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Parapsychology and Psychical Research

September 7, 2012 2 comments

Psychic Kids Of China

There is a new culture of children being born in China that is being called the “super psychics.” Since 1997, the government of China has recognized them and put aside millions of dollars to study these kids that have “super human powers.”These children are said to have unique abilities. For example, one of their talents is called, “psychic writing.” This happens when a child is asked to imagine words on a paper. Someone puts the paper inside an empty box. A short time later someone opens the box and there are the words written on the paper in pencil. People we skeptical so researchers from Yunnan Wenshan Teachers’ College took five children said to have this ability to do research on. The researchers blindfolded the children and gave them something to read. They found the kids were able to see with their ears, mouth, nose, , tongue, armpits, hands or feet. The children could do these tests without any mistakes.A magazine called OMNI got involved and asked to set up tests so that they could make sure there was no cheating involved. They took a book from a stack, and ripped out one page and crumpled it up into a ball. They placed in into the armpit of the kids. They could read it perfectly. OMNI wasn’t skeptical anymore.It seems that each of these “super psychic” kids has their own abilites. They seem to have a theme they want to portray where they make what they think reality. One girl made a demonstration of this, by giving a bunch of glass jars to every member in the audience. In each jar was an unbloomed rosebud. The little girl waved her hand in the air and everyone was amazed to see their roses in full bloom.By 1997 the Chinese government stated that there is at least 100,000 of these children.

Psychic Children of China

According to an article in the science magazine Omni, dated January, 1985, by Marcello Truzzi, thousands of Chinese children had developed psychic abilities.**  Some examples, were verified by scientists from the Chinese government.

One skill the children were able to develop was ‘psychic writing’, a technique where they were asked to imagine some written words on a blank piece of paper inside a closed pencil case. The case would be opened a short time later and on it were the words written in pencil. A girl from Shanghai called Xiao Kiong was the first to demonstrate this ability and so in 1981, EHF researchers at Yunnan Wenshan Teachers’ College in Yunna Province selected 5 children with EHF for further training. It was soon found that when blindfolded, these children were able to see with their ears, nose, mouth, tongue, armpits, hands or feet. These tests were not right just some of the time, they were flawless. American new-age magazine Omni got involved when the tests were set up to check there could be no cheating.

More demonstrations were made which astounded the observers, both scientific and civilian.

From a stack of books one was selected, then opened at random and a page was ripped out and crumpled up in to a small ball. It was placed in the armpit of one of the children – and the child could read every word on the page perfectly. After many more tests Omni magazine became convinced these kids were for real. But Omni were not the only ones present. Zhu Yiyi, editor of Shanghai’s Nature Magazine, a prestigious science journal also witnessed these events.

One experiment was done in front of thousands by a little girl.

On another occasion, a thousand people were sitting in an auditorium and were each given a rose-bud. A six-year-old girl came on stage and with a silent wave of her hand; the thousand rosebuds would slowly open to fully blossom into beautiful roses before the eyes of the astonished audience. Another child would take a sealed bottle off a shelf at random and place it at the centre of a table. After a few moments the pills passed through the glass bottle and settled on the table. In many cases, the child would then take another object, such as a coin, put it on the table and it would pass back into the sealed bottle.

Remote Viewing Weaponized….

Will our enemy enter our innermost secret installations invisibly and from thousands of miles away?  Will wars be fought by the conscious, bodiless armies of soldiers in a psychic battlefront?

The discovery of the energy underlying telepathic communication will be equivalent to the discovery of atomic energy. L.L. Vasilev

Project Stargate (SRI)
Remote viewing in any military sense really began with the Stargate at SRI (Stanford Research Institute) from the 1970s to 1995.**  This research project was terminated in 1996 and a new research was instituted at Stanford University named, theCognitive Science Laboratory for the Future.  Although some might see the Stargate Project ending, the present Laboratory sees itself as acontinuationof the Stargate Project.  The Stargate project was not s single project but a code name for a series of sub-projects.  At the height of the project there were no more than 22 remote viewers working, while towards the end there remained only three. The remote viewers were only consulted after all other intelligence sources had been exhausted.  It is believed bysome, as stated in May 21, 2004 article in the Daily Mail written by Monica Cafferky, entitled, The Psychic Spies, that since the attacks on 9/11 the government is using remote viewers to find the whereabouts of Bin Laden and to ascertain where and when the next attack might come.

Thewebsitefor the current research project even gives information concerning missions that these viewers were engaged in.  We will cite three examples of missions they were engaged in:
1.  September 1979– NSC (National Security Council) asked about a Soviet subamarine under construction.  Specifically, they were asked What is going on under this roof?” in a small piece of photo given the Receiver; the roof was (unbeknownst to the Receiver) in the [former] USSR. It was unknown that a submarine was under construction in the building until it was seen over three months later.  The description given to the NSC by the viewer was the following: Very large, new submarine with 18-20 missile launch tubes and a “large flat area” at the aft end would be launched in 100 days.  The reality of what was found with through other sources wastwo subs, one with 24 launch tubes and the other with 20 launch tubes and a large flat aft deck, were sighted in 120 days.

2.  February 1988– DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) asked whereMarine Corps Col. William Higginswas being held in Lebanon.  The viewers responded, Higgins was in a specific building in a specific South Lebanon village.  The reality of the situation turned out to bea released hostage later said Higgins had probably been in that building at that time.

3.  January 1989– Pentagon asked about possible Libyan response to U.S. criticism of chemical weapons work at Rabta.  The viewers respondeda ship named Patua or Potua would arrive in Tripoli to transport chemicals to an eastern Libyan port.  The reality of the situation –a ship named Batato arrived in Tripoli and loaded undetermined cargo, which it brought to an eastern Libyan port.

