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The Monuments of Mars: A City on the Edge of Forever
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on May 12, 2001
Everyone interested in the psychology of obsessive self-deception must see this; I mean this in all seriousness. It is simply classic. Based on nothing but a blurry photo of the Martian landscape, the author invents a complex belief system involving imaginary mathematical connections between hills he and a few others imagine to be pyramids and sphinxes and their counterparts on Earth, delusional pseudoscientific cosmologies involving the "four-dimensional" aspects of planetary formation, and so on and on, in moonfire profusion. There is hardly any doubt that he believes it himself; he is so attached to and identified with this little wish-fulfilling descent into neurosis that even when higher-resolution versions of the so-called face on Mars quite clearly reveal it to be nothing by a couple of hills casting shadows, he determines that the face is instead half-human and half-lion. So great is his investment in this fairy tale that we might wonder if he would concede defeat even if NASA sent him to the red planet's surface to see for himself that there is, in fact, nothing to see.
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on August 19, 1999
First - I have not read the book, but have heard Hoagland discuss the issues of the book on several occasions. Therefore the rating I must give is meaningless. Now, Amidst the reviews you can read here, people tend to be polarized in their opinions, and they offer "facts" to support their contentions. Be careful. One of the more compelling comments notes that a recent higher resolution image by the Mars Global Surveyor demonstrates "beyond a shadow of a doubt" that the face seen in decades-old images is an artifact. Apparently these individuals are unaware of the numerous and sudden inconsistencies in the data provided by the Mars Global Surveyor immediately around the time that the face and other parts of Cydonia were being imaged. NASA is a public organization and therefore published "unaltered" images on it's own website. The one(s) of Cydonia cited by individuals in other reviews were of a curiously poor resolution compared to ones the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) had previously been sending of the rest of Mars. NASA claimed that the weather conditions suddenly changed at that time. This is entirely possible. However, reported digital analysis of the pictures claimed to reveal evidence of specific alterations of the image (in simple terms, information was missing) and suggested that the low resolution was a consequence of attempts to hide the fact that the image had obviously been altered. I am not qualified to evaluate the digital analysis, but I can tell you that when I visited the NASA site several days after reports of the digital analysis accused NASA of doctoring the image, NASA had uploaded a different version of the image that the supposed "original" it had published three days earlier. The newer image still did not show a face, by the way. So, while I am a scientist, and a skeptic, and believe that the scientific method is extremely important - I have encountered no evidence to positively discount Hoagland's beliefs - and certainly not the more recent images by MGS. If Mars and the larger questions of life and the universe interest you, by all means enjoy the book, and take the time to learn as much as is known about the issues - for you know what they say... "a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing"...and I believe some of the individuals who are passionately polarized in these reviews are a bit dangerous, especially if others are not careful and believe the things they write...
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on September 23, 1998
It is absolute folly to state (as if it were fact) that Hoagland's theories are rubbish. Christopher Columbus' theories were rubbish at one point, and he turned the world into fools. This COULD be a similiar situation. Given the photographic evidence and NASA's atypical behavior over the entire thing, Hoagland at the very least makes an interesting case, worthy of closer scrutiny. At best, he has uncovered more evidence of our government hiding world-rocking information, which is no great stretch of the imagination.
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on September 25, 2003
Well.... the decision is yours. The Avebury region map overlay on Cydonia is hard to dismiss as coincidence. I just may take a visit to Stonehenge and check it out myself. The Brilliant Pebbles testing broadcast was also quite interesting.
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