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INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR:
Duane K. McCullough 8/01

by Duane McCullough


This 15th 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: 8/01 / Place: Key Largo, Florida

Reporter 2: Did this summer's release of Disney's Atlantis movie help in any way to publicize your SPIRIT OF ATLANTIS research book project?

Duane: Yes -- and no. Last June I was invited to speak as a "expert on the Atlantis subject" during a radio talk show from Seattle that reviewed the movie -- however, beyond that event, my SOA project is apparently still floating in sea of fictional views which continues to hide the truth about what Atlantis was and when it existed in historical time.

Reporter 2: So, what's the next step in your SOA book project? What can you do to make your published Atlantean views rise above all others?

Duane: Well, one important step depends on what opportunities may unfold when the major media services discover my Atlantean book project. On one hand, I should take the time to hustle my book project discoveries to the major media services or educational institutions to draw more attention to my views so I could sell more books. While on the other hand, I should progressively continue to refine my research and presentation programs so when the greater public does discover my views I've already posted at my website, the views will be clearer to understand. I could refine my research by writing new essays or updating old views I have regarding certain unclear anthropological questions -- such as whether modern Cro-Magnon Man evolved in the New World continent of Atlantis or, as others believe, somewhere in the Old World of Afro-Eurasia. Certain other scientific and archeological arguments may also need clarification -- only time will clarify these views.

Reporter 2: Ok, why do you believe modern Cro-Magnon Man evolved in the New World of Atlantis and not, as others believe, somewhere in the Old World of Afro-Eurasia?

Duane: To clarify that complicated view, let's look at two existing types of manatees of the world. In the mid-Atlantic realm, along the shores and warm rivers of the New World, there exist the beaver-tail manatee. And in the warm shore waters of the Indo-Pacific realm of the Old World there exist the fork-tail manatee. Both variety of "sea-cows" are mammals that inhabit similar aquatic realms, but are apparently distinct in their genetic makeup. Now let's look at a time when, according to certain anthropological studies, the world was once inhabited some forty-thousand years ago by two types of humans -- Cro-Magnon Man and Neanderthal Man. These anthropological studies suggest that Neanderthal Man either "atomically blended genetically" with Cro-Magnon Man at about that time or just lost the race to procreate as fast as Cro-Magnon Man because their hygienic habits where not as good -- due to the lack of important memory space in their brains. And because the bones of Neanderthal Man have never been found in the New World, a popular concept that promotes the "out of Africa" view suggest that the New World was colonize by Cro-Magnon Man from the Old World during the last ice age long after Neanderthal Man "disappeared". Counter to that popular concept is a new view that suggest Cro-Magnon Man could have evolved from a primate species from within the New World and colonized the shores of the Old World. Further complicating both of these views is the idea that modern Cro-Magnon Man of the last ten-thousand years or so is even a newer variant of human that managed to invent a language and alphabet to record historical events. Also, by studying the blood origins of early humans -- specifically those of type "O", is another way to view the "directional flow" of human evolution across the world. So, the comparative analogy of studying the origins of Cro-Magnon Man with that of a type of manatee found only in the New World suggest both mammals may have evolved from the same hemisphere.

Reporter 2: You do have some radical -- yet interesting, theories of human evolution. What do you believe is the most difficult aspect to understand by readers of your SOA book project?

Duane: Perhaps the most difficult aspect to understand in all of my historical research is my attempt to rewrite the chronology of recorded human history in using a new historical timeline argument. Let's face it -- much of my Atlantean book project is just that -- an argument. It's a disagreement with the very timeline record everybody uses every day. My historical data challenges the annual accountability of Western History -- and for that reason alone, creates a timeline controversy which many historians could not even began to argue because they are not yet familiar with the details of my historical data. The idea that the annual accountability of conventional human history is significantly flawed can be scary if no other alternate timeline is known -- however, because my historical data provides for an alternate timeline, I'm not scared to argue my historical views. Someday soon the general public will see the magnitude of my chronological discoveries and better understand when the Atlantean Age existed in recorded history.

Reporter 3: Even if your idea that the current conventional A.D. timeline is seriously incorrect and needs to be updated became a popular argument in the educational arena, to whom would you direct your new timeline argument at? What historical institution would represent the counter argument to your historical theories?