There are other missions that were practiced as far back as 1974 against the former Soviet Union.***  The research center even provides the method by which they score theaccuracyof the viewing.  For a very skeptical view of the activities of this research institute at Stanford you can readthisaccount given byRay Hyman, the co-founder ofModern Skepticism.

Famous Remote Viewers In The United States

Ingo Swann
Puthoff, Swann and Targ

Ingo Swann is perhaps the most famous of all the remote viewers.  It was his work that began the funding for the Stargate Project.  He developed more rigorous methods for the evaluation and control of remote viewing experiments, with his coordinate remote viewing, where the viewers, were given a location’s geographical coordinates and no other information.  To gain insight into the man you may go here where there is a full copy of his book,Remote Viewing The Real Story: The discoveries and Technical History, The Rise and the Fall, The saga and the Soap Opera, The Strange Circumstances.** This work was led by a team of scientists,Russell TargandHarold E. Puthoff.

Uri Geller

Another famous remote viewer, although controversial isUri Geller.  Both Targ and Puthoff attested to his abilities in an article in the magazine Nature.

In 1996, the Stargate Project was closed.  A lengthyarticlewas published by Edwin May in the March 1996 issue ofThe Journal of Parapsychology:Vol. 60, Iss 1; pg.3.  This article defended the work of SRI and insinuated that the CIA wanted to kill the program, not because it did not accomplish anything, but because of political considerations.

Rejecting the Star Gate program on the basis of an incomplete and incorrect analysis not only creates a false legacy, it does not easily allow for other organizations in the public or private sector to assume responsibility for a new version of the program. Aside from setting the record straight, I felt obligated to show that, as the result of their flawed methodology, the CIA/AIR greatly underestimated the statistical robustness of the research results and significantly undervalued the potential for AC in intelligence operations.

Joseph McMoneagle

Another original remote viewer wasJoseph McMoneagle.   He was considered one of the most accurate of the viewers, which meant getting approximately 3 out of every 10 assignments correct.  This was considered to have statistical significance and not just within the realm of chance.  He was written several books which are highly regarded within the community, listed below in the Amazon carousel at the end of this article.

Another remote viewer was Pat Price. He was one of the original viewers in SRI.  Hediedin 1975 of a heart attack.* Price was a former police officer, who made the famous discovery of a secret Soviet military base in Siberia.  He also claimed to have found the location of four extraterrestrial bases on the Earth.**  Ingo Swann and Pat Price became part of Project SCANATE, which was a precursor to SRI in 1973.***  In the beginning, they both made many errors, but gradually increased in accuracy.  In a quote from Dr. Targ:

This trial was such a stunning success that we were forced to undergo a formal Congressional investigation to determine if there had been a breach in National Security. Of course, none was ever found, and we were supported by the government for another fifteen years.

With the death of Pat Price, Project SCANATE ended and Project Stargate began.  After the closing of Stargate, the top members of the team formed a private company,PSI Tech, which has trained many to remote view, is still around.

Remote Viewers in the Soviet Union and China
It was the Soviet Union that pulled ahead of the world in the area of remote viewing.  One name that seems to be highly regarded in remote viewing circles is Tim Rifat.  We could not learn much about him.  He is the author of several books which are listed in Amazon.  On Amazon’s site, it is claimed that Rifat is an expert in RV (Remote Viewing) and runs a company in Europe, entitled, Paranormal Systems Management.  We could not find this company listed on the Internet.

Vladamir Bekhterev
According to Rifat in the 1920’s there was a lot of research done in the area of parapsychology in the Soviet Union.  When Stalin took power, in 1937, he ordered it stopped, due to its possible conflicts with the materialism current in the Soviet ideology.  Researchers such as Vladamir Bekhterev (Bekhterev may have been killed by Stalin after he diagnosed him with extreme paranoia seehere), A.G. Ivanov-Smolesky, and B.B. Kazhinsky were studying the brain and how it worked, including aspects of how it could be conditioned.  At that time the phrase “remote viewing” was unknown, having been penned in the 1970s by the researchers working on Project Stargate.  During these times in the Soviet Union and in Europe, this research would have been called “electromagnetic bio-information transfer.”**After the death of Stalin parapsychological studies slumbered until fictional reports surfaced in the French media in the 1960s of telepathic communications between individuals in the United States and the nuclear submarine Nautilus.  The Russians then awakened their research with the influence of Leonard Leonidovich Vasilev (1891-1966), a professor ofPhysiology in the University of Leningrad.  He published several books (listed below in the Amazon carousel), among themMysterious Phenomena of the Human Psyche, 1959 andExperiments in Mental Suggestion, 1962.***  By 1973, the Soviet government was spending 20 million rubles in a nationwide effort, which propelled them far ahead of the West in telepathy.  According to Rifat, they had by this time already organized teams of physiologists, physicists, psychologists, mathematicians, cyberneticians, neurologists and electronic engineers to investigate telepathy and conduct experiments in long-range thought transference.In 1963, Vasilev claimed to have achieved repeatable, long distance telepathic communication between Leningrad and Sevastopol with the aid of a UHF radio transmitter. This research spread to the rocketry with the statement, by K.E. Tsiolkovsky that, “In the coming era os space flights, telepathic abilities are necessary.  While the space rocket must bring men toward knowledge of the grand secrets in the universe, the study of psychic phenomena can lead us toward knowledge of the mysteries of the human mind.  It is precisely the solution of this secret which promises the greatest achievements.”  Although this may sound strange to most readers, it should be noted that Edgar Mitchell made 150 separate attempts to project his thoughts from inside the Apollo 14 flight to the moon in 1971 with success according tohim.

