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I have now published my new book, Joining The Dots, which offers a fresh look at the Atlantis mystery. I have addressed the critical questions of when, where and who, using Plato's own words, tempered with some critical thinking and a modicum of common sense.


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Santiago Martinez Concha

Martinez Concha, Santiago

Santiago Martinez ConchaSantiago Martínez Concha is a Colombian author who published in March 2012 an English Kindle version of his Spanish book with astoundingly original title of Atlantis.

It is poorly translated and includes four, apparently important, checklists all in Spanish! He places Atlantis in the region of the Azores which sit on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) and considers all other proposed locations as mere colonies of Atlantis. He refers erroneously to the MAR as a subduction zone, but that is a minor matter compared to his insistence on a connection between Atlantis and features on Mars! He also includes the claim that Atlantis was destroyed by the Earth-Mars Orbital exchange, based on the ideas of creationist Donald Patten (not Alan Patten).

Martinez would also appear to suffer from chronic pareidolia, seeing giant heads in rock outcrops, guardian animals and a view of a queen about to give birth at Machu Picchu. You could not make this up unless you were experimenting with Colombia’s biggest export.

Pareidolia

Pareidolia is the technical term to describe the human tendency to mentally construct familiar images from random visual stimuli, both dynamic and static, such as clouds, fires, mountains, trees, toasted bread, vegetables etc., etc., etc. The links below(a)-(e) give many examples, some funny, some pathetic. The Fortean Times magazine provides regular examples.

Readers will by now be asking what this has to do with Atlantis. Well quite frankly, very little, except that a recent book by the Columbian author, Santiago Martínez Concha, entitled Atlantis devotes a large part of this slender volume to photos of mountains where pareidolic images of heads are claimed to have been carved by ‘giants’ which the author identifies with the nephilim of the Old Testament. The book is available as a free Kindle download(f) and quite frankly it is overpriced at that. [offer no longer  available as of April 2014]

elephant ear

Perhaps even more pertinent is the claim by Doug Yurchey that Atlantis had been situated in the Atlantic and connected to twelve colonies by a perfect grid(g), one of which was in Canada and marked by an Indian head! This perceived image is a classic case of pareidolia.

Canadian Indian Head

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another example is what is known as ‘The Carpathian Sphinx’ in Romania’s Brucegi Natural Park. A pathetic attempt to construct a serious theory linking this natural rock formation with the Egyptian Sphinx is the subject of a 2014 feature-length YouTube video by filmmaker Oana Ghiocel(h).

A collection of 20 images with a claimed religious significance has been published on the website of The Telegraph website in the UK(i).

(a) http://www.seeker.com/is-that-an-elephant-on-mars-1765727684.html

(b) http://forum.schizophrenia.com/t/pareidolia/8739 (see elephant ear image above)

(c) http://hellaheaven-ana.blogspot.com/2011/06/pareidolia-took-queens-elizabeth-dollar.html

*(d) http://www.yoism.org/?q=node/129 (offline Jan. 2018)*

(e) http://earthsky.org/human-world/seeing-things-that-arent-there

(f)  http://www.amazon.com/ATLANTIS-ebook/dp/B007PKOQNA (link broken April 2014)

(g) http://www.world-mysteries.com/newgw/doug_atlantis_pg.htm

(h) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fI7IQQLqO6Y

(i) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/howaboutthat/11491504/20-images-of-Jesus-and-other-religious-figures-seen-in-strange-things-and-places.html?frame=3243164