Thursday, January 25, 2007

Ancient Technology Secrets

Most people assume that today represents the most advanced level of technology in every aspect of human endeavor on the planet. They feel that all technology now is superior to all earlier forms of technology, and they feel this because by and large, the technology of today is the further refined versions of technologies from days gone by. So they naturally assume technologies from hundreds or thousands of years ago were simpler and less developed than today’s technology.

And they would be wrong.

Well, let’s be clear, here. To a large extent they are correct. Almost all technology of today is superior to the corresponding technologies of hundreds or thousands of years ago. Almost. But not all. That is to say that there are some few things that were once possible but that are no longer possible to create. The secrets to these amazing technologies have been lost somewhere along the way.

One example is a legendary sword-steel called “Damascus Steel”. Swords made from this special steel could cut through a ladies silk handkerchief floating in mid-air. They could cut through the best sword steel made in Europe, and they could even cut through stone – all without dulling the edge. They could hone to an edge finer than a razor blade, yet have the strength to cut stone or resist blows from other sharp hard steel blades in a swordfight. It had the strange property of being both extremely hard and yet flexible at the same time. Swords were made of this amazing steel in Damascus, Syria from 900AD until 1750AD, and now they are made no more – and cannot be reproduced. We no longer have the technology to reproduce them. Some of these legendary swords do still exist though and have been examined. They appear to have carbon nanotubes or carbon nanowires, which is the strongest structure known to modern materials scientists, but it is inconceivable to modern metallurgists how they may have created these carbon nano-structures. Especially in the quantities needed for sword steel making. Another theory is that they somehow used a small amount of Vanadium to make them harder.
The steel itself has a telltale highly figured surface that looks almost like a paisley pattern. It is a result of the metallurgical process of creating these so-called wootz steel ingots, whose earliest roots date back to 300BCE in Sri Lanka. There have been some modern imitations that attempt to re-create Damascus steel, but none of them have been able to do it fully and properly.

Another ancient-but-now-lost technology is the so-called “ever-burning-lamps”. These were used in many places in the ancient world, including some say, in Solomon’s mines in deepest Africa. They are essentially a small lamp that burns, creates light, but it never burns out. People have opened tombs that have been shut for centuries and found it lit with these ever-burning lamps. It is said that in Solomon’s temple, these ever-burning lamps were hung high up in the ceilings to light the halls at all times.
"Now the House of Solomon the King was illuminated as by day, for in his wisdom he had made shining pearls which were like unto the sun, the moon and the stars in the roof of his house."

During the Middle Ages a number of ever-burning lamps were discovered in ancient tombs and temples. Based on ancient records we learn that these mysterious objects were found all over the world, in India, China, South America, North America, Egypt Greece, Italy, United Kingdom, Ireland, France and many other countries. Unfortunately, over the centuries, they have all been destroyed – usually by those who felt such things were either evil, or the devil’s work, or magical. The middle-ages was not an enlightened time for discovering amazing new technologies. In all cases – they were against the religious beliefs of the people who later found them, and so they destroyed them. Thus there are none now to examine to allow modern day scientists to try to reverse engineer the technologies and techniques used in creating them in the first place.

In ancient times, the mythological texts tell us that the Gods felt that the secret to everlasting light and perpetual fire was the property of the Gods and should not be shared with humans. Allegedly, Prometheus broke that rule and did share the secret with men, and suddenly the eternal flame was found on virtually every sacred altar around the known world. Ancient Egyptians felt that the noblemen and noblewomen of their time needed light in the afterlife so they could find their road, and so the eternal flames were set up in those ancient tombs.

Approximately 170 authors from medieval times have written about the discoveries of these ever-burning lamps in their era. Plutarch described one that burned over the door of the temple dedicated to Jupiter/Ammon. The priests there said that it burned without fuel for over 1500 years and neither wind nor rain could extinguish it.
At Edessa, Syria, in 527AD, the soldiers of emperor Justinian discovered one of these lamps in a niche over a gateway. It was protected from wind and water, but the soldiers read the inscription which stated that it had been lit in 27AD, and they realized it had been burning for 500 years, so they destroyed it. Also in the tomb of Prince Pallas, son of King Evander, in the year 140AD, a lamp was found that had been burning for over 2000 years since the tomb had been sealed. They tried to put it out with water, and by blowing it out, but that didn’t work. Eventually they had to pour out the strange liquid in the lamp in order to put it out.

