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Manifestations of earth energy at megalithic sites?

Stories have long circulated that strange phenomena cluster about megalithic sites, such as Stonehenge. Those who claim psychic powers state that earth energies (whatever they are) seem to focus at these ancient constructions. The story goes that the builders of the stone circles could also detect these natural forces and intentionally chose these spots where the energies were most powerful. "Proper" siting and orientation were doubtless important to the builders of the megalithic structures, but can modern, no-nonsense science even begin to explore these mystical, psychic claims?

Given today's scientific impatience with all psychic subjects, one would not expect a scientific journal, even a popular one, to touch the subject of "earth energies." Yet, here is an article describing the use of ultrasound detectors and Geiger counters in surveying megalithic monuments for foci of earth energies. Sure enough, curious enhancements of ultrasound intensity were discovered at the Rollright Stones. At another site, the natural radiation background level was anomalously depressed. It is all very mystifying.

(Robins, Don; "The Dragon Project and the Talking Stones," New Scientist, 96: 166, 1982.)

Comment. This appearance of this article would be comprehensible if it were in the April 1 issue of New Scientist, but it wasn't. In truth, of course, there could be something in the "earth energy" concept; and there is nothing wrong with exploring the idea scientifically. It is just such a surprise to see the subject discussed in a mainstream scientific publication. Also, the article is rather superficial and vague. This lack of rigor is sure to bring scientific derision.

From Science Frontiers #25, JAN-FEB 1983. 1983-2000 William R. Corliss

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