Duane: A view comes to mind in answering that question wherein the late scientist Carl Sagan once entitled his last chapter in his book COSMOS: Who speaks for Earth? Because nobody I know has the absolute power to control the chronology of human history, I have decided to direct my historical timeline discoveries to the general public via the Internet in hopes that the leadership of some educational institution would also discover the historical data and help publicize my work. With the help of powerful publishing connections, historians have been altering the past for centuries -- even God can't do that. The only real difference in my new annual accountability of ancient history and the conventional accountability of ancient history is that my timeline work argues a much smaller value of time between important sequential historical events. Remember, it doesn't challenge the annual accountability of the last five centuries -- which is important to understand because my timeline argument is not with all conventional history books -- only the ones that date historical events from before the discovery of the New World.

Reporter 3: Why is your timeline argument so important in your SOA book project? Would it not be easier to drop the timeline argument so that your readership could better focus on the Atlantean subject and not be distracted by your radical timeline views?

Duane: Because one of the primary aspects of my new timeline argument explains when and why the Atlantean Maritime Kingdom was destroyed only about nine centuries ago by the astrophysical forces of a rogue comet, I can not drop my timeline argument. If I drop my timeline argument from my SOA book project, I could not answer one of the most important questions regarding Atlantis -- and that is when did Atlantis exist in historical time?

Reporter 3: Have you ever heard the phrase: Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone? Your timeline argument may have some merit, but it has and will continue to label you and your SOA book project as strange in the minds of first time readers.

Duane: Have you ever heard of the phrase: Truth is stranger than fiction? Perhaps the real reward in my historical work is knowing a more true version of global human history than the conventional timeline would have us believe. Some of my historical theories have become factual in my mind over time because I can't wait for other historians to verify them. The rate of discovery is sometimes too fast to wait for verification. Yes, my views are strange -- but that doesn't make them fictional.

Reporter 3: If you believe the conventional timeline is fictional, why then do you date our interviews and other literary work by yourself using the conventional timeline?

Duane: Until my timeline data is verified by other historians, I can play along with a year count that correlates to the conventional timeline. If the general public wants to count annual time from a starting point nearly two-thousand years ago, so can I. However, my historical data suggests it wasn't Christ's birthday nearly two-thousand years ago -- rather, the event that began recorded history could have been the creation of the seaport of Atlantis. I should state that my historical data can't prove any human event beyond about a thousand years ago -- so to suggest that the creation of Atlantean seaport and maritime kingdom started about two-thousand years ago is a guess. I may be wrong in my guess -- but I'm probably closer to the truth than any other guess as to when the Atlantean Age began.

Reporter 3: So, let me review some important dates established from your historical timeline discoveries. You say that because ancient history was incorrectly dated by publishers during the Renaissance, the conventional timeline of history is all wrong. You say that Christ lived only about seven centuries ago because, among other things, his shroud was carbon-dated to that time. You say that the seaport of Atlantis was destroyed just over nine centuries ago by the Biblical Flood. You say that Biblical history began only about a thousand years ago with the birth of Adam -- and now your guessing that the Atlantean Age began only about two-thousand years ago. Do you realize just how radical these views appear to the first time reader?

Duane: Yes -- every day. However, my historical views only appear radical because they seem out of step with the general understanding of recorded human history. Some would say I have ignored many scientific conclusions as to how and when recorded human history was created over time. I say the mathematical and calendrical formulas within my timeline work includes many scientific conclusions which can be explained if the time is taken to study the data in sequence. Call it radical or strange -- my timeline work took many years to formulate and I believe in my views.

Reporter 3: One last question regarding your radical timeline of ancient history. What does your family and friends think of your historical theories?

Duane: Well, some friends just politely ignore my argument because they do not have the time to study the many complex views involved in dating ancient history. The attitude that someday I will "come around to reality" by giving up my argument has been noticeable by these friends for some time. The same applies to my family members -- although my dad sometimes understands a few of my views. My wife -- well, she's not a history buff at all. Basically, nobody I know has the time to care about the true dates of ancient history -- let alone attempt to change them. Apparently, there is no monetary reward in changing the dates of ancient history -- so why even try? These views are what I see from family and friends. But the world is a huge place and there are persons I have not met yet who do care about lost civilizations and will take the time to review the annual accountability of ancient history like I have. It will be these persons who will help the greater public see beyond the mass media publications that have buried the annual truth of global human history and the reality of Atlantean Maritime Kingdom.

