Graham Hancock Says Trees Are Spying on Us; Plus: Masonic Journal Editor Says Wolter Wrong on Peer Review
I wrote a lot yesterday, and I’m feeling a bit lazy today. I have three small items to share.
The first comes to us courtesy of Graham Hancock, who posted a completely bizarre captioned photo to his blog after visiting California. There Hancock saw very old trees, some of which are thousands of years old. “What if they are the antennae of vast cosmic beings who are watching humanity and the earth?” he said in the caption to a photo of one such tree taken by his wife. Is Hancock back on pot again? Some New Age types have been floating the idea that trees serve as antennae to focus earth energy, but Hancock seems to be making them into sentient beings linked to Old Ones from beyond our ken. He even titled his post “The Watchers,” invoking intentionally or not the Fallen Angels and the forbidden wisdom of the antediluvian era.
Second, you might have seen the strange new article on Ancient Origins claiming that cyclopean style ancient architecture is actually a secret written language communicating decipherable written messages through the angles of the polygons used to build it. This comes to us from Dr. Derek Cunningham, who argues that the specific angles used in each stone correspond to astronomical events. One angle he believes he finds regularly is 5.1°, which is the offset of the moon’s orbital plane relative to the Earth. He finds such angles everywhere, from rocks to walls to whole buildings. How he can measure angles to a tolerance of a thousandth of a degree, as his visual aids suggest that he did, is beyond me.
There might be something to the idea that some ancient stones had carved lines intended to use for sighting astronomical phenomena, but the idea that cyclopean walls the world over are packed with such angles as a calling card of a globe-spanning prehistoric lost culture goes beyond belief. Imagine the sheer amount of planning it would take to carve every rock to a specific angle—to a thousandth of a degree!—rather than simply making best-fit adjustments.
And what is the message? The article doesn’t say. The only message it suggests is akin to “Kilroy was here.”
Finally today I have a follow up to share about Scott Wolter’s claim that he recently had a speculative article about a secret code he discovered on the Kensington Rune Stone published in a “peer reviewed” Masonic journal. You will recall that on July 2, Wolter announced that his paper had been published in the Rocky Mountain Mason, which he described as a “peer reviewed Masonic journal.” The editor of that publication confirmed that the journal is, as most of us already knew, not peer reviewed in the academic sense, or really any sense.
Several interested parties (though not me) contacted Rocky Mountain Mason editor Ben Williams about Wolter’s claim. I have received permission to share this statement from Williams:
“The Mason is not a scholarly journal, but a quarterly periodical for Freemasons. Although submissions are subject to an editorial review board, I cannot claim the publication meets the standards of peer review or academic journals particular to a specialty or subject area.”
Williams, however, said that Wolter’s article was interesting and to his mind a well-documented discussion of history.
And there you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth: The Rocky Mountain Mason disputes Wolter’s description of it as a “peer-reviewed” journal.
7/7/2016 12:30:50 pm
"“What if they are the antennae of vast cosmic beings who are watching humanity and the earth? And what if you look at a color, and I look at the same color, but we see different colors? Way out, man!”
7/7/2016 06:02:09 pm
Just watched a documentary on serial killers and a forensic psychologist who was interviewed had on his bookshelf stull like "Ancient Mysteries"
7/8/2016 03:19:16 am
Maybe forensic psychologists have found that keen followers of "Ancient Mysteries" and suchlike are much more likely than average to commit crimes of violence.
7/8/2016 06:15:52 pm
Hey, my family is all about the science, and WE have copies of "Ancient Mysteries" type stuff on OUR shelves, too. 1. It's great comedy, and 2. It's awesome prompts for writing FICTION. For a forensic psychologist, I can actually see it being potentially important research material, since psychology is all about understanding how other people THINK. If you don't know how a fringey type thinks, how can you predict him or her? Criminal psychologists need to read a looooot of things that are wacko, and knocking that means that you're ignorant of their job, not that they're "full of bullshit."
7/7/2016 12:43:12 pm
If the ancients measured astronomical angles to an accuracy of 1/10 degree, then they had to have been watching the sky long enough to also observe that the ground beneath them is constantly shifting - due to even the smallest earthquakes. Therefore it would be futile to build monoliths (especially ones that takes years to build) to that accuracy and expect the alignment to persist, even for a year.
7/7/2016 01:39:44 pm
Very smart, Ken., we are always thinking above, but never below. Awesome concept.
7/7/2016 12:45:39 pm
Well, I am convinced. My neighbor has a pine tree in his yard, it is quite large and has been there for a long time. My neighbor said that tree was there when he moved in something like thirty years ago. It is a lot bigger now and as such has been around for most of the happening in the neighborhood. I became convinced several years ago that the tree was reporting all of us to the F.B.I. I mean, the government is everywhere, keeping tabs on all of us.
7/7/2016 02:10:10 pm
On my property I have a glacial erratic that's been acting suspiciously over the last few years.
