The Garden of Eden unmasked

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The Garden of Eden story in Genesis is a very famous tale. In brief, God puts the first two humans, Adam and Even, in a paradise garden, where there is a tree they’ve been told not to eat from:

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” - Genesis 2:15


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The Serpent encourages Eve to eat the forbidden fruit of that tree, even though she’s initially reluctant. She points out to the Serpent that it’ll kill her. The serpent replies:

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” - Genesis 3:4


Eve eats the fruit and likes what she’s eaten. She persuades Adam to eat from it. The fruit awakens them to the knowledge that they are naked. God is angry at the Serpent and Adam and Even and banishes them from the Garden.

Many, many of us read this story as children, but some of us must have thought it a bit odd. Questions that leapt into my mind were: ‘what sort of crazy god is that? What kind of a God would put two people in a garden and say ‘eat whatever you like but don’t eat from that tree ‘cos it’ll kill you,’ when, in fact, all it did was make one embarrassed about nudity? What’s more, why on earth would a supposedly compassionate god banish two people because they ate a fruit that made them not want to be starkers? To be honest, the Biblical Garden of Eden story is plain weird. It feels like a messed-up, third-hand story that suffers from a serious bout of Chinese Whispers.

It’s therefore very interesting that there exists an ancient text that gives a different and much more logically consistent version of the Garden of Eden story. The text is known as the Secret Testament of John or the Apocryphon of John. It is an ancient text, probably from the century after Christ's death. It is at least as old as the gospels of the New Testament, most of which were written at least a century after Christ's death, but unlike them, it was not chosen by Bishop Iraneus to form the New Testament. Instead, the early Roman Catholic Church tried to destroy it. Fortunately, a few copies survived.

Here’s the Apocryphon of John’s version of the Garden of Eden story: Read More...

Revelations, Noah and the Great Flood

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Just a quick note to say that I've added a new article to the anomalies section, entitled 'Revelations and Noah'. The article puts forward the idea that the Book of Revelations in the Bible is not an apocalyptic tale about our future, described by God. Instead, it is an apocalyptic tale about our ancient past, described by Noah. I originally described this idea in my first self-published book, 'The Golden Web: Part 1' but I though it would be good to put it on this website for anyone to read.

The trigger for this update was a very interesting video on YouTube. The video explains new evidence that the Younger Dryas Impact Event, when our planet was hit by at least one size-able meteorite in 10,500 BC, really did occur. The theory has been controversial for years and attempts have been made to destroy it completely as a theory but fortunately, people are still working on it. Here's the video:


Jesus Christ and False Facts

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Our news in the Western World is currently full of articles about false facts and their pernicious erosion of truth and knowledge. The topic came to prominence during the recent U.S. election and it’s rumbled on since then. Google has been trying to rectify this problem by notifying people of ‘false facts’ on websites. Their plan is to check those facts against information compiled in Wikipedia, which, er, is compiled by everyone and notify people if they're 'wrong'. Google has also been planning to implement algorithms on its search engine that lower a site’s ranking if it contains statements regarded as untrue. Their plan, as stated a few years ago, is to decide if something is untrue by working out if that is a fringe, minority view. If it is, then they lower the google rank of that site accordingly. Unfortunately, this isn’t an intelligent or scientific strategy, as I explained in a previous blog.

For example, most people believe that glass is a slow-moving liquid at room temperature, because medieval windows are thicker on the bottom than the top, showing that the glass has flowed down over centuries. In fact, medieval glaziers did not have flat glass, as it was blown into shape, and so they traditionally put the thicker edge at the bottom of the window. This is not a common piece of knowledge and most people believe the urban myth. If Google follows the ‘majority is correct’ approach to this fact, then they would penalise any site explaining that glass is a solid at room-temperature. As a result, it would become even more difficult for a website to explain the truth to everyone.
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Robert Sepehr documentaries on Youtube

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For the last year or so, Robert Sepehr has been posting interesting documentaries on Youtube. They cover a range of subjects, from anthropology to modern history. As many of their topics overlap with articles I've posted on this website, I thought it would be good to list four videos he's made that I've found interesting and thought-provoking. Unlike much that is posted on youtube, Robert Sepehr's videos are usually balanced and intelligent and don't veer off into wild speculation. They're also relatively free of ads, which makes them easier to watch too! I don't agree with everything he posts but I do think he's doing a good job. Here's the videos he's made that I've enjoyed, along with a few personal comments:

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A haunted house and hidden truths in our ancient past

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A while ago, I wrote a blog article about a very strange but memorable experience I had one night, when it seemed that I was helping the spirit of my deceased nephew overcome his fear at the circle of white light waiting for him. Yup, it sounds weird even now and I’m tempted to put the whole experience down to being a bizarre dream, except for the fact that the dream occurred pretty much exactly after the moment he suffered his sudden, unexpected and fatal aneurism. I wrote that article only after much thought, because I was unsure that it was an appropriate thing to do in such tragic circumstances, but eventually I decided to write publicly about what I experienced because I think it’s crucially important that we talk about such experiences. Unfortunately, in our modern Western World, such experiences are regarded as delusions or signs of madness. This view is not only out of step with most of human history, it is also unscientific. As I've described in my book ‘How science shows that almost everything important we’ve been told is wrong’, it is scientifically impossible that only physical things exist, since Life cannot exist in the Universe without an external, non-physical organising influence. Without that influence, Life could not continually work directly against Entropy and would cease to exist. The impossibility of Materialism was openly stated by many brilliant, Nobel-Prize-Winning physicists but after the Second World War, this viewpoint was effectively banned.

I'm therefore keen to explore non-physical phenomena scientifically. As part of this exploration, here's a very strange experience I had a few years ago. Read More...

The Florence Baptistery Enigma

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One of the most important buildings in Florence, Italy, is its Baptistery. As the name suggests, this is where all Florentine Catholics were traditionally baptised, which was the case right up until the nineteenth century (when there were simple too many Florentines to make the process practical). The Baptistery is an octagonal building and is one of the oldest buildings in the city. It was constructed between 1059 and 1128 in the Florentine Romanesque style, at the very beginnings of the Italian Renaissance.

The Baptistry is famous for its three sets of artistically important bronze doors. These doors are special because they are decorated with intricate relief sculptures. In particular, the East doors of the building are decorated with a series of reliefs by Lorenzo Ghiberti. These are ten in number and they illustrate scenes from the Old Testament. Their quality of craftsmanship is so high that Michelangelo once referred to them as ‘the Gates of Paradise’. Read More...