According to Blackburn, the team has already made a 2-hour documentary titled “Atlantica” detailing their finds. “What we really want to do is we want to franchise the find,” he told LiveScience. “We want to make an awful lot of money out of it. And with that money, we want to support the archaeological community.”
Meanwhile, Ken Feder, an anthropology professor at Central Connecticut State University, has expressed what a lot of other researchers are feeling right now: “Bless their hearts – if they’re correct about this, that would be awesome. But here’s my problem: As an archaeologist, I know that I always need to be in the company of my bullshit detector. And these guys, they have done just about everything they possibly can to set off my bullshit detector.”
So far, Merlin Burrows haven’t made any plans to publish their archaeological findings (or the science behind them) in any peer-reviewed journal, which means no one can verify what they’re found or the process they used to, say, date that “man-made” concrete. According to Feder: “It immediately turns on my bullshit detector when somebody, instead of doing that, makes the announcement through a press release, a press conference, a web page or a documentary.”
Blackburn’s admitted plans for an Atlantis “franchise” that makes “an awful lot of money” also seems like the biggest possible red flag. Like Mars One, it seems like Merlin Blackburn is more interested in publicity and merch than actual science.
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