Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Mysterious Anti-Scientific Agenda of Robert Schoch

Part 2 - The Yonaguni Monument


The Yonaguni Monument 与那国記念碑.
(Photo by Rik Brezina.)

Model of the Yonaguni Monument.
(Model by Prof. Masaaki Kimura 木村政昭 - minute 2:57.)

 Illustration of the Yonaguni Monument.
(Artwork by Discovery Channel Magazine.)

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Robert Milton Schoch
 Associate Professor of Natural Sciences
at the College of General Studies,
a two-year non-degree-granting unit
of Boston University
"As difficult as it may be for some to believe, after carefully studying
the Yonaguni Monument, I have to report that I do not believe it is an
artificial, human-made structure. It is indeed an absolutely incredible
structure, and well worth seeing, but I must conclude that, based on all
of the evidence, it is primarily a natural structure."
- Robert M. Schoch 

(The above quote is on Robert Schoch's official website.)

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The Yonaguni Monument. (Photo by Santha Faiia, 1999.)

IMAGINE joyfully diving into the proverbial Rabbit Hole only to find it full of murky seawater and plugged by a scuba-diving clown posing as a scientist. If you can imagine this, you can imagine the state of scientific debate today on the Yonaguni Monument.

Rising archaeo-star Dr. Robert M. Schoch has publicly claimed (repeatedly, and still maintains) that the Yonaguni Monument is "primarily natural" or "a natural structure."

Schoch's claims invariably show up in articles discussing this monumental sandstone structure. These articles always start off with the joy of history-shaking archaeological discovery and, by Schoch's masterstroke of sub-genius, end up in plebeian
confusion and doubt.

These several hundred articles are testament to the tenacity of a single man of anti-science who has shaped, diverted, and muddied an otherwise crystal-clear tributary of the River of Science for 15 long years.

Before we examine the tide of scientific evidence contradicting Dr. Schoch's claims, let's meet Kihachiro Aratake, discoverer of the Yonaguni Monument.

Scuba instructor Kihachiro Aratake, discoverer of the Yonaguni
Monument. (Photo by Cecelia and Gary Hagland.)  
Scuba instructor Kihachiro Aratake talks about his first encounter with the Yonaguni Monument in 1987: "When I saw this for the first time, it definitely looked like ruins. So I named it Iseki Point: Ruins Point (与那国島海底遺跡)."

Excited about his discovery, Kihachiro contacted marine geologist Masaaki Kimura at the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa Japan.

Masaaki Kimura, PhD Marine Geology. (Photo here.)

Professor Kimura studied the monument and concluded that it was shaped by intelligent hands before the monument was submerged: before the end of the last ice age, when much of the water on planet Earth was locked up in land ice and sea levels were therefore much lower. But "Kimura's studies, published in Japanese . . . failed to reach the West" ("Japan's Mysterious Pyramids," History Channel "Ancient Marvels"). 

Eventually, the monument came to the attention of Graham Hancock, who dove on the site many times and finally asked geologist Robert M. Schoch to come out and lend his opinion. Hancock's rendering of Schoch's conclusions can be found here. Although in the beginning Schoch vacillated between natural and artificial, he eventually ended up with the conclusion, which remains today on his official website, that the Yonaguni Monument is "over 95% natural."

The Evidence in Front of Our Eyes

Now, let's look at this 47-second amateur scuba diving video published in May 2009.

 Amateur scuba diving video.

What do we see as we travel with the diver along the sandstone surfaces of the Yonaguni Monument (which is located less than a kilometer off the southeastern shore of Yonaguni Island 与那国島 and stands submerged in 25-30 meters of seawater at its base and a bare 5 meters of seawater at its top)?

"What do we see?" is an important question, because the archaeological orthodoxy, with which Robert Schoch is aligned,
is desperate to convince you that you should doubt your own eyes. In the History Channel documentary, "Japan's Mysterious Pyramids" (1998), the narrator states that, "according to Schoch, the right angles visible in photographs [of the Yonaguni Monument] are actually deceptive." 


geologist Robert Schoch used any science, in the 15 years since his first dives on monument in 1997, to back up his claim that, if you see a right-angle on the Yonaguni Monument, it is not a right-angle? No.

