Scientific evidence of Plato’s lost island empire

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Rod Martin,Jr.
Published 2020:0501
192,000 words
780 pages (trade paperback format)

Why would scientists ignore evidence?

Some scientists occasionally ignore evidence—and sometimes violently. Why would they do this? American journalist and bestselling author, James Gleick explained it this way: “Shallow ideas can be assimilated; ideas that require people to reorganize their picture of the world provoke hostility.”

When scientists refuse to look because they “know better,” others can swoop in to make the big discoveries. That happened when English amateur, Frank Calvert, discovered Troy at Hisarlik, Turkey (Schliemann came later).

Ironically, the same arrogance that had blinded the experts still persists today.

But Atlantis? Yes, we have evidence. Lots of it. Not yet enough to prove Plato’s lost island empire existed, but some compelling—even startling—evidence, including 3 bits of scientific fact that tell us something truly earth shattering happened right when Plato said Atlantis was destroyed.

  • Dramatic change in climate worldwide, 33x as fast as the UN IPCC’s feared warming of the 21st century.
  • A massive volcanic eruption.
  • A sudden drop in sea level worldwide of between 2 and 7.4 meters.
  • All happening 9620 BC—a virtual bullseye for Plato’s tectonic collapse of Atlantis.

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Science is Broken

When scientists investigate topics that are not deemed “safe,” they are frequently shunned or even ridiculed by their peers.

For decades, “Clovis First” was sacred dogma in North American anthropology. Experts warned scientists not to dig below the Clovis horizon. If a scientist dared betray Clovis, they could lose funding or even their careers. But this isn’t science. This is politics and egoism. And how can dogma in science be overturned if no one looks for evidence?

Sadly, this behavior is all too common in science. Stray too far from what is popular and you could be scrambling to learn a new career.

Proof of Atlantis?

Even first-year geology students know that mountains frequently form at tectonic plate boundaries from subduction and magmatic arcs, or from convergent compression when there are impediments to subduction, as with the continental “bone” of India colliding with the Eurasia. When such mountains form in the ocean, they sometimes become islands. And the region Plato picked for Atlantis is along a tectonic plate boundary.

In the case of the northeast Atlantic, we have the Azores underwater mesa—a huge plateau rising above the ocean bottom, upon which the entire Azores archipelago sits. We have the indistinct nature of the Azores-Gibraltar tectonic plate margins which have puzzled geologist for decades. We also have proof that the Africa plate movement with respect to the Eurasia suddenly changed 36 Mya, leading to the formation of the ultra-slow spreading center—the Terceira Ridge, right next to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. All of these facts, and more, attest to some unusual geological actions that could have been involved in the formation, the growth and the ultimate destruction of Plato’s lost island.

Taking evidence from geology, oceanography, linguistics, genetics, biology, anthropology (both physical and cultural), and paleoclimate, Rod Martin has gathered a compelling set of facts that suggests very strongly that scientists and skeptics have been too hasty in dismissing Atlantis.

The highly acclaimed work of L. Sprague de Camp on Atlantis was reexamined thoroughly and found to be riddled with logical fallacies. That his 1954 work could be held as a “monument to scholarship” only shows the shoddy state of critical thinking when it comes to a controversial topic like Atlantis.

Martin emphasizes again and again, in his book, that we still have no direct proof of Atlantis itself. Like a true scientist, he uses precision restraint from jumping to the easiest or most obvious conclusions on the facts either for or against the past reality of Plato’s lost island. Yet, he remains unafraid to speculate based on the known facts (create hypotheses). No one yet knows the truth about Atlantis, and this book proposes a 3-stage plan to find out.

Mission: Atlantis may well be a true monument to scholarship, but more importantly, it remains a wake-up call to scientists everywhere to snap out of their self-imposed blindness when it comes to unpopular ideas. Both science and human civilization deserve far better.

Mission: Atlantis—Outline

  • Preface
  • List of Illustration and Tables
  • Introduction—Why Atlantis?
  • Part 1: Plato’s Lost Island Empire
    • Chapter 1—Plato’s Facts
    • Chapter 2—Literary License
    • Chapter 3—Skeptics’ Viewpoint
    • Chapter 4—Other Sources
  • Part 2: Evidence of an Atlantis-Like Event
    • Chapter 5—Accidental vs. Cause-and-Effect Coincidence
    • Chapter 6—Plato’s Date for Atlantis
    • Chapter 7—The Younger Dryas
    • Chapter 8—Greenland Ice Cores
    • Chapter 9—17,000 Years of Sea Level Rise
    • Chapter 10—Too Much Coincidence?
  • Part 3: Skepticism Run Amok
    • Chapter 11—Naysayer Logical Fallacies
    • Chapter 12—Multiple Problems with Skepticism
  • Part 4: The Geology of Atlantis
    • Chapter 13—Geology 101
    • Chapter 14—Formation of Atlantis: Africa Collides with Eurasia
    • Chapter 15—Evolution of Atlantis
    • Chapter 16—Destruction of Atlantis and Climate Change Catastrophe
    • Chapter 17—Geological Evidence
  • Part 5: More Evidence
    • Chapter 18—Evidence Caveats
    • Chapter 19—Archaeological Evidence
    • Chapter 20—Linguistic Evidence
    • Chapter 21—Anthropological Evidence: Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon
    • Chapter 22—Cultural Evidence: Myth and Matriarchy
    • Chapter 23—How Plato Got it Right
    • Chapter 24—The Meaning of it All
  • Part 6: Children of Atlantis
    • Chapter 25—Colonies of Atlantis
    • Chapter 26—Refugees of Atlantis
    • Chapter 27—Old Technology, Primitive Awe
  • Part 7: The Mission
    • Chapter 28—Phase 1: The Easy Part
    • Chapter 29—Phase 2: Digging in Shallow Waters
    • Chapter 30—Phase 3: Going Deep
  • Afterword: A Warning to Science
  • Appendix
    • Timaeus and Critias Excerpts
    • Atlantis Clues from Dialogues
    • Notes
    • Resources
    • Timelines
    • Methodologies
    • References
    • Glossary
    • Essay: Outsiderness in the Scientific Community
    • About the Author
    • Other Books
    • Connect

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