Danelek, Jeffrey Allan (L)
Jeffrey Allan Danelek (1958-) is a graphic artist and author, who was born in Minnesota and now resides in Lakewood, Colorado. A number of his book reviews can be found on the Amazon website where he shows a rational and balanced approach to a variety of subjects. He has also written a number of books of his own, on ghosts, reincarnation as well as the Atlantis mystery. His book – Atlantis: Lessons from the Lost Continent, which he promotes on his website(a) also includes an interesting Q & A section.
Danelek published(b) his list of the ten most popular Atlantis theories on the Internet.
Danelek is acutely aware of the ambiguities and other difficulties in Plato’s story and although he is satisfied that the text contains details of historical fact he seems reluctant to specifically identify them. He clearly wants to accept the reality of Atlantis but is unwilling to commit himself fully to the concept. Danelek concludes that Atlantis would have been a global community that existed between the Tropics.
The thesis of his book is “that if civilisation was capable of emerging seven thousand years ago, then it was just as capable of emerging with equal likelihood twelve, thirty, even seventy thousand years ago.” He attempts to ‘prove’ that humans have probably developed civilisations, to at least our present levels of accomplishment, on a number of occasions only to repeatedly face near total destruction forcing the very few survivors back to another Stone Age to begin the process all over again. This contentious view, supported by some other writers, is not supported by unambiguous evidence.
Your compiler was not convinced by his reasoning, although, Danelek’s book is commendable as an example of intellectual honesty, sadly lacking in so many other books of this genre, unfortunately it does little to solve the Atlantis mystery.