The Atlantis Syndrome
The Atlantis Syndrome , by Paul Jordan, is a well-received sceptical review of the entire Atlantis mystery. Jordan rightly condemns the cultic nature of some Atlantis commentators and the inability of others to accept the findings of conventional archaeology regarding the development of civilisation. In spite of his acerbic style Jordan’s book is worth studying with an open mind.
This compiler is of the opinion that it is highly probable that an Atlantis existed, although not known by that name, and that a more radical interpretation of Plato’s text is required in order to identify when and where the real ‘Atlantis’ existed. The solution will be rather unexciting and disappointing for those who foolishly believe in a Utopian Atlantis founded by aliens with a crystal power source.
As a result of so much rubbish having been written about Atlantis, Jordan had plenty of material that could be easily demolished and has unfairly given the impression that all books on Atlantis are of the same poor standard. It is worth considering that part of the problem may be that investigators have not clearly appreciated the possibility that Plato conflated two or more stories into one multi-layered narrative for dramatic effect and/or philosophical instruction. Such a literary device would have been in keeping with the style of his age.
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