Has geologist Robert Schoch measured any angles on the monument in his dozens of dives on the monument and presented them publicly to demonstrate that right-angles do not exist on the monument? No.

geologist Robert Schoch referred to documented cases of non-right-angle stone structures looking like right-angle stone structures under water? No. In certain kinds of light? No. In any conditions whatsoever? No. 

Dr. Schoch simply states that, if you see a right-angle on the Yonaguni Monument, you are being deceived. How does he know that you are being deceived? Because he is founder and master-practitioner of Clairvoyant Archaeology, which requires only the wave of the Magic Wand of Belief for the orthodoxy's dreams to come true. You, on the other hand, are either sight impaired or persona non grata (irrelevant), or both. 

What do we see in the 47-second amateur scuba diving video above?

1. Extended smooth surfaces,
both vertical and horizontal. 

Extended smooth surfaces, both vertical and horizontal. 
(Screen grab of image by Izuhalizu.)

2. Extended sharp edges.

Extended sharp edges. (Screen grab of image by Izuhalizu.)

3. Extended angular shapes (exhibiting obtuse angles, acute angles, and right angles) that are:

   a) regular over distance (that is, the shapes' planes continue 
       smoothly over significant lengths, heights, and widths); and

   b) regular over different planes (that is, for instance, a step 
       feature sculpted at a right angle keeps its right-angle 
       shape when its horizontal run angles sharply right).

 Extended right-angle shape on the Yonaguni Monument.
(Screen grab of image by Izuhalizu.)

4. Extended smooth surfaces meeting extended smooth surfaces at straight-line joints.

Extended smooth surfaces meeting extended smooth surfaces
at straight-line joints.

(Screen-grab of image by Izuhalizu.)

Extended smooth surfaces meeting extended smooth surfaces
at straight-line joints.

(Screen-grab of image by Izuhalizu.)

5. Extended smooth surfaces meeting extended smooth surfaces at curved-line joints.

Extended smooth surfaces meeting extended smooth surfaces
at curved-line joints. 
(Screen-grab of image by Izuhalizu.)
Extended smooth surfaces meeting extended smooth surfaces
at curved-line joints. 
(Screen-grab of image by Izuhalizu.)

6. An extended, smooth, continuous, and regular curved-plane surface that 

   a) seamlessly becomes a straight-plane surface and that  

   b) joins a straight-plane surface at a constant angle. 

Extended, smooth, continuous, and regular curved-plane surface
 seamlessly becomes a straight-plane surface (see screen-grab
below of adjacent stone) and also joins a straight-plane surface
at a constant angle to it.
(Screen-grab of image by Izuhalizu.)

This combination of parameters (depicted and described above and below) fulfilled by the Yonaguni Monument have never been seen in nature and will never be seen in nature from now until the end of time.

Extended, smooth, continuous, and regular curved-plane surface
 (see screen-grab above this one) seamlessly becomes a straight-
plane surface and also joins the straight-plane surface at a
constant angle to it.
(Screen-grab of image by Izuhalizu.)

Robert Schoch's comment on this feature? None. But he does kindly inform us that, "not having previous diving experience, I spent much of my time underwater just staying alive." ("Japan's Mysterious Submerged Stone Structures: New evidence suggests they may have been used by Man," 1998) 

7. Extended, smooth, continuous, and regular flat-plane surfaces that meet a extended smooth, continuous, and regular curved-plane surface at a sharp-edged joint. 

a. from a distance
Two extended, smooth, continuous, and regular flat-plane surfaces
meet one extended, smooth, continuous, and regular curved-
plane surface at a sharp-edged joint.
(Screen-grab of image by Izuhalizu.)

b. closer
Two extended, smooth, continuous, and regular flat-plane surfaces
meet one extended, smooth, continuous, and regular curved-
plane surface at a sharp-edged joint.
(Screen-grab of image by Izuhalizu.)

c. even closer
Two extended, smooth, continuous, and regular flat-plane surfaces
meet one extended, smooth, continuous, and regular curved-
plane surface at a sharp-edged joint (left lower corner).
(Screen-grab of image by Izuhalizu.)

Travel the twenty universes forever, and you will never see this combination of features together naturally in sedimentary sandstone. Yale-graduated, PhD'd geologist Robert Schoch's comment on this feature, in a period of 15 long years? None.

