eden Narrative, Tryggve N D Mettinger reaches the conclusion that “…we are not justified in placing the events in Gen 2:10–14 in a real-world geographical context.”

Some of the details don’t seem to fit the real world. Could it be that we need to take some quality about each of those details and apply them to some other item? Like the magical idea of an island “moving” West possibly referring to the sinking of Atlantis, the rivers and other details might be clues as to the nature of the Garden or Heaven itself.

85 Part of our analysis of biblical text includes considerations of intent. Which parts are supposed to be literal? Which parts are metaphor? Could the first few chapters of Genesis have been more thematic than sequential? Could this be part of the writers’ intention to evoke more humility? A biblical scholar, confronted with a literal interpretation might be forced to forego the literal and accept a spiritual view that sees beyond the literal. There is great risk in such a leap, but that is what faith is all about—to risk being wrong, forever holding faith in God, in order to gain spiritual righteousness.

86 Again, the physical nature of Adam and Eve in the Garden is called into question. We are using restraint to hold off any conclusions about the exact nature of the Garden and the physicality of its occupants.

87 Again, the idea of spatial gateways comes to mind. The “windows of heaven” might be a connection around the continuity of space to borrow water from another world. We don’t know, for certain. Such an idea is merely speculation. But we need to remain open to all possible meanings.

88 Adam, here, is the “tribe” of man. In fact, the Hebrew masculine noun, “adam,” can refer to an individual or to all of humanity. And “adam” was created from “adamah” (dust of the ground, referring to Genesis 2:7).

89 H. C. Leupold, in his book, Exposition of Genesis (p.106), gives a rather simple view on the similarity of names. He writes, “It is quite reasonable to assume that the identity or similarity of names is traceable to the contact, more or less close, that the two branches of the human family had with one another. No one will be able definitely to say which group did the borrowing. Both may have done it in a measure.”

Chapter 8—These are the Generations

90 Prayer done properly always achieves instantaneous results. If you do not see results, then the prayer has been improperly done. A lack of faith will spoil the attempt. Or the prayer was asking for something other than what you thought. Doubt, fear and uncertainty will result in more reasons for doubt, fear and uncertainty. God isn’t being callous or indifferent. The Heavenly Father wants you to stand on your own spiritual “feet.” That’s the meaning of “faith.” That’s the true value of the required unreasonableness.

Reason is good for the things of physical continuity (reality), but it only gets in the way when creativity, inspiration and miracles are involved. There is valuable wisdom in the idea that one should not be so “reasonable” as to tell someone that something is impossible while they are in the midst of doing it.

91 There seem to be at least two main versions of Kabbalah (also written Cabala, Qabbala and other spellings). One is ancient Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism), and the other is a New Age corruption of that ancient tradition.

Any body of wisdom can become corrupted or perverted in its use. Don’t confuse the ancient version with the modern. Understandably, some purists might view the discoveries in this book as a perversion of their tradition. Please look at all of the evidence before passing judgment.

92 A note in Wikipedia refers to the second Tree of Life drawing as invalid.

“This Tree does not accurately represent traditional kabbalah in that it contains 11 equal spheres, at the same time. Sefer Yetzirah states (SY 1:3) that the Tree is ‘Ten Sefirot of nothingness: Ten, not nine, and not eleven.’ The mistake of the Tree in this image is that both Da’at and Malkut appear in full manifestation simultaneously. In an imperfect (fallen) Tree, Da’at becomes Malkut. In a perfect Tree, Malkut goes back up (and appears in the image) to its original position of Da’at, representing a Garden of Eden state, a state of non-duality. This present image represents both states at the same time and is thus misleading as far as traditional kabbalah is concerned and should be changed. Furthermore: This tree doesn’t show the paths between Malkut and Hod or Malkut and Netzach. Additonally, the Hebrew letters are all kinds of out of order on the paths between the Sefirot.”

So, why do I use it here? For one, it shows all eleven Sefirot. The critical discussion in Wikipedia also helps us to understand more about the Tree of Life. We see that Da’at concerns a Garden of Eden state—non-duality or perhaps a non-dichotomous state.

Despite its supposed flaws, a drawing similar to this one gave me a clue that led to a possible solution. Even though traditional Kabbalah considers the Tree of Life to be valid with only ten Sefirot at any one time, the fact that it has eleven over a span of time, opens the possibility that a Tree with eleven does not represent any one moment, but more than one moment across the dimension of time. Thus, the Tree with eleven represents both possible states of the Tree, and is thus valid when viewed as a 4-dimensional representation.

