New Mars Kid In Town: Mac Tonnies
Written By: Electric Warrior
image: MacBot Portrait & Mars Grids
(The Electric Warrior) - If you’re online and
interested in Cydonia then you’ve probably read
something by MacBot at the Cydonian Imperative.
Mac Tonnies is a "next generation" Cydonia writer:
his in interest transhumanism brings a new spin to
popular alternative science topics like ET, UFOs and
the Face on Mars.
Tonnies’ approach is different from the Shout First
and Ask Questions Later attitude that pervades the
Internet. A recent edition of his Web log draws a
line between Arctic stone circles on Earth and
anomalous grid lines on Mars. Tonnies thinks the
recent scientific discoveries might provide a natural
explanation for what other researchers have
called evidence for cities on Mars.
"As of right now, it’s more suggestion than
explanation, but maybe it will provoke some
thoughtful debate," says Tonnies. In an email exchange
he confided that the "grids" on Mars were incredibly
exotic and beautiful, but probably avoided by
mainstream science out of fear that people will say
"Hey, that looks like a city!" His combination of
honest skepticism and relentless blogging have paid
off: Expect a new book about Mars Weirdness early 2004.
Make no mistake about it, Tonnies believes that the
Martian enigmas at Cydonia warrant careful scrutiny.
Else, why write a book about it? To his credit, he’s
willing to revisit the anomalies every time new data
comes in, and willing to question the conclusions of
other researchers as well as his own. It’s refreshing to
read an opinion on the topic that doesn’t automatically
translate every unknown into Smoking Gun evidence
for ET on Mars.
"For a complex terrain sculpted by unfamiliar
processes, amateurs examining photographs at the
very limit of resolution may be in trouble," wrote
Carl Sagan for Parade Magazine in 1985. "Their hopes
and fears, the excitement of possible discoveries
of great import, may overwhelm the usual skeptical
and cautious approach of science." The Parade article
is notorious among Cydonia enthusiasts for its
debunking of the Mars Face. But, Sagan was also known
for his optimistic search for extraterrestrial
Tonnies has a different view on the search for
alien artifacts, one that encompasses a very human
short-sightedness that perhaps we all share. He
says it has turned out to be one of the main themes
of his new book: "Looking for alien artifacts is
new territory; we don’t know precisely what we’re
looking for, so consequently we may already have
it and not realize it."
Like SETI scientists, Tonnies and Cydonia researchers
think it’s worthwhile looking for ET. What makes
them different from the guys with the radio
telescopes is that they want to look in our own
solar system. Electric Warriors agree with Mac: We
have to continuously refresh our point of view.
MARS ONLINE : MYSTERY GRIDS
This photo essay progressively zooms in on the Mars
"Mystery" Grids. (Bottom right: Crater, Left: Grid
field, Top right: Grid detail) The images are from
Malin Space Science Systems, the folks who built the
Mars Orbital Camera. You’ll have to decide for
yourself whether or not they show evidence of an
extraterrestrial city on Mars. At 40 degrees south
latitude, the area is far from the Martian pole, but
since Mars is far colder than Earth then Mac Tonnies’
idea about alternate thawing and freezing offers a
reasonable explanation. I suppose I should warn you
that this is not the opinion of a planetary scientist
and that if I introduce any more healthy skepticism I
risk being accused of outright debunkery! It seems to
me that the grids occur in a region that ramps steeply
up toward the rim of a crater. Could somebody build
on a slope like that? Sure, why not? They do it all
the time in San Francisco. Plus, in the unlikely event
that the crater fills up with standing water, the
Martians would have a terrific view of the Bay.
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Naturally Occurring Arctic Circles and Martian "Grids"
TONNIES (The Cydonian Imperative) - Extensively
geometric stone circles found in the Arctic have
puzzled geologists for years. New research explains
their formation and suggests that some of the
peculiar city-like "grids" on Mars may also be
naturally occurring phenomena.
Slap in the Face
QUETTA CARPENTER (Phoenix New Times) - The
controversy over the alleged doctoring of an image
of Mars by an Arizona State University research
center is exploding like a supernova. The back-
pedaling and finger-pointing among a once-unified
group of researchers claiming the government
conspired to cover evidence of life on the Red
Planet is as interesting as the original
THE ELECTRIC WARRIOR
January 25, 2003
Silicon Valley, CA
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