In England in later years, they were still discovering these ever-burning lamps. In 1534, King Henry VIII wanted to create the Church of England to suit his purposes, and so he broke away from the Roman Catholic Church. In that process, he ordered all Catholic monasteries to be destroyed or taken over and repurposed. When they went to the tomb of Constantius Chlorus, the father of Emperor Constantine the Great, they found one of these lamps burning there which had been burning undisturbed since his death in 300AD.

I suppose you could choose to simply dismiss these stories. But there are a lot to dismiss. There are hundreds of accounts stretching across thousands of years from many countries and from many authors. Are they all delusional? Are they all hoaxes? Or are they merely describing a technology that we simply have lost and have not gotten around to re-creating? Just because we don’t understand the principle of how something works, is that a good enough reason to deny it outright? Doesn’t that put us in the same category of prejudiced mentalityas those medieval church officials who discounted them as ‘Devil’s work” and destroyed them all?

Keeping an open mind then, since we have none left to examine, we can only speculate as to the nature of these lamps. Tombs may have been sealed from human entrance, but they are not, I think, air tight, so a lack of oxygen would not put a light out. Or what if it was not actually a ‘flame’ in the traditional sense? They did describe it as a flame, but what are the other options? Was it a radioactive light that lit the room, like uranium, or some other radioactive isotope, which they called “fire” because that was their simple interpretation of anything that was lit from within? Or could it be some form of liquid electricity-based light that we have not discovered yet?

Speaking of electricity, it seems that electricity was discovered and used somehow by ancients as well. Even ‘pre-ancients’. Specifically, there was a French Rabbi named Jechiele, a court advisor to Louis IX in the 13th century, who apparently used electricity to light a ‘magical’ lamp in the front of his house day and night with no flame, no wick, no burning fluid. He also had rigged up his door-knocker to a source of electricity and when an unwanted visitor came to his door, he touched a nail to the wall in his study and delivered a shock of respectable voltage to the would-be visitor.
Thousands of years before that, in the Zorostrarian faith, in the region which was later known as Persia, the Magi of that faith apparently had electricity and could control it to produce light and power for various effects in their temples.

But then in a much, much MUCH older case, the Leonard Nimoy narrated show from the 1970’s called “In Search Of” showed a story where researchers in California’s Death Valley were examining the area of some caves that were inhabited 800,000 years ago by people who had some remarkable technology and had drawn pictures of flying craft on the cave walls, and they discovered a curious rock that was round, but flattened, like a smartie, and circumscribing the edge was a string of apparently 'drilled' holes. The researcher picked it up as a curiosity and then took it back to the lab. They x-rayed it and then cut it in half to be certain, and sure enough, inside was a strange manufactured device. A metal coil embedded inside a porcelain core, embedded inside the rock. As it turned out, after analyzing it, the scientists concluded that this was an 800,000 year old spark plug. I guessed that it may have been used to ignite flames in a pot to impress others with apparent “magic” effects. But it was a technology. And, you’ll note, this is technology we don’t have today. Our current spark plugs have wires to deliver the electricity to make them work. These didn’t.

Also, on the theme of electricity, we cannot leave out a more recent marvel of lost technology. In the early 1900’s a scientist by the name of Nikola Tesla distinguished himself by creating electromagnetic fields, which became the basis for motors, and by inventing the concept of AC electric power which you are using right at this moment to run the computer you are reading this on, and he had invented a number of further advances which no one has been able to recreate since he died.

Specifically, he could deliver electricity through the ground or through the air without wires from his plant in Colorado Springs. Like controlled lightning. He had created something called a ‘death ray’. He had created something he called an ‘electricity tap’ which was an inexhaustible source of clean electric power which could be set up cheaply anywhere – even in the middle of deep space. But his main benefactor/sponsor George Westinghouse would not fund these projects to put them out to the public because he could not make money from them. In fact, AC power was very useful – he made a fortune building electric plants, but then to give people the means to make their own power – well, that would significantly undermine his profits. So he stopped Tesla from bringing those plans out.
Tesla eventually took the secrets to his grave, and he died a poor man living in a flat in New York City. Government agents raided his room afterward and took all his papers. Who knows where the secrets of those technologies might be now.