Aleksei Leontiev

Alexander Ivanov, produced a startling paper (for a partial listing on Soviet work in parapsychology lookhere) in the International Journal of Parapsychology about eyeless vision.  It was based on previous experiments conducted at the Odessa Institute by the parapsychologistAleksei N. Leontiev(1903-1979).  In these experiments, he attempted to train the blind to distinguish colors by merely their touch.  He claimed that they could distinguish between black, white, red and green paper.  After this was achieved, he then proceeded to teach them to “see” pictures through touch.  This then progressed to being able to travel distant rooms and describe their layouts, thus attaining psychic viewing.  Ivanov’s research, studied the idea that energy fields were imprinted on matter.  He attempted to attach harmful energy fields to objects, thus using them as poison to sicken an enemy.**

From these researches, the Soviets attempted to increase the amplitude by doing their remote viewing in thethetastate of rest.  This state was thought to produce an enhanced ability at paranormal activity.  Hypnosis, drugs and meditation were tried to inculcate the theta state of consciousness.  Schumann’s resonance, was thought to produce even more enhanced abilities.  It was rumored that they could even produce remote killings and the influencing of large numbers of people.

The Soviets apparently figured out how to block American psychic viewers from entering their secret areas.  They used a Tesla coil for this purpose.  According to Rifat:

These anti-remote viewing devices are now widely deployed in the top-secret bases of not only Russian but US underground military and research facilities.  In an off-the-record interview, a retired US Special Forces, CIA trained, PSI-warfare expert involved in the remote-viewing program discussed this anti-remote-viewing technology.  He attested to the fact that by the end of the century, the US will have totally effective anti-remote-viewing devices in all their top-secret installations, so concerned are they about the effectiveness of remote viewing and remote influencing.***

Rifat claims to have a Department of Intelligence Agency document which specifies that the Soviets were accomplished at projecting the energy of the body to the location viewed and performing psychokinesis (telekinesis).  It gets more spectacular than this.  According to Rifat, the Soviets had successfully “apported” objects.  Apporting was the abduction of objects from one location to another without physical means.  The apported object was teleported from a remote location by a direction of energy by an individual.  According to Soviet reports these projections of energy sometimes produced luminous clouds in the room to which the energy was projected.  Thus the mind converted these objects to “force-matter,” disintegrating it and reintegrating it at the will of the remote viewer.  One such spectacular psychic was Nina Kulagina.  She was supposedly able to alter the heart of a Frog.  She repeated the experiment on a skeptic psychiatrist.  It was interrupted by the technicians before he would go into cardiac arrest.

Dr. Milan Ryzl

There was the additional investigation intotelepathic scanning.  The idea was to ask a question to the targeted individual which that individual would think was being asked by himself.  He would then give the answer to himself and the psychic intruder would receive it.  The targeted individual would never know that the question was asked by someone else beside himself.  The Soviets even found ways to tap into telepathic conversations between remote viewers.  They learned how to not only break the ESP data stream but change it with new ideas or words, thus “hacking into” these telepathic communications.  Doctor Milan Ryzl, a Czech Biochemist at the Czech Institute of Biology did years of extensive research into PSI.  He eventually defected from Czechoslovakia  along with his family and his valuable library.**  The Soviets, like the Americans also useddowsingin military operations in Vietnam.

We have onlyscratchedthe surface of all the investigations that were done by the Soviet regime.  Thousands of Russians and foreigners as well as American politicians such as Richard Nixon, were experimented on without their knowledge.  Many all over the world are awakening from these experiments and coming forward.  One site which is trying to document all of this supported by Cheryl Welsh, titledMind Justice.  It is a tremendous resource in this area.

This is an astonishing documentary produced in the 1990s and hosted by Roger Moore.  You can watch the video here (it required me to log into my youtube account to see it, you may either need to log into yours or create one for free):

One wonders what Christopher Nolan the director of the recent movieInception knew when he made the film, especially in light of what is stated in the movie about the power of a human idea and human dreams.  Watch:

The Men Who Stare at Goats – The First Earth Battalion

The men who were involved in these efforts to reform combat operations, were lead by now retired Major GeneralAlbert Stubblebine.  This entire project however was inspired by the writings of aLt. Col. Jim Channon.  In 1979, he wrote afield manualfor a mythical army unit named, the 1st Earth Battalion.  According to Channon, this new age approach to military doctrine was inspired by events developing in China. Channon’s view is that the modern American soldiers should be a warrior-monk, with the spiritual awareness of a monk and the combat skills of a warrior.

Some of his points are out of the norm for the military to say the least.  He recommends mongolian massage as physical preparation, hypnotherapy for snipers, acupressure for combat first aid without medicine or equipment, the use of psychotronics to disrupt the enemy with noises and loud music. For master battle strategies, he proposed non-linear thinking.  He modeled these battle strategies after people likeGeorge Gurdijeff,Richard Bandler, andJohn Grinder(the last two being the co-founders ofNeuro Linguistic Programming).  You may watch the video (Crazy Rulers of the World) which features him as well as General Stubblebine produced by the author of the book,Men Who Stare At Goats, Jon Rhonson.

Ganzfeld Experiments

The remote viewing program in the military wen through phases.  Commonly, they would get what were called the “hopeless” cases, which other intelligence sources could not penetrate.  In a 2009 English paper, Mail Online, an article by Dr. Danny Penmann, explained how some of these remote viewing sessions were performed.