8. Extended symmetrically angled, flat-run trenching.

Amateur scuba diving video

Additional photos of the symmetrically obtuse-angled flat-run trench at the Yonaguni Monument:

   Symmetrically obtuse-angled flat-run trench. 

Symmetrically obtuse-angled flat-run trench
and trench extension.
(Photo by Danielle Caceres-Bricheno.)

And we're not done. In this free-diving video (6:35 minutes), we see:

9. Six geometrical shapes, seen from above

   a) four quadrangles with two right-angles each;

   b) one scalene triangle (broken); and 

   c) one equilateral triangle.

Don't you love geometry? All those long, straight, smooth planes meeting in expected and unexpected ways.  

The ancients loved geometry too, we surmise from their absolute dedication to its precise manifestation in megalithic monuments around the world. If you have some familiarity with terms like Pi, Phi, the Fibonacci Series, and the Golden Ratio, you will enjoy reading about the astonishing mathematical harmony of the King's Chamber in the Great Pyramid of Egypt. If you want to learn about these terms, go here.

But Dr. Robert Schoch does not believe that the ancients were involved in the creation of the geometric shapes on the Yonaguni Monument.
In the BBC2 documentary, Horizon: Atlantis Reborn, broadcast November 4, 1999, Schoch gives his plain reason: "Fine sandstones split along horizontal bedding planes that gives you these regular features. I'm convinced it's a natural structure."

Although on the program Schoch does not give evidence of straight, smooth, regular geometrical features in natural sandstone, he does provide at least an attempt at photographic evidence on his official website:

Yonaguni coastal sedimentary sandstone. 
(Photo from Schoch's official website. I have
nearly doubled the photo's size here, and
already it is starting to blur.)

The photo label above is my own. Schoch does not himself label his photo (the sure mark of a person uninterested in performing real science), so we don't know which side of the island the photo was taken on, or even if it was actually taken on Yonaguni Island.

Thus, at best we can say that this photo is unhelpful (in exactly the same way, by the way, that his single photo of what he terms "
natural folding and faulting in the rocks composing the side of a so-called pyramid in Visoko" is unhelpful in his Quixotic jousting against the gargantuan Bosnian pyramids in late 2006). For a more elaborate foray into Schoch's anti-scientific position on the Yonaguni Monument, see the text of an article written by Schoch and published in 1999.

Having taken on the Bosnian pyramids (and lost), Schoch is no stranger to providing 1) unlabeled photos, 2) small photos, 3) unclear photos, 4) photos without named locations, and 5) one or two photos when 50 or a hundred would have been appropriate. Our good Dr. Schoch has a confirmed history of acting like a non-scientist, to the inevitable detriment of any discussion to which our good Yale-educated doctor of geology and geophysics contributes.

Fortunately, coming to our rescue are photographers Cecelia and Gary Hagland. The Haglands don't have Yale PhD's in geology and geophysics, but they do know how to work a camera with astonishing facility, both above and below water. 

Here's one of the Haglands' photos of the Yonaguni shoreline. This bit of the Yonagunijima coast stands just north of the submerged Yonaguni Monument:

Natural sedimentary sandstone on the Yonaguni Island coast. Photo taken looking north from a boat situated directly above the submerged Yonaguni Monument.
(Photo by Cecelia and Gary Hagland.)

Here we have a photo that is clearly of the Yonaguni coastline. And it gives us an idea of what a natural sandstone monument close to the size of the Yonaguni Monument actually looks like.

You can see the rough vertical edges, the rounding, the pitting, the irregularity of the sandstone. Nothing about this natural sandstone
buttress, laid down over millions of years at the bottom of a sea and then raised up by unthinkably powerful tectonic movements, says "man-made." Nothing about this natural sandstone coastal feature looks like the smooth, regular, angular features of the Yonaguni Monument.

Yet in his May 1999 article, Schoch tells us that the irregular features of the Yonaguni Island coastline are in fact "highly regular," and that, since these "regular" features are natural, the Yonaguni Monument, which also has regular features, must be natural:

"The more I compared the natural, but highly regular, weathering and erosional features observed on the modern coast of the island with the structural characteristics of the Yonaguni Monument, the more I became convinced that the Yonaguni Monument is primarily the result of natural geological and geomorphological processes at work."

Here's another of the Haglands' photos of natural sandstone features on Yonaguni Island.
Natural geology on Yonaguni Island. Note the sandstone's irregular vertical surfaces.
(Photo by Gary Hagland.)