Pouring the names into such a 4-dimensional Tree may not be “traditional,” but could it be valid from a different perspective? After all, God views all dimensions of our universe simultaneously.

I hope that experts in the ancient Kabbalah will weigh in on this question. I hope that they will add greater understanding to the possibilities being explored here.

93 These two chapters seem well-coordinated to produce the intricate structure of the Kabbalists’ Tree of Life. This fact seems to call into question the already increasingly challenged Documentary Hypothesis of Julius Wellhausen (1844–1918). That principally two different groups in different centuries worked on two halves of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life seems more than a little far fetched. That Wellhausen cared enough to dig deep into scripture works to his credit.

94 There are many dichotomies in human interaction. We’ve already looked at some of these in a note for chapter 4. The dichotomous forbidden fruit may include good-evil, right-wrong, wisdom-stupidity, confidence-doubt, compassion-indifference, responsibility-blame, love-hate, perpetrator-victim and others. The last one seems to be a special case. All of the others seem to be paired as positive-negative. The perpetrator-victim pair seems, on the surface, to be both negative qualities. When we realize that these dichotomies make up the flesh and bone of ego, we begin to see that none of these are entirely positive. Only the spiritual, non-dichotomous attitudes are worthy of being called spiritually positive—good, right, wisdom, confidence, compassion, responsibility and love. There are others, of course.

What is the difference between spiritual confidence and dichotomous confidence? The mortal version is tainted with its opposite. It remains imperfect. Achieving the best of any dichotomy only serves ego and keeps us spiritually blind and mortal. The difference between dichotomous confidence and spiritual confidence is like that between a pasty, pale gray and a blinding white light. Dichotomous confidence allows the mortal to struggle valiantly toward some goal, full of effort and difficulty. Spiritual confidence is entirely effortless and achieves instantaneous results. This is also called “faith.”

95 Why would now be the right time? Perhaps now is the first time that all the right pieces would be available. Science has only recently determined an age of Homo sapiens equal to 200,000 years. Less than a generation ago, that figure was closer to 50,000 years. The internet has made research far easier for far more people. The flexibility of modern civilization has made “cross-pollenization” of ideas far more common. In my own life, I have learned, in-depth, several different religions, numerous scientific disciplines and several fields of art.

But the timing may be more a function of purpose than one of convenience. Perhaps revealing this Tree of Life embedded in Genesis serves the End Times prophecies. Civilization seems to be expanding at a runaway pace. Population is skyrocketing, national debts are skyrocketing and society has become far more polarized, creating dichotomies that bring ego to a fever pitch.

96 There is an added dimension to this barrier to discovery. Existing knowledge! An existing body of knowledge can be a barrier, depending on how attached to it ego has become, and depending on how far from perfect is that body of knowledge. If Einstein had held Newtonian physics as perfect, he never would have considered Relativity. Scientists frequently claim to be neutral about past discoveries, but this seems far from true in practice.

97 Again, romance between offspring of opposing families seems insufficient reason to destroy all life on Earth. Children of Cain and children of Seth should not fear becoming romantic. The fact that the Capulets and Montagues were sworn enemies should not have affected the legitimacy of Romeo and Juliet’s romance. Also, there is biblical justification for assuming that the children should not be condemned for their ancestors’ crimes. We looked at this fact in an earlier chapter (see Ezekiel 18:18–20).

98 Archbishop Ussher also gives this interpretation of Moses’s life in his 1650 work on his timeline of history. “168. When Moses was 40 years old, he visited his brethren, the Israelites. When he saw their sad plight and an Egyptian smiting a man of the Hebrews, he killed the Egyptian and buried him in the sand. This became known not only to his brethren but also to Pharaoh who sought to kill him. Moses fled from there into the land of Midian. He married Zipporah the daughter of Jethro and stayed there 40 years. Ac 23:30 Ex 2:11,12 3:1 18:1,2 Nu 10:29 Jude 4:11 (2473b AM, 3183 JP, 1531 BC).”

Chapter 9—Numbers of Perfection

99 Some readers may feel uncomfortable viewing either gender as positive and the opposite as negative. But look at the use in physics of the terms “positive” and “negative.” They are entirely arbitrary. Typically, we humans view “negative” as somehow bad and “positive” as good. In physics, however, electrons, with their negative charge, are no more “bad,” than protons with their positive charge. I can only recommend that more sensitive readers look beyond their own attachments to gender and understand the spiritual intent of what was written. View the words without the vulnerability of ego.

100 The biblical reference is from Matthew: “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain” (Matthew 5:39–41).

