Pseudo-scientific validation

Article published on 2 May 2007

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Ever since the excavations in the valley of Visoko began, the Osmanagic Foundation has frequently promised "international scientific validation" of the project and the "evidence" that would confirm the Bosnian ‘pyramids’ hypothesis. If, during 2006, a few Egyptian or Italian scientists apparently supported the project to some degree, none of these scientists (Dr Barakat, Dr Ibrahim Aly, Dr Dario Andretta...) has ever published a report, or even the most fleeting written opinion [1], of their visit to Visoko, and the sole document published as "international validation" by the Foundation is this marvellous propaganda poster:

Vérification internationale
International validation - Source

In 2007, it appears that the Osmanagic Foundation is continuing to invite foreign scientists to Visoko to study the ‘pyramids’ - but ‘scientists’ of a very different kind from the previous ones, who had been bona fide geologists or archaeologists. For instance, a news item dated 30th of April (bs) on the Foundation website mentions the visit of "Dr. Harry Oldfield from Great Britain and Dr. Karin Tag from Germany".

Let’s begin with "Dr. Karin Tag". The Foundation provides only her name, but she is described by the local media (bs) and pro-pyramid forums as an "archaeologist and geologist". No point in looking for any academic references or publications; you won’t find them. Karin Tag is, nevertheless, a medium, a member (and maybe even founder - she owns the domain name, at least) of the "Seraphim Institute" (de). The purpose of this Institute, located in Germany, is that of establishing world peace by means of meditation, prayer and "energy transfers" using a "crystal skull", of which Karin Tag is also the guardian. Karin Tag takes this crystal skull, known as the "Corazón de Luz" (Heart of Light) - we are told that it has links with Atlantis - all over the world to "places of magic" that she uses the skull to "activate." Besides the classic examples of the temple of Karnak and Great Pyramid of Kufu, these places of magic also include Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and Euro-Disney... Can we neglect the possibility of the skull making a brief trip recently to one of the Bosnian ‘pyramids’? [2]

Let’s now consider the Englishman, "Dr. Harry Oldfield". The Foundation web site describes him (bs) as a "biologist, Honorary Doctor of Sciences, visiting professor at Grenada Unversity’s School of Medicine, and member of the Royal Society of Microscopic Research in Oxford". These last two titles are actually mentioned in the brochure on Dr Oldfield’s web site ("Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society, Oxford, and Visiting Professor, Department of Medicine, Grenada University"); however, it should be noted that there is no mention of a ‘Harry Oldfield’ on the Royal Microscopical Society website (although there does happen to be a Dr Oldfield there, he is known as ‘Ron’ or ‘Ronald’) [3], nor on the St. George University website in Grenada. What really brings a smile to one’s face is the fact that the Foundation website description ‘forgot’ to provide the precise details of Oldfield’s other titles, perhaps because they do not have the required ‘serious’ or scientific cachet. According to his own brochure, Oldfield is in fact a "homeopathic physician" who, in 2000, received an "Honorary Doctorate from the World Peace Centre in Pune, India", and a "Professor Honoris Causa in the Department of Alternative Medicine, Zoroastrian College, Mumbai, India". These two institutions, though respectable enough, are oriented more toward spiritual development than science, and it is perhaps going slightly too far to describe Oldfield as a ‘Doctor of Science’...

As with Karin Tag, there is not much point in looking for mentions of Dr Oldfield’s papers in scientific publications: there are none [4]. Yet Mr. Oldfield is a great inventor: he invented an "electro-crystal therapy" used to "balance the human energy field", stimulating its "chakras and meridians" by means of a combination of "electro-magnetic generator" and crystals; as well as an "electro-scanning process" and an "electro-transplant therapy". His most recent invention is the one he used on the Bosnian ‘pyramids’, the "PIP" or "Polycontrast Interference Photography", which, so he claims, enables him to photograph "interference between photons and the human energy field". That is the most that Dr Oldfield will say about the scientific principles of his invention; if you want to know more, you would have to perhaps consider purchasing "PIP Reality" software, at a cost of £3,392.50 ...