Look at the sides of the natural sandstone layers. Are they regular or irregular? If you answered irregular, you are correct. There are no regular flat-plane vertical sandstone surfaces in this photo.

Let's return briefly to Junior High Geology class and dutifully, and joyfully (hey, learning used to be fun!), answer the teacher's questions just before the quiz. Ready?

Teacher: Are sandstone structures normally horizontally layered? 
Students: Yes!

Teacher: Does sandstone, therefore, break smoothly at horizontal surfaces? 
Students: Yes!

Teacher: Are sandstone structures normally vertically layered? 
Students: No! 

Teacher: Why not? 
Students: Because particles in the ocean fall downward, they don't fall sideways!

Teacher: Excellent! Does sandstone, therefore, break smoothly at vertical surfaces? 
Students: No!

Teacher: Bravo!!! Time for your quiz!
Students: No problem!

But Schoch, defying the most basic and most accepted tenets of sandstone geology, wants us to believe that the many extended, smooth, regular vertical surfaces on the Yonaguni Monument are "natural" or "primarily natural." Why does he want us to believe this? I have no idea. Why does he do such a poor job at making his own argument? I have no idea.

Let's look now at 1) labeled 2) large 3) clear 4) location-named photos (5) many of them!) of vertical surfaces on the Yonaguni Monument. Dr. Robert Schoch has provided no such photos. These photos were taken by different photographers, and they show, you guessed it, extended smooth, regular vertical surfaces on this massive sandstone structure.

Sharp-edged, smooth, extended-run vertical surfaces on the Yonaguni Monument.
(Photo here, taken in 2000.)

Sharp-edged, smooth, extended-run vertical surfaces on the Yonaguni Monument.
(Photo here.)

Sharp-edged, smooth, extended-run vertical surfaces on the Yonaguni Monument. (Photo here, taken 2001.)

The Yonaguni Monument. (Photo here, taken in 1995.)

Sharp-edged, smooth, extended-run vertical surfaces on the Yonaguni Monument.
(Photo by Kihachiro Aratake.)

Smooth-sided step features on the Yonaguni Monument. 
(Photo by Rik Brezina in 2008.)

Sharp-edged, smooth, extended-run vertical surfaces on the Yonaguni Monument.
(Screen-grab of video image by Brett Terpstra, 2011.)

Sharp-edged, smooth, extended-run vertical surfaces on the Yonaguni Monument.
(Screen-grab of video image by Brett Terpstra, 2011.)

Sharp-edged, smooth, extended-run vertical surfaces on the Yonaguni Monument.
(Photo by Chris Willson.)

Sharp-edged, smooth, extended-run vertical surfaces on the Yonaguni Monument.
(Photo by Rik Brezina.)

Sharp-edged, smooth, extended-run vertical surfaces on the Yonaguni Monument.
(Photo by Rik Brezina.)

We see clearly that the Yonaguni Monument exhibits numerous extended smooth, regular, flat-plane vertical surfaces.

Any scientist worth his salt who dived on the Yonaguni Monument would have studied and photographed (and further studied) the natural sandstone geology of the Yonaguni Island coastline, especially concentrating on photographs taken from above and from below, to compare with the vertical surfaces on the monument itself. But Robert Schoch, Clairvoyant Archaeologist, neither took such photos nor provided them in the more than 15 years since his first dives at Yonaguni.

The Orthodox Archaeology Shell Game

What did Robert Schoch, geologist, do instead of providing scientific evidence for his position? He played the Orthodox Archaeology Shell Game. 

The Orthodox Archaeology Shell Game relies on the public's obedience to the archaeological orthodoxy's proposed omniscience, no matter how far into the realm of absurdity their proclamations travel. Thus, Schoch states, confidently, that: ". . . the surfaces of the rocks are covered by various organisms (algae, corals, sponges, and so forth) that obscure the actual surfaces. I believe that this coating of organic material tends to make the surfaces of the Yonaguni Monument appear more regular and homogeneous than they actually are. This, in part, enhances the impression that this must be an artificial, man-made structure."