7/8/2016 03:39:23 pm
Yep, erratics are like that. Good thing they move so slowly. At least when we're watching.
7/7/2016 01:07:49 pm
Thank you Ben Williams and thank you to all the folks who contacted him regarding Wolter's confirmed mendacity in regard to "peer-review". Though this is akin to affirming the obvious, it leaves yet another indisputable record that Wolter is a liar and actively misleads the audience for his blog in falsifying his credentials.
7/7/2016 01:41:08 pm
Absolutely Joe !
7/7/2016 01:38:19 pm
Hancock sounds like a crack pot., I mean who can take him seriously? As far as Wolter is concerned., I find it very interesting that he has no problem embellishing the truth. Where is the dignity?
5/1/2018 10:49:47 am
We take him seriously because Gobekli Tepe has shown he is probably right...and it will only be a matter of months or years when he is vindicated. The current Academics have it all wrong.
5/1/2018 02:03:13 pm
HA HA... I wont be holding my breath..
7/7/2016 02:04:46 pm
"Williams, however, said that Wolter’s article was interesting and to his mind a well-documented discussion of history."
7/7/2016 02:20:46 pm
Re odd angle architecture: sounds like this guy has read HP Lovecraft. Hardly original.
7/7/2016 03:25:07 pm
"Hancock seems to be making them into sentient beings"
7/7/2016 03:25:13 pm
I really need to know what strain of weed Hancock is smoking. Cause it sounds more likely that he's in a constant state of LSD fuelled stupidity. Weed shoulda just had him wondering if he can eat the tree.
7/7/2016 05:40:00 pm
This is what happens when M. Night Shyamalan says "Hell, yeah! Lick me like a toad!"
7/7/2016 03:43:52 pm
I see I'll have to keep an eye on the catalpa growing in my front yard. It's leaves are growing in a pattern that suggests it may be some type of communications array. Who new trees were the original 4G network?
7/7/2016 04:46:46 pm
For a man who consistently dismisses and derides specialist in certain fields and academia in general, Wolter certainly seems eager to represent himself as being accepted by the very same milieu.
terry the censor
7/18/2016 02:30:00 pm
Pseudoscientists think of themselves as the "true" scientists presenting the "real" or repressed science. They have scientific pretentions, but can't deliver the goods. So they are reduced to rubbishing mainstream science in hopes that, by default, they gain some scientific authority.
7/7/2016 05:08:38 pm
If we're talking about the black metal trees that protect the good people of Night Vale from clouds, then he may be on to something.
7/7/2016 08:10:51 pm
7/7/2016 09:59:29 pm
Jeez! Thanks . . . Now I have to listen to about a hundred of these things. :)
7/7/2016 10:31:16 pm
7/8/2016 12:11:01 pm
The Faceless Woman Who Lives in Your House says, "You're welcome".
7/8/2016 12:18:26 pm
But whatever you do; do not enter the dog park. People are not allowed in the dog park. Dogs are not allowed in the dog park. Under no circumstances is anyone allowed in the dog park.
7/7/2016 11:31:40 pm
It's legit. The paper was reviewed by Mr. Kevin Peer.
7/8/2016 02:17:01 am
"as soon as the cranial swelling goes down"
7/8/2016 02:54:11 am
"There Hancock saw very old trees, some of which are thousands of years old. 'What if they are the antennae of vast cosmic beings who are watching humanity and the earth?' "
7/8/2016 07:42:27 am
A recent exchange on Wolter's blog:
7/8/2016 08:30:07 am
Scotts attitude lately has been quit critical and guarded.
7/8/2016 09:07:19 am
Scott's attitude has always been critical and guarded and he has often resorted to ad hominem attacks while accusing others of acting the same way. It's not a recent phenomenon, despite it clearly getting worse as time goes on.
7/8/2016 11:31:32 am
No one can double-down on a lie quite like Wolter. What you have there is Wolter trying to diminish the word "scholarly" as if it pertains to those pesky academics with PhD's who of course perpetuate the imagined conspiracy against him. As for his Masonic slight, note the continued equivocation with the term of art that is "peer-review". Since he's now a Mason, they are his peers from this point on; and you have to be one to have any credibility in his new brand of sophistry.
7/8/2016 06:21:08 pm
Well, Mr. Wolter, Mr. Williams IS one of your "brother Masons," and he says that his journal IS NOT a scholarly or peer-reviewed periodical. So no, your paper has NOT been peer-reviewed. And my opinion on the substance of your paper has as much value as yours under those circumstances, ya lying piece of human effluvium.
7/8/2016 09:19:11 am
"Scott Wolter July 3, 2016 at 9:55 AM
7/8/2016 12:16:48 pm
You have to admire the subtleness of the Templars/Masons - who else would plant an encoded land claim with a fake cover messafe in the middle of no where instead of an obvious visible marker right on the shore where everyone would see it?
