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4.0 out of 5 stars Discovery of the real cause of big catastrophes in history., 19 Nov 1999
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This review is from: Earth under Fire (Hardcover)
Well written and documented study on the apocalyptical history of planet Earth. The writer has found many beautiful clues in astronomy, astrology and mythology that hint at the sometimes erratic behaviour of our Planet and solar system in history, all due to sudden super explosions at the center of our galaxy. Is there an analogy to the "heartbeat" of our Sun with its steady cycle of sunspots?
Nevertheless, as beautiful as the story is linked with all kinds of sciences, I do not know if he on purpose forgets that the Egyptian priests assured Herodotus that the Pole of the Earth and the Pole of the Ecliptic had formerly coincided, signifying an age of horror. This would answer some questions he leaves open.
At the end of the story the writer displays a rather unneccessary and scaring apocalyptic view (the Y2K itch?). He foresees a great upheavel in the very near future, which he bases on the Hindu system of cycles and some astronomical data. However, H.P. Blavatsky makes it clear in her Secret Doctrine that the figures of the cycles of the Hindus, their Yuga's, must be read as Divine Years and not as ordinary figures. E.g. the Kali Yuga cycle would after some mathematics result in 432.000 years and not 1200 (merely a detail). So according to theosophy there are still some 20.000 years to go for the closing of a smaller cycle (not the end of Kali Yuga, that would be after 429.500 years from now) when the first big catastrofes will occur.
We may also add some questionmarks to the thoughts of the writer at the end of the book, when he calls for some action to prevent the passing of a future shockwave from the center of the galaxy through our solar system. I would be delighted to know what power could protect our solar system as a whole against such a power?
Still, this book must be recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars if true, one of the most important books ever., 16 Feb 1998
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This review is from: Earth under Fire (Hardcover)
If the central thesis of EARTH UNDER FIRE is correct, this is one of the most important books ever written. Although it would take a team of very independent-minded scientists from at least a dozen different disciplines to make a solid assessment of the various novel claims & interpretations made here, LaViolette's theory does what all good new theories do: it takes a variety of disparate, previously neglected or unaccounted for facts and weaves them into a new perspective in which they fit together seamlessly like pieces of a puzzle.LaViolette proposes a new version of quantum mechanics which applies nonlinear dynamical ideas from Prigogine to the long-neglected, but never disproven, notion of the ether. LaViolette says this model predicts that the galactic core is not a blackhole but a supermassive energy object which explodes (or beats like a heart?) periodically. This pulsation sends out a wave of cosmic rays which then fill the solar system with interstellar gas, occluding sunlight, and increasing solar flare activity. LaViolette builds on recent work by Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval, John Anthony West, et al., and argues that the sphinx/pyramid complex, the zodiac and the tarot were all time capsule messages to future generations about the last time this event hit earth, with catastrophic consequences (about 13,000 years ago). If the indications from the Mayan calendar are correct, another such wave may be incoming around 2012 AD. That gives us fourteen years to prepare, if these numbers handed down from ancient astronomers, and polar ice core samples, are anything to go by. While the central hypothesis, and the various interpretations that follow from it, are highly unorthodox, there is next to nothing of the flaky fringe science/UFOlogy/New Age vibe in this book. And LaViolette's astronimcally based deciphering of the sphinx/zodiac "cryptogram" provides further evidence that there was indeed a technically advanced civilization on earth ("Atlantis") which appears to have been largely extinguished by the proposed 'superwave' catastrophe, which also brought the last ice age to an end. We can only hope LaViolette is wrong, or if he is right, that we are in the 26,000 year lull between superwaves, rather than the 13,000 year half cycle. If the latter, the information contained in this book should be broadcast globally, with international interdisciplinary conferences convened immediately. Let's hope LaViolette is completely wrong, but just in case. . . READ THIS BOOK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminates the Book of Revelation, 17 Mar 1999
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When I was reading and not understanding the symbolism in the Book of Revelation, Paul's book was like a floodlight in a strange mansion where rooms were filled with dark mysteries, until Paul revealed revelation in a new light. Now I understand what it means, eg. 'He comes with the clouds! are solar wind clouds, cosmic dust, and the blue light in the black sky, its all explained in a new and original, prophetic way. Hooray Paul!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atlantis, and "Earth Under Fire" by Paul LaViolette, 25 Dec 1997
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I have just finished reading the book "Earth Under Fire" by Paul LaViolette (he has a PhD in systems science).
This book accomplishes so much, that it is hard to say anything about it. In a nutshell, the book is about LaViolette's dissertation subject, being the effect of periodic galactic core explosions -- the period being roughly 26,000 years -- which send out shells of cosmic rays (chiefly in the form of electrons moving at near light-speed) that are hundreds to thousands of light-years thick (the thickness being the duration of that particular galactic core explosion).
The effect of this constant blast of cosmic rays -- once the shell hits our solar system which is 23,000 light-years from the galactic core -- is to push interstellar dust into the inner solar system (the dust is normally kept out by the pressure of the solar wind). The result of this dust is very major, in a number of different ways, including 1) increased flaring of the sun in the style of T Tauri stars, 2) a downshift toward the infra-red in terms of the solar radiation reaching the Earth, and 3) a significant deviation from normal in terms of the total solar energy reaching the ground.
The last shell passed the Earth roughly 14,000 years ago, marking the end of the last ice age, and causing all the major physical changes recorded from that time.
LaViolette is a solid thinker, and he does not fall for the "pole shift" idea originally advocated by Hapgood, and more recently advocated by Rose and Rand Flem-Ath in their book "When the Sky Fell". Instead, LaViolette disposes of the pole-shift approach in two pages at the end of section 12.1, by simply citing physical evidence, which, IMO, refutes it.
But, far from being a mere naysayer, LaViolette has brought a whole new approach to answering the mysterious questions about what really happened in the cataclysmic past, and why.
The book starts out slow, initially wasting time on, IMO, less-important stuff like interpreting astrological symbols and myths (at this point during my reading, I'm really wondering if I made a mistake buying this book), but then the pace picks up as the really important stuff, all the physical evidence, is marshalled in support of these core explosions and their fingerprints on the Earth, the solar system, and other parts of the galaxy (for example, section 10.2 regarding supernova remnants is just one of the many gems in this book).
My own reaction to this book is that I feel that, at last, I have a very solid explanation for what caused the cataclysmic period that coincided with the end of the last ice age. So thank you, Dr LaViolette.
As a postcript for his book, LaViolette does go into some detail as to the stone-wall treatment his research results have received. But this is not surprising for those who already know that no good deed goes unpunished.
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