The “Hollow Earth” assumption
By James Peters –
The Hollow Earth Theory is believed by world leaders but dismissed by the scientific community and has the world juggling the notion that planet Earth is hollow.
Is the hollowness of the earth only 600-800 miles below the surface?
First, let me explain something quite simply before I elaborate on this “Hollow Earth Theory”. If you are unaware of this speculation that was presented to some of the world’s leader in the past (and in the present) – let me explain. There are well-respected scientists, mathematicians, doctors, and other professions related to the subject that believes that our planet Earth is hollow.
Although, there are many different beliefs on how the Earth is actually hollow, they all believe in the same philosophy; some believed in the “Concave Hollow Earth Theory”, in which humans live in a sphere like shell but on the interior surface and that the universe is in the center; some believed that the Earth has different levels, each level containing an atmosphere and its own sun (it is believed that the Earth and the universe as we know it may very well be one of these levels); there are some that believed that there are caverns beneath the surface of the Earth (accessible somewhere in Antarctica), and that a possible species (or many species) could actually be living below us. This is still believed today by some. There are other beliefs as well as these, but these beliefs are the most common.
Fiction turned Fact or Vice Versa?
Ever since ancient times, people believed that Earth was hollow. In ancient Greece, it’s where Hades was located, and the early Christians believed that’s where Lucifer was sent to when he fell from Heaven – they call it Hell. In Jewish scriptures, Sheol is located beneath the Earth. In the Jewish belief, when you are dead and buried, your soul enters Sheol. No matter what moral choices you made while alive, your soul awaits in total darkness until the “resurrection” (judgment day). Some others, who follow the Jewish belief, believe that while waiting in Sheol, you could be in total comfort or being ruthlessly tormented while waiting for the “coming of the savior”.
Books were soon written about the Earth being hollow (fiction and non-fiction), tales of adventure about explorers seeking out or stumbling upon an opening in the Earth’s crust, or actual, true predictions that there actually is a world within this world.
In 1906, William Reed openly admitted that he supported the idea of a hollow Earth and wrote the book Phantom of the Poles but with no interior suns or separate levels.
Another book written in 1913, by Marshall Gardner was about how he believed prehistoric species lived beneath the Earth’s surface. In 1920, he wrote an expanded edition based on the same principals but placed an interior sun in the hollow Earth.
Eventually, UFO enthusiasts who also believed in “The Hollow Earth Theory” came to the presumption that UFOs (sometimes known as USOs – “unidentified submerged objects”) reside in these underground caverns. When the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, these inhabitants emerged from these hidden societies in an act of self-defense because they were concerned of radioactive material flowing into the world’s interior where they dwell.
Soon, science fiction writers took the idea of a hollow Earth and wrote in their pulp magazines stories of lost world’s and unnatural beings. A lot of authors took the idea of H.G. Wells’ book, The Time Machine and his underworld creatures, the Morlocks and put their own twist in their fictional stories. Wells wrote that book in 1895, but it’s not sure if he believed in a hollow Earth.
Allegedly, in 1964, Dr. Walter Siegmiester wrote the book The Hollow Earth under the pseudonym Dr. Raymond Bernard. He did this because he firmly believed in a hollow Earth, but didn’t want to be discredited or ridiculed for his beliefs. This was revealed in an article written by Martin Gardner but not until the book Subterranean Worlds: 100,000 years of dragons, dwarves, the dead, lost races and UFOs from inside the Earth by Walter Kafton-Minkel and published in 1989. It was then that the connection between Bernard and Siegmiester became well known.
It is true that Hitler believed in some theory of the earth being hollow, it was unsure whether he believed in one theory or in all of them. But he made several attempts in trying to discover some proof by sending a Nazi admiral by the name of Donitz to Antarctica in a submarine.
Places like Tibet, Peru, and the North Pole, were believed to have openings to the hollow Earth and Hitler sent researchers to investigate. It is believed that Hitler had sent spies into the United States to search Mount Shasta in California for a possible entrance.
Hitler is also believed, according to German writers Peter Bender and Fritz Braun, to have sent an expedition out to a certain point on the planet where it was believed that if the Nazis pointed infrared telescopes straight into the air they would be able to spy on the British fleets and have a strategic advantage, but this wasn’t documented and can’t be proven. This would have proven, however, that Hitler believed in a hollow Earth and in the “concave” Hollow Earth Theory.
The United States
Now you know that the United States has had their say in this “Hollow Earth Theory”, and our own presidents either believed in it – or they didn’t. Presidents like Jimmy Carter and Harry Truman are believed to have made comments about the Earth being possibly hollow, even President John Quincy Adams believed in a possible hollow Earth and was going to send a loyal follower on an expedition, by the name of James McBride. But President Adams left office before this could occur. Andrew Jackson was the next President of the United States and he put a stop to the campaign. It was rumored that President Jackson was the only president to have believed that the Earth was flat. This rumor could have been started from him personally terminating the hollow Earth excursion; started by his defeated opponent’s followers.
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