10TH CPAK 2016 PRESENTERS
Walter CruttendenResearcher of ancient cultures, author. Director of the Binary Research Institute .
Walter will provide an overview of the cycle of the ages, look at some of the recent astronomical discoveries that point to a new understanding of our solar system that is more in line with ancient thinking
Dr. Robert SchochProfessor, geologist, author and scientist.
Dr. Robert Schoch of Boston University speaking on Gobekli Tepe, the oldest intact temple complex known to man. The Role of Solar Outbursts in Our Past and Future, points to the astronomical cause of the demise of antediluvian civilizations
Christopher DunnProject Engineer, and Laser Operations Manager.
Chris's pyramid odyssey began in 1977 after he read Peter Tompkins' book Secrets of the Great Pyramid. His immediate reaction to learning of the Great Pyramid's precision and design characteristics was to consider that this edifice may have had an original purpose that differed from conventional opinion.
Jason MartellAuthor and researcher.
Jason Martell recently garnered worldwide attention by recreating a working model of one of science's most prolific mysteries – the "Baghdad Battery." Residing in the National Museum of Iraq, the discovery of this 2,000 year old device suggests the modern day battery was not invented in 1800 by Count Alassandro Volt, but was invented almost two centuries earlier. Mr. Martell's recreation was instrumental in proving the Baghdad Battery was capable of generating current.
David W. MathisenStar myth investigator and author.
David Mathisen is the author of The Undying Stars and of the recent multi-volume series Star Myths of the World and how to interpret them. He writes about the evidence that the world's myths, scriptures, and sacred stories are based on a common system of celestial metaphor -- and the evidence that the same system can be found operating in virtually every story and episode in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. This field of study is sometimes referred to as "astro-theology," although that term has also been used by different people to refer to something different.
John K. LundwallChief Editor of Cosmos and Logos: Journal of Myth, Religion, and Folklore.
John Knight Lundwall received his undergraduate degree in English Literature from BYU and his Masters and Doctorate in comparative myth and religious studies from Pacifica Graduate School in Santa Barbara and has been a contributing editor and author for several academic publications. His most recent publication is Mythos and Cosmos: Mind and Meaning in the Oral Age, in which Lundwall revisions the study of ancient myth and culture through the structures of oral thinking and cosmology. He is also an amateur astronomer and lectures and teaches people, young and old, about the stars and constellations.
Gary EvansAncient Sites Investigator-Explorer.
Gary Evans has been investigating earth mysteries for more than twenty years. From studying sound acoustics inside the Great Pyramid to exploring Moray, an ancient site high up in the Andes mountains of Peru, his work has taken him to some of the world's most fascinating and mysterious places.
Scott OnstottAuthor and filmmaker
Scott Onstott wrote, narrated and produced the Secrets in Plain Sight film series and is the author of seven related books examining patterns in art, architecture, urban design and the cosmos. One of Scott's passions is illustrating the many layers of encoding found in the Great Pyramid, a world wonder that still has much to teach us about the comprehensive and extraordinary wisdom of the ancients.
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Ancient cultures around the world believed that consciousness and history move in a vast cycle of time with alternating Dark and Golden Ages - Plato called it the Great Year. Today we know it as one "precession of the equinox," an obscure astronomical motion, and consider the Golden Age to be just a myth. But are we correct? An increasing amount of evidence suggests that long before the Dark Ages mankind had a deep understanding of astronomy, mathematics, holistic healing, and a profound ability to live in tune with nature. Join us as we discover the wisdom of the ancients.
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Stargazing with David Mathisen
Author of The Undying Stars and Star Myths of the World
Did you ever want to view the stars in the desert sky and hear and see their connections to the myths and sacred stories from around the world, described by a longtime Star Myth investigator and author on the subject?
Well, CPAK 2016 is your opportunity, which by careful coordination with the cycles of the heavens will commence on the day of the New Moon, September 30, immediately following the point of the autumnal equinox.
Friday night, September 30th, we will meet in the Westin Lobby and carpool about fifteen minutes to the Coachella Valley Preserve where we will have a magnificent view of the desert sky and the dazzling stars (weather permitting, which it almost always does in this location at this time of year).
David Mathisen will describe the constellations and point them out so that everyone is able to identify Aquarius and Sagittarius and Ophiucus -- perhaps for the first time for some (constellations can at times be challenging until you begin to become more familiar with them). The planets Saturn and Mars and the glorious band of the Milky Way should also be visible. David will also explain the connection of this part of the sky with various Star Myths from around the world, and across the millennia, a subject he will cover in more detail during his presentation during the conference on the following days.
Weather should be comfortably warm, but you may want to bring a jacket or sweater just in case, and although we will be close to the paved road there will be some rocks and dirt in the viewing area, so boots or sneakers may be advisable. We'll try to keep lights to a minimum so that everyone can enjoy the brilliant display in the heavens. Some binoculars and lawn chairs or beach mats will be available, but feel free to bring binos or a camp stool if you wish -- and rumor has it someone might bring the fruit of the vine or a cool brew in honor of Dionysus or Demeter, or a peace pipe to offer.
Our expert star guide will be Dave Mathisen, who explores the evidence which strongly suggests that virtually all of the ancient scriptures, myths and sacred stories of the world share a common celestial foundation, and encode specific features and movements of the very same constellations we can see to this day (and some of those we will see when you're here in California!) He writes about this subject and related areas in his multi-volume series, Star Myths of the World, and how to interpret them, as well as in his blog the Mathisen Corollary and his website Star Myth World dot com.
David believes that the stars and the myths contain profound spiritual wisdom which is immediately applicable to our daily lives, and that the world's sacred myths are a treasure handed down to humanity as a precious inheritance for our benefit. He hopes to share with you some of the ways that knowing the stars and the message of the myths can be a blessing to our lives, and to the world.