We’ve always been fascinated by such ancient architecture as the pyramids, Easter Island and Stonehenge. How did ancient people move such enormous pieces of rock into place? Our ego and ethnocentric generation assumes these ancient’s were so far behind us mentally and idealistically they couldn’t have possibly built these structures without some sort of help or secret technique. The fact is these are amazing feats of human innovation and one way or another these supposed crude civilizations found a way to engineer these feats. From watching enough National Geographic television about these structures and the people who built them I have developed a theory into how these structures appeared. They weren’t done by magic or alien assistance, and not even by insane numbers of humans pulling on the same stone. They were done by manipulating a simple tool we still use today, magnets. To be more specific a concept I call reverse-magnetism. Much like how high speed trains, such as those in Japan, use the power of two magnets working against one another to create a tight sliding fit without actually touching; I believe that ancients harnessed magnets to push against one another to create lift. Reverse magnetism, two magnets pushing against one another, if harnessed correctly can create a force strong enough to create lift. The ancients then used this force to assist in moving large pieces of rock into place to build the ancient structures. With a modern application this force could be used to replace cranes, elevators and any other technology used to create lift. We know these structures exist, we know they were built by man, yet we don’t know how they did it. This is the question my theory will attempt to answer.
The power of magnets has fascinated many of us since we were children. It was always fun to see the way household items would leap toward a magnet held near them in your hand. But every now and again we would press two magnets against each other from the wrong direction. They would push back and we would attempt to manhandle them into staying together. I always wondered what exactly caused this. Today I am still not educated properly to explain how magnets work, but my eyes tell my brain that the power of two magnets working against one another creates force which could be used. Using what we all see from these magnets when working against one another, and knowing that magnets were present in ancient society. Is it far-fetched to imagine ancient builders taking the power of magnets in opposition and using it to create a device used in building, much like today we would use a crane?
I’ve never seen the pyramids or Easter Island up close but one look in a picture or on TV tells me that gigantic blocks were somehow moved into place by people with a limited knowledge engineering. Obviously hard work was involved, but in my theory the question of whether manpower alone maneuvered these huge blocks into position is a resounding no. I believe they harnessed the power of two magnets working against each other and created a device to do the job for them. I remember watching Mr. Wizard as a child turning paperclips into magnets, so why not the ancients using the same concept to create a lift system to move these giant pieces of rock for them. Once they had magnetized a platform of metal, they could then put another magnet beneath it. Using simple pulleys and ropes they could control the ascent of the magnet and much like an elevator move large hunks of rock with relative ease. Generation after generation of science has written these ancient people off as having been simple. If that is truly the case then this is a relatively simple solution.
Why not use this technology to impact building and engineering in today’s world, eliminating elevators, overhead cranes and other devices used to generate lift. Imagine a device where a window washer is pushed up from the ground instead of dangled from on high, safer and more efficiently revolutionizing building. It would be difficult to accept that ancient engineers created a tactic of engineering superior to our own, but does our lack of understanding of ancient technology and people in itself acknowledge that they may be equal to to the modern day task? Using modern technology to harness reverse magnetism would improve on the ancient model of ropes and pulleys for control and allow for these changes in building. Start with a magnet platform under which another magnet pushes against it. Add in a barrier that can be slowly removed to allow the magnets to push agains one another, providing adjustable force to impact both the speed at which the platform rises and the height to which it rises. Then add a cable at the top and enclose the platform in something akin to an elevator shaft and you’re in business. It sounds like something out of an episode of Myth Busters, but with the proper technique, why not? The technology could change the world and make all kind of tasks safer and more efficient.
Obviously this is an unproven theory, both to whether or not reverse magnetism could create a considerable amount of lift and whether or not it was what helped ancient people create the structures we marvel at today. But I believe that reverse magnetism is real and that both hypothesis could be true. Whether or not I could prove that the ancient structures were built as such may be impossible, but it’s one more theory to add to the discussion. The modern day application would be the easier of the two to test and we’d know pretty quickly whether or not it could revolutionize building and jobs accomplished at a staggering height. Someday I may get a chance to test my idea and participate in creating my “reverse-magnet lift system,” (patent pending…). Until then I’ll continue to muse as to whether or not this idea has merit. If anyone has thoughts please share them with me. And if you happen to be someone with the engineering skill to build a prototype then let’s connect and get to changing the world!