…Stanford played host to more than a dozen psychic spies and their skills were even demonstrated to President Jimmy Carter when they were used to search for a downed aircraft.  The remote viewers used a deceptively simple method based on what is known as theGanzfeld technique.  The psychic spies induced an altered state of consciousness by seating themselves in a soundproof room and wearing earphones playing white noise. Ping-pong balls sliced in half were placed over their eyes to obscure vision. The room was then bathed in soft red light.  The map coordinates or an image of the ‘target’ would then be placed in an envelope and handed to the viewers. They would be allowed to touch the envelope, but forbidden from opening it.  Locked in their meditative trance, the psychic spies would then experience pictures, feelings and impressions of the target, which might be located thousands of miles away.  To the uninitiated, this approach may sound little better than guesswork. But the scientists investigating remote viewing found it to be surprisingly accurate and the military took it on with enthusiasm.**

The army wanted more from these psychic powers than remote viewing.  It wanted this focused psychic energy directed for the purpose of killing, a weaponized psychic.

It seems to us that most of these events did occur.  There is simply too much evidence to deny it.  What kind of world will these techniques produce?  Will our minds be a new battlefield for control of the human race?  P.S. Since writing this article I received a note from one of our readers JediPD@twitter that experiments had been conducted usingFaraday cageswith remote viewing.   The remote viewing was able to be accomplished, which demonstrated that the energy that was sent from the remote viewers mind could not have been electrical since it penetrated the cage.  Thanks JediPD!  We will cite the two books JediPD gave as evidence in the Amazon carousel at the end of this article.

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Northern Lights

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An aurora (plural: aurorae or auroras; from the Latin word aurora, “dawn”) is a natural light display in the sky particularly in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere (thermosphere). The charged particles originate in the magnetosphere and solar wind and, on Earth, are directed by the Earth’s magnetic field into the atmosphere. Aurora is classified as diffuse or discrete aurora. Most aurorae occur in a band known as the auroral zone,[1][2] which is typically 3° to 6° in latitudinal extent and at all local times or longitudes. The auroral zone is typically 10° to 20° from the magnetic pole defined by the axis of the Earth’s magnetic dipole. During a geomagnetic storm, the auroral zone will expand to lower latitudes. The diffuse aurora is a featureless glow in the sky which may not be visible to the naked eye even on a dark night and defines the extent of the auroral zone. The discrete aurorae are sharply defined features within the diffuse aurora which vary in brightness from just barely visible to the naked eye to bright enough to read a newspaper at night. Discrete aurorae are usually observed only in the night sky because they are not as bright as the sunlit sky. Aurorae occasionally occur poleward of the auroral zone as diffuse patches[3] or arcs (polar cap arcs[4]), which are generally invisible to the naked eye.

“The aurora borealis over Høgtuva Mountain in Norway. The Earth’s magnetic field funnels particles from the solar wind over the polar regions. More than 80 kilometres above the ground, these collide with molecules in the atmosphere causing them to glow: green and pale red for oxygen and crimson for nitrogen.”
Caption and image by Tommy Eliassen/Royal Observatory

In northern latitudes, the effect is known as the aurora borealis (or the northern lights), named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas, by Pierre Gassendi in 1621.[5] Auroras seen near the magnetic pole may be high overhead, but from farther away, they illuminate the northern horizon as a greenish glow or sometimes a faint red, as if the Sun were rising from an unusual direction. Discrete aurorae often display magnetic field lines or curtain-like structures, and can change within seconds or glow unchanging for hours, most often in fluorescent green. The aurora borealis most often occurs near the equinoctes. The northern lights have had a number of names throughout history. The Cree call this phenomenon the “Dance of the Spirits“. In Europe, in the Middle Ages, the auroras were commonly believed a sign from God.[6]

Its southern counterpart, the aurora australis (or the southern lights), has almost identical features to the aurora borealis and changes simultaneously with changes in the northern auroral zone[7] and is visible from high southern latitudes in Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, and Australia.

Aurorae occur on other planets. Similar to the Earth’s aurora, they are visible close to the planet’s magnetic poles.

source: Wikipedia

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The earth’s magnetic shield is weakening. Here’s what happens with no magnetic shield:


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Models of Psi Mediation: A Classical and Quantum Approach

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Models of Psi Mediation:
A Classical and Quantum Approach

Theresa M. Kelly, MsD.


In this chapter I address both classical and quantum mechanical modeling approaches to psi phenomena including those pertaining to the role of psi phenomena such as the psi-mediated instrumental response (PMIR) and relative need-serving qualities of psi, psychokinesis as a pri- mary psi process, and psi as a product of evolution via Darwinian theory. In addition, I address classical models including electromagnetic models, energy field models, and the zero-point field model. I address the associations of psi phenomena with quantum theory, and new approaches to such phenomena via quantum mechanical modeling. Also included is an overview of funda- mental quantum mechanical laws, principles, and issues in regards to psi such as the Heisen- berg uncertainty principle, superposition, quantum computation, decoherence, entropy, infor- mation processing, wave function collapse, and the measurement problem. I elaborate on the essential role of quantum information theory in regards to psi phenomena, the view of compu- tational living systems, the macroscopic challenge for quantum computation and psychical re- search, the quantum efficiency of psi, and the non-local communicative nature of psi. In addi- tion, I address the part played by Nature in regards to the mediation of psi via my own hypo- thesis addressing Nature as an experient accessible universal information processing and sto- rage system with features of four dimensionalism. I address geomagnetic entanglement and permanent and seemingly macroscopic entanglement in regards to psi. Importantly, I briefly call for a redefinition of precognition, that does not defy the principle of causality (arrow of time), as a result of experient access to Nature’s probabilistic computations in real-time (i.e. once we start to view Nature as a quantum computational system, or similar to the human brain e.g. in regards to predictive coding, we will begin to see that it may not be the “future” experients of precognition receive, but rather probability based on past and real-time events calculated by the system).

