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Seed of Knowledge, Stone of Plenty: Understanding the Lost Technology of the Ancient Megalith-Builders Hardcover – October 1, 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Council Oak Books (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571781846
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571781840
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #852,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John A. Burke is an international businessman, and an inventor with a university background in physics from SUNY Stony Brook. He founded Pro Seed Technologies, Inc., and as the CEO has demonstrated in field trials and at organizations and universities around the world how artificial versions of electromagnetic energies enhance crop yields. His work has appeared on Fox Networks, Discovery Channel, History Channel and 20/20. He lives in Long Island, NY.

Co-author and nature photographer Kaj Halberg is a world-traveling naturalist. As a photographer, his work has appeared in Danish guidebooks to Nepal, India and Bornholm, as well as popular and academic journals. Together, Halberg and Burke have measured ancient sites from Europe to the jungles of South America and throughout North America. He lives in Denmark.

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Very informative book.
Rosemary R. Bishop
Perhaps someone reading this book may try to reconstruct a mound of their own and treat their own seed, I know I was tempted.
G. Abbott
If you can get beyond that the book is a wealth of knowledge and is very well written.
Michael Nyberg

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Walter Cruttenden on January 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Seed of Knowledge Stone of Plenty is an important book.

Many authors have hypothesized about the possible purpose or use of the thousands of mysterious henges, dolmens, cairns and other Neolithic structures found around the world. Most of the theories are based on little science and lots of conjecture. But author, scientist and businessman John Burke takes a different approach.

Using a magnetometer and electrostatic voltmeter Burke has taken hundreds of readings at approximately 80 different ancient sites including Carnac, Avebury, Stonehenge as well as assorted American mounds and Mesoamerican pyramids. The results are clear and compelling indicating that these ancient sites are places where subtle energies emanate from the Earth or are enhanced by the structure itself.

Beyond the extensive research Burke also conducts a number of agricultural experiments and finds that seeds placed at such sites are stressed by the ambient currents resulting in higher propagation rates, quicker maturity and improved crop yields. Thus it seems that ancient myth and folklore about taking seeds to "sacred sites to be blessed" may be true and indeed have a highly practical purpose.

While many modern scholars consider megalithic man a mere primitive, Seed of Knowledge shows he had wisdom well beyond our current understanding and put it to useful purpose. It will undoubtedly take further experimentation to fully understand all the energies and uses of the many different ancient sites and structures but Burke's work is sure to cause more research to be undertaken - and it might even encourage a few historians to reexamine their opinions of early man.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By DJ Hancock on September 5, 2007
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Leaving the northern hemisphere winter of 1995 I stopped off for a month or two in Egypt, Israel and Jordan, armed with a fresh copy of The Orion Mystery by BAUVAL and GILBERT. To my pleasure it opened up a whole different possibility and appreciation of the mysteries of the Giza pyramids than the conventional story told by the locals that they were tombs constructed for the ruling class who worshipped the Sun.

There are many commentators offering diverse opinions on the purpose and true age of the great pyramids and the Sphinx, ranging from UFO landing pads and interstellar navigation systems, to Temples housing chambers of frequency and sound that combine different hertz rates with low magnetism to simulate human emotions including fear and love.

A shaman once told me if the Earth's crust was laid out flat at the time of construction, the pyramids were positioned bang smack in the middle of the Earth's landmass, centered over ley lines to harness the enormous power of the Earth's gravitational field and used as generating stations. Some of the older indigenous traditions, as authors BURKE and HALBERG point out, speak of the connections between Mother Earth and Father Sun, in modern day terms telluric currents possibly creating nodes or ducts. Dr Bruce Lipton and Gregg Braden's efforts hypothesize that the human body, through its carbon base derived from Earth, provides the grounding for our consciousness from the Stars (environment) in such a way that we act as receptors on the crust (membrane) of the earth - in fractal and holographic language the same way the relationship between the membrane of our cells of the human body operate.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bookseller on November 26, 2006
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This book was a pleasant surprise. I was intrigued enough by the blurbs to read Seed of Knowledge, Stone of Plenty, but began it without great expectations. I have read many books about ancient monuments and earth energies and found few to be as rich in new facts and solid science. What a find! The authors lay out one new fact after another and document them all with hundreds of solid academic references; essentially, they document every statement. The theme of the book reveals an entirely new way to look at these ancient engineering marvels. An appreciated bonus was the appendix listing dozens of sites you can visit in the U.S. (I only wish it were longer!) Another appendix tells how you can confirm or refute their work by performing the same tests they did at these sites, some of which I hope to do next summer.

The thesis of the book is that ancient cultures built megalithic structures (e.g., pyramids and henges) where there were geologically-based electro-magnetic energies in order to concentrate these energies and that they did this to achieve a very practical physical benefit. The authors' experiments testing these effects were the best part. Some eye-popping photos of their tests prop up what might otherwise seem to be incredulous claims if you are a natural skeptic (that's me!). They also present sources from the scientific literature explaining why and how these effects can be achieved with these energies.

Seed of Knowledge comes right out of left field with a whole new take on these ancient structures. Even if you were already an admirer of ancient civilizations, this book will raise your image of them. It is rich in information and also a fairly easy read. Any fan of the past will enjoy this book.
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