7/8/2016 01:26:36 pm
But, but, Bob. Have you forgotten about the Narragansett Runestone? The Newport Tower? The "H O" and other stones on Oak Island? Maybe not directly by Templars/Masons but surely by their precursors, the Venus families! :>)
7/8/2016 01:25:22 pm
The real shame of this is that there is a wealth of real history to be discovered in regard to the Founding Fathers, and most of it written by them both publicly and privately. When idiots such as Wolter and his ilk try to put their fringe spin on them by making up obvious and inconsistent falsehoods, it only shows what in fact they do not know. Which is a great deal, of course.
7/8/2016 03:40:43 pm
Are we sure Wolter and Pulitzer are not related? Pretty sure he just spoke to her like she's an idiot. Pulitzer does the same thing during his broadcasts talks slow and repeats everything with no quams
7/8/2016 02:57:05 pm
Joe, could you please not confuse them with strange and esoteric terms like "primary sources" :)
7/9/2016 09:06:21 am
After this, now I really want to know what Harold Edwards can tell us what Paul Wieblen's thoughts are now. I remember him saying that he would reveal what else Wieblen told him in a recent exchange they had a few days ago on the last post on Wolter.
7/9/2016 10:57:17 am
You will find a common thread among those with credibility who at one time either worked with Wolter or gave him the benefit of the doubt for his intentions. They all will no longer have anything to do with him.
7/9/2016 11:27:02 am
True, but Wolter always spins these stories and no matter what people still believe him. Thats why I question Darwin Ohman's judgement, because after reading what Richard Neilson, Henrik Williams, Alice Kehoe and what various people who showed up on America Unearthed have said about him, I don't know how he can still question his trust with Wolter. That's why I think Wieblen's observations are important because he still seems to be one of the few people in the situation that Wolter has not lashed out at yet. And Wieblen still seemed like someone who even Ohman has trusted as well even to this day. If he comes out and says something that doesn't help Wolter's credibility or narrative, what does that say to others? Can it be the nail in the coffin to Wolter's credibility or will it be something else? Cause he has played a lot of people and now it's bothering me because he is now in astrology territory when it comes to his bullshit theories.
7/10/2016 10:59:35 am
7/9/2016 11:06:54 am
I foresee that a major hurdle for Scott Wolter to overcome is his disbelief that Jesus is the Son of God. But worse, he seems to be driven in his desire to "prove" that Jesus is not the Son of God. How this will eventually fit in with his newfound masonic affiliations is a good question for his very spiritual new friends to ask of him. I would ask him what motivates him to deny the divinity of Jesus, and what causes him to attempt to tarnish good Christian men of the past with his very own weirdly-put-together, anti-Christ dogma?
7/9/2016 07:43:03 pm
Cant wait to see how this is played out by Wolter. Excellent questions Gunn. If you receive more information., I would be interested. Can we exchange emails? I will/can send you mine publicly.
7/10/2016 11:04:08 am
7/9/2016 04:47:00 pm
I have to see if I can tap into a tree as an antenna. As a ham radio operator may be revolutionary to the hobby. Could be a hazard due to lightning storm hazards; a lot of bolts strikes trees.
7/11/2016 12:56:34 am
In health terms, this type of mismash does go on even within academia. For instance, I graduated as a Massage Therapist before completing my undergrad. While finishing it up a few years ago I repeatedly ran into this same error thru my undergraduate alma matters Library database. The provider consistently listed in error ordinary periodicals from the massage industry as peer reviewed journals. I graduated from MT school in 98. At the time, I THINK I recall being told that there were a few (no more than approximately 3 or so) peer reviewed journals that had existed in the field, including everything from dance and movement therapies to mainstream sports) but that at least one had gone out of print and the others were published outside the US. I've chimed in with this observation to note, that this is nothing unusual out of or inside academia. "Big deal" in essence. Can Facebook be believed? What NEEDS PRESERVATION? Truly? Culture or Civilization? The historiographical paradigms that treat pluralism as an arm of economics or the axiological VALUE of the self same culture? Catch 22 on the Free Will billboard up in Times Square. William James or Whitehead? The Beauty Myth or Backlash that Peter Knight notes Naomi Wolf and Susan Faludi insisting "is not a conspiracy." If Knight is himself not playing loose with decentered subjects in his chapter on feminism as the shape of conspiracy (his conspiracy culture was published just before 9.11.2001) then what is the "problem with NOH name" that shuffles to and fro like a red rubber ball under a street hustlers cup? Yes, NOH.
7/16/2016 05:38:37 pm
"[...]Hancock saw very old trees, some of which are thousands of years old. “What if they are the antennae of vast cosmic beings who are watching humanity and the earth?” he said in the caption to a photo of one such tree taken by his wife."
3/7/2019 07:11:52 pm
I talk to the trees, and they are listening to me . . .
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