Mysteries of the World
by D.M. Murdock/Acharya S
"Our world has two sets of natural laws. One set tells us stupidly simple things about gravity
and nature. The other tells us that space and time are constantly distorted in our reality, and that we are all
subject to the still undefined laws of that second set."
John Keel, Disneyland of the Gods
"Probably nothing could ever dislodge sceptics from positions clung to for their very life."
Peter Kolosimo, Not of this World
"If there is a Universal Mind, must it be sane?"
The following is said in my best Rod Serling voice, as part of my studies in folklore and
mythology, leading you into a whole new world for you to examine...
Skepticism is the basis for science. As such, skeptisicm is absolutely crucial in order to
discover the truth. It is true that far too many people are gullible, rather than skeptical. This gullibility has
led to the unthinking following of dangerous ideologies that make human beings little more than sheep and
slaves. Millions are convinced, merely on the words of others, that there are invisible creatures of one or another
ethnicity, race gender or form, such as gods, sons of gods, virgin mothers, angels, devils, etc., who are directing
life behind the scenes. While there are indeed unseen forces at work in nature (such as air, gravity, levity
and love), what they have been too frequently portrayed as are mere cultural artifacts and hallucinations, instead
of ultimate realities. Mindlessly believing in these limited depictions of the mysterious and enigmatic
without thorough investigation is not healthy. But hardcore skepticism that reduces the cosmos to nothing but
mechanical matter and third-dimensional, mundane mediocrity is not necessarily healthy either. In this sense,
the gullible follower and the hardcore skeptic are in the same boat, and the paradox thus presented is at the
core of the quest for understanding the workings of the universe.
Much of the time, the materialistic depiction of life rings true, as the supernatural or
paranormal does not concretely factor into daily life. However, at times the truly bizarre and unexplainable
occurs, thus throwing our established paradigms of reality into an uproar. While materialists find these
occurrences disturbing and readily dismiss them as fantasy and illusion, the fact remains that some of
them cannot be so easily dismissed. Nor would we want to, since these moments of mystery are some of the most
delicious and entertaining that we can experience in this dimension. These "fortean" moments, when
frogs purportedly fall from the sky or chupacabras allegedly appear out of nowhere or manmade objects are
supposedly found in rock strata millions of years old, should be viewed as simply fascinating and not ignored.
After all, who wants to live in a world or universe where no magic ever occurs? Yet, that desire does not mean
we should not inspect or enjoy such events with a critical eye, using rigorous scientific methodology.
Let us inspect some of these inexplicable and earthshaking events that have allegedly occurred
over the thousands and millions of years. These "fortean" events or items, named by Charles Fort "the procession of the damned" (Prometheus Books), are innumerable in quantity, so the
following will present a mere taste of the wonders that await those who have not already made up their minds as
to the nature of reality. (The following list represents reportage of apparent and
alleged phenomena from folklore, stories and reports around the world, not an opinion or
endorsement as to whether or not they have actually happened or are "real." I include numerous
links/citations for further investigation. Ask yourself, is it real or is a hoax?)
For hundreds of years, inexplicable "sky quakes
" or thunderous explosions have been heard in various parts of the
world, long before jets existed to break the sound barrier.
Huge blocks of ice
have been crashing through roofs for centuries, again
long before airplanes were invented.
Also for thousands of years, red and black rains have fallen from the skies.
Animals that do not belong in the area appear without any explanation such as escape from a zoo or
circus, including kangaroos
in North America or panthers in England
For decades—long before the overt development of the laser— thousands of animal mutilations
have been reported, wherein the blood is drained and organs
removed through precise surgical incisions, with no blood found around the carcass.
Strange machines or "submarines
" are detected in waters where there shouldn't be any.
and sailors appear and disappear on lakes and the open seas.
UFOs—"Unidentified Flying Objects
," not necessarily piloted by sentient creatures—have
been buzzing around the sky for centuries. In modern times, these appearances have been dismissed
as "swamp gas."
From time to time, huge "satellites" have been detected in space, such as "The Black Knight
," as have been strange "radio transmissions."
Cultures around the world claim to be descended from or taught by "sky people
," purportedly reflecting that ancient man had the capacity to fly.
