spiritofatlantis.com | Duane K. McCullough

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INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR:
Duane K. McCullough 3/01

by Duane McCullough


This 13th interview was written by the author in response to possible questions regarding the book: SPIRIT OF ATLANTIS / The Treasure Adventure. Although there are three fictional reporters asking questions about the many views presented in the book, the questions asked are meant to inspire the public into discovering the truth and reality about Atlantis. The public is welcome to republish this "press conference" - however, any republication of this interview should include this web site address or HTML link to the www.spiritofatlantis.com web site.


Dateline: 3/01 / Place: Key Largo, Florida

Reporter 2: Your SPIRIT OF ATLANTIS website has changed address recently. Could you explain why?

Duane: Yes, I now have a new site at the "ourworld.cs.com" homepage area that provides more memory space to share my research data. The new site is at "http://ourworld.cs.com/_ht_a/duanekmccullough". Or just type "www.spiritofatlantis.com" in your web-browser and it should take you to this new website address. I should also mention at this time that my new LOST FOUNTAIN website address at "http://ourworld.cs.com/_ht_a/lostfountain" is likewise now available and is the full book project online. Check them out when you can.

Reporter 2: Your SOA website is mostly text based and simple in design with very little animated graphics. With more memory space to share your research data, are you planning to show us some multimedia data this year?

Duane: With 20megabites of hard drive space per website, I should be able to include some of my animated GIF's and larger graphics. Some audio data could also be inclusive. So, yes - some multimedia data, including several VRML models of new marine craft designs, should be found at my SOA website soon. The time to compile them is the only barrier.

Reporter 1: Now that you have more online space for display, do you plan to also include more artwork within your MY GALLERY/SEASCAPES area?

Duane: Yes, I have an extensive photo collection and other artwork I've created over the years. Like I said, time is the only barrier between me compiling the work I've done and sharing it with the public via my SOA website.

Reporter 2: Have you ever entertained the idea of making your SOA book project totally available online like your LOST FOUNTAIN book project? With complete online access to all the historical data, perhaps the greater public could better understand your new historical theories and maybe provide greater opportunities in linking your research work with those who could help in republishing your views.

Duane: Yes, I have thought about "posting" my research work of over twenty years in order to generate greater publicity in the SOA book project. In fact, perhaps if I receive some encouragement byway of some email, I may just do that - now with 20 megs available for website space. Marketing information in the Internet Age can be a tricky business and "posting" my copyrighted work may seem like I would be giving up some of my rights in controlling the information, but I would not. I would be merely exposing my copyrighted manuscript to a popular public format of experiencing information without direct compensation. Readers experiencing the information could still order the latest version of the SOA book project in paperback or on CD. And of course, if readers enjoy my online views and wish to help me financially, they could indirectly compensate me by "tipping" whatever they believe my views are worth. However, that method of collection would become something like "passing the plate" - and I'm not sure that would pay my bills at this stage of the book project. Significant positive publicity is what the project really needs. Again, the decision to "post" my SOA book project online depends on some encouraging email and whether I feel it's the right thing to do.

Reporter 2: Some years ago, Internet search engines welcomed new websites to add to their databases, but now it seems that webmasters have to advertise their websites by buying links into major search engines. Have you spent any advertising monies to publicize or "broadcast" your SOA website to these major search engines so that perhaps the greater public can discover your research work?

Duane: No, I have not invested any monies to advertise my SOA website because I've always had no real problem in finding the site in the major search engines. However, you have a valid point in suggesting the need to advertise in order to "broadcast" my research work in the changing Internet environment. I'll look into it. You would think a website that explores the reality behind history's greatest mystery would naturally sell itself - but it seems that very few people have the time to read and discover new scientific views about the lost civilization of Atlantis.

Reporter 3: Regarding the subject of "time" - or the measurement of annual time in your SOA book project, have you found a way to better express your new radical timeline theory to the public as to how and why the annual timeline value of conventional human history is wrong? Furthermore, your new radical timeline theory suggest a much different understanding of global human history that challenges the standard knowledge of human origins and early civilizations. Although we have covered this discussion before in earlier interviews, when and where do you believe the greater public will come to realize your new annual understanding of global human history?

Duane: You ask "have I found a way to better express my new radical timeline theory to the public?", well, no - not yet. My SOA website and book project are ways to express my views, but the jury is still out as to when and where the greater public will come to realize the annual truth of global human history and our ancestral origins. My new timeline view of human history only seems radical to many modern historians because, for nearly five centuries, other historians have repeated recorded annual data over and over so many times, without verifying the annual accountability of earlier records, that the conventional timeline became "factual" over time itself. The old adage that "history repeats itself, historians repeat each other" is ever so true in my view regarding the last five centuries of record keeping. However, my historical views are not trying to "trash" the conventional timeline of human history. If properly understood, they are merely "updating" a timeline that should have been corrected nearly five centuries ago during the Renaissance when the printing press and a new number system were invented. Perhaps when some "big news-media company" recognizes my timeline views at my SOA website and "broadcast" them is when the greater public will began to discover a new way of understanding global human history.

Reporter 3: However you word it, your new timeline theory of global human history has the appearance of "trashing" centuries of record keeping by professional historians. And most any first time reader of your new timeline theory - which suggest the first Biblical patriarch lived only a thousand years ago, will naturally reject it because such a view seems impossible according to the conventional timeline understanding of Western Civilization. Do you realize that you are challenging centuries of popular political and religious records that date the origins of humankind to over five millennia ago?

