Mission: Atlantis is all about exploring the myth, legend and possible reality of Plato’s lost island empire. Ironically, when most scientists hear the name Atlantis, they temporarily lose their critical thinking skills and descend into unsupported dismissiveness or even self-indulgent ridicule. Why such a knee-jerk reaction? Perhaps they’ve been trained, like Pavlov’s dog, to “bark” when they hear certain words like, “Atlantis,” “conspiracy” and similarly controversial topics. It’s not a pretty sight to see grown professionals act so childishly, but it happens. The sad thing is that they are no longer being inquisitive, but willfully blind. That’s the danger in using the wrong paradigm—an attitude and approach that’s biased. Skepticism contains the potent bias of “doubt,” when science is mandated not to be biased. Most scientists are unaware there is a better paradigm lurking within their current operating basis. That better paradigm is the more benign pair, restraint and humility.
All too often, scientists forget the original purpose of skepticism and jump to an easy conclusion or an easy tradition, instead of being restrained and humble to the truth, whatever that truth ends up being. Take for instance the claim researchers have had for years that Atlantis was purely a fiction because there is no evidence that a civilization existed that far back in time. If you have any critical thinking skills at all, you likely see the logical fallacy being used here—an argument to ignorance type fallacy. Quite simply, a lack of evidence never disproves a hypothesis. This should seem obvious, but too many scientists and self-proclaimed “skeptics” go entirely stupid on the topic and imply that the lack of evidence proves the hypothesis is wrong. What if, the next day an archaeologist digs up the missing proof? Oops! Or, what if the evidence once existed, but has since been destroyed? The lack of that evidence in our possession still does not disprove the past existence of Atlantis. I know this can be frustrating to some know-it-alls who prefer to make grand pronouncements, but instead of saying “it didn’t exist,” they should be saying, “I don’t know.” Alas! Their egos get in the way. Admitting that there is something they don’t know something is too painful to them.
But now we have evidence of civilization that far back. In the mid-90s, scientists at Göbekli Tepe, Turkey, discovered a huge site with intricate, stone carvings. The date: 9500 BC—a mere hundred years after the traditional date for the demise of Atlantis.
Do we have proof that Atlantis existed? No. Do we have proof that Atlantis did not exist? No! We do, however, have plenty of evidence which suggests that Atlantis may well have existed. And that’s what this website is all about. Here, we will use critical thinking skills, and Einstein’s favorite—imagination—to explore the possibilities of humanities past heritage.
Welcome! And I hope you enjoy the website.
Rod Martin, Jr.