Today's email brought over 30 inquires asking me to expand on my comment about Atlantis. Almost all challenged me citing one book or another, asking me whether I had read it.
I have been studying the subject of Atlantis since 1968, and was part of the original archaeology team that explored the Bimini area in the 60s. I wrote the first piece about what we thought then was an Atlantean structure -- it turned out to be a turtle pen. And I made the initial contact with geologists, for my friend Peter Tompkins, to determine whether the "Bimini Road" was natural or human worked (it is natural beach rock). In the course of this research I have read virtually every book or paper ever published on the subject of Atlantis, including all of the Edgar Cayce readings about this subject. And I have discussed the subject with most of the writers who have ventured an argument on Atlantis over the past half century. So the answer is: yes, I have read that book, paper, or report, and have probably talked with its author. I do not consider any of it dispositive.
There are many "lost" civilizations to be sure. One thinks of the St. Augustine Culture in the mountains between Columbia and Ecuador, or Poverty Point in southeastern Louisiana. Or the red-headed Celtic people whose tartan clad mummies fill graves in China. Cultures for which we have actual ruins and artifacts, but which remain fundamentally mysterious. But Atlantis as described by people such as Edgar Cayce, and Michael Cremo, constitutes something of a different order. Could a technologically sophisticated culture have existed 10,500 years ago, as Cayce describes? A civilization that "flew cargo to the stars with sails," as he would have it? The answer I think is, no.
The mitochondrial DNA research now gives us a pretty clear picture of the great human diaspora, and its chronology. It takes millennia to develop sophistication in anything. We know for instance that acupuncture developed thousands of years before the Chinese codified it. There simply is no place in the wondrous story of our past for the time and concentration of civilization required to create the Atlantis of popular imagination. Yet what are we to make of the recurring story of such a culture beginning with Plato's Timaeus and Critias essays? This story threading through time, I think, results from precognition, not retro-cognition. In nonlocal consciousness time has meaning but it is not the limitation it is in space time. It is hard for those who have access to this aspect of consciousness to be sure when something is happening, and the inclination is to assume something this complex must have happened in the past. We know this from decades of experimental research.
We are Atlantis. What everyone from Plato on has been seeing is our world today. Think about what a space probe looks like: a piece of cargo with solar "sails."
It would take me an entire essay, maybe even a book, to expand the full argument as to why I believe we are Atlantis, and that Plato and others have been looking forward not backwards. I am willing to put in the time to write it; indeed, have had this in mind for some years. But where would one publish such a work? I don't know the answer to that, which is why I haven't written it. It is way too long for an editor's note, and it would take far too much work to justify doing it with no hope of any remuneration, unless one were very wealthy. But if any of my readers is an editor of a publication that might be interested in such a work please let me know. It is a great detective story.