During the middle two hours, geologist and author Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D. discussed how coronal mass ejections from the sun unleashed discharges upon Earth which destroyed ancient advanced cultures. "There was a major solar outburst, I'm now convinced, at the end of the last Ice Age that really wiped out these early civilizations," Schoch declared. To that end, he noted that ancient hieroglyphs, such as Easter Island's rongorongo script, appear to depict plasma phenomena in the sky as observed by the denizens of Earth. Additionally, Schoch cited ice core studies, lunar materials, and the preponderance of ancient, seemingly abandoned, monuments as evidence for such an event. To that end, he pointed to Turkey's Gobekli Tepe site, which has been dated to this time frame and, he believes, was purposely buried by its creators, as an indication that the ancients tried to protect their civilization from the solar event.
Based on his research, Schoch surmised that these coronal mass ejection events happen roughly every 10,000 years and that the Earth is due to be hit again soon. Should such an event happen, he said, the electrical grid and communication systems on the planet would be crippled. Additionally, "super energetic electrons and protons" would blast the Earth, damaging electronics, and earthquakes as well as volcanic activity would be induced. While Schoch dismissed the idea that the Mayan calendar is an exact prediction of the next coronal mass ejection, he did suggest that the infamous timetable is alluding to such an event. Ultimately, he warned that "any time between now and the next five years, even ten years," the planet could fall victim to the massive solar blast.
Schoch also provided an update on his research into the Sphinx and contended that there "absolutely something under the left paw." He explained that seismic investigation into this anomaly indicates that the chamber is 12 by 9 meters and theorized that there is a cliff base beneath the sands of the Sphinx where a door likely leads into the mysterious structure. Unfortunately, Schoch lamented that the rising water tables in Egypt are now likely flooding the chamber, which makes timely exploration of the find to be of paramount importance. Connecting his Sphinx research with the study of coronal mass ejections, Schoch speculated that the structure was contemporaneous with the Gobekli Tepe monument and depicted a male lion which would indicate a message, of sorts, concerning the sun.
In the first hour, Daniel Oldis talked about his research into lucid dreaming, and his recent work documenting inter-dream communication, where two individuals can send a message from one dreamer to another dreamer through the subconscious realm and the Internet. Explaining that lucid dreams can be observational as well as active, Oldis said that people can use these moments to work through issues such as conquering recurring nightmares or conjuring departed loved ones for a final conversation. "In a sense, you're sort of a God in your own world," he marveled. One method for training to lucid dream, which Oldis shared, was "reality testing." This technique, he said, involves occasionally asking "is this real" while awake, which will become habitual, even when dreaming. As such, one will instinctively ask the question while in a dream state and then realize that they are in a non-reality.
The final hour of the program feature Open Lines.
A sleeping elephant at England's Chester Zoo revealed a remarkable sight upon rising from its slumber. In the sand which acted as a makeshift pillow for the massive pachyderm was a breathtaking and stunningly detailed impression of its head. More on the story at ABC News.
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