Eric Dubay is an American professional conspiracy theorist. His first offering was The Atlantean Conspiracy, that is supported by a website(a). This book is heavy on paranoia but rather light on Plato and is now available as a free pdf file(b).
Dubay’s conspiracy is all-encompassing, linking The Vatican, AIDS, 9/11, Freemasons, Pearl Harbour etc, etc. How Plato’s lost civilisation can be linked with such matters is hard to fathom, apart from the marketing value of Atlantis. I’m surprised that he omitted Mickey Mouse, The Simpsons and the cost of Hungarian potatoes. One could be forgiven for thinking that Eric is badly in need of lessons in critical thinking.
In 2014, Dubay sank even further with the publication of The Flat-Earth Conspiracy, the promotional blurb for which ends with; “The greatest cover-up of all time, NASA and Freemasonry’s biggest secret, is that we are living on a plane, not a planet, that Earth is the flat, stationary center of the universe.”
Dubay is described as one of the leading voices behind the revival of the Flat Earth theory(c), in fact he is now president of the International Flat Earth Research Society.
Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) was a follower of Madame Blavatsky and rose to become head of the German Theosophists. However, in 1913, he developed his own brand of Theosophy, which he called Anthroposophy. This movement was based on the idea that the human intellect has the ability to contact spirit worlds. He designed and built a temple, the Goetheanum, for his burgeoning movement. The Goetheanum was burned down by people assumed to have been Nazis.
Steiner, who was born in Austria, was a keen supporter of the pan-German cause and consorted with known racists, although he was not overtly racist himself. However, Waldorf schools initially founded by Steiner in the 1920’s are still operating today in the United States and Europe and are still dogged by accusations of racism(b). A colouring book designed for young Waldorf pupils, based on Steiner’s writings, can be viewed online(a). It includes Atlantean flying machines and power sources. His strange cosmology included a flat Earth and his medical advice was equally weird(d).
Steiner, with the aid of ‘spirit guides’, has offered some bizarre descriptions of Atlantis, which he claimed gradually sank in the Atlantic in 7227 BC.
A large amount of Steiner’s work is now available in pdf format(c).
Cosmas Indicopleustes was a 6th century AD theologian and geographer from Alexandria who became a monk in later life. He wrote of Atlantis as a large island in the western ocean punished by god with submergence. He also added a twist to the tale by recording a tradition that Noah had resided on Atlantis. Cosmas was probably the first writer to use Plato’s tale as evidence for the veracity of the Bible. He contended that Atlantis was the Garden of Eden and that Plato’s 10 kings of Atlantis were the 10 generations between Adam and Noah!
His only extant book, Christian Topography, is a bizarre work that includes support for a Flat (Square) Earth. A translation by J. W. McCrindle was published by the Hakluyt Society in 1897(b).
Cosmas has added little to the Atlantis story except further confusion.
One commentator described his work as a ‘monument of unconscious humour.’