An interesting, but unusual interpretation on this was written by an online commentator named Overt at tinymind.com. There, the author gives insight into the culture at the time of Jesus, and suggests that these three lessons use the cultural mores to put the evil attacker on the defensive. They suggest that each lesson “gives you the tool to demand your dignity no matter the rank or nationality of your oppressor and without resorting to violence or the use of the legal courts.”

In one example, the author cites a Roman Law of Angaria that gives a Roman soldier the right to demand someone carry their gear for a mile. Apparently the law had been abused, and the law limited the requirement of a citizen to one mile. By suggesting that a citizen carry the gear for two miles, the citizen would be getting the soldier in trouble for breaking the law of Angaria. The author also gave examples for someone striking your cheek and for someone suing for your coat.

These are clever ideas, but Jesus did not seem concerned with an individual’s dignity so much as their immortal spirit. Claiming power as a mortal human through the continuity-based laws and mores of this world is not what Jesus was attempting to teach us. Such mortal “power” would never allow one to walk on water, or to achieve “everlasting life.” A greater power was sought—one that empowers the immortal spirit of the individual to awaken and to resume their role as a creator in the image of God. The kind of one-upmanship suggested by the article’s author feeds only the ego, and not the spirit.

101 This is a trick I had used in creating artwork. The composition of a graphical piece is important for the overall feeling of the piece. If the composition is imbalanced, then the viewer will feel uneasy about the artwork, even though they may not know why. Literally squinting at a sketch to test its compositional balance allowed me to see beyond the details to the overall form and flow of the composition. The beauty of thinking “outside” the proverbial box is in being able to use tools such as this “squinting” in other areas where they may not literally seem to apply.

102 In a note for chapter 8, we looked at the untraditional nature of a Tree of Life with eleven Sefirot at one time. We looked at the idea that two of the Sefirot (Da’at and Malkhut) cannot coexist in the Tree at any one time, but that they each exist in the Tree at separate times. Thus the Tree of Life with eleven Sefirot is a 4-dimensional Tree; i.e. it includes the dimension of time.

Chapter 10—A Timeline Compatible with Science

103 There are countless examples of scientific fraud, administrative fraud, and peer-review fraud. When the pressure of ego is so great to protect one’s own career rather than to pursue truth for its own sake, then truth has little chance in the court of mortal man.

I had included nearly a dozen examples of such things in this note, but felt it distracted from the primary direction of this book. Whatever the crimes of others, we need to keep forgiveness in our hearts. We need to turn the other cheek, gladly. Our attention needs to be on the spiritual realm, not the physical.

104 We do not yet have proof of Atlantis, but we have evidence for an Atlantis-like event 9620 BC—about when Plato said the legendary island empire had subsided. Mainstream science treats the topic of Atlantis with ridicule which seems to measure somewhat stronger than the ridicule leveled at pre-Clovis artifacts during the era of “Clovis First.”

105 In Lytle Robinson’s book, Edgar Cayce’s Story of The Origin and Destiny of Man, page 57, he writes, “The second important land change came long after the first, around 28,000 BCE, and resulted in the submergence of many large islands. The Bible gives an account of it in the story of Noah and the Flood.”

Number 470-22 of Cayce’s readings contains one of the references alluded to here (July 5, 1938). “(Q) What was the date of the Peruvian incarnation as given in Life Reading, and what was the disturbance in the earth as mentioned? Give such details as will clear up this period. (A) As indicated from that just given, the entity was in Atlantis when there was the second period of disturbance – which would be some twenty-two thousand, five hundred (22,500) before the periods of the Egyptian activity covered by the Exodus; or it was some twenty-eight thousand (28,000) before Christ, see?”

One other reading clarifies this (#364 6, February 17, 1932): “(Q) In relation to the history of Atlantis as presented, at what period did the flood as recorded in the Bible in which Noah took part, occur? (A) In the second of the eruptions…” This refers to the “second period of disturbance,” mentioned above, or 28,000 BC.

106 Lytel Robinson, on page 37 of his book (see previous note, above) writes, “With the second influx of souls—i.e., the coming of the perfect race, some 10½ million years ago—a new era was to begin in the evolution of man in the earth.”

This “perfect race” is taken to mean “Homo sapiens,” the first of whom is taken to be Adam and his tribes.

