Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Film Looks to Ancient Past for Energy Answers

Film Looks to Ancient Past for Energy Answers

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"Ancient Tomorrow" suggests that ancient structures like the pyramids are so precisely aligned with the stars and Earth that they might hold the key to truly clean energy. Photo: jaybergesen Photo: Flickr

What if we weren’t the first civilization to have electricity? What if we’re missing out on ancient technologies that were lost along the way to modern times?

Those are the questions proposed in a documentary to be released later this year, “Ancient Tomorrow.” The film suggests that, the way pyramids and other structures are constructed, they are aligned with the stars and Earth so precisely that they could have been used for electricity. Truly clean electricity with little impact on the delicate balance of the Earth.

An enticing idea, sure, but what evidence do the filmmakers have to back it up?
JJ Yosh, a chemical engineer and executive producer of “Ancient Tomorrow,” has worked for the past seven years with various companies and manufacturers to find cleaner energy solutions for the modern world by investigating what technologies ancients had in the past.

“Ever since I can imagine, I have dreamt of a world where cities would be built with nature instead of against it,” Yosh says. “My early fascination with ancient civilizations, the environment, and the great outdoors drove me to search for eco-friendly solutions to better our world.”

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On top of being a chemical engineer, Yosh is an avid adventurer, climbing mountains, backpacking and kayaking across the ocean. It’s those travels that led him to investigate “the truth of our ancestors.”

“There’s an incredible amount of evidence out there,” Yosh says. “In short, many of these structures are so precisely built that only laser type tools would be able to create those fine lines.”

He also points to enormous megalithic structures that used blocks over 100 tons – an enormous amount of weight to move.

“These are so enormous that we do not have any sort of crane that could ever move such a block. The proof is in their design,” he says.

Indeed, an average tower crane can only lift approximately 20 short tons (18 metric tons,) but why would that technology have been lost along the way? Yosh says to imagine a scenario where a natural disaster wipes out the majority of the population. Technology would take a back seat to overall survival.

“Over time, people would just forget about their once technologically savvy world as new generations would be born in with the mindset of survival. And that’s to say if any engineers or individuals that had the experience to operate these power plants were even still alive.”

The questions are proposed and will be investigated this year through a series of expeditions. Yosh and his team plan to “…[Post] updates and stories about [the] latest findings and journeys into known and undiscovered pyramids, ancient technology and paranormal phenomena surrounding these mysterious worldly ruins.”

The filmmakers anticipate a December 2012 release. The film will be available for viewing in select theaters and online.

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