Bio: Sir Francis Bacon
I’ve come across several references to Sir Francis Bacon in my
research and have decided to put that information together for the website.
This is very much a work in progress.
Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626)
was an English philosopher, statesman and essayist, but is best known
as a philosophical advocate and defender of the scientific revolution.
Indeed, his dedication brought him into a rare historical group of scientists
who were killed by their own experiments. His works established and
popularized an inductive methodology for scientific inquiry, often called
the Baconian method or simply, the scientific method. In the context
of his time such methods were connected with the occult trends of
alchemy. Western alchemy has always
been closely connected with Hermeticism, a philosophical and spiritual
system that traces its roots to
Hermes Trismegistus, a
syncretic Egyptian-Greek deity and
legendary alchemist. These two disciplines influenced the birth of
Rosicrucianism, an important
esoteric movement of the seventeenth century. In the course of the
early modern period, mainstream alchemy evolved into modern chemistry.
Nevertheless, his demand for a planned procedure of investigating all
things natural marked a new turn in the rhetorical and theoretical framework
for science, much of which still surrounds conceptions of proper methodology
today. Bacon was knighted in 1603, created Baron Verulam in 1618, and
created Viscount St Alban in 1621; without heirs, both peerages became
extinct upon his death. He has been credited as the creator of the English
Works & Philosophy
Bacon’s works include his
Essays, as well as the Colours
of Good and Evil and the Meditationes Sacrae, all published
in 1597. His famous
is power,” is found in the Meditations. He
published The Proficience and Advancement of Learning in 1605.
Bacon also wrote In felicem memoriam Elizabethae, a
eulogy for the queen written in 1609; and various philosophical
works which constitute the fragmentary and incomplete
Instauratio magna, the most
important part of which is the
Novum Organum (published 1620).
Bacon also wrote the Astrologia Sana and expressed his belief
that stars had physical effects on the planet. He is also known for
The New Atlantis, a utopian
novel he wrote in 1626.
Bacon did not propose an actual philosophy,
but rather a method of developing philosophy; he wrote that, whilst
philosophy at the time used the deductive
syllogism to interpret nature, the
philosopher should instead proceed through inductive reasoning from
law. Before beginning this induction,
the inquirer is to free his mