Brady Yoon is a software engineer who devotes his spare time to researching Atlantis, and in a recent Ancient Origins article he presents a confused and illogical argument for why he believes Plato’s accounts of Atlantis in the Timaeus and the Critias are based on fact. Amidst a mountain of verbiage—second perhaps only to Micah Hanks in logorrhea—he argues that the presence of fragments of genuine ancient knowledge embedded in the dialogues would therefore prove the correctness of the claim. He uses the example of pyramids to illustrate how he intends to reason. Note that he understands that Plato did not include any pyramids in his dialogue:
This morning I had two tabs open in my browser. One of them was an op-ed piece about the apocalyptic nightmare vision in Donald Trump’s speech accepting the Republican presidential nomination. The other happened to be an older piece on Tor.com from a science fiction writer explaining how he developed a vision of post-apocalyptic America. I must have clicked the wrong place while reading the first article, and I ended up in the second. The frightening part is that the two articles merged together so seamlessly that I did not notice the jump from one to the other for several paragraphs. In many ways Trump’s speech was the culmination of the great national freak out that began with 9/11, curdled now into a revitalization movement that promises a fiery purge to purify the world.
A depressing new survey published in the United Kingdom finds that almost two-thirds of Britons (64%) claim not to believe that dinosaurs once existed. The survey results do not explain why Britons doubt the reality of dinosaurs, but it added that nearly as many adults believe in ghosts (30%) as dinosaurs (36%). The only good news is that the survey had a small sample size (1,003 adults) and was conducted by e2save, an online mobile retailer, as a promotion for their 4K cameras. They had a vested interest in overestimating controversial statements as part of their campaign to use conspiracy theories in their advertisements for their cameras.
Before we begin today, I’d like to point you to Laura Saetveit Miles’s excellent essay in Vox criticizing Stephen Greenblatt after he won $735,000 from Norway for his work in the humanities. Miles believes that Greenblatt intentionally misrepresented the Middle Ages in his 2011 book The Swerve in order to glorify the Renaissance. While I don’t agree with everything Miles says—one would be hard pressed to argue that the Middle Ages did not represent a decline of some kind from the Classical period—the piece is a fascinating discussion of how the way we discuss history is shaped by more than evidence.
Evangelicals Hold Infomercial to Accuse Catholics and Nazis of Secretly Using Nephilim to Control the World
I think that Ancient Aliens has had a lot more influence in crazy culture than it might seem. Yesterday, con artist preacher Jim Bakker devoted yet another hour of his program to an infomercial for the evangelical answer to Ancient Aliens, and filmmaker Tony Alberino specifically identified his DVDs about ancient history as containing information that the History Channel won’t tell you, specifically that cyclopean architecture the world over is “pre-Flood construction” that was “built by a hybrid race.” He then went on to discuss Ancient Aliens specifically:
Back in the Bush Administration, top presidential advisor Karl Rove said “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.” When he said this, he meant that American actions create the conditions he wanted to see in the world. But the lesson our political class took from this is that facts no longer matter. Last night Melania Trump’s speech quite obviously plagiarized several paragraphs of material from Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech, but when called on it, the Trump campaign simply denied that plagiarism had occurred, arguing that the paragraphs of duplicated language were “common” sentiments that coincidentally came out identical. Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort even claimed that taking notice of the plagiarism was an effort to silence critics of Hillary Clinton! Statistically, it’s almost unheard of for more than seven words in a row to repeat, let alone paragraphs, but the brazenness of the denial of reality was less shocking than the shrug with which media greeted it: Of course they lie about everything! That’s just what those silly politicians do.
L. A. Marzulli Promotes "Watchers X" and the "European" DNA in Ancient America That "We Were Hoping For"
In his most recent YouTube broadcast, Nephilim theorist L. A. Marzulli took the opportunity to promote his new DVD, Watchers X, now selling for $19.95. He interviewed the DVD’s director, Richard Shaw, and the pair engaged in some rhetorical sleight of hand to make it seem like their DVD is a more dramatic revelation than it is.
Reports: Sinclair-Jesus-Templar Conspiracy Theorist Unmasked as Pedophile; Plus: New Fringe Cruise Video
Some of you may have seen a bit of surprising and shocking news about one of the key players in the Sinclair family Knights Templar drama. Postings on a blog devoted to exposing sexual abuse earlier this week alleged that Niven Sinclair, a longtime talking head on Templar conspiracy programs (most recently Forbidden History) and one of the wealthy patrons of modern Templar conspiracy researchers, is a convicted child sexual predator. I confirmed the reports with the court records from the British court system, and it appears that the Templar conspiracy theorist is the same Niven Sinclair who has been convicted more than once on charges of sodomizing a significant number of boys aged 12 to 15 in the 1960s and 1970s. He spent time in prison after each conviction. The court records make for disturbing reading, including allegations that he ordered at least one boy to submit to him at gunpoint, and I learned that the Mirror picked up the story late last night.
As the Cold War wound down in the summer of 1989, Soviet social scientists looked with a combination of wonderment and bemusement on the nationalism percolating in China, where the gradual loosening of government control threatened at any time to spill over into revolution, as the protests at Tiananmen Square had proved. I tell you this because in July of that year, A. D. Dikaryov, writing in Narody Azii i Afriki (“Peoples of Asia and Africa”), recorded that the Chinese government and its scientists had tried to harness the power of nationalism to uncover a distinctively Chinese ancient astronaut theory. The American CIA found this sufficiently interesting to translate part of the article in their regular roundup of Soviet publications:
David Icke Makes Angry Appearance on Australia's "Today" Show, Doesn't Take Well to Being Challenged
Yesterday morning Australian time, conspiracy theorist David Icke appeared on the Nine Network’s Today show to discuss his upcoming tour of Australia, and things did not go according to plan. Icke seemed agitated and combative, and his nearly obsessive insistence on repeating a few fixed talking points without seeming to be able to go off script eventually left the normally genial presenters, Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson, dumbfounded and exasperated. In other words, it was a great seven minutes of television.
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