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The weirdness of UFOs, ‘The Hollow Earth’
Newsminer ^ | June 3, 2020 | Greg Hill

Posted on 06/06/2020 4:33:10 PM PDT by Norski

This unusual year shows signs of becoming weirder yet. Reading Nathaniel Philbrick’s “Sea of Glory” about the little-known U.S. Exploring Expedition (or “Ex-Ex”) of 1836 reminded me how 1965 was a particularly strange year for me. That October my family moved from Texas to Vermont, where we were “the Kennedy killers” in the eyes of New Englanders still resentful of the President’s assassination; we arrived the week after a couple named Hill were abducted in neighboring New Hampshire by a UFO; the massive Northeastern power blackout occurred the following week; and I was expelled from school ten minutes into my first day for replying “yes ma’am” to a teacher who considered me sassy rather than Southern. Odder still, when I went home to tell my parents about the expulsion, they presented a book that arrived for me COD that day: a completely unsolicited copy of “The Hollow Earth” by Raymond Bernard, who claimed that, not only was the Earth hollow, it was where UFOs come from.

This book, which I still own, was cheesy even by mid-60s standards of high-acid paper and stapled bindings, with blurred, grainy illustrations and a publisher’s note saying, “We will not enter into any correspondence regarding this book. Whether you accept or reject the contents of this book is your privilege. No one cares.” The author, “Bernard,” was actually Walter Seigmeister, “an early 20th-century alternative health and esoteric writer and mystic who formed part of the alternative reality subculture,” according to Wikipedia. He lived briefly in Ecuador with Johnny Lovewisdom (AKA “the Hermit Saint of the Andes”) where they dabbled in unusual dietary practices, like “breatharianism” According to HowStuffWorks.com, the Breatharians answer for health problems was “stop eating. Or rather, live off prana, which is a Sanskrit word that translates to “life air” or “life force.” Born John Weirlo in 1919, Lovewisdom lived beside an Ecuadoran crater lake he deemed safe from nuclear fallout. He was also pretty sure he was the reincarnation of Ananda, Buddha’s main disciple. Lovewisdom invited him to visit upon learning about Seigmeister’s “Dream to make a super-race who worship the sun.”


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However, Seigmeister’s main interest was his hollow earth theory, and he was in good company, including Edmond “Comet” Halley. Halley’s dad bought him cutting-edge astronomical equipment when he entered Oxford in 1673, and three years and many astronomical papers later, Halley dropped out, sailed to St. Helena Island where he cataloged 341 Southern Hemisphere stars, figured out the size of the solar system and improved the sextant. Upon returning home he published a star catalog, so impressing King Charles II that he commanded Oxford to grant Halley a master’s degree, and the Royal Society (the leading group of natural philosophers, or proto-scientists) made him a member and employee at age 22.

Halley soon argued with Society members Richard Hook and Christopher Wren about how to accurately measure planetary motion. They took their debate to Isaac Newton, who told them he’d figured it out earlier but couldn’t find his notes, but agreed to redo calculations. “Halley persuaded Newton to expand his studies and allow him to edit the work,” Wikipedia tells us, and, since the Royal Society had spent their book budget on “History of Fishes,” Halley paid all expenses for compiling and publishing Newton’s new work, “The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy” (or “the Principia,” as its Latin abbreviation is better known). The Society also announced they couldn’t pay Halley his £50 annual salary, but reimbursed him with unsold copies of the fish book.

Describing Newton’s “Principia,” Stanford.edu wrote, “no work was more seminal in the development of modern physics and astronomy than Newton’s Principia. Its conclusion that the force retaining the planets in their orbits is one in kind with terrestrial gravity ended forever the view dating back at least to Aristotle that the celestial realm calls for one science and the sublunar realm, another.” It also laid the groundwork for calculus but wouldn’t have emerged had Halley not intervened, the same Halley who used Newton’s book to bolster his argument for a hollow earth since “the variations in Earth’s magnetic field couldn’t be due to some sort of magnetic body wandering around in rock, what with the rather solid nature of rock, so there must be unseen circles spinning around beneath our feet.”

