Atlantis is a Utopia — Now Scientifically Proven

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On Monday the History Channel will air a show in which they follow five teams searching for the lost civilization of Atlantis, as described by Plato in the 4th century BC. While most scholars already believe that Plato made the whole thing up as a Utopia, a scientist and geographer has now for the first time provided scientific proof that it indeed was a Utopia. Searching for Atlantis is therefore futile, but there are other reasons to continue.

A recently published book presents the first hard evidence on Atlantis since Plato died 2,350 years ago. It is written for scholars but is also accessible for the general public.

After proving that Plato was describing Ireland, the author discusses other data such as the temples, and the final disaster when it sank in the sea. His conclusion is that it is a tall tale composed of elements from different times and places.

In the book "Atlantis from a Geographer’s Perspective: Mapping the Fairy Land", Dr. Ulf Erlingsson proves that Plato based the geography of Atlantis on that of Ireland. The level of certainty is 99.98%. Since many other details obviously do not match Ireland—such as that Atlantis sank in the sea—it follows that Atlantis really was a Utopia, that is, it didn’t exist anywhere such as described.

The book came out in English in the Fall of 2004, and is now being printed in Japanese. It has been endorsed by an editor of a scientific journal in geography.

Students of the tale often take signs of early civilizations as evidence of the location of Atlantis. Dr. Erlingsson points out that they make a mistake in assuming that there can only have been one lost civilization. If one can have been lost, why not two, or more?

Having identified Ireland in connection with Atlantis raises some fascinating new questions. The research into Atlantis is not over with this discovery. On the contrary, it now becomes even more interesting, but from a scientific point of view rather than as an adventure.

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