Pyramid power

Pyramid power

The term "pyramid power" was coined by Patrick Flanagan in 1973, to describe alleged supernatural properties of the ancient Egyptian pyramids and scale models thereof.

Pyramid power is one of the several alternative theories regarding pyramids, commonly referred to as pyramidology.

Claims

According to Flanagan, pyramids with the exact relative dimensions of Egyptian pyramids act as "an effective resonator of randomly polarized microwave signals which can be converted into electrical energy." [William G. Bailey, Frank Hoffmann, "Mind & Society Fads", p. 225 (Haworth Press, 1992)] Flanagan's claims range from enhancing the nutritional value of foods to sharpening knives by placing them under such a pyramid (aka the "Pat Flanagan Experimental Sensor") overnight.

Volodymyr Krasnoholovets claimed to have replicated some of those claims. He reported that a razor blade placed in a pyramid "resonator" became smoother and less angular over time.

These claims got scant credibility, even within the alternative science community.

It has been claimed that, like alchemy, the concept of "pyramid power" is symbolic rather than literal, having to do with psychological effects and not physical ones.

Another contention is "pyramid power" is "scalar resonance" caused by the geometric shape of the pyramid, also related to "shape energy". Any electromagnetic frequencies are converted by the direct influence of the perfect pyramid shape causing it to act as an accumulator changing them into a new harmonized form of energy or prana.

Impact

Flanagan’s book was featured on the cover and in the lyrics of The Alan Parsons Project album "Pyramid", contributing to its popularity. "Pyramania", a song from the album, mocked the pyramid power theory.

Pyramid power was the subject of a famous spoof by Martin Gardner in his "Mathematical Games" column in "Scientific American" June 1974, featuring his favorite characters Dr. Matrix, and Iva Matrix.

The theories behind Pyramid Power convinced the Onan Family, hotel and condo developers in Gurnee, Illinois, to build the [http://www.goldpyramid.com/new/html/about_load.html Pyramid House] [http://maps.google.com/maps?t=k&ie=UTF8&ll=42.413239,-87.941313&spn=0.001531,0.002494&om=1 (Satellite via Google)] in 1977.

Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna, British Columbia built a 4-story replica of the Great Pyramid [http://www.summerhill.bc.ca/pyramid/pyr_index.htm] , believed to improve the quality of wine aged within it.

Terry Pratchett's fantasy novel "Pyramids" incorporates many elements of the Pyramid Power theory: in the novel, an industry develops based around pyramids' ability to stop time.

MythBusters

In 2005, an episode of "MythBusters" was aired on the Discovery Channel in which a test of pyramid power was performed, using pyramids built to the specifications found in pyramid power claims, such as using the location of the King's Chamber in the Great Pyramid of Giza. Several scenarios were tested — perishables (in this case food and a flower) rotting, and razor blade sharpening. The tests, once corrected for errors, yielded no appreciable differences between items in the pyramids and items outside. (In one rotting experiment, it appeared that the saw used to cut one of the apples had a larger microbial content on one side, which would have increased the rotting ability of one half of the apple that was cut.)

ee also

*Pyramidology

References

* Patrick Flanagan (1973), "Pyramid Power" (out of print).
* Patrick Flanagan (1997), "Pyramid Power: The Millennium Science" (revised edition of his 1973 book). ISBN 0-9648812-6-8.


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Pyramid Power (game) — Infobox Game title = Pyramid Power image link = image caption = Box and game tiles designer = illustrator = publisher = Winning Moves players = 1 to 4 ages = 10 and up setup time = 2 minutes playing time = 5 10 minutes random chance = Low skills …   Wikipedia

  • Pyramid (album) — Infobox Album | Name = Pyramid Type = Album Artist = The Alan Parsons Project Released = June 1978 Recorded = September 1977 February 1978 Abbey Road Studios Genre = Progressive rock, Pop rock Length = 37:46 Label = Arista Records Producer = Alan …   Wikipedia

  • Pyramid Head — is the nickname of a fictional monster from the Silent Hill video game series, primarily the game Silent Hill 2 .Characteristics Of the creatures that appear in Silent Hill 2 , Pyramid Head is one of the few that is overtly masculine in… …   Wikipedia

  • pyramid — pyr‧a‧mid [ˈpɪrəmɪd] noun [countable] ORGANIZATIONS an organization with only a few people at the top, who have a lot of power and influence over those below them * * * pyramid UK US /ˈpɪrəmɪd/ noun [C] ► an organization or system that has few… …   Financial and business terms

  • Power transition theory — The Power transition theory is a theory about the cyclic nature of war, in relation to the power in international relations.cite book|last=Organski|first=AFK|authorlink=A.F.K. Organski|title=World Politics|year=1958|location=New York] cite… …   Wikipedia

  • Pyramid Building Society — Countrywide Building Society redirects here. For Countrywide Building Society of New Zealand, see Countrywide Bank (New Zealand). Former headquarters of the Farrow Group, the Farrow Centre in central Geelong. Completed by 1989, it is now occupied …   Wikipedia

  • Pyramid of Neferefre — The burial pyramid of the Egyptian Pharaoh Neferefre (or Raneferef) is located at Abusir, Egypt. It was constructed in the Fifth dynasty of Egypt but never completed. Due to its unfinished state and lack of limestone casing the pyramid was never… …   Wikipedia

  • pyramid — noun (C) 1 a large stone building with four triangular (=3 sided) walls that slope in to a point at the top, especially in Egypt and Central America 2 (usually singular) a system or organization in which a small number of people have power or… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pyramid — noun (C) 1 a large stone building with four triangular (=3 sided) walls that slope in to a point at the top, especially in Egypt and Central America 2 (usually singular) a system or organization in which a small number of people have power or… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • power structure — Synonyms and related words: amperage, animal kingdom, aristocracy, armipotence, authority, barons, beef, black power, brute force, bureaucracy, caste, chain of being, charge, charisma, class, class structure, clout, cogence, cogency, compulsion,… …   Moby Thesaurus

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”