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INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR:
Duane K. McCullough 9/13

by Duane McCullough


This 33rd 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: 9/13 / Place: Rosman, North Carolina

Reporter 1: How have you been over the summer -- any news to share with us?

Duane: My wife and I are doing fine. We have had a wet cool summer season this year and yard work has been a real challenge because the grass and weeds grow faster than average. The nearby creek is double the normal flow and the damp weather affects my wife's bone joints somewhat. Regarding the news -- well, ask me new questions and I will share my answers.

Reporter 2: NASA just launched the LADEE satellite to the moon to investigate the mysterious lunar atmosphere and better understand how lunar dust particles react with the solar wind. Do you think this mission can help explain your telescope observations since March of last year regarding the glowing lunar phenomenon within the Aristarchus Crater during the New Moon phase?

Duane: I hope it will -- but since I read that the spectrograph sensors on the satellite may not be able to detect radioactive thorium particles high above the lunar surface, I'm not sure it will help explain the unique glowing event within the Aristatchus Crater during the New Moon phase.

NASA's LADEE mission -- known as the Lunar Atmospheric and Dust Environment Explorer, is designed to explore the chemical composition of dust particles above the lunar surface and how the electrostatic levitating energy of the solar wind may be able to "move around" the dust within the low lunar gravity environment.

Since I believe the atomic reaction between radioactive thorium sand and titanium oxide particles within ilmenite ore is the energy that is the power behind the glowing mystery within the Aristarchus Crater site during the New Moon phase, I don't know if the LADEE mission will directly solve that particular mystery.

However, I do believe that the LADEE mission can help solve some physical theories regarding how small vibrating particles within low gravity and the vacum of space can be shaped into a charged torus field of circular energy capable of emitting electrostatic power.

Imagine if this electrostatic energy concept could be harness in small portable chamber devices that could power our future electrical needs. Perhaps the fossle fuel era of humankind is about to come to end -- and the pollution associated with it fade away over time.

A little radioactive thorium and ilmenite sand within a torus-shape vacuum magnetic chamber device to generate electrical current energy -- what an idea for a new fuel cell design...

Reporter 2: OK -- say such a device was capable of generating substantial electrical current energy somehow, wouldn't there be some kind radiation or heat problem created by the friction of the particles contacting the interior walls of the chamber?

Duane: Perhaps, but very small and safe amounts of radioactive thorium may be all that is needed -- and maybe a magnet coil within the torus vacum chamber could regulate the insulation effects of the particle energy field away from the interior walls of the device.

And because of the pyroelectric, piezoelectric and gyromagnetic properties of ilmenite sand, the design may prove helpful in providing not only electrical energy, but also gyromagnetic forces that may be used for stability energy against gravity.

Although this possible fuel cell generator device design is just a theory -- and there would be many aspects as to how a power machine could really work efficiently, just the idea that a portable energy gadget could power the electrical needs of future vehicles or homes sites seems interesting enough to explore the concept further.

Reporter 2: So, let me review your recent theories -- you have suggested that a theoretical energy gadget device may be created which could power the electrical needs of future vehicles or homes sites. And that this energy gadget device is based on yet another theoretical design concept of yours in which you believe a much larger electrostatic "looping dust storm event" exist on the moon. Are these views correct?

Duane: Well -- actually, this theoretical energy gadget device is based on my theoretical interpretation of the ancient "Tower of Babel" apparatus I formulated some thirty years ago. That theoretical design was a large particle-beam machine which used radioactive fuel in the vibrating glowing column to transmit radio signals.

Smaller versions of this theoretical particle-beam machine design may have used hard crystal powders in the beam so that the device could score through hard materials -- much like an "gyromagnetic electric sand-blaster" tool.

However, it should be said at this point in time, that, although many of these views I've just stated are complex theories mixed with some facts -- there is one fact that I am sure about, which is there exist a glowing blue energy source on the moon because I have been looking at it with a telescope many times since March of last year.

Reporter 2: Regarding ancient technology and tools, you mentioned an item in your Spirit of Atlantis research project whereby you believe ancient celt-like tools known as "thunderbolts" or "thunderstones" were created by lighting strikes and not, as some believe, made by man at some tool factory. Could you elaborate on your theory and better explain why such remarkable tool objects can be created by natural lighting strikes?