Duane: Sometimes I do not realize the magnitude of change my new timeline theory portrays when compared to the conventional timeline of human history. Sometimes I overlook the idea that my views may seem so wrong in the eyes of first time readers. I keep assuming other historical scholars will eventually discover my timeline views and come to realize that the comparative short time humans have kept written records on this Earth is even shorter than five millennia ago. Perhaps the secret in convincing other historians that my new timeline views are plausible is to package the views in proper sequence. By linking the views in sequence, a better understanding of my new timeline should make sense. The problem is when the first time reader encounters a theoretical statement out of sequence, they tend to "trash" the entire set of views that makeup the greater theory. So, yes - I do realize my new timeline views are challenging centuries of popular political and religious records. Just because the odds of winning the timeline argument are seemingly not in my favor, does not mean my views are wrong and the conventional timeline is correct.

Reporter 3: Politics aside, what would you say to the religious communities regarding their popular annual accountability of recorded human history and your new annual version?

Duane: Political and religious leaders alike should come to realize that, although my new annual accountability of human history does challenge their overall understanding of ancient history, it does not challenge the social and moral teachings of their work. Believing that Plato or Christ lived less than a thousand years ago doesn't change the greater understanding that both were great leaders in their own field of study. So, I would say to any student or teacher of history that my new annual accountability of human history is actually an opportunity to rediscover the sequential realignment of certain important events within ancient history and improve upon the truth of when and what really happened in ancient times.

Reporter 2: While studying your SOA book project, I've noticed the first two volumes of the four that makeup the book project never mentions the subject of Atlantis. Could you explain why the Atlantean subject is not found in the first half of your book?

Duane: As I have explained in the Introduction of my SOA book project, Volume 1 began as a set of stories about the local natives of southern Florida which expanded into other archeological views that suggested a network of trade and communication capabilities with other native tribes throughout Central and North America. Volume 2 attempts to explain how these New World native tribes used a lost binary alphabet as a means of communicating messages between other seafaring natives along the eastern side of the Atlantic realm. Use of this prehistoric alphabet dates to the time of Stonehenge - long before the Viking Age or even the oldest Egyptian pyramids. It was only then that I discovered the link to the Atlantean subject and began writing Volume 3 - which is a mixture of my views about Atlantis and my views about the evolution of the Latin Alphabet. Prior to writing Volume 3, I, like many other readers of history, assumed the subject of Atlantis was based on fictional Greek mythology and had little or nothing to do with real history. So, by the time I began writing Volume 4 - which reveals several new anthropological theories about how, when, and where humans first came into being, I came to realize how serious the Atlantean subject is in the study of Western Civilization and human origins.

Reporter 1: In our last interview you talked about your new aircraft designs and how they could revolutionize modern aviation technology. You focused on a foil-wing design that, according to your aeronautical understanding, could provide greater lifting properties than any existing wing design. You also believe the Atlanteans once used this foil-wing design on sailboats and even on a lost "hang-glider" aircraft design as a form of power to propel such craft. You have even stated that this arrow shaped wing design once inspired ancient scholars to use the design as the first symbol in the Latin alphabet as a symbol of power. Do you have anything to add to these views and, if you do, could you elaborate on how modern aviation could benefit from this ancient "lateen-rig" wing design concept?

Duane: Yes, I could add many views to what you have just said. The wing designs of modern aviation include many compromising formulas to compensate for the many needs and purposes of flight technology. However, the fundamental purpose of flight technology is to create an aircraft that can safely lift and carry a payload through the air using a wing design formula which is balanced against the pull of gravity. I believe I have rediscovered a simplistic fundamental wing design formula that may be the best compromise because construction cost verses lifting power is the smallest in the modern aviation market. With a basic understanding of modern composite building materials, construction of this new wing design, and how it could be safely attached to the payload pod, should inspire modern aircraft designers into creating many new low cost aircraft that would revolutionize modern aviation technology. Currently, I have designed three basic versions of the same foil-wing formula. The spar/fabric version, the folding flat surface version, and the solid-state version. All three designs are scalable to small or large projects. The art of safely lifting and carrying a payload through the air - or on water for that matter, is based on a new, yet very old, design formula that can be seen in the very first letter of the Latin Alphabet.

Reporter 1: The type of aircraft you have envisioned seems to have a "payload pod" of some sort hanging down from a deltoid-like hang-glider. Apparently, the design of your "payload pod" would vary depending on the surface medium of operation - such as water or land. How would such an aircraft revolutionize modern aviation - given the fact that such an aircraft has been around as a powered hang-glider for nearly forty years?

Duane: Well, the type of powered hang-glider you refer to was an experimental NASA design developed in the early 60's and looked very different from the modern powered aircraft version of the last two decades. Basically, it will be the low cost of construction that should drive this foil-wing formula design in modern aviation and revolutionize aeronautical transportation. By providing a more economical lifting platform design to the field of modern aviation, I believe similar future aircraft, based on this new foil-wing design formula, should expose more people to the art of flying to their local or distant destinations. The spirit of affordable safe flight has been with us for nearly a century and now I believe the time is better than ever before to prove it. I hope to make available soon, online at my SOA website, some better examples of this new, yet very old, design formula of flight.


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