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My Sucess Story

Thorwald C. Franke


Atlantis-Scout and Atlantis Newsletter

In 2000 my Web page Atlantis-Scout was established, and since then it has developed to an internationally known and practically the only Web page about a historical-critical approach for the interpretation of Plato's Atlantis. From 2007 on, the Atlantis Newsletter has been published, keeping you up to date on everything that is happening concerning Atlantis.

Even established academic Atlantis skeptics recommend my page and my newsletter in their publications, e.g. Dr Stephen P. Kershaw (Oxford) or Prof. Heinz-Günter Nesselrath (Göttingen), although they do not share my basic hypothesis at all: This means something.

My books

In 2006 I started to publish my ideas about Atlantis in scientifically substantiated books. These books found attention not only with Atlantis supporters but are read also by established academic Atlantis skeptics, who mention them in their publications as worth reading, although they do not share my basic hypothesis at all. Among them e.g. Prof. Heinz-Günter Nesselrath, Prof. Malcolm Heath, or Dr Stephen P. Kershaw.

For each book I care for Addenda and Corrigenda. For some of the books, improved second editions have been published. Partially, English translations habe been produced which clearly improved the awarness of my hypotheses. Unfortunately, I have not found a "real" editor for my books. Academic editors do not like Atlantis books, if Atlantis is not depicted as invention. Publishers of popular books do not like my books because they are too academic and not made for the broader public. Therefore, my books are self-edited at Books-on-Demand. This is way better than having them edited by a shady editor.

Atlantis Conference 2008

With three submissions of which I could present one before the conference's audience, I was participant at the Atlantis Conference 2008 in Athens/Greece. It was one of three Atlantis conferences which had been organized by Greek scientis in 2005/08/11. From stubborn Atlantis skeptics to "cranks" the whole spectrum of hypothese had been present. Yet except verbal endorsements and double applause no tangible support could be gained, there. On the other hand, this conference helped me a lot to improve the awareness for my hypotheses. And I presented there for the first time my (yet incomplete) Sicily hypothesis. My submissions are printed in the conference's proceedings:

Two years later I had to slightly revise my Italos hypothesis in order to maintain it. But such learning effects and self-corrections are also a success under the perspective of science.

Aristotle: Effecting a clear change of mind among Atlantis skeptics!

A clear change of mind of academic Atlantis skeptics could be effected by my argument that the author of a certain Atlantis-skeptical word in Strabo's works is not Aristotle, as had been generally thought until then. Partially scientists dropped the thesis, partially they tried to save the thesis by an over-complicated and over-twisted argument. Partially the cause for the change of mind was left unmentioned, partially it was openly recognized that I successfully undermined the old opinion. Partially the search for alternative authors started, since Aristotle may not have been the author. Such changes of mind can be found e.g. here:

What others write about me

Reviews of my books by scientists

Public references

Other citations

No academic publication

I repeatedly tried with no success to achieve some publication in academic journals. Partially I had been brushed off with ludicrous excuses, as documented here. Today, it is my opinion, that private researchers should not try to publish in academic journals of academic scholarship. Private researchers stand outside academic scholarship and therefore shall not publish there. There is a reason for having an established academic scholarship. Academic editors and Web sites may provide access and services for private researchers, too, and bring private researchers and academic scholarship into contact, but not by blurring the difference. It is the duty of academic scholarship, not of private researchers, to realize the quality and value of non-academic publications, and to integrate them into academic scholarship without them being published "academically". This idea of a division of duties and of non-academically published science may help to foster the awareness of academic scholarship:

Upcoming successes



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