[Update: George Howard said the dispute revolved around contract negotiations and concerns about payments and the ownership of the rights to material presented at the conference.]
In a surprise move, Graham Hancock pulled out of June’s Cosmic Summit, a meeting of catastrophists in support of the theory that a comet hit the Earth at the end of the last Ice Age and destroyed a high-tech lost civilization. Atlantis speculator Jimmy Corsetti, who was also scheduled to speak, also said he would not be attending. Corsetti claimed he had been “removed” against his will from the list of speakers, leaving the conference in chaos.
The conference cited “unforeseen circumstances” in announcing the change in program. Hancock posted online that “Serious concerns have been brought to my attention that have caused me to lose confidence in the fundamental philosophy and direction of this conference and I no longer feel able to participate.” Hancock did not indicate what these serious concerns were.
Randall Carlson, Martin Sweatman, and other members of Hancock’s circle of enthusiasts for the idea that a comet destroyed a lost Atlantis-like civilization are still scheduled to appear.
The Cosmic Summit required speakers to sign an NDA, which prevents them from providing additional details, Corsetti said in a tweet.
The Cosmic Summit, which is not affiliated with the Comet Research Group currently investigating the alleged comet impact, announced the changes to its lineup in an online post promoting a substitute headliner. Former television personality Scott Wolter will be replacing Hancock. Event organizer George Howard claimed that Wolter would be revealing “brand new, jaw-dropping evidence proving America’s past is far different than we have been led to believe.”
Wolter recently joined Carlson, Howard, and Ancient Aliens cast member William Henry for a panel discussion on the search for the Holy Grail at the Earth Origins V Conference in Sedona, Arizona. Howard invited Wolter to appear at the Cosmic Summit after discussing ancient mysteries with him at the April 21-23 “lost technologies and esoteric principle” conference.
The Cosmic Summit plans to address “the well-published Younger Dryas Impact Event, more recent cosmic impacts, a suspected lost civilization, clovis people, the black mat, megafaunal extinctions, Gobekli Tepe, forgotten ancient technologies, controversial archaeology, Atlantis, megalithic monument building, Egyptian Mysteries, and catastrophic geology.”
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