Reporter 1: On average, what is it that you do every day? What keeps you busy -- how to you spend your time?

Duane: If it's my day to captain the 17' zodiac into the bay waters of the Everglades National Park in search of marine animals with visitors as an environmental guide, I wait at home for a phone call from Caribbean Watersports. As a standby Sailing Instructor at the same local resort in Key Largo, I also can be called some days to teach sailing aboard several Hobie catamarans. On my days off, I sometimes go sailing with family or friends aboard my 20' Mirage in Florida Bay. Snorkeling or scuba diving the nearby coral reef is nice when possible. When not doing these things or working around the house, I love working with my ever changing marine craft models in the belief that someday I will build larger working versions. Lately, I've been rediscovering how to work with several computer CAD programs in creating and rendering these marine craft designs. I also like playing music on my acoustic guitars and Yamaha keyboard. And of course, there exist my book projects -- which includes many subprojects of graphical and text work. On occasion, I also create my acrylic paintings on driftwood of seascape images or disappear a few days into a good book. Oh, and did I mention the many hours I spend enjoying flight simulator programs on my computers? This month, I will virtually circumnavigate my PBY Catalina seaplane around the Caribbean Sea in search of that perfect island and cove to visit.

Reporter 1: Have you ever had any real flight experience as a pilot?

Duane : Yes -- as a pilot with 23 hours in a Cherokee 140 back in the early seventies, I know the feeling of soloing a modern aircraft. However, I ran out of money before I finished my pilots' license. Nowadays, I'm basically content in pretending to fly from my computer using flight simulators because -- well, for one it's safer, and cheaper. However, there are times I would like to use a real aircraft for aero photography reasons. There exist a scientific technique in using aero stereo photography to record shoreline images that interest me. Perhaps one day I will find the resources to buy or build a seaplane that could fulfill that interest.

Reporter 1: How is your seaplane project coming along?

Duane: Like I mentioned earlier, I have been rediscovering how to work with several computer CAD programs in creating and rendering my marine craft -- including the seaplane project I've been working on for nearly two decades. The general seaplane design changes a little every time I compare the computer model version with the physical model version. In trying to keep to a very simple design which should be easily recreated in kit form from basic materials from the local hardware store, the basic design still looks like a hang-glider with a payload shaped like a kayak. Some versions attempt to accommodate an engine of some sort -- but, in the end, perhaps only a gyro-stabilizer device may be necessary for directional control. If modern kite-boarding craft of today can fly over 100 feet reaching heights over 40 feet on just the wind and pilot actions alone, then imagine what the future will bring.

Reporter 2: Regarding this seaplane design you have been working on, your SOA book project suggest that a similar kite-plane design was one used by mythical characters like Hermes or Mercury to carry messages between important outpost of the Atlantean Maritime Kingdom. With this in mind, your seaplane design project, when finished, will be a recreation of a flying aircraft design once used long ago by our antediluvian ancestors before the technology was lost during the Biblical Flood. So, your seaplane design theories suggest a view that future aeronautical technology will be based on ancient aeronautical technology. Is this view correct?

Duane: Why, yes -- if you put it that way. Actually, the key concept in that view is not whether the future technology is founded on past technology -- but rather simple technology will prevail in the end. Over time engineers have a habit of adding features to designs that overly complicate the original purpose of the design. In the end, the complexity of the evolving design requires more and more resources to accommodate the apparent needs of the original design. For example, If I want to go flying around my neighborhood on any given day I would have to go to the nearest airport and rent or buy a complex modern aircraft that would cost more time and money than I -- and most other persons who like to fly, have available. I would much prefer to go to my utility room or garage and quickly assemble a simple kite-plane design which could be launched in minutes at a nearby field or body of water. Such simple aircraft designs are almost already available now -- however, they are still too complicated and way too expensive to operate for most people who like flying. Now because human flight can be inherently dangerous -- due to forces like gravity and inertia, a relatively safe design is paramount in the simple aircraft of the future that will become, what I believe, a viable form of human transportation. I believe modern aeronautical technology will soon recreate some sort of kite-boat design that will revolutionize marine travel as we now know it -- and I plan to be part of that revolution.


END 15th INTERVIEW 8/01
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