Cayce’s reading number 5748-2 of May 28, 1925, speaks of this age: “The Courts as were made were in the tents and the caves of the dwellers of the then chosen priest from the Arabian or Tibetan country, who came as one among those to assist with the astrologer and the soothsayers of the desert of now the eastern and western worlds, and with this the conclave was held for many, many, moons. The period in the world’s existence from the present time being ten and one-half million (10,500,000) years, and the changes that have come in the earth’s plane many have risen in the lands. Many lands have disappeared, many have appeared and disappeared again and again during these periods, gradually changing as the condition became to the relative position of the earth with the other spheres through which man passes in this solar system.”

107 The timeline for research includes studying the Kabbalah in 1998, from books borrowed from a co-worker, and performing the calculations over the next 2–3 years. My first use of those figures were in an early draft of a novel being produced in 2003. I began some rough outlines of this book in September, 2004. In late 2007, I began the first draft. Two complete versions of the book were written and then scrapped. This final version began in 2010, part time. The bulk of the writing was completed in late 2013.

108 For those unfamiliar with the Star Trek fictional universe from television and movies, Klingon is the name of a race of aliens who were once enemies of humanity. Their chief human adversary was a human named James Tiberius Kirk, born 2233:0322 in Riverside, Iowa, planet Earth.

109 “So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 13:49–50).

110 In recent years, it seems that several fallacies have crept into our discussion of science and evidence. First of all, science is never done by consensus. To think this is an argument to popularity type logical fallacy. True science is done by evidence and careful analysis.

Also, science is never “settled.” The common idea about a topic may reach a plateau—a place of resting—but no part of science is ever entirely finished. We will never achieve that until we know everything and that is likely never to happen. So, we need to get used to the idea that science is always going to change. Scientists should be willing to change with it. That’s part of humility.

The idea that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence seems, on the surface, to be a reasonable working principle. All too frequently, though, extraordinary evidence is not an overnight or instantaneous thing. Evidence builds up over time. If all such evidence is rejected, then it can never build. So, the requirement of extraordinary evidence is itself a self-reinforcing bias to block progress.

The Valsequillo artifacts are only one set of examples that show extraordinary evidence being trashed in favor of the status quo. What would it hurt to publish unruly data? Why not make it known even if you cannot immediately explain it? Perhaps someone else can make better sense of it. Or perhaps it will be part of the accumulation of extraordinary evidence for a new paradigm. Chaos theory was borne from such evidence. So was plate tectonics.

Chapter 11—God’s Reason for Noah’s Flood

111 Scientists do not agree on a date for the extinction of Homo neanderthalensis. For many years, the extinction date seemed to hover around 28,000 BC. One of the latest finds of Neanderthal bones was thought to be 30,000 years old, but recent studies have modified that figure to about 45,000 years old.

The “Lapedo child”—a near-complete skeleton found near Abrigo do Lagar Velho, Portugal—seems to show a mixture of Neanderthal and human features, though this description has been contested. Lapedo has been dated at about 24,500 years ago (~22,500 BC).

Genetic studies have shown that some modern humans have small traces of Neanderthal DNA in them.

112 Is evolution gradual? If so, then the starting point for any species can only be a broad span of time. If so, then Homo heidelbergensis did not suddenly give birth to full-blown Homo neanderthalensis.

In my book, Proof of God, I touch on the fact that punctuated equilibrium—the sudden appearance of new species, followed by their persistence for geologically long periods of time—suggests that God built within physical matter and life an “intelligence” to change its own form for greater survival.

113 Minnie Apolis of newsvine.com writes that the hyoid bone may have entered the “humanoid fossil record” as early as 800,000 years ago. The author wrote, “Modern hyoids are now known (or thought) to be common to modern sapiens, Neanderthals, and even Homo heidelbergensis of 800,000 years ago,” citing E.B. Bolles (2008). She goes on to say, “Jeffrey Laitman of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, believes that speech began developing with Homo erectus about 1.5 million years ago,” citing S. Bunney (1989).

Capasso, et al (2008), describe “…a hyoid bone body, without horns, attributed to Homo erectus from Castel di Guido (Rome, Italy), dated to about 400,000 years BP.” They suggest that “the morphological basis for human speech didn’t arise in Homo erectus.” So, the hyoid bone may or may not be used in fluent speech. The bone may be a requirement, but having the bone does not prove that human-like speech was developed. And we have conflicting opinions amongst the experts, but no proof of smooth dialogue in any species other than modern humans.

114 Two articles are cited, here. One by Annalee Newitz of io9.com, and the other by Heather Pringle of nationalgeographic.com. Newitz states that the boats had been built, “…most likely by homo erectus, an ancient hominid species from Africa.” Pringle states, “The discovery of the hand ax suggests that people besides technologically modern humans—possibly Homo heidelbergensis—island-hopped across the Mediterranean tens of thousands of millennia earlier than expected.” Both sound like educated guesses.