Eskimos claim to have been brought north in "metal birds
Men dressed in black
, often in the style of the day, have been reported for
centuries. They sometimes seem quite malevolent or alien, or speak unintelligibly and do bizarre
things like eat cigarettes.
Weird carvings or figurines depict what look like astronauts wearing helmets
and breathing apparatuses or carrying laser packs.
These, of course, may merely be objets d'art
, based on humankind's amazing creativity and
, elves and alien creatures
of all sorts have been reported for millennia to have descended
from the skies or appeared out of the ground or from the ocean.
Tiny, intricate artifacts such as spears and coffins are found that appear to have been made by elves.
Giant human skeletons
from 7 to 15 feet long (2.25-5 meters) have allegedly been
found in many parts of the world; however, skeptics dispute these claims as bad science and a
desire to validate the Bible: "In those days there were giants in the Earth." (Gen 6:4) Some of
these giant bones, in fact, were dinosaur parts. Others, such as the Cardiff giant
, have been hoaxes.
, metal axeheads
and other metal objects
that seem to be manmade are allegedly found in rock strata tens of
thousands or millions of years old, as are reportedly fossilized footprints
of true human beings, long before such creatures
purportedly existed. Some of these prints, such as the notorious "Paluxy prints
," are claimed by scientists to be dinosaur tracks.
Seaport cities are allegedly found in the American desert, apparently proving they were built thousands
of years ago, when the sea was farther inland.
Thousands of years ago, somebody in what is now New York evidently used a steel drill to create what
are called "moonstones
50,000 engraved "stones of Ica
" in Peru, allegedly
dated to at least several centuries old based on oxidation and the reports of Spanish conquistadors,
show people, extant and extinct animals, star maps, the star ring of the zodiac, and maps of
unidentified land areas. The people are shown hunting or struggling with a variety of monsters that
resemble brontosaurs, triceratops, stegosaurs, and pterodactyls, which properly belong to the Mesozoic
era [225-65 million BP]. Even more surprisingly, human beings are portrayed as having domesticated
animals that appear to be dinosaurs and are using them for transportation and warfare. People are shown
using telescopes, looking at the stars, and performing surgery. However, stones with these anachronistic representations have been asserted to be
. As archaeologist Dr. Kenneth Feder states, "The Ica Stones represent one of the
most transparent and absurd archaeological hoaxes ever perpetrated." (Feder, Encyclopedia of Dubious Archaeology
The Great Pyramid remains a mystery as to how it was constructed with such enormous blocks and
astonishing perfection. The mysterious creator of Coral Castle
, Edward Leedskalnin, claims to have discovered the secret.
Indian texts describe a huge battle in ancient times with flying machines and what seem to be
. Vitrified sand or green glass of the sort found near atomic test
sites has been discovered in deserts in India and China
. These Indian texts, however, like the "sacred"
writings of many cultures, are highly mythologized and in general cannot serve as "history."
- And recently, huge, strange and seemingly manmade structures and roads have been found under
the sea off the coast of Japan, scattered over an area of 300 miles.
These examples are but a few of the wacky and wild anomalies reported and purported around the globe for thousands of
years. The quantity of such weird discoveries is vast, and many of them cannot to be dismissed or
explained away. We must ask, how did these bizarre things come about? And why would we want to ignore them? They
clearly constitute some of the most interesting aspects of the human drama. To ignore them is to accept a world
and a cosmos that is dull, uniform and boring. Even orthodox science recognizes that the universe is
infinitely surprising in its vastness and diversity. Black holes, quarks and other cosmic oddities that appear
to be at once real and unreal fascinate scientists and give them pause in their definitive pronouncements—why
disregard the mysteries closer to home?
Sources and further reading: Not of This World by Peter
Kolosimo, Disneyland of the
Gods by John Keel, The
Complete Books of Charles Fort, Fingerprints of the Gods by
Graham Hancock, Forbidden
Archeology by Thompson & Cremo,
The Lost Cities series by David Childress, Chariots of the Gods by Erich von
Daniken, Atlantis: The Eighth
Continent by Charles Berlitz, "Out-of-place Artifacts." See also Frauds, Myths and Mysteries and Encyclopedia of Dubious Archaeology: From Atlantis to the Walam Olum by Kenneth
Feder, "Does Acharya Believe in the Ancient Astronauth Theory?" at FreethoughtNation Forums.
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