Key Words: psi phenomena, role of psi, psi-mediated instrumental response, psychokinesis, evolution, Darwinian theory, electromagnetic models, energy field models, zero-point field, quantum theory, Heisenberg uncertainty principle, superposition, quantum computation, decoherence, entropy, information processing, wave function collapse, measurement problem, quantum information theory, non-local communication, mediation of psi, univer- sal information, four dimensionalism, geomagnetic entanglement, macroscopic entanglement, precognition, prin- ciple of causality, arrow of time, predictive coding, probability.

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The Georgia Guidestones

September 7, 2012 2 comments

American Stonehenge: Monumental Instructions for the Post-Apocalypse

The Georgia Guidestones may be the most enigmatic monument in the US: huge slabs of granite, inscribed with directions for rebuilding civilization after the apocalypse. Only one man knows who created them—and he’s not talking. 
Photo: Dan Winters

The strangest monument in America looms over a barren knoll in northeastern Georgia. Five massive slabs of polished granite rise out of the earth in a star pattern. The rocks are each 16 feet tall, with four of them weighing more than 20 tons apiece. Together they support a 25,000-pound capstone. Approaching the edifice, it’s hard not to think immediately of England’s Stonehenge or possibly the ominous monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Built in 1980, these pale gray rocks are quietly awaiting the end of the world as we know it.

Called the Georgia Guidestones, the monument is a mystery—nobody knows exactly who commissioned it or why. The only clues to its origin are on a nearby plaque on the ground—which gives the dimensions and explains a series of intricate notches and holes that correspond to the movements of the sun and stars—and the “guides” themselves, directives carved into the rocks. These instructions appear in eight languages ranging from English to Swahili and reflect a peculiar New Age ideology. Some are vaguely eugenic (GUIDE REPRODUCTION WISELY—IMPROVING FITNESS AND DIVERSITY); others prescribe standard-issue hippie mysticism (PRIZE TRUTH—BEAUTY—LOVE—SEEKING HARMONY WITH THE INFINITE).

What’s most widely agreed upon—based on the evidence available—is that the Guidestones are meant to instruct the dazed survivors of some impending apocalypse as they attempt to reconstitute civilization. Not everyone is comfortable with this notion. A few days before I visited, the stones had been splattered with polyurethane and spray-painted with graffiti, including slogans like “Death to the new world order.” This defacement was the first serious act of vandalism in the Guidestones’ history, but it was hardly the first objection to their existence. In fact, for more than three decades this uncanny structure in the heart of the Bible Belt has been generating responses that range from enchantment to horror. Supporters (notable among them Yoko Ono) have praised the messages as a stirring call to rational thinking, akin to Thomas Paine’s The Age of Reason. Opponents have attacked them as the Ten Commandments of the Antichrist.

Whoever the anonymous architects of the Guidestones were, they knew what they were doing: The monument is a highly engineered structure that flawlessly tracks the sun. It also manages to engender endless fascination, thanks to a carefully orchestrated aura of mystery. And the stones have attracted plenty of devotees to defend against folks who would like them destroyed. Clearly, whoever had the monument placed here understood one thing very well: People prize what they don’t understand at least as much as what they do.

The story of the Georgia Guidestones began on a Friday afternoon in June 1979, when an elegant gray-haired gentleman showed up in Elbert County, made his way to the offices of Elberton Granite Finishing, and introduced himself as Robert C. Christian. He claimed to represent “a small group of loyal Americans” who had been planning the installation of an unusually large and complex stone monument. Christian had come to Elberton—the county seat and the granite capital of the world—because he believed its quarries produced the finest stone on the planet.

Joe Fendley, Elberton Granite’s president, nodded absently, distracted by the rush to complete his weekly payroll. But when Christian began to describe the monument he had in mind, Fendley stopped what he was doing. Not only was the man asking for stones larger than any that had been quarried in the county, he also wanted them cut, finished, and assembled into some kind of enormous astronomical instrument.

What in the world would it be for? Fendley asked. Christian explained that the structure he had in mind would serve as a compass, calendar, and clock. It would also need to be engraved with a set of guides written in eight of the world’s major languages. And it had to be capable of withstanding the most catastrophic events, so that the shattered remnants of humanity would be able to use those guides to reestablish a better civilization than the one that was about to destroy itself.


Built to survive the apocalypse, the Georgia Guidestones are not merely instructions for the future—the massive granite slabs also function as a clock, calendar, and compass.

The monument sits at the highest point in Elbert County and is oriented to track the sun’s east-west migration year-round. On an equinox or solstice, visitors who stand at the west side of the “mail slot” are positioned to see the sun rise on the horizon. An eye-level hole drilled into the center support stone allows stargazers on the south side to locate Polaris, the North Star. A 7/8-inch hole drilled through the capstone focuses a sunbeam on the center column and at noon pinpoints the day of the year.

Text: Erik Malinowski; illustration: Steve Sanford

Fendley is now deceased, but shortly after the Guidestones went up, an Atlanta television reporter asked what he was thinking when he first heard Christian’s plan. “I was thinking, ‘I got a nut in here now. How am I going get him out?'” Fendley said. He attempted to discourage the man by quoting him a price several times higher than for any project commissioned there before. The job would require special tools, heavy equipment, and paid consultants, Fendley explained. But Christian merely nodded and asked how long it would take. Fendley didn’t rightly know—six months, at least. He wouldn’t be able to even consider such an undertaking, he added, until he knew it could be paid for. When Christian asked whether there was a banker in town he considered trustworthy, Fendley saw his chance to unload the strange man and sent him to look for Wyatt Martin, president of the Granite City Bank.

