Robert M. Schoch

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"Dr. Robert M. Schoch, a full-time faculty member at the College of General Studies at Boston University since 1984, and a recipient of its Peyton Richter Award for interdisciplinary teaching, earned his Ph.D. in Geology and Geophysics at Yale University in 1983. He also holds an M.S. and M.Phil. in Geology and Geophysics from Yale, as well as degrees in Anthropology (B.A.) and Geology (B.S.) from George Washington University. In recognition of his research into ancient civilizations, Dr. Schoch was awarded (in 2014) the title of Honorary Professor of the Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy in Varna, Bulgaria. In 2017, the College of General Studies at Boston University named him Director of its Institute for the Study of the Origins of Civilization (ISOC). " [1]

Schoch's arguments were featured in the 1993 documentary The Mystery of the Sphinx, which was aired by NBC and presented by Charlton Heston. Schoch stars in the film alongside author John Anthony West. Schoch contributed an essay to Lost Secrets of the Gods, a book which argues for the existence of ancient astronauts. He has appeared on Coast to Coast AM. Another of his interests is the study of parapsychology. In opposition to the scientific community, Schoch has stated that he believes psychokinesis and telepathy to potentially be real. [1]

"Schoch is a postmodernist" who "believes in his fantasies about lost civilizations and antediluvian wonders because of his grandmother, to whom he attributes his love of Egypt and his postmodern distrust of “dogma.” She, he said, was a theosophist and had indoctrinated him in Blavatsky’s ideas of Atlantis and Lemuria and cults worshiping space aliens who had erected great monuments around the world." [2]

He is married to Catherine Ulissey.

Latest Books

  • The Parapsychology Revolution: A Concise Anthology of Paranormal and Psychical Research, with Logan Yonavjak (J P Tarcher, 2008).
  • Forgotten Civilization, The Role of Solar Outbursts in Our Past and Future (Inner Traditions, 2012).
  • Origins of the Sphinx: Celestial Guardian of Pre-Pharaonic Civilization, with Robert Bauval (Inner Traditions, 2017).

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  1. Robert M. Schoch About, organizational web page, accessed June 8, 2018.