To those whose brain cells have survived fluoridation of municipal water supplies, this statement inspires at least a smile and more probably laughter.
Geologist Dr. Robert Schoch, unable to provide us with a single photograph of natural smooth-sided vertical sandstone geology at Yonaguni Island, plays the Orthodox Archaeology Shell Game with gusto and declares that the obviously smooth vertical surfaces on the Yonaguni Monument are not actually smooth! They're slimed!

Because Schoch can't find any evidence for his position, he switches the terms of the debate. Now, instead of us asking him why he hasn't provided photos of natural sandstone that is as vertically smooth as the sandstone on the Yonaguni Monument, he's asking us why we think the Yonaguni Monument has any smooth surfaces whatsoever. Nice work, if you can get it, but the good doctor should probably label himself a comedian or a magician or a street-hustler, instead of a scientist.

The archaeological orthodoxy plays versions of this shell game all day, every day, 365 days a year, to keep people in confusion about humankind's past and to keep members of the orthodoxy in salaries. The orthodoxy's atrocious and scandalous, indeed litigable, behavior toward Dr. Semir Omsanagich, discoverer of the Bosnian pyramid complex, is extensively documented here.

Some of the members of the archaeological orthodoxy are at present on the run from the law. I'm not waiting with bated breath, for instance, to hear back from Zahi Hawass, after writing him on January 13, 2013 to tell him about my new article, "The Mysterious Anti-Scientific Agenda of Robert Schoch: Part 1 - The Bosnian Pyramid Complex." Although an automated reply to my letter informs me that I will be "lucky" if Mr. Hawass publishes my "fan mail," I will state here and for the record that that's one kind of luck I have no interest in.

Zahi Hawass's 27-year-long war on the truth about Egyptian antiquity, a war Hawass conducted in accordance with the views of the archaeological orthodoxy, does not inspire "fan mail" by persons interested in the truth about human history.

Having "Hawassed" the Bosnian pyramid complex, almost bringing excavations to a halt in 2006, our science-stomping Dr. Schoch has had no problem continuing to obscure the truth about the Yonaguni Monument, endeavoring to convince a trusting public that the smoothness and regularity of vertical surfaces on the Yonaguni Monument – smoothness and regularity not found in nature – was a product of their imagination or of poor viewing conditions or the conspiracy of marine biota trying to make rough sandstone surfaces look smooth.

Science to the Rescue

For more than 15 years, Robert Schoch has succeeded in disengaging naturally scientific minds on the subject of the Yonaguni Monument, minds alive with the spirit of honest inquiry and the excitement of archaeological discovery. 

But scientific minds will not be disengaged for long, when photos like the Haglands' are circulating the internet. 

Twin Pillars at the Yonaguni Monument.
(Photo by Cecelia and Gary Hagland.)

Geometrical shape carved into the top of the Yonaguni Monument.
(Photo by Cecelia and Gary Hagland.)

Cecelia Hagland and her husband operate Torri Traning,
a site devoted to the advancement of dive instruction. Cecelia was one of the first divers on the scene after the discovery of the Yonaguni Monument. Cecelia was part of the first professional western underwater photography team, with her husband, to view that awesome structure. (It was the photos shot by her and her husband that first brought Robert Schoch's attention to the monument.)

Cecelia Hagland, underwater photographer and videographer. 
(Screen-grab from History Channel documentary,
"Japan's Mysterious Pyramids.")

Cecelia Hagland,
an underwater photographer with more than 9,000 dives under her belt, talks about the awesome strength of the west-to-east current at the Yonaguni Monument:

"Maintaining one's position is difficult and sometimes impossible for more than a few seconds. . . . Handholds are often difficult to find because of the smoothness of the flat sandstone rock."

Please note that Cecelia Hagland did not state that the handhold problem was a layer of smooth marine biota on top of the sandstone, but the smoothness of the sandstone itself.

Sharp-edged, smooth, flat-plane, extended-run horizontal and vertical surfaces on the 
Yonaguni Monument. Occasional marine biota are seen on these flat-pane surfaces.
(Photo here, taken in 1998.)

How did expert diver Cecelia Hagland sum up her dive on the monument? In her appearance in the History Channel documentary, "Japan's Mysterious Pyramids,"
(1998) Cecelia Hagland states: 

"The first time that we dove on the monument, it just seemed like I was in some sort of science-fiction movie, flying across some city, this massive, massive city. And when I got back up on the boat, I had no words to describe it. . . . There's no doubt in my mind that this is man made. There's just absolutely no way that this could just happen to be here."

