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Atlantis is the name of an advanced and ancient civilization that is believed to have existed before recorded human history. Various locations have been proposed for where Atlantis may have been on the map, including the Mediterranean, the Antarctic, off the coast of Africa and smack dab in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. The Atlanteans are referred to as an advanced people, possibly alien in origin, who managed to gain advanced knowledge and develop sophisticated technologies that have now been lost. Their fate also has several claims associated with it, including a massive catastrophe that whipped them from the face of the earth, the sinking of the continent they lived on, a flash flood, they returned to their home planet somewhere else in the universe and even a more natural explanation of simply mixing with other civilizations or being killed off through war.
Many of the great accomplishments of known civilizations in early human history are said to have only been possible with the advanced tools and know-how that were passed down by the Atlanteans. Many of the gods and beings referred to in ancient mythologies and legends are thought to be a reference to Atlanteans who had superior powers and supernatural abilities. Unusual artifacts that have been found by archaeologists often become associated with Atlantis by paranormalists but are traced to known civilizations by archaeologists. Much of the secret wisdom and claimed talent of modern-day psychics and seers are said to have their origin in the lost knowledge and technologies of the city of Atlantis. Various prophets have claimed to have received visions and insight from Atlantean spirits. Many paranormal abilities and unsolved mysteries become associated with the mythical lost city of Atlantis.
The first reference to Atlantis can be found in the work of Plato, a Greek philosopher and student of Socrates. In his work he discusses a fictional place called Atlantis that has certain characteristics and is the location of secrets and answers to many of our questions. He explains that ancient cultures such as the Egyptians were given knowledge by the Atlanteans and this helped them to accomplish many things that would then be passed down to future civilizations. Since this time, the myth of Atlantis has grown to epic proportions and was changed from fiction to non-fiction. Great expeditions have been launched in search of the lost city of Atlantis with no conclusive evidence that supports its existence. Whenever an artifact is found out of place or the remains of a city are dug up, the Friends of Atlantis become hopeful that the city has been found, although as of yet, the remains and artifacts all find their origins in ancient civilizations we have proof for and know existed in human history. The many prophets who have predicted the return of Atlantis or some massive uprising from the ocean, have all failed. Edgar Cayce expected the lost city to rise in the late 1960s but it did not. The many accomplishments of ancient civilizations all have satisfactory explanations that don�t require help from above or from more advanced peoples. Instead, it is quite probable that Plato meant what he wrote when he gave birth to the Atlantis myth - that it was an imaginary place and simply used to tell a good story and get a particular idea across to readers.
CSICOP Resources
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Skeptical Briefs Online Articles
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