How can they be certain that the tools were made by proto-humans instead of humans? Perhaps admitting modern humans made the tools would force anthropologists to rethink their timeline for anatomically modern humans.

115 Some researchers hold the unconventional idea that Cro-Magnon did not come “out-of-Africa,” but may have come from nearby Atlantis. Despite “conventional wisdom,” Atlantis has not been disproven. Quite the contrary, a great deal of evidence has been accumulated in support of the past reality of Plato’s lost island empire (see http://AtlantisQuestScience.WordPress.com, established by R. Cedric Leonard; and http://MissionAtlantis.WordPress.com, established by the author).

There are several times in the anthropological record where Cro-Magnons showed up in Western Europe, but without evidence of having traveled through Central or Eastern Europe. They also showed up in western North Africa. Cro-Magnon sites show a pattern of clustering toward the West and longer occupation in any one place than their eastern counterparts.

Unlike the Homo sapiens of Eastern Europe and the Middle East, the Cro-Magnon were taller, larger-brained and less gracile (Leonard, 2001). They also possessed a different tool assemblage than their cousins farther East. These western men seemed to appear out of nowhere, unless you consider the possibility that Atlantis was real. And there is mounting evidence in support of this hypothesis.

116 Numerous independent studies have found problems with GMOs, but the power of corporate reach and financing has infiltrated the very journals that have been tasked with reporting on such things. Articles have been retracted for purely monetary concerns—not for the journal, but for the corporations threatened by those articles. Some GMOs have been found to increase the risk—if not outright cause—cancers, allergies and sterility.

Labeling GMOs would pose very little burden in direct costs. The real danger for Monsanto and the other corporations is in public backlash when their corporate party media can no longer contain the stories of GMO disasters. Perhaps this is why Monsanto now has protection from consumer lawsuits. Perhaps they know they will be getting many complaints as more and more people become filled with GMO products.

Perhaps the scariest aspect of GMOs is the fact that, unlike hybridization through grafting and breeding, genetic manipulation used today takes DNA from species that are not even close. Bacteria DNA is combined with crop DNA. Without adequate testing, we have no idea what type of results this will produce.

Will we see the destruction of genetic laboratories from heavy meteor showers? Will the Lord scorch the Earth of such abominations?

Chapter 12—The Water of Life

117 We may begin to see that judging anything as important is a function of ego. Following Christ may not be “important” in the way ego would view it. Following Christ merely is what it is—a return to the Heavenly Father and that is good for the sake of righteousness, but not important for the sake of ego.

The moment we judge anything to be important, we bring it into the realm of effort and physical continuity. We make it something to cling to and to protect. If anyone jeopardizes our progress, we may not turn the other cheek so long as it is important.

There may be an importance that is righteous, but it may help to find that specific type of importance by practicing the idea that things are unimportant. This does not mean that we forgo responsibility. Quite the contrary. With the right attitude, we should find taking responsibility far more easily.

118 We see similar faltering throughout history and even into modern times. One story I saw on television greatly inspired me, then dismayed me. A young man who loved to skydive found one day that his parachute would not open and that neither would his backup chute. As he neared the ground, he offered up himself to God with a prayer. He relaxed and willingly accepted whatever God had to offer. A few moments later, with only a few minor bruises and scratches, he picked himself off the ground and walked away.

Later, he became arrogant. He expected the same protection. He leapt out of an airplane a few weeks later and plummeted to his death. His lesson teaches us the difference between humility with confidence in God and self-confidence with the arrogance to think that the power of creation belongs to the ego self.

The first time, like King Asa facing a million Ethiopians, the young skydiver knew that God could do anything, but he placed his insignificant life in God’s hands; thus he was saved. The second time, like King Asa assaulted by a belligerent King Baasha, the skydiver no longer felt himself insignificant under God, but took it upon himself to find a solution; and thus died in disgrace. Through ego, he was now disconnected from the loving God who had saved him the first time.

119 Jesus repeatedly told parables warning us to stay alert and righteous. No one knows when the master will return or the bridegroom will arrive. If we are caught sleeping—or doing unrighteous things—then we will be found unworthy.

Once salvation is achieved, we should protect it with everything we have. Like the pearl of great price, if we sell everything we have in order to obtain it, then we would not want to leave it out in the open for anyone to steal.

Perhaps this is one reason why Jesus said that the path is narrow.