The tall and courtly Martin—the only man in Elberton besides Fendley known to have met R. C. Christian face-to-face—is now 78. “Fendley called me and said, ‘A kook over here wants some kind of crazy monument,'” Martin says. “But when this fella showed up he was wearing a very nice, expensive suit, which made me take him a little more seriously. And he was well-spoken, obviously an educated person.” Martin was naturally taken aback when the man told him straight out that R. C. Christian was a pseudonym. He added that his group had been planning this secretly for 20 years and wanted to remain anonymous forever. “And when he told me what it was he and this group wanted to do, I just about fell over,” Martin says. “I told him, ‘I believe you’d be just as well off to take the money and throw it out in the street into the gutters.’ He just sort of looked at me and shook his head, like he felt kinda sorry for me, and said, ‘You don’t understand.'”

Martin led Christian down the street to the town square, where the city had commissioned a towering Bicentennial Memorial Fountain, which included a ring of 13 granite panels, each roughly 2 by 3 feet, signifying the original colonies. “I told him that was about the biggest project ever undertaken around here, and it was nothing compared to what he was talking about,” Martin says. “That didn’t seem to bother him at all.” Promising to return on Monday, the man went off to charter a plane and spend the weekend scouting locations from the air. “By then I half believed him,” Martin says.

When Christian came back to the bank Monday, Martin explained that he could not proceed unless he could verify the man’s true identity and “get some assurance you can pay for this thing.” Eventually, the two negotiated an agreement: Christian would reveal his real name on the condition that Martin promise to serve as his sole intermediary, sign a confidentiality agreement pledging never to disclose the information to another living soul, and agree to destroy all documents and records related to the project when it was finished. “He said he was going to send the money from different banks across the country,” Martin says, “because he wanted to make sure it couldn’t be traced. He made it clear that he was very serious about secrecy.”

Before leaving town, Christian met again with Fendley and presented the contractor with a shoe box containing a wooden model of the monument he wanted, plus 10 or so pages of detailed specifications. Fendley accepted the model and instructions but remained skeptical until Martin phoned the following Friday to say he had just received a $10,000 deposit. After that, Fendley stopped questioning and started working. “My daddy loved a challenge,” says Fendley’s daughter, Melissa Fendley Caruso, “and he said this was the most challenging project in the history of Elbert County.”

Construction of the Guidestones got under way later that summer. Fendley’s company lovingly documented the progress of the work in hundreds of photographs. Jackhammers were used to gouge 114 feet into the rock at Pyramid Quarry, searching for hunks of granite big enough to yield the final stones. Fendley and his crew held their breath when the first 28-ton slab was lifted to the surface, wondering if their derricks would buckle under the weight. A special burner (essentially a narrowly focused rocket motor used to cut and finish large blocks of granite) was trucked to Elberton to clean and size the stones, and a pair of master stonecutters was hired to smooth them.

Fendley and Martin helped Christian find a suitable site for the Guidestones in Elbert County: a flat-topped hill rising above the pastures of the Double 7 Farms, with vistas in all directions. For $5,000, owner Wayne Mullinex signed over a 5-acre plot. In addition to the payment, Christian granted lifetime cattle-grazing rights to Mullinex and his children, and Mullinex’s construction company got to lay the foundation for the Guidestones.

With the purchase of the land, the Guidestones’ future was set. Christian said good-bye to Fendley at the granite company office, adding, “You’ll never see me again.” Christian then turned and walked out the door—without so much as a handshake.

From then on, Christian communicated solely through Martin, writing a few weeks later to ask that ownership of the land and monument be transferred to Elbert County, which still holds it. Christian reasoned that civic pride would protect it over time. “All of Mr. Christian’s correspondence came from different cities around the country,” Martin says. “He never sent anything from the same place twice.”

Daybreak: A carefully cut slot in the Guidestones’ center column frames the sunrise on solstices and equinoxes.
Photo: Dan Winters

The astrological specifications for the Guidestones were so complex that Fendley had to retain the services of an astronomer from the University of Georgia to help implement the design. The four outer stones were to be oriented based on the limits of the sun’s yearly migration. The center column needed two precisely calibrated features: a hole through which the North Star would be visible at all times, and a slot that was to align with the position of the rising sun during the solstices and equinoxes. The principal component of the capstone was a 7\8-inch aperture through which a beam of sunlight would pass at noon each day, shining on the center stone to indicate the day of the year.

The main feature of the monument, though, would be the 10 dictates carved into both faces of the outer stones, in eight languages: English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi, and Swahili. A mission statement of sorts (LET THESE BE GUIDESTONES TO AN AGE OF REASON) was also to be engraved on the sides of the capstone in Egyptian hieroglyphics, classical Greek, Sanskrit, and Babylonian cuneiform. The United Nations provided some of the translations (including those for the dead languages), which were stenciled onto the stones and etched with a sandblaster.

By early 1980, a bulldozer was scraping the Double 7 hilltop to bedrock, where five granite slabs serving as a foundation were laid out in a paddle-wheel design. A 100-foot-tall crane was used to lift the stones into place. Each of the outer rocks was 16 feet 4 inches high, 6 feet 6 inches wide, and 1 foot 7 inches thick. The center column was the same (except only half the width), and the capstone measured 9 feet 8 inches long, 6 feet 6 inches wide, and 1 foot 7 inches thick. Including the foundation stones, the monument’s total weight was almost 240,000 pounds. Covered with sheets of black plastic in preparation for an unveiling on the vernal equinox, the Guidestones towered over the cattle that continued to graze beneath it at the approach of winter’s end.