5 Comments:

At 1/26/2007 12:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

DonaldJ
occultrush@fastmail.fm


Now I'm beginning to understand why my plan has been so stifled...

I'll tell you where your desired technologies and flying cars are... You already know where they aren't...

They're in my 14 cases of 75-thousand pages of notes... That's where they have always been, since 1978...

Have you seen the latest "flying car" claim..?
It's a blimp, tied to a something or other.. It looks like a "floating gurney"...
Next thing yah know they'll be driving their cars off'n cliffs, claiming they have flying cars...


I have the technology for flying cars engines... I just can't find the funding..? And I sure have tried... I've been snubbed more times than I can count... Now, being snubbed is just a way of life for me...


...1978 late Fall.. on a planned three-week leisurely cruise across Canada, along highway number-one, along as much of the scenic-routes as I could find.. just past the Ontario border into Manitoba.. I saw two large meteorites cross a huge "X" in the sky.. and thought about it with all I had.. "What makes Alien craft's engines work", I telepathed from all my Being...
...A few minutes later, I had to park, to write the flood of new data, for three hours straight.. resulting in the crude bench manual to build a liquid electricity rocket...

James Watt watched a kettle boil, and invented a steam engine...
I saw an X in the sky, and invented the liquid electricity engine...

I attempted to detail the workings of the engine to a visiting European nuclear physicist.. "mindless dolt" would be a better fitting title... 60-seconds into the description, his face when pale, his chin dropped, he struggled to speak, he accused me of "talking in the forth dimension", barely managed to stand, managed to walk three paces, and fell flat on his face...

Over the years I have contacted pretty-much every major scientific concern in the business world, to no avail...
All I got was "classy" snubbing and scorn, from the mindless scientific community, governments, and religions... and a lot of remote viewers desperately trying to suck technology from my mind, mostly when I slept.. till I figured ways to seriously damage them upon approach... Plus there were a lot of attempts to dig into my computers, them believing I'd put the meat in a computer connected to the Net.. thht on that!.. They destroyed five PC's... Seems this race doesn't want engines for flying cars, and engines to take us to other solar systems, unless they can steal it from the inventor... It's a pity I am being forced to take this technology to the grave...

All this engine is, is a couple serious modifications to laser... It cracks light... Damaged light "particles" self-heal with the nearest molecules.. thus creating raw antimatter-acids, which are saved in exhaust scrubbers, and sold by the public, to power industry... The service station pays the consumer for plugged exhaust scrubbers.. A complete 180 turn-around for having to pay for gas all these years...

Fragmented light "particles" instantly decay into liquid electricity.. which, among the 110 new-technologies in this science layer, replaces combustion as a power source, opens the bonds of the inert elements, establishes plazma-welding of all materials to all materials, is the base to establish disintegrator trash-pails, obsoletes hospitals, gives us planetary defense weaponry and thousands of new toys, and gets us to other habitable-planets before this one shows us we've already killed it...

It's that.. or you'all can go try to find it all by yourselves, by your classic "scientific" trial and error methods...

If anyone has a clue how to get new technology funded, I'd sure appreciate hearing about it.. and I'm sure you would benefit from it greatly when I start marketing flying-cars... Do you prefer two seaters or four seaters?..

Why is it so tough to get new technologies funded?.. Could it be that mankind's intellect is devolving..? given that cell phones are baking brains, meth, and coke are dissolving brains, the drug industry's pain killers evolutions are numbing people to escape reality, dirty smallpox vaccinations are destroying brain file connections, alcohol and the prolific lack of nutrients are literally desiccating brains in their cases... Every day it seems more and more that humans are devolving into apes... Just look at how they, you, we, treat this planet...


Bottom-line is, You get flying cars about five years after I gets a lab and a credit card... Simple as that!...