Duane: Let me start my explanation why I believe these unique object tools may be a product of nature and not of man, by telling a story of how and where I saw my first Thunderbolt stone.

Thunderbolts -- also known as Thunderstones, look like large dark green -- almost black bullets with an edge at one end. The stones I've seen are about five inches long. The first one I saw was in 1981 while in the Bahamas when a native friend and I visited an island named Golding Cay near Lisbon Creek. There on the island, a man showed us what I thought was a meteorite or some man-made object because it seemed to be shaped by some high speed temperature event process -- or too symmetrical to be created by natural rock formation. The stone appeared to be "engineered by design" somehow.

However, my native friend named Leroy Bannester said that these stones were called "Thunderbolts" and could be found in the western back country woods of Andros Island in the Bahamas at the base of some old dead trees where he and others have used them as a lucky charm object at the base of their sailboat mast during boat construction.

Apparently, by placing these Thunderbolts at the base of the sailboat mast, the native boat builders believe that real lighting bolts will never strike the mast. I guess the old saying that lightning never strikes twice at the same spot had something to do with this ritual of planting Thunderbolt stones at the base of a sailboat mast.

Leroy also explained that these Thunderbolts were created by a lightning strike hitting a tree -- and years later, they can be found among the rotted roots of the tree.

Some years after learning these views, and while researching the subject of these unique stones in the library, I found more information that may explain their true origins.

I came across the term "Carib Axes" that also identified with these objects because they can be found throughout the Caribbean area and apparently were once used as axes.

Interestingly, one of the very first stone objects created by early humans is a stone tool called a "celt" -- which so happens to look very similar in shape to these Thunderbolts.

Celts have a sharp cutting edge on one side and a rounded blunt hammer shape on the other side. They vary in size and shape -- and some are crudely made, while others are smooth and polished. In fact, some very smooth versions appear to have been either carved out of basalt or other high temperature fired rock material.

After studying the design of man-made celts, I noticed that the Thunderbolt stone design seemed different because they really didn't have a sharp edge for cutting anything significant like the sharp edge celt stone design.

Moreover, the thunderbolt stone designs are much more dense and would take much more energy to shape and create than the design of man-made celts.

Then, one day, while shopping at a rock and mineral show in Miami Florida, I came across a Fulgurite mineraloid rock specimen that was created by a lighting strike when a lighting bolt fuses with sand on a beach.

Fulgurites -- also known as "Thunderbolt Stones", are mineraloid glass nodule tubes formed when the high temperature of a lightning strike instantaneously melts silica in the sand and fuses the grains together. Fulgerite stones are amorphus -- which means they have no internal crystalline structure.

Also, while shopping at that rock and mineral show in Miami Florida, there were many large examples of amethyst crystals that contain the mineral element of manganese within what appeared as the inside of petrified tree trunk casings. In fact, the purple color of amethyst crystals is the result of the manganese element within the crystal lattice structure reacting with light. Without manganese embedded in the crystal lattice structure, the crystal would be clear -- or some other color based on other elements interfering with the light affecting the stone.

So, I began to theorize a method of how the high temperatures of a lightning strike could fuse the chemistry within a tree trunk and create a nodule stone known as a Thunderbolt -- or Thunderstone.

Perhaps Leroy was right after all -- perhaps lightning striking a tree can create real objects known as Thunderbolts.

Further research into the subject suggested the idea that because manganese is next to iron on the Periodic Table -- but is not magnetic like iron, perhaps the manganese within the plasma of a living tree trunk can be "electromagnetically precipitated" into a bullet-like nodule during a lightning strike.

If this theory is true -- and Thunderbolts are the result of a high temperature fusion event of manganese within certain trees, then what many historians believe are ancient man-made objects are, in fact, a rare product of nature.

I also once read that the thermodynamics associated with these Thunderbolts are unique and mysterious in that they can disperse heat energy unlike other known materials -- for example, if a cotton thread was placed around the object, it will not burn under a flame because the stone will not let the heat concentrate enough for combustion.

And lately, I was reminded during a BBC documentary about the recent archeological discovery of the "Miami Circle" site in Miami Florida, that two Thunderbolt stones were found within a hole at the site.