The monument ignited controversy before it was even finished. The first rumor began among members of the Elberton Granite Association, jealous of the attention being showered on one of their own: Fendley was behind the whole thing, they said, aided by his friend Martin, the banker. The gossip became so poisonous that the two men agreed to take a lie detector test at the Elberton Civic Center. The scandal withered when The Elberton Star reported that they had both passed convincingly, but the publicity brought a new wave of complaints. As word of what was being inscribed spread, Martin recalls, even people he considered friends asked him why he was doing the devil’s work. A local minister, James Travenstead, predicted that “occult groups” would flock to the Guidestones, warning that “someday a sacrifice will take place here.” Those inclined to agree were hardly discouraged by Charlie Clamp, the sandblaster charged with carving each of the 4,000-plus characters on the stones: During the hundreds of hours he spent etching the guides, Clamp said, he had been constantly distracted by “strange music and disjointed voices.”

The team that built the Guidestones didn’t know who was financing the project—just that it was the biggest monument in county history. Local banker Wyatt Martin inspects the English lettering with sandblaster Charlie Clamp before the 1980 unveiling.
Photo: Courtesy of Fendley Enterprises Inc.

The unveiling on March 22, 1980, was a community celebration. Congressmember Doug Barnard, whose district contained Elberton, addressed a crowd of 400 that flowed down the hillside and included television news crews from Atlanta. Soon Joe Fendley was the most famous Elbertonian since Daniel Tucker, the 18th-century minister memorialized in the folk song “Old Dan Tucker.” Bounded by the Savannah and Broad rivers but miles from the nearest interstate—”as rural as rural can be,” in the words of current Star publisher Gary Jones—Elberton was suddenly a tourist destination, with visitors from all over the world showing up to see the Guidestones. “We’d have people from Japan and China and India and everywhere wanting to go up and see the monument,” Martin says. And Fendley’s boast that he had “put Elberton on the map” was affirmed literally in spring 2005, when National Geographic Traveler listed the Guidestones as a feature in its Geotourism MapGuide to Appalachia.

But many who read what was written on the stones were unsettled. Guide number one was, of course, the real stopper: MAINTAIN HUMANITY UNDER 500,000,000 IN PERPETUAL BALANCE WITH NATURE. There were already 4.5 billion people on the planet, meaning eight out of nine had to go (today it would be closer to 12 out of 13). This instruction was echoed and expanded by tenet number two: GUIDE REPRODUCTION WISELY—IMPROVING FITNESS AND DIVERSITY. It didn’t take a great deal of imagination to draw an analogy to the practices of, among others, the Nazis. Guide number three instructed readers to unite humanity with a living new language. This sent a shiver up the spine of local ministers who knew that the Book of Revelations warned of a common tongue and a one-world government as the accomplishments of the Antichrist. Guide number four—RULE PASSION—FAITH—TRADITION—AND ALL THINGS WITH TEMPERED REASON—was similarly threatening to Christians committed to the primacy of faith over all. The last six guides were homiletic by comparison. PROTECT PEOPLE AND NATIONS WITH FAIR LAWS AND JUST COURTS. LET ALL NATIONS RULE INTERNALLY RESOLVING EXTERNAL DISPUTES IN A WORLD COURT. AVOID PETTY LAWS AND USELESS OFFICIALS. BALANCE PERSONAL RIGHTS WITH SOCIAL DUTIES. PRIZE TRUTH—BEAUTY—LOVE—SEEKING HARMONY WITH THE INFINITE. BE NOT A CANCER ON THE EARTH—LEAVE ROOM FOR NATURE—LEAVE ROOM FOR NATURE.

Even as locals debated the relative merits of these commandments, the dire predictions of Travenstead seemed to be coming true. Within a few months, a coven of witches from Atlanta adopted the Guidestones as their home away from home, making weekend pilgrimages to Elberton to stage various pagan rites (“dancing and chanting and all that kind of thing,” Martin says) and at least one warlock-witch marriage ceremony. No humans were sacrificed on the altar of the stones, but there are rumors that several chickens were beheaded. A 1981 article in the monthly magazine UFO Report cited Naunie Batchelder (identified in the story as “a noted Atlanta psychic”) as predicting that the true purpose of the guides would be revealed “within the next 30 years.” Viewed from directly overhead, the Guidestones formed an X, the piece in UFO Report observed, making for a perfect landing site.

Visitors kept coming, but after several failed investigations into the identity of R. C. Christian, the media lost interest. Curiosity flared again briefly in 1993, when Yoko Ono contributed a track called “Georgia Stone” to a tribute album for avant-garde composer John Cage, with Ono chanting the 10th and final guide nearly verbatim: “Be not a cancer on Earth—leave room for nature—leave room for nature.” A decade later, however, when comedienne Roseanne Barr tried to work a bit on the Guidestones into her comeback tour, nobody seemed to care.

Christian kept in touch with Martin, writing the banker so regularly that they became pen pals. Occasionally, Christian would call from a pay phone at the Atlanta airport to say he was in the area, and the two would rendezvous for dinner in the college town of Athens, a 40-mile drive west of Elberton. By this time, Martin no longer questioned Christian’s secrecy. The older man had successfully deflected Martin’s curiosity when the two first met, by quoting Henry James’ observations of Stonehenge: “You may put a hundred questions to these rough-hewn giants as they bend in grim contemplation of their fallen companions, but your curiosity falls dead in the vast sunny stillness that enshrouds them.” Christian “never would tell me a thing about this group he belonged to,” Martin says. The banker received his last letter from Christian right around the time of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and assumes the man—who would have been in his mid-eighties—has since passed away.