I've done a life-time of work acquiring this technology.. I've taken it as far as I can without funding... If I'm not funded by my 60th birthday (11 mnths from now), the 75-thousand pages of notes burn in the garden on my 60th, and I'll send a video clip of the bon-fire, and a cover story, to the mindless scientific community, for their archives... and you all can get your flying cars when the next one like me come along, in about 500 to a 1000 years...

So.. Now you know why you are not driving your flying-cars today.. and why those alive today won't be seeing flying-cars in their lifetimes...

____________


This liquid electricity emitter's raw output is a dirty-pink stationary light-cloud... which evolves into 4-D TV, and into cinema special effects breakthroughs for the next 500-years... Filmable synthetic actors.. restricted only by lack of imagination...

A little further research, this toy evolves into an engine that will obsolete Fire as a power source... Fire will become illegal... The atmosphere will have the opportunity to self-heal...

This plazma engine will power all our vehicles, including moon and mars capable consumer RV's... and will provide mankind with the basic means to populate other planets in other solar systems...

This engine evolved to tools and weaponry, will do things like, "write a poem on a lunar cliff face from earth... and drill a meter diameter hole 20-miles into the earth's crust, for us to plant magma batteries, which crystallize into crystallines, with hardnesses 14 to 28 on the Mho's scale... Thereby revolutionizing several industries: optics, bearings, abrasives, weaponry, and pretty much evolving every industry and life in many ways...

This is what our Species has been searching for... I found it, but it seems no one can even begin to fathom any of it... I tell them, and they "piss" in my face...

The usual reaction I get when mentioning any of this in various Internet forums, is flame and barrages of mindless insults, and varying religious, pseudo-physiological, and political battles with aggressive mindless people, all hellbent on defending the insane stagnancy-quo...

I defend myself well against slanderous attacks, which have resulted in me being banned from many forums and scientific communities...
I've heard it all repeatedly, in various world forums, and from other sources.. and from the mindless scientific community, that can't even grasp the first minute of any of these technologies... It's the same "wall" of fear and insanity that all the ancient greats were confronted by... It's what trashed Tesla's lab after he plugged a light-bulb into the ground... It's what ridiculed Flemming for inventing penicillin, for claiming that "tiny invisible bugs were the cause of disease"... Then the medical scientific community tried to destroy Flemming's life.. and they returned content, to their tapping wounds with filthy turkey-feathers dipped in alcohol and various rock powders, to Frighten-away disease and infection... "ookook-eiee!"..

It's that Dam wall that your devolving superstitious mindless fearful Species just can't see light through it... Seems there is no secret entry-point through this Race's mindless insanity levels, to permit a scientist to build new technologies anymore, to give this Race More...? Seems you are all content with the fall into Oblivion.. forever numbing the discomforts of the fall with your latest evolutions of designer drugs, and your silly interactive-cartoons, to keep your minds off your species impending demise... When then near the year 145,730, the last human can be viewed, cracking the marrow out of the bones of the second last.. and by 155k, the planet can't even support the life of one single hardy beetle...

So now you really know why you don't have your 1200mph flying cars today...
Or as that gossip-guy on the radio used to say, "And now you know.. the rest of the story"...

 
At 1/26/2007 8:25 AM, Anonymous Val said...

My advice to you is this: If you want people to believe you, and therefore invest money in your technology and ideas, then you should try to focus down to just one idea at a time. One technology. One novel concept. One step beyond the current limits.

As it is, you are exploding with different ideas and concepts in too many directions all at the same time without complete logical trains of thoughts that allow other people to follow your thinking. Also, all the things you mentioned are not within the sphere of general knowledge of anyone, so there is nothing to hold on to. There are no mental handles for people. So because of that, it begins to sound like the ravings of a lunatic to other people, right?
Think of it. Put yourself in their place. Some guy walks up and starts talking about 37 different technologies that you've never heard of, and doesn't connect the dots to any of them from the stuff you already know. What can you possibly make of it, except to assume that he is disassociated from reality?

Honestly, that is what your comments above sound like.

So, to build credibility, take one idea. Show how this is an extention from the current technology to get to that point. Make it so others can follow you. Connect the dots for them. Then, with that bit of credibility, then you can expand. One piece at a time.

Good luck to you.

 
At 1/27/2007 8:59 AM, Anonymous Igor said...