120 We know that we do not have perfect knowledge of everything. That should automatically tell us that we need to remain humble and hungry to learn more at all times. This is why we should walk away from any denomination. This does not mean that we give up fellowship, but we should not flock together for ego’s sake; fellowship is for increasing the spirit.

121 To investigate a denomination is not wrong or bad. To converse with those of a denomination is not evil, either. The true evil is in deciding that you have found all that you need to learn. The due diligence we must maintain while awaiting our master is one of perpetual humility and hunger to learn. So, learn all denominations, but cling to none. Learn other religions. Learn science. Learn philosophy and logic. Read the Bible at least once, from cover to cover. Read more than one version. Study scripture deeply. Read other people’s comments and ideas. More than anything, let the spirit guide you on your journey.

The Cure for Thermophobia is Here—A New Website with Climate Change Insights

Cure for Thermophobia: GW Leaves.The cure for thermophobia? What’s that about? First, let me give you some back-story.

I have long been a tree-hugging industrialist. Oxymoron (self-contradictory term)? Hardly. I love good work handsomely rewarded and I love nature protected from abuse.

Perhaps that’s why I loved Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth, when it first came out. And perhaps that’s why I despise the film now. On first glance, Gore’s film has a lot going for it. For one thing, it has the word “truth” in the title. Oops! I should’ve known that politicians are really salesmen in sleazier clothing. The film is chock full of distortions, half-truths and downright lies. That’s pretty standard for a politician.

When I discovered that conspiracies are dirt ordinary and that the government had conspired to make the topic unpopular, my mind opened to an entirely new frontier: exposing half-truths and lies. This included finding out more about “climate change” and developing a cure for thermophobia. Okay, thermophobia, quite simply, is a fear of warmth. In fact, this is the title of a new book currently in progress.

A Cure for Thermophobia on a New Website

I have also created a new website called Global Warmth.

I hope you like the design and the writing. I coded it to be mobile-ready right from the start, so hopefully it’ll get more handheld device traffic.

Why another website on “climate change” and “global warming?” The hope was that my approach to things could simplify the message and make it easier for more people to understand. The Cure for Thermophobia is all about gaining knowledge and critical thinking. Even I need a refresher course from time to time. Humility keeps us learning.

So, what can we learn? Perhaps you’ve already known that science is never settled or that science is never done by consensus. That NASA and other supposedly prestigious organizations are pushing this consensus idea only goes to show that they can be political, instead of scientific. Oh, well.

Cure for ThermophobiaBut did you know that we currently live in an Ice Age? Did you know that the Holocene interglacial is currently running at least 500 years over the average length of an interglacial? What that means is that the next glacial period of the current Ice Age could start later this afternoon. That’s a good cure for thermophobia all by itself. Why? Because a glacial period means very little evaporation and very little rain—mass starvation from failed crops. It means all of Canada and half of the United States buried under a growing sheet of ice. It means half of Europe and part of Asia gripped in permanent winter.

If you suffer from a fear of warmth (global warming), get your cure for thermophobia, today. Visit Global Warmth and let me know what you think.

 

This article was originally published 2015:1130 on TharsisHighlands.com.

Critical Thinking Academy: New Course to Boost Awareness & Intelligence

Critical Thinking Academy: Course Image.A critical thinking course to supercharge your mind? Any good course can do that. But it can only do that if the student is hungry and open to learn.

Tharsis Highlands has published a new course entitled, “Critical Thinking Academy: Boost Awareness & Intelligence.” This is one of those “good” courses that everyone in the world should take. They don’t have to take our course, but they should take some course on critical thinking.

The first lesson: Question everything. This includes the student questioning everything they’ve ever learned—every fact, every belief, every certainty. Critical thinking starts with a clean slate where nothing is sacred. We can always put back the things we’ve learned, but while we’re viewing a topic critically, we need to be impartial in the extreme. This is quite liberating. This is the crucible where discoveries are made.

The Value of Critical Thinking

Perhaps the most vital subject to learn involves the improvement of the mind to think clearly and critically. Everything else in life depends on this—love, business, voting, management, education, health, and everything else in life, can benefit from solid critical thinking.

Our mind is a powerful tool, but too many of us let this tool become dulled by life, stress, and other distractions. Some let their minds become crippled with arrogance—thinking that they have it already figured out. Critical thinking questions even our own authority.

