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     The Newton Bible Code is currently being tested by a mainstream scientific agency highly respected for its integrity and professionalism. The question being addressed is: Are the 46 grain, wine, and oil sequences a code or not a code? The investigation has now been going on for two months, without a final resolution. If it is determined that the sequences are a code, the next step will be to establish attribution – Who put it there? The final step will be decryption – What does it mean?

 

     Not wanting to impede the process, I have decided not to reveal the name of the scientific organization doing the testing until a final verdict is rendered. When that happens, the results will be posted on this site.

 

     Stay tuned.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jan, 7 2018

Zygutis versus Colavito

     One of the three skeptics I mention on my website that I was hoping to engage about my claim to have found the Smoking Gun is Jason Colavito. I chose Jason for the simple reason that he represents an extreme but sizable wing of the skeptic community that cannot be taken lightly. With few exceptions, these are talented individuals who embrace a scorched earth, no-holds-barred, take no prisoners approach to advocates of sensational claims. In the interactions between Jason and myself, the civil discourse recommended by Professor Ray Hyman in his Skeptics Code of Conduct is thrown out the window and replaced by what appears to be an angry white male who, realizing that his debunking strategy doesn’t work, resorts to mud-slinging, cynicism, and ad hominem attacks that get progressively more toxic.

     The charm in this brutal approach, if you want to call it that, is that it sometimes works. Gorilla skepticism has a high success rate in debunking claims that have no basis in scientific reality, and for that Mr. Colavito and others of his ilk deserve credit. Knowing what I was getting myself into, I made my claim to Jason, referred him to my website: www.smokinggunchallenge.com, and waited for him to unload on me, which didn’t take long.

     His first attack on my claim was not a cryptanalysis of the grain, wine, and oil sequences, which is what I was asking for, but a wonderfully researched essay that drew from ethnology, anthropology, linguistics, and other disciplines from the humanities. Posted on his website, it is, by far, the best counter-argument to my claim that I have ever received – but by Colavito’s own admission he wasn’t able to debunk my claim that the 46 grain, wine, and oil sequences in the Old Testament are a code. The bottom line is that Jason and other skeptics know that the only thing that can falsify my theory is a cryptanalysis that scientifically proves that what I call the Newton Bible Code is not a code.

     From that high point, the quality of our interactions took a nose dive. Jason’s acerbic comments were laced with snarky remarks from his adoring fans who, to be honest, often come across as semi-literate. Gorilla skepticism apparently doesn’t appeal to the erudite, but I don’t think Jason cares much about erudition. After each give-and-take I felt like I needed a long hot shower. Still, through it all, there were significant points of agreement:

First, Colavito admits that it is scientifically possible that advanced extraterrestrials could reach Earth.  This is no small concession, since there are many skeptics who, incredibly, still insist that aliens, if they exist, are too far away to ever physically get to our planet.

Second, Colavito states that it would be wise to keep an eye out for direct evidence that would scientifically and incontrovertibly prove that ETI has been to Earth. I completely agree.

Third, Colavito concedes that an independent cryptanalysis of the Newton Bible Code conducted by the SETI Institute or some other reputable scientific agency would most likely result in a firm and reliable conclusion as to whether the grain, wine, and oil sequences are or are not a code.

     Coming from a skeptic who rarely concedes anything, these are significant, and I thank Mr. Colavito for his magnanimity.

     But Jason’s best gift was yet to come. Thanks to his intervention I have established a mutually respectful connection with Dr. Michael Shermer, the world’s best known skeptic, and one of the three men I was hoping to interact with about my claim. At his request, I sent Dr. Shermer a copy of my book, The Sagan Conspiracy, and I’m excited to report that he is thinking about running an article on it in his Skeptic magazine. I promised him my full cooperation, with the expressed hope that it includes my latest research.

     For those not familiar with Michael Shermer, he has written several best-selling books on critical thinking, including his trilogy: Why People Believe Weird Things, The Believing Brain, and How We Believe. These three books should be in everyone’s home library and, in my opinion, be mandatory reading for young people entering the adult world of conflicting, confusing, and sensational claims that are rarely supported by credible evidence that can be replicated and tested.

     Dr. Shermer has been a major influence in my life, and I very much look forward to his newest book, soon to be released, that addresses the explosively controversial subject of immortality.

     To conclude, I got into the muck with Jason Colavito, and, with high confidence in my research, thick skin, and a healthy sense of humor, I managed to survive. If you care to review our colorful exchanges, log on to his website blog, but, please, for their sake, keep the children away!

 

Don

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     Don's first interview about The Smoking Gun will be with Scott Colborn of Exploring Unexplained Phenomenon (EUP), the world's longest running paranormal talk radio program, on Saturday, Dec. 30th, between 10 am and 12 noon, Central Time.

Approximately seven days later, the program will be added to his archives.