Very refreshing post, Val!

I too often wonder how come those people who lived before were capable of achieving what they did achieve. Well, you can guess that I don't believe all those fairytales of "thousands years ago".

But when I think of what people like 15-16th century explorers did - I am amazed - compared to the level of technology and medicine available then, their accomplishments are nothing but magical. For example, the achievement of Columbus, compared to todays technology, would equal to travelling to Moon or Mars. And it was a private enterprise! Today's private enterprises are unable even to get to the low Earth orbit.

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now some things for you to think about:

you say: "There are hundreds of accounts stretching across thousands of years from many countries and from many authors."

you know, Val, this is simply not true. There are no sources from before 13-14th centuries. None. Nothing. Zip. Null. Not a single one.

Not a single document known to man is reliably dated before ~13th century. Yeah, yeah, I know: history, textbooks, C14 dating, dead sea scrolls, etc, etc... hey, you'd say - go to any bookstore and see how many historical books and "accounts" are there, right?

Wrong! In the same bookstore there would be hundreds of "accounts" about the Middle-Earth.... you don't think Frodo really existed, no?

 
At 1/27/2007 11:04 AM, Blogger Val Serrie said...

I go not understand what you are saying, Igor. How can you say that there are no books that existed before 1200AD? The Bible, the Qur'an, the holy books of all major religions in the world? Aristotle? Plato? Ptolemy? The hieroglyphic records of Egypt? The cunieform records of Sumer? The Sanskrit writings of ancient India? Are you saying that all things written before then are just lies or fantasies? As if the world was created in 1200AD and any story from before then was fantasy and dreams? Why would you make this claim? Why would all people of all cultures write down nothing but lies for thousands of years?
What is the significance of the 13th century? Why not 18th? or 11th? or 3200BCE?

...and by the way, I love Tolkien's work. He actually created a universe that was more complete and diverse than the known history of the real one.

 
At 1/27/2007 4:11 PM, Anonymous Igor said...

what about the hieroglyphic records of Egypt ?

How do you know when those records were created?

what about [books] existed before 1200AD

Ok. The books. What is a book? it is an object made of paper-like material that contains a text. So, may be it is a news for you, but there are NO books (objects) anywhere in the world that are known to be manufactured before ~12th century. As far as we know.

Aristotle? Plato? Ptolemy?

Oh, brother... Do you know that works of those "ancient authors" suddenly appeared around 12-13-14th centuries, and not in the form of original artifacts from ancient Greece, but as re-tellings by then-modern individuals?

Same with the Bible. The one on your shelf is the latest compilation - was created ~500 yrs ago. And NOT from documents from the time of early christians, as you probably think...

Let me try to explain to you. Let's take, for example, some text by some aristotel. On your shelf there is that aristotel book. It was printed 10yrs ago in New-York by Orion Books Ltd. The text in this book is a copy from a book published in London in 1877. There a lot of copies of that book around. Now, the text in that book is an edited copy from a book published again in London in 1759. There are still a few copies of that book around. In preface of the 1759 book it says that it is a translation from Latin of a volume printed in Germany in 1580. There are no copies of that book today, but it is mentioned in some documents of the period, and there are available quotes from that book in yet some more documents.

So far so good. But the next iteration backward would be the last one: we have some documents from previous years that somewhen around 1460 a copy of that aristotel work surfaced in Venice. The person (Mr. X) who sold that copy claimed that it was a translation from Greek of some manuscript he stole from the castle of Mr.Y. Mr.Z, who bought that copy and brought it to Paris, insisted (in his diaries) that first he didn't know who the author is, because the copy lacked first 20 and last 40 pages, but then found the missing title page in his friend's library in southern France.

Of course, none of the manuscripts mentioned in the above paragraph are available today. Or are mentioned in other documents from that period.

Hope, you got the idea. You try to trace the history of any ancient text, and you get smthing like I have just described. And! in each case the eldest document which age can be reliably verified would be dated no earlier than 12-13th century...

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btw, DO you understand that the fact that there were no Aristotel's works before, say, 1200AD - that fact - DOES NOT mean that Aristotel hadn't existed? Do you understand that? - it is VERY important question!

 

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