More About the Critical Thinking Course

This course has been sponsored by Critical Thinking — https://rodmartincriticalthinking.wordpress.com/  and Infinity Dynamics — https://infinitydynamics.wordpress.com/. The first module was created by Global Warmth — https://globalwarmthblog.wordpress.com/. The aim is to help everyone on Earth reach their full mental potential. Everyone? Certainly. Why not? This world needs more sharp minds cutting through the lies, half-truths, and worries being thrown at us every day. Salesmen, politicians, government bureaucrats, doctors, scientists, corporations, and many others keep giving us their spin on things. The Critical Thinking Academy gives you the skills to see past the hype and marketing dazzle that is meant to distract you from the real facts.

Critical Thinking Academy—Expansion Planned

Each Critical Thinking Academy course module tackles a specific, real-world topic. The first module involves “climate change.” At the end of the course, each student is asked to suggest future module topics. They can select from an existing list, or add new items. The course is meant to grow—to cover a broad range of subjects which will give the student the most thorough understanding of the basics of critical thinking.

The next module—conspiracies—is already in the pipeline.

Each module includes a free book or other significant handout, so the student receives a rich base of knowledge on every subject.

25% Discount!

Every course purchased directly from Tharsis Highlands includes an automatic 25% discount. Purchasing here saves us the marketing costs—savings which we’re happy to pass on to the student.

Take the Critical Thinking Academy course, now.

This article was originally published 2016:0511 on TharsisHighlands.com.

Creating Our Emotions — New Book, Instant Happiness

Creating Our Emotions: Instant Happiness book coverCreating our emotions is the topic of a book released July 23, 2016. The title is Instant Happiness. How can “instant” anything be of lasting value to us? If you know all of the barriers and negative forces at work, it becomes easy. Of course, the book focuses on one emotion in particular—happiness—but the principles remain the same for all emotions. We are each responsible for our condition in life. Every emotion we experience is a feeling that we have created by our own decision. We either decide to create a specific emotion, or we decide to give up our power and allow circumstances to dictate how we feel.

This book doesn’t offer any easy solution. This takes work. But it gives the reader a clear path to a proven solution.

Circumstances and our modern culture have trained us to have some truly bizarre beliefs about life, responsibility and many of the other attitudes we express every day. These generate barriers to creating our emotions the way we would like to create them. Quite often, these barriers trick us into thinking that happiness is impossible.

Exercises to Help Us in Creating Our Emotions

One-by-one, this book provides insight into each barrier and how to dismantle it at the most basic level—our own subconscious attention. Step-by-step exercises give us the tools to remove each barrier. In the third part of the book, common misconceptions are cleared up—things like love and importance, responsibility and blame, and compassion and sympathy.

At the end of the book, the reader is left knowing how we can create our emotions with ease and certainty.

This is by the same author who wrote The Art of Forgiveness, showing how miracles are not only possible, but how they can be effortless, too.

Find out how you can get your own copy of Instant Happiness.

This article was originally published 2016:0623 on TharsisHighlands.com.

The Beauty of Science vs. the Ugliness of Ego

Guest blog by Carl Martin, author of Edge of Remembrance: Gods and Dragons

The Beauty of Science

Beauty of Science: A lab scientist investigating nature.
Scientists investigate the beauty of science by studying nature in intricate detail. Photo: National Eye Institute (CC BY 2.0). >>

Do you love science as much as I do? I love the patterns in nature that make certain types of events predictable. The truly good scientists are the ones who discover those patterns and make sense of them. Those patterns reveal to us the more meaningful, cause-and-effect coincidences of nature.

I’ve been an artist, a mathematician, a computer scientist and an astronomer. I’ve studied history, geology, archaeology, genetics, paleoclimate, oceanography and volcanology. And, as a former, professional artist, I’ve developed quite a skill at detecting patterns. For instance, when I was studying electronic engineering in the mid- to late-70s, I came across something called a tank circuit. This is basically a tuning or LC circuit for sending and receiving broadcast signals—a coil and capacitor in parallel.

Suddenly, some of my high school lessons in physics and astronomy came back to me. I remembered how certain gaseous elements, when stimulated, could emit patterns of electromagnetic frequencies that were unique to each element. I also remembered how stars, like our own sun, absorb light in their upper atmospheres, but most strongly at certain specific frequencies which tell us the elements in that atmosphere. Suddenly, I realized that I was surrounded by trillions of tank circuits. You see, every atom is both a coil and a capacitor—electrons orbiting their nuclei (coil), and negative electrons separated by a space from positive nuclei (capacitor). I was seeing part of the beauty of science.

I suspect that none of my fellow students ever had this realization. When I would mention this discovery, I would receive only blank stares or confused nods. Alas! They could not see the beauty of science that I had seen.

