Semir Osmanagic Claims Bosnian "Pyramids" Can Communicate with Aliens Through Faster-Than-Light Waves
My modem died. The modem had been getting inconsistent in its performance and needed to be reset with increasing frequency, and then it died completely. So, I had to waste part of the day swapping it out and setting up a new wi-fi network. The bad news is that I lost several work hours, but the good news is that my new wi-fi network is faster and stronger. But since I am behind schedule, my blog post today will have to be a bit shorter than usual.
I thought I’d talk a bit today about the recent article in The Express that reports on, and critiques, Semir Osmanagić’s new claims that his magical Bosnian pyramids now provide the secret to Nikola Tesla’s alleged communication with space aliens. Well, the latter claim is more of the Express’s interpretation, but it’s not far from what Osmanagić intended.
Writing in his native tongue in the magazine of Radio Bosnia, Osmanagić alleged that high atop the natural formations that he mistakes for pyramids, he has discovered energy that moves faster than the speed of light, which Tesla had said could be used to communicate with other planets. He calls this energy “standing waves.” As translated in the Express, he said:
The discovery of Tesla’s standing waves at the top of the Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun— which are believed to travel faster than the speed of light, while not losing strength as they pass through cosmic bodies—prove the existence of something referred to as a cosmic web or cosmic internet which allow for a[n] immediate intergalactic communication throughout the universe. […] The pyramids are energy boosters that send and receive information through the Sun.
I’m guessing that beneath the translation issues we are actually talking about Tesla’s hypothesized “stationary waves” or “non-Hertzian waves,” which he claimed were immune from the inverse-square law. As Tesla put it,
That electrical energy can be economically transmitted without wires to any terrestrial distance, I have unmistakably established in numerous observations, experiments and measurements, qualitative and quantitative. These have demonstrated that it is practicable to distribute power from a central plant in unlimited amounts, with a loss not exceeding a small fraction of one per cent, in the transmission, even to the greatest distance, twelve thousand miles — to the opposite end of the globe.
Now, I’m sure you noticed that these waves aren’t described as crossing the cosmos. This is apparently related to Tesla’s 1900 claim to have picked up alien radio signals on one of his wireless devices. By the 1930s, this grew into a surprising claim, reported in the New York Times: “I have devoted much of my time during the year past to the perfecting of a new small and compact apparatus by which energy in considerable amounts can now be flashed through interstellar space to any distance without the slightest dispersion” (July 11, 1937). Thus, you can see how the various claims became conflated into the idea that space aliens and Tesla could communicate with Tesla’s wireless technology.
Osmanagić did not say Tesla was in touch with the aliens, but he does believe that the pyramids were.
According to our author, the Bosnian pyramids prove Tesla right, but that’s not all. He also alleged that a conspiracy is at work to prevent this information from getting out. I adapt here a machine translation, since I unfortunately do not speak Bosnian:
My research and arguments that pyramids were built worldwide, and that the earliest pyramids are also superior to later ones, has led to a situation where Egyptologists have created a wall of hostility toward me. My assertion that the Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun is the oldest pyramid in the world brought about opposition from the most influential Egyptologist in the world, Zahi Hawass, which for many years prevented us from gaining access to the world’s leading scientific TV channels. (emphasis in original)
I guess that would be the History Channel, where Osmanagić often holds court on shows like Ancient Aliens. Osmanagić went on to blast “Darwinism” and to argue that human civilization is the product of space aliens. “Life originated from an intervention on our planet, a type of long term alteration through experiments where evolution played a minor role, and Homo sapiens is the result of genetic engineering. And, of course, we are neither the first nor the most advanced civilization in the history of the planet.” He added that pyramids are the “most powerful” geometric shape, and that the Bosnian pyramids are on magic lines connecting world volcanoes.
I regret that since I do not have a command of Bosnian, I can’t translate his mathematical claims about the faster-than-light energy, but perhaps a physicist will be able to look at his claims and evaluate whether he truly discovered the first ever documented proof of faster-than-light information transfer. If that were really the case, I have a feeling it wouldn’t be first reported in Radio Bosnia.
But I think the takeaway here is that Osmanagić is a full-on ancient astronaut theorist, and his Slavic nationalist agenda has merged with the weird fringe obsession with Tesla and the widespread disgruntlement with evolutionary theory into an all-encompassing 360° fringe worldview.
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