Douglas G. Richards holds degrees in Zoology and Biology and apart from his interest in complementary medicine and parapsychology, he has a great interest in the search for Atlantis. As a member of A.R.E. he was greatly influenced by Edgar Cayce. He is one of the authors along with Edgar Evans Cayce and Gail Cayce Schwartzer of Mysteries of Atlantis Revisited. Richards’ investigations in the 1980’s and 1990’s focused, not surprisingly, on the Bahamas.
Father Sergio is presumably a pen-name of the author of a short book, The Legend of Atlantis.This offering is just a mish-mash of quotes from the Old Testament and Edgar Cayce, placing Atlantis in the Atlantic Ocean in the vicinity of the Azores. He also cites the highly dubious claims of the late Ray Brown. I think it a good idea that the author kept his identity a secret.
W. Raymond Drake (1913-1989) was a British writer who began the publication a series of books about ancient astronauts years before the better known work of Erich von Däniken. From the start Drake has included frequent references to Atlantis in his books. However, much of what he has written on Atlantis seems to have originated from the dubious outpourings of Blavatsky and Cayce. An example of his conclusions is “The Atlanteans probably developed electronic even telepathic techniques, radio, radar, television, for communicating with their armed forces, far-flung Empire and the near planets, abode of their Teachers.” [1038.61]
Heinrich Kruparz is an Austrian geologist who has recently ventured into the world of Atlantology with the publication of Atlantis und Lemuria. From the title he obviously supports the idea of sunken continents with advanced civilisations in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Like many others he views the Azores as the remnants of Atlantis.
Diego Marin, Ivan Minella & Erik Schievenin are the three young authors of The Three Ages of Atlantis . The three currently live in Italy and are respectively a physicist, an archaeologist and a geologist. Their basic theory is that the original Atlantis was located in Antarctica and that following a shifting of the Earth’s axis, this prehistoric civilisation was destroyed by the ensuing super-floods around 15,000 years ago. They claim that other super-floods also had global effects 11,600 and 8,700 years ago.
Appendix A is concerned with a claim that the Sumerians may never have existed and that the Sumerian language is artificial, invented by Akkadian priests for liturgical purposes.
These three scientists devoted an extensive Appendix B to a study of Edgar Cayce’s ‘revelations’ and their concurrence with their theories. Their use of Cayce is a clear abandonment of the scientific method and gives every reason to treat everything they have written with very great caution.
George Firman published a 1978 speculative map of Atlantis, on which he located it in the Atlantic. Firman’s ‘portolan’ is allegedly based on “ancient charts drawn during the Ice Age circa 15,100 BP.”) He included Mediterranean details based on Angelino Dulcert’s 14th century charts.
In 1985 Firman published Atlantis, A Definitive Study, a 125-page offering with 45 maps, photos and diagrams. The author touches on Phoenicians, dolphins(!), Edgar Cayce and of course ancient maps.
Paul Williamson & Linda Braithwaite are the authors of Atlantis: The Dark Continent  in which they claim to outline the history of Atlantis as told through the past lives regressions of four other people. Leaving aside the fact that Plato never described Atlantis as a continent, I find such sources are highly questionable and cannot be used as reliable historical evidence. As an example, Edgar Cayce described Atlantis as technologically advanced, while Williamson and Braithwaite paint a far more primitive picture. They cannot all be right!
John Van Auken is a well-known lecturer on the ‘readings’ of Edgar Cayce. He is a Director at the Edgar Cayce organization, the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E) having been associated with the A.R.E. since the late 1960s. He is the author of many books dealing with mysticism and ancient mysteries. He co-authored with Greg and Lora Little, Edgar Cayce’s Atlantis and Ancient South America. The latter mentions Plato just once, while an article on Van Auken’s own website(a) entitled Atlantis & Mu (Lemuria) has Plato completely ignored, which in my opinion leaves him unfit to discuss Atlantis. The article has been removed since.
Even more disturbing is his association with the rather dubious ‘diploma mill’, The International Metaphysical University(b), considered by some(c)(d) to be fraudulent.
Some years ago Van Auken was challenged by William Hutton to give the references of the six Cayce ‘readings’ that he had referred to in a lecture. The readings did not exist and the best that Van Auken could do was claim to have “misspoken”(e)!
John B. Alexander (1937- ) retired from the US Army with the rank of Colonel in 1988. He has lectured on pre-cataclysmic civilisations and as an underwater demolition expert with the Green Berets he was highly qualified to undertake exploratory diving in the vicinity of Bimini in 1971. He discovered a series of regularly shaped underwater features extending over a considerable area. Alexander was convinced that they were the product of a very ancient civilisation. However, he considered his views compatible with the ‘revelations’ of Edgar Cayce! For me, even more disturbing was his claim in an interview with Brad Steiger[874.59]that he used hypnotic regression to obtain “quite a bit of information on what we call Atlantis.” Plato does not get a look in. Cazeau & Scott[878.10] are even more critical, concluding that the interview shows Alexander to be neither archaeologist nor geologist and that his opinions regarding Bimini are “useless.” Frankly, it seems that Alexander was just one more trying to get on board the Bimini bandwagon.
William R. Fix (1941- ) graduated from Canada’s Simon Fraser University with degrees in Behavioural Science, History and Philosophy. Although he is not a creationist, Fix is opposed to the theory of evolution and has produced his own account of man’s origins in his 1984 book, The Bone Peddlers.
His earlier book, Pyramid Odyssey, presents a case for reappraising the history of civilisation demanded by the existence of structures such as the Great Pyramid and the story of Atlantis as related by Plato. He, rather conventionally, places Atlantis in the Atlantic based on his interpretation of Plato’s text combined with the rather dubious corroboration of Edgar Cayce. He continued his pyramid studies in his next book, Star Maps, moving on to the subject of reincarnation, from the beliefs of the ancient Egyptians to the ideas of Cayce and Rudolf Steiner’.
Most interesting for me were Fix’s comments on the Ibn Ben Zara Map (p.161) which is claimed to reflect Europe at the end of the Ice Age and his observations on the orientation of the Temple at Karnak (p.267) which may suggest a greater than accepted antiquity for “the sources of Egyptian civilisation.”
*Ivan Petricevic refers to the Ben Zara Map in similar terms(b) – “ Created in 1487, the map displays remnants of glaciers in Britain, but also extremely detailed depictions of islands in the Mediterranean and Aegean seas. Today, these islands still exist, but due to rising water levels, these are now underwater.”*
Jean-Pierre Lacroix has written a paper arguing that the location of the temples at Karnak and Thebes are a physical representation of the constellation of Aries(a).