Cecilia Hagland and her husband Gary have exhaustively photographically documented the Yonaguni Monument and surrounding on-land geological features. They have acted like scientists. Yale-educated geologist Dr. Robert Schoch, on the other hand, has not lived up to his degree. 

By mid-1998, Graham Hancock, the most vocal Western proponent of "human-made" hypothesis for the Yonaguni Monument (and soon to be author of the history-shattering 2003 book Underworld), had made more than 150 dives at Yonaguni. Hancock stated then, in 1998, that "the real mystery that confronts us now is not, Was this made by man? but When was it made, who made it, and what was it made for?

Geological science conclusively backs up Graham Hancock's conviction that the Yonaguni Monument is a man-made structure. But in the almost 15 years since Hancock made his statement, Robert Schoch has continued to claim that the Yonaguni Monument is "over 95% natural."

Double-inset geometrical shape carved into the top of the
Yonaguni Monument.

(Photo by Santha Faiia, 1999.)
Science Is a Harsh Mistress

Boston University professor Robert Schoch's pronouncements of "natural" and "primarily natural" in regard to the Yonaguni Monument are based, as we have seen, not on science, but on something else, the product of an agenda not yet known to us.

Is Dr. Schoch's mysterious agenda new? No. Anti-science is as old as recorded history, and undoubtedly older. It is anti-science that destroys other culture's historical documents, which is to say history itself.

Today, anti-science manifests in many different human arenas, industrial medicine being one of the most marked. But it has an obvious stronghold in archaeology as well. The anti-science archaeological orthodoxy, with which Robert Schoch is aligned, wants you to trust their expertise but not your eyes.They want you to trust their pronouncements but not your research. They
want you to trust their religion but not your science.

What is the religion or the archaeological orthodoxy? It is a religion of sin. Below is a list of the foundational sins of the archaeological orthodoxy, an orthodoxy housed largely in academic institutions and composed of professors and researchers addicted to exclusivity, secrecy, and the outright and ongoing censorship of scientific data, otherwise known as fraud.

he Seven Deadly Sins of the Archaeological Orthodoxy"

1. The Sin of Omission - Consciously omitting key information that might undermine one's position.

2. The Sin of Self-Projection - Unconsciously projecting one's flaws (egotism, small-mindedness, laziness) onto the peoples of the past.

3. The Sin of Self-Importance (or the Sin of Hubris) - Believing that a scientific position is true because one holds it. 

4. The Sin of Superficiality - Reaching scientific conclusions without properly engaging available scientific data.

5. The Sin of Distraction (or the Sin of the Red Herring) - Introducing an  argument that is irrelevant to the argument at hand.

6. The Sin of Intimidation - Threatening those with whom one disagrees.

7. The Sin of Silence - Avoidance of reasonable discussion.

Science works best when intuition (feeling) works as an engine for scientific investigation. Today's archaeological orthodoxy is both anti-intuition and anti-science. The orthodoxy is only pro-belief, which preempts and destroys both intuition and investigation. Today's archaeological orthodoxy, being both anti-feeling and anti-science, is anti-human to its core. It wears the cloak of science to promote its dark agenda: the suppression of the truth about human history. 

Science is a harsh mistress. She demands time, patience, and a willingness not to know until knowing arrives. And knowing arrives best after rigorous, rational, time-consuming investigation driven by excitement and led by intuition. Essentially, the archaeological orthodoxy is a religion of robotic laziness coupled with the tenet of "Belief Before Knowledge," and there is no better example of laziness in action and belief before knowledge than the  Clairvoyant Archaeologist Robert Milton Schoch.

Shocking Subterfuge

In the History Channel documentary, "Japan's Mysterious Pyramids" (1998), Schoch makes a very interesting final statement (minute 40:05):

"If all of a sudden I get word and see good images and convincing evidence that say [Yonaguni discoverer and scuba instructor Kihachiro] Aratake or Professor Kimura has found some kind of inscription or carving on the side of the Yonaguni Monument that's absolutely, definitively artificial, I think it'd be great. I'll applaud it. I'll be on the first plane I can be on to go see it."

There are several divergences from sense and truth in this one statement.