These two Thunderbolt stones were microscopically tested by scientist and are believed to have been "created" somewhere north of Miami in the state of Alabama where similar basalt material exist.

Moreover, the documentary stated that the two highly polished stones did not appear to have ever been used as either a hammer or an axe because there was no wear on them. The documentary suggested that perhaps the stones may have only been there for ceremonial use.

Now I have no doubt that early humans created celt-like tool objects and that even some celts may have been carved out of volcanic rock -- however, perhaps some of these unique stones may have been formed by lightning strikes.

And if Thunderbolts are the result of an "instant petrifaction" event between manganese within the plasma of a tree trunk and the powerful electromagnetic forces from a lightning strike, it would be interesting to understand why they look the way they do. Is their design based on some high speed and low resistance formula? Can the science of aerodynamics learn anything from the Thunderbolt design? I'm sure many more questions can be asked about the subject of Thunderbolts -- but I will stop here for now and let these questions simmer a bit.

Reporter 3: Based on your new calendar timeline formula of dated human history events -- wherein all recorded dates of human history from before five centuries ago are annually incorrect, does it bother you when you continuously see historical documentaries or other historians of ancient history still using the dates of the old conventional five-thousand year timeline when telling a story?

Duane: I believe this question was asked before -- and now, yes it does. When modern historians still use conventional annual dates from before five centuries ago in their work, I'm sadden somewhat because, even if I was wrong about the true length of the Middle Ages and the Greco-Roman Olympiad time count, one would think some modern historian would at least question the true conventional dates of Biblical History.

Biblical stories of humans living almost a thousand years -- such as Methuselah, are still believed by scholars in this day and age. Either there was some immortal like diet in Biblical times or perhaps -- just perhaps, historians somewhere in history miscalculated the birth dates of our Biblical ancestors.

And by the way, according to my other research project "Lost Fountain -- Researching the Legend", there may have been a type of immortail like diet in Biblical times, but not one that could make a human live as long as almost a thousand years -- or even half that long.

It should be understood and remembered that although historians have been writing about and creating human dates for centuries while doing their best to keep the sequence of human events in order, they have not truly challenged the annual accountability of the event dates from before five centuries ago because of the complexity of the subject would take too long to research.

On the other hand, I have, over the years, developed enough theories to challenge the complexity of the conventional calendar timeline subject because I believe the subject of Atlantis is part of our true heritage -- and that the conventional timeline calendar is wrong for excluding it.

And don't get me started about how the conventional timeline calendar does include the subject of Atlantis and how it was destroyed in around 1500 B.C. during a major volcanic eruption event near a Greek island in the eastern Mediterranean. That Atlantean story came out only about five decades ago and originates from a book called "Voyage to Atlantis".

So, yes again to your question -- I wish other modern historians would wake up and stop using ancient event dates of the old conventional calendar from before five centuries ago to explain human history.

There was a period of time when I had questions about the true accountability of the conventional historical timeline calendar -- but as time went on, those questions became answers and I had to decide that either I was wrong with my timeline conclusions, and all history books were right -- or perhaps I was right, and all history books are wrong.

Although the decision not to believe in the recorded dates of other historians has left me feeling lonely at times, it has also allowed me to view the timeline of human history with a perspective free of any geo-political bias. In other words, I have no real prejudice or preconception in understanding of where and when early human history began.

Now some may say that I do have a preconception of where and when early human history began because I have suggested in my research that the Caribbean Basin in the New World is where the "crib of humanity" began -- as opposed to the "cradle of civilization" of the Middle east in the Old World.

However, I would respond to that narrow view with the open view that no matter where or when human civilization came into being, humankind is the result of many generations that have migrated from all over the world -- and continues to do so.

Archeologist and anthropologist may still believe in the "out of Africa" theory of early human origins and use their Carbon-14 isotope decay rate dating system to prove it, but since I have discovered some serious flaws in that sixty-year old chemical dating system -- and how it was calibrated to the old conventional calendar dating system when it was formulated, I have come to believe that the origins of humankind should not be restricted to some continental area.

And I don't believe that the origins of humankind is from off this planet we call Earth, because -- well, kind humans have always existed here on Earth and I have seen no evidence that humans ever came from outer space.

Now, as to whether intelligent beings can be found in outer space -- well that's another story for another time...


END 33rd INTERVIEW 9/13
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