As I have no intention of either buying this software (which seems to be nothing more than glorified image processing software... see here) or of paying for the "training" required to interpret the images, I will refrain from further comment on this extraordinary technology, which, according to this article in the magazine Nexus, allowed Mr. Oldfield to carry out research into ghosts and supernatural entities [5]. The most that can be said is that his software produces nice pictures that are immediately published on the Foundation website (bs), and that, according to Mr. Oldfield, show the presence of "anomalies": these are vertical and "pulsating" energy fields, which Mr. Osmanagic interprets as proof that the ‘pyramids’ are "giant energy accumulators", "generators of electro-magnetic energy" (bs)...

So, given that all we’ve been presented with are doctors of ‘spiritual science’, chakras, crystal skulls, mysterious "photonic electro-magnetic phenomena", secret and earth-shattering technology that has never undergone scientific evaluation, we’re still rather a long way off from supposed "scientific validation"... That said, however, it cannot be denied that there is a certain kind of logic in the ‘pseudo-scientific’ validation of a ‘pseudo-archaeological’ project!

Notes :

[1Edit: a short report by the geologist Barakat has been published on the Foundation website in november 2007; a report that, unfortunately, will probably not convince anyone of the existence of the pyramids...

[2I was not mistaken : today, 7th May 2007, the Fondation has just published (bs) the results of an "experiment" on the "energy interaction between a crystal skull and the Bosnian pyramid of the Sun". We learn that Karin Tag, "crystal skull expert", again described as an "archaeology and geology PhD", has brought her skull, said to be of Maya origin, to the top of the hill of Visocica. This event was witnessed by Harry Oldfield, who used his amazing invention (see the continuation of the article) to record the "photon and electromagnetic fields" from the ‘pyramid’ before, during and after the skull’s fleeting visit. If you have the strength of mind to look at the lengthy video (mostly in English) presented on the Foundation web site, you will be rewarded by the knowledge of how Ms. Tag "activated" the ‘pyramid of the Sun’ and "opened its energy portal", hoping to bring peace and wealth to Bosnia and to the entire world ; on the other side, if you keep your eyes peeled at around the 14th minute, you’ll hear a sentence from Mr. Oldfield to the effect that he, along with his German colleague, observed an "unidentified flying object" near the ‘pyramid’... And I had really been on the point of wondering if it wasn’t about time for extraterrestrial pyramid-builders to make an appearance!

[3As it happens, Harry Oldfield is in all probability a paid-up member of this Society, as would anyone who was willing to pay £55 (see the application form); and, in return for a continuous three year subscription (see here), he could even be a ‘Fellow’ …

[4In fact, this article from the magazine Nexus mentions "more than 100 articles" that "have been published on Dr Harry Oldfield’s research", some in very serious publications such as the British Medical Journal; however, searches through the BMJ archives through dates from 1994 onwards have failed to turn up any mention of Harry Oldfield, either as an author, or in the body of the papers, or cited in bibliographies... It is true that there are numerous Internet mentions of Mr. Oldfield and his inventions, but none comes from a scientific source; maybe, once again, this is due to the machinations of jealous scientists refusing to acknowledge the genius of another possible Galileo!

[5According to the same article, Mr. Oldfield’s trip to Visoko is not the first time that he has been linked with pseudo-archaeology. In 1979, he participated in some ‘research’ connected with a Neolithic stone circle in Oxfordshire (dutifully noted on the Osmanagic Foundation website (bs)), during which he had a face to face confrontation with a "supernatural entity" in the shape of a giant black Hell-hound ...

P.S. :

If you want to learn more about "Doctor Oldfield" and his wonderfull invention, here is an excellent article in English investigating the affair.

Comment on this article
Pseudo-scientific validation
Abacus - on 16 November 2011

Hi Irna,

I thought that perhaps readers of this article who were interested in Dr. Karin Tag and her (Mayan) crystal skull might also be interested in this blog post by Bradley Lepper. It concerns “Thirteen crystal skulls ... brought to Serpent Mound on Oct. 29 for a ceremony intended to ignite ... alleged paranormal powers ...”



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