The Ugliness of Ego

 Beauty of Science: Angry man pointing finger.
An angry man points his finger at the “enemy.” The beauty of science does not involve this kind of egoism. Photo: David Shankbone (CC-BY-SA).

We humans are a strange lot. We value the discoveries of science and the humble sacrifice of heroes, but when it comes to our own, personal vulnerability, most of us will protect ourselves with an unreasonable passion. This is ego speaking—the heart of selfishness.
It should not come as a surprise, but scientists are also human with fragile egos. Scientists can, at times, protect their own frailties with vicious energy.

In North American anthropology, for instance, scientists were, for decades, warned against digging below the Clovis horizon. “There’s nothing there,” some might say. “Clovis is first! You don’t want to jeopardize your career, sticking your nose and spade where it shouldn’t be going.”

Science by ridicule and harassment? Regrettably, anthropology is not the only field to suffer the brutal heavy-handedness of ego. More recently, climate scientists have been attacked for being “climate change deniers.” Why? Because they don’t tow the currently popular political line of human caused dangerous global warming. Why such harsh language? Why the inaccurate ridicule? All climate scientists know, in their bones, that climate always changes and always has—4.5 Billion years of changes, ever since Earth gained an atmosphere. There is no denial of climate change on their part.

The reason is political. Someone is trying to “sell” an idea and those who don’t go along are the enemy. Ironically, “evil” global warming made civilization possible 12,000 years ago. And for those who claim the modern rate of warming is bad, that same warming 12,000 years ago was nearly eight times more rapid than the UN’s as yet unrealized horror story. That long ago warming bless our world with +7°C in 30 years. And the biggest disconnect with those scientists who proclaim global warming to be dangerous comes from the fact that we still live in an Ice Age. Our current Holocene interglacial is only one of dozens of interglacials experienced in our current, 2.6-million-year-old Ice Age. Melting ice in an Ice Age is a good thing for life, because life dies in the ice and thrives in the warmth. This should be painfully obvious. If it weren’t the case, then the poles would be crowded and the tropics starkly empty.

Protecting the Beauty of Science

 Beauty of Science: Observatory laser shoots toward the Milky Way center.
An observatory’s laser shoots into the sky toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy. The beauty of science covers everything from the very tiny, to the immensely huge. Photo: Yuri Beletsky (CC BY 4.0).

When I wrote the pair of novels, Edge of Remembrance, I had this one ideal in mind: protecting the beauty of science against the ravages of egoistic scientists, self-proclaimed “skeptics” and those who merely have delusions of logical grandeur. I had hoped, through science fiction, that I could reveal the delicate nature of science and how scientists, with their egos, can abuse and even trash that institution.
The novel is about Plato’s lost island empire, Atlantis. While we don’t yet have proof it ever existed, we do have a growing mountain of evidence in support of its past existence.

The fact that scientists dismiss the idea of Atlantis without investigating is troubling at the very least. They are ignoring the beauty of science in favor of their own ugly egos. Their “know-it-all” attitude is making them blind. Their sense of smug superiority is crippling them at the verge of discovery. This is not science, but some form of new religion, where tradition is held over evidence and discovery—where cordial debate is lost to unsupported dismissiveness and self-indulgent ridicule. I’ve even had some friends do this. I trampled their turf and they reacted, rather than discussed.

In the novels, American archaeologist Gunter Jürgens makes the discovery of a lifetime. In a newly exposed pyramid in Nicaragua, his team uncovers a time capsule with a map of Old Atlantis embossed in gold on the outside. But Jürgens is wise. He knows that his fellow scientists are not above self-indulgent ridicule when the evidence is still fresh. He bides his time and waits before stating the obvious: everything about the Nicaraguan time capsule points to the fact that Atlantis was a very real place.

But that’s the novel and its sequel. Was Atlantis real? We don’t know, yet. The beauty of science is not “skepticism,” for that paradigm is fraught with bias, particularly the potent bias of “doubt.” Just look up the definition! The true paradigm of science is one of restraint and humility—humility to truth, whatever that truth turns out to be. Too many scientists get in their own way and trample the beauty of science. They say things in all arrogance and haughty ego that should not have been said. They condemn that which their “precious” tradition has taught them is impossible. Yet, no one truly knows everything. There really are more things to be discovered and they cannot be discovered if we put on blinders or pretend that we do know.

Beauty of Science: Galaxy NGC 3810.
Part of the beauty of science includes being able to see that which cannot be seen with the unaided eye alone. This view of galaxy NGC 3810 was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope (CC BY 3.0).