Divergence #1: Schoch states that an "inscription or carving" would convince him that the Yonaguni Monument is artificial. But an inscription or carving is not evidence of antiquity but simply evidence that the inscription or carving has been made at some time before the carving was discovered. If I carve a hieroglyph into the Great Sphinx today, will Dr. Schoch fly over to Egypt tomorrow to see it? He might be that crazy, but the point is that Schoch's criterion for ancientness (an "inscription or carving") is absurd. The "inscription" tack is clearly a diversion from the obvious truth of smooth vertical flat-plane step-like features all over the Yonaguni Monument, which point clearly to its aritificial nature. Schoch uses the Sin of Omission ("Smooth vertical planes? What smooth vertical planes?") and the Sin of Distraction to direct our attention to a non-issue.

Divergence #2: Schoch wants us to believe that it's someone else's job to "convince" him that the Yonaguni Monument is either natural or artificial. In fact, it is his job, as a scientist, as a geologist, to perform investigatory science toward the revelation of the truth. He should have done that job when he was first brought to Yonaguni Island to dive on the monument. He did not do the job he was brought there to do, and after not doing his job, he tells us that he will be happy if someone else will do it for him, thus taking the Sin of Superficiality to a new low.

Divergence #3: Schoch tells us straight to our faces that if anything "definitively artificial" is found at the Yonaguni Monument, he'll "be on the first plane . . . to go see it." Has Schoch returned to the monument as definitive evidence piled up? He has not. In fact, convincing, conclusive, evidence had been discovered before Schoch gave his 1998 interview. This evidence was in photographs of extended, smooth, flat-plane vertical surfaces in the sandstone geology of the Yonaguni Monument. All researchers true to science who studied the monument knew by 1997, without any doubt whatsoever, that the Yonaguni Monument was shaped by intelligent hands before the end of the last ice age.

The Setting Star

Knowing Robert Schoch to be a scientific charlatan, a cool player in the sweaty excavation pit of human history, a dark magician, we come back to our original question: What is Robert Schoch's ultimate agenda? Why the endless subterfuges? Why the clownish statements on international television? What is the motivation for Robert Milton Schoch's mysterious anti-science agenda?

These are questions time will answer. If history tells us anything, it's that we have time. 

Also, the thing about a rising star is, it always sets. (Please refer to Deadly Sin #3 above: The Sin of Self-Importance, aka the Sin of Hubris.)

Have a scientific day!

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Jock Doubleday on the Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun
August 11, 2011.

Jock Doubleday is a playwright and screenwriter with an interest
in ancient civilizations. In June 2011, he learned about the complex
of ancient pyramids, tunnels, and other structures in and near Visoko,
Bosnia. In August 2011 he traveled to Bosnia to volunteer on the
Archaeological Park project. He shot and edited 20 videos, created
archaeologicalpark Youtube channel, organized and introduced the
2nd International Scientific Conference in Visoko, and worked briefly
(for the month of October 2011) as Public Relations Director for the
Archaeological Park Foundation. Jacques Cousteau was his idol growing up,
and he planned to become a marine biologist. His interest in the sciences,
especially in biology, paleontology, and archaeology, has not waned, though
he chose to become a writer. He has written eight feature-length screenplays, 
40 plays (including two musicals), 200 songs in various genres, a manuscript of
170 poems, and four children's stories. He has also written two eBooks on natural health: Spontaneous Creation: 101 Reasons Not to Have Your Baby 
in a Hospital ... and Into the Labyrinth: Discovering the Truth about Vaccination. One of his plays, This Dreamer Cometh, which deals specifically with the subject of the academic  orthodoxy, concerns a brilliant graduate student at Tufts University who is jailed and institutionalized for her conspicuously unorthodox equine field research. Mr. Doubleday can be contacted at: jockdoubleday dottt writer at gmail dottt com.

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Part 1 of this series, "The Bosnian Pyramid Complex," looks at Dr. Robert Schoch's continuing commitment to anti-science as he takes on the colossal pyramids and other ancient structures in Visoko, Bosnia.


atanu nath said...

Why this people do such shit ? Its really shocking that the public respect them as scientists ! Does anyone needs any sophisticated tool to prove or disprove the true nature of Yonaguni monumnet ? Its crystal clear.. its simple.. its apparent in all the images and videos available.. I don't know what is the agenda of Schoch like people ! Scientists..? They are certainly not. Thanks for such a wonderful and informative article.

Anonymous said...

