Host: George Noory
Guests: Robert M. Schoch, Dr. Kirby Surprise
Hour 1 - Psychologist Dr. Kirby Surprise talked about road rage and recent incidents of shocking violence in the news. The uptick in these kind of incidents could be related to various societal stressors such as decreased social services, the weak economy, and reliance on drugs and alcohol, he suggested. People tend to react emotionally without thinking but often what they are upset or angry about is not something in the present moment. If they call their attention to their breath or focus on that moment, it can help them calm down, he said.
Hours 2, 3 & 4 - Geologist and author Robert M. Schoch has been instrumental in bringing attention to the interrelationships between geological and astronomical phenomena, catastrophes, and the early history of civilization.
He shared his contention that certain ancient civilizations are much older than typically reported, and were likely brought down by cataclysmic solar and earth changes. Schoch was one of the first to suggest that the Sphinx was far older than Egyptologists thought, dating to around 7,000 BC or further back. He has recently been studying the archaeological site of Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, a series of around 20 magnificently carved stone circles. It would have been difficult to carve and move around these 10-15 ton blocks which are tall and thin, without breaking them, suggesting they had advanced skills, he noted.
One excavator at the Gobekli site has estimated it dates back as far as 9,000 to 10,000 BC. Interestingly, Plato dated Atlantis to around 9600 BC which would correlate with the Gobekli timeline, Schoch pointed out, adding that there were likely intense solar flares at this time that heralded the end of the Ice Age. As shown in the work of Anthony Peratt, ancient petroglyphs may have depicted some of the intense solar plasma discharges.
Schoch has also investigated Easter Island, which contains huge, mysterious megalithic statues. Some of the relics were carved out of basalt, but the only place for a quarry for this material is underwater, which suggests to him that the civilization that created the statues is older than conventionally thought. He expressed concern that modern society with its extensive electric grid is unprepared for the kind of solar flare that hit in 1859, which literally fried telegraph wires. Schoch will be presenting his latest research at the Yuga Cycle of the Ages conference in Northern California in May.