“When you’re one step ahead of the crowd you’re a genius,” Rabbi Shlmo Riskin, noted. “When you’re two steps ahead, you’re a crackpot.”

1 posted on 06/06/2020 4:33:10 PM PDT by Norski
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To: Norski

Posted for a break and entertainment. I have never seen a UFO.

Norski


2 posted on 06/06/2020 4:35:07 PM PDT by Norski
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To: Norski

Paging Mr. E A Poe. Please pick up the white courtesy phone.


3 posted on 06/06/2020 4:36:03 PM PDT by robowombat (Orthodox)
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To: robowombat

Also Mr. Lovecraft.


4 posted on 06/06/2020 4:37:30 PM PDT by Norski
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To: Norski

He’s never seen a UFO
He never hopes to see one
But from the news we’re getting now
He’s sure that there must be one.


5 posted on 06/06/2020 4:39:52 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire. Or both.)
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To: Norski

I didn’t think old HPL was a full bore hollow earth guy. Just that the ‘old ones’ like the Soviets were sort of cosmic moles.


6 posted on 06/06/2020 4:40:32 PM PDT by robowombat (Orthodox)
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To: Norski

Communication tips:

Use short sentences.

Have the first sentence in the paragraph be the most important one.

Give links for folks who want to learn more.

https://commsbreakdown.com/2015/02/09/effective-writing/

https://www.amazon.com/Hollow-Earth-Raymond-Bernard/dp/1931882991


7 posted on 06/06/2020 4:41:09 PM PDT by cgbg (New poll: post elderly voters like Biden's experience as Wilson's VP fighting the Spanish Flu.)
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To: Norski

I have seen at least 2, and a TR3B.


8 posted on 06/06/2020 4:44:49 PM PDT by amigatec (2 Thess 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:)
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To: BenLurkin

Lol.

I was, however, accosted last month by someone who appeared to be a drug addict. He informed me that he had seen an enourmous craft hovering above a local back road within the previous two weeks. I do seem to attract highly demonised persons lately.


9 posted on 06/06/2020 4:45:51 PM PDT by Norski
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To: Norski

I thought Cyrus Teed invented the hollow earth theory.


10 posted on 06/06/2020 4:46:28 PM PDT by ifinnegan (Democrats kill babies and harvest their organs to sell)
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To: Norski

Real estate prices in inner earth aren’t bad but the Reptilians are awful neighbors.


11 posted on 06/06/2020 4:46:57 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans (I mostly come out at night... mostly.)
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To: cgbg

Assume you reference the article.

I am not the author.

Norski


12 posted on 06/06/2020 4:48:09 PM PDT by Norski
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To: Norski

If the Earth were hollow, we’d all be dead, right? No magnetic field? Much likelier that the Earth would have enormous cavern areas embedded in the crust


13 posted on 06/06/2020 4:49:46 PM PDT by atc23
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To: amigatec

I thought a TR3B was an English sports car.


14 posted on 06/06/2020 4:50:13 PM PDT by Norski
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To: Norski

I had a TR7
...wanted a TR6


15 posted on 06/06/2020 4:51:05 PM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt
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To: robowombat

Not sure, as I did not read HPL. I heard he was an incel who lived with two maiden aunts and never went near the water. . .


16 posted on 06/06/2020 4:52:05 PM PDT by Norski
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

Is this a first-hand opinion?


17 posted on 06/06/2020 4:53:14 PM PDT by Norski
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To: ifinnegan

“I thought Cyrus Teed invented the hollow earth theory.”
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I do not know.


18 posted on 06/06/2020 4:54:09 PM PDT by Norski
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To: ifinnegan

I guess he can be blamed for Alien From LA.


19 posted on 06/06/2020 4:55:25 PM PDT by wally_bert (Transmission tone, Selma.)
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To: robowombat

UFO’s exist but for sure there is no way aliens want to visit us in 2020.


20 posted on 06/06/2020 4:55:33 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy
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