Joe Fendley of Elberton Granite Finishing posing with his masterpiece.
Photo: Courtesy of Fendley Enterprises Inc.

The mysterious story of R. C. Christian and the absence of information about the true meaning of the Guidestones was bound to become an irresistible draw for conspiracy theorists and “investigators” of all kinds. Not surprisingly, three decades later there is no shortage of observers rushing to fill the void with all sorts of explanations.

Among them is an activist named Mark Dice, author of a book called The Resistance Manifesto. In 2005, Dice (who was using a pseudonym of his own—”John Conner”—appropriated from the Terminator franchise’s main character) began to demand that the Guidestones be “smashed into a million pieces.” He claims that the monument has “a deep Satanic origin,” a stance that has earned him plenty of coverage, both in print and on the Web. According to Dice, Christian was a high-ranking member of “a Luciferian secret society” at the forefront of the New World Order. “The elite are planning to develop successful life-extension technology in the next few decades that will nearly stop the aging process,” Dice says, “and they fear that with the current population of Earth so high, the masses will be using resources that the elite want for themselves. The Guidestones are the New World Order’s Ten Commandments. They’re also a way for the elite to get a laugh at the expense of the uninformed masses, as their agenda stands as clear as day and the zombies don’t even notice it.”

Ironically, Dice’s message has mainly produced greater publicity for the Guidestones. This, in turn, has brought fresh visitors to the monument and made Elbert County officials even less inclined to remove the area’s only major tourist attraction.

Phyllis Brooks, who runs the Elbert County Chamber of Commerce, pronounced herself aghast last November when the Guidestones were attacked by vandals for the first time ever. While Dice denies any involvement in the assault, he seems to have inspired it: Spray-painted on the stones were messages like “Jesus will beat u satanist” and “No one world government.” Other defacements asserted that the Council on Foreign Relations is “ran by the devil,” that the 9/11 attacks were an inside job, and that President Obama is a Muslim. The vandals also splashed the Guidestones with polyurethane, which is much more difficult to remove than paint. Despite the graffiti’s alignment with his views, Dice says he disapproves of the acts. “A lot of people were glad such a thing happened and saw it as standing up against the New World Order,” Dice says, “while others who are unhappy with the stones saw the actions as counterproductive and inappropriate.”

Martin winces every time he hears Dice’s “Luciferian secret society” take on the Guidestones. But while he disagrees, he also admits that he doesn’t know for sure. “All I can tell you is that Mr. Christian always seemed a very decent and sincere fella to me.”

A worker uses a special burner to finish a slab of Pyramid Blue granite.
Photo: Courtesy of Fendley Enterprises Inc.

Dice, of course, is far from the only person with a theory about the Guidestones. Jay Weidner, a former Seattle radio commentator turned erudite conspiracy hunter, has heavily invested time and energy into one of the most popular hypotheses. He argues that Christian and his associates were Rosicrucians, followers of the Order of the Rosy Cross, a secret society of mystics that originated in late medieval Germany and claim understanding of esoteric truths about nature, the universe, and the spiritual realm that have been concealed from ordinary people. Weidner considers the name R. C. Christian an homage to the legendary 14th-century founder of the Rosicrucians, a man first identified as Frater C.R.C. and later as Christian Rosenkreuz. Secrecy, Weidner notes, has been a hallmark of the Rosicrucians, a group that announced itself to the world in the early 17th century with a pair of anonymous manifestos that created a huge stir across Europe, despite the fact that no one was ever able to identify a single member. While the guides on the Georgia stones fly in the face of orthodox Christian eschatology, they conform quite well to the tenets of Rosicrucianism, which stress reason and endorse a harmonic relationship with nature.

Weidner also has a theory about the purpose of the Guidestones. An authority on the hermetic and alchemical traditions that spawned the Rosicrucians, he believes that for generations the group has been passing down knowledge of a solar cycle that climaxes every 13,000 years. During this culmination, outsize coronal mass ejections are supposed to devastate Earth. Meanwhile, the shadowy organization behind the Guidestones is now orchestrating a “planetary chaos,” Weidner believes, that began with the recent collapse of the US financial system and will result eventually in major disruptions of oil and food supplies, mass riots, and ethnic wars worldwide, all leading up to the Big Event on December 21, 2012. “They want to get the population down,” Weidner says, “and this is what they think will do it. The Guidestones are there to instruct the survivors.”

On hearing Weidner’s ideas, Martin shakes his head and says it’s “the sort of thing that makes me want to tell people everything I know.” Martin has long since retired from banking and no longer lives in Elberton, yet he’s still the Guidestones’ official—and only—secret-keeper. “But I can’t tell,” the old man quickly adds. “I made a promise.” Martin also made a promise to destroy all the records of his dealings with Christian, though he hasn’t kept that one—at least not yet. In the back of his garage is a large plastic bin (actually, the hard-sided case of an IBM computer he bought back in 1983) stuffed with every document connected to the Guidestones that ever came into his possession, including the letters from Christian.

For years Martin thought he might write a book, but now he knows he probably won’t. What he also won’t do is allow me to look through the papers. When I ask whether he’s prepared to take what he knows to his grave, Martin replies that Christian would want him to do just that: “All along, he said that who he was and where he came from had to be kept a secret. He said mysteries work that way. If you want to keep people interested, you can let them know only so much.” The rest is enshrouded in the vast sunny stillness.

Randall Sullivan ( wrote about the electric-vehicle company ZAP in issue 16.04.

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