Friday, September 17, 2010
Many ufologists believe that the pyramids and the Great Sphinx could not possibly have been built by human beings. They point to the existence of these ancient structures as evidence of early alien intervention.
Yet right here in the U.S., on a 10-acre site near Homestead, Florida, a monument to human ingenuity challenges the idea that alien intervention is necessary for the accomplishment of amazing feats.
Ed Leedskalnin was a small, Latvian immigrant who spent his life building what is now known as The Coral Castle. Composed of a collection of huge stones, some weighing as much as 30 tons, Ed built the unconventional structure for a woman and family he knew he would never have. One 9-ton revolving gate inside the compound is so perfectly balanced it opens easily with the push of a single finger.
Leedskalnin worked at night, by himself, and never revealed his methods. He also moved the entire structure, alone, from its original location to its current location on 10-acres years after first completing it near Florida City. No one knows how he did that either.
Leedskalnin claimed to know the secrets of the builders of the pyramids and when asked how he did it would say that he understood weights and counterweights and used a system of simple pulleys. Experts who have examined the structure, which is often compared to Stonehedge and the Pyramids, have not been able to replicate his methods.
Leedskalnin was also very interested in magnetism and wrote a highly unconventional book in which he argued that gravity does not really exist; that every object on earth carries a magnetic charge that connects to the center of the planet, and that what we take to be gravity is a side effect of this natural, innate magnetism.
Many people have theorized that Leedskalnin figured out how to reverse the magnetic charge of the stones so that they could be levitated, though no one has been able to prove this is possible.
With regard to aliens and UFOS, Leedskalnin's obsessive interest in magnetics and his unconventional life and accomplishments are intriguing. UFO sightings are often linked to magnetic disturbances. and many have theorized that the propulsion system behind UFO 'craft' is based on something to do with magnetism.
Nonetheless, Leedskalnin did not attribute his building methods to aliens or even talk about aliens.
The Myth of Progress
A common assumption of modern science is that human knowledge progresses and accumulates over time, so that today's knowledge is the best and most comprehensive knowledge ever, the sum total of all previous methods and discoveries distilled into a single best discipline.
Yet history seems to tell a different story: A story of increasing complexity and expertise followed by collapse and new beginnings. The people who built the Sphinx are long gone and so are their methods. They cannot tell us how they did what they did or why they did it.
Similarly, we still do not know how the Romans built their aquaducts. Much of their technology is lost to us. We cannot reconstruct it no matter how hard we try.
It seems that human knowledge develops in cycles, and that at the end of each cycle, as things fall apart, much if not all of the accumulated wisdom of the era is lost. Assuming that previous civilizations were more necessarily primitive than modern civiliation is most likely an error--a self-serving one.
Ancient civiliations were different. Their goals and motivations were different. Therefore their technology and organization was different. But were they primitive?
Ed Leedskalnin's Coral Castle remains a mystery--one that is open to the public, open to anyone with a probing mind and healthy curiousity.
If you happen to be traveling near Homestead, Florida, stop in.
And if you figure it out, shoot me an e-mail!