What we MUST understand is; this idiot (Schoch) is more concerned with the establishments history agenda that they have always tightly regulated to only "Allow" into the mainstream/education worlds what They want us to believe....that civilisation of man really began approx. 5-6,000 yrs ago and all evidence to the contrary will be treated as the rantings of professors/learned men who have smoked too many joints at all the student parties when younger etc (lol).

I believe most rational and educated ppl who care enough, KNOW that proper civilisations WERE around up to 100,000 yrs ago if you look at the villages in South Africa, and a minimum of 15k Yrs if you look at Gobleki Tepi age of structures. Thus Schoch can go and write his fake stories to keep the lies of the archaeology lackies going, then he can sell-out and keep on publishing that trash. I would much prefer to be like Tesla, stay as true and honest as you can when dealing with the evil ones.....

Iceland Eyes said...

Loved both of your articles...I hope you continue to follow the situation in Bosnia...seems there's been a bit of an overall slow-down on the news front in 2014...

But I'm writing because I just stumbled across this doc, The Mystery of the Carpathian Sphinx, ( http://goo.gl/Vim7qg ) featuring Schoch, and just have to wonder what has compelled this doubter to suddenly be smitten with the idea that a weathered rock formation (which may or may not have been revered by ancient peoples) holds the key to the ancient history of Europe.

About twenty minutes in it occurred to me that the producer/director of the doc is a very attractive woman, so I looked up the official website for the video and found Schoch's official scientific statement: http://goo.gl/nWoR9z which my intuition tells me is the writings of a man in love ("Oana arranged joint research and filming expeditions to Bucegi during the summers of 2010 and 2011. These were heady times for me, full of adventure, excitement, new insights, and discoveries.") but with what or whom, I'll leave to the imagination...

Having studied film at UCSC, something else jumped out while watching the movie, something that could either be attributed to really awkward clipping and editing, or some fascinating attempt by the filmmaker Oana to link Schoch to their romanticized version of the Neanderthal (go to 24:30 of the movie for a first example.)

It just gets my gall that this man could summarily and rudely dismiss the work in Bosnia and Japan, then attach his name to a much vaguer and speculative concept as this at best dreamy and at worst sloggy puffed-up vanity piece of a doc purports to dig into.

My intuition (and a number of the photos in the photo gallery at the official movie site) tell me there's only one true reason for his pompous support of this research over and above the work done by true scholars in the field such as you've described here in this blog, and that's good old fashioned love. And I'll admit, in my book love trumps science (see Interstellar!) but not if it's at the expense of others' dedication, determination, reputation and hard work.

(Btw, I'm based in Iceland, and we have a truly endless number of rock formations that are extremely easy to anthropomorphize, and that have been given human/troll names in use for the past 1400 years...) ~ Maria Alva

(( My personal website is www.IcelandEyes.com ))

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Fahim Rehman said...

I am an Indo Turk living in India. I am an enthusiast of extra terrestrial life and searching for the answer of where we came from. I know during this lifetime I'll not find the answer but I'll keep searching :-)

We don't know a lot of things and the Governments keep their lips zipped. There is no doubt that civilizations had existed long before our civilizations. Were they humans or Anunakis or Grey Aliens we don't know, but they did live on planet earth, walked, built mysterious monuments and left behind these amazing sites like the submerged Yonaguni monument.

The trench as seen in the photograph is jaw dropping. Some scientists or geologists might tag it as a natural sandstone formation but I doubt because of some of the angles and I think such accurate passages or trenches cannot be coincidences. Some may relate or compare it to the Giant's Causeway but there is a strange energy felt through the amazing photographs taken by Santha Faiia, Rik Brezina, Cecilia, Gary Hagland and Brett Trepstra and by Kihachiro Aratake.

Had it been in India, it would have been related to the giants who once walked in some parts of the world similar to the descriptions found in the Hinduism books such as the Ramayana or the Mahabharata. The powerful Bhim or Bheem could easily walk down these Yonaguni "stairs". There are footprints of giants all over India and Sri Lanka but because of the decades of terrorism in these parts of the world, these locations are not easily accessible to foreigners.

Thanks to Kihachiro Aratake for discovering this mysterious jaw dropping formations. And thanks peer for putting it online. Good luck!! WE ARE NOT ALONE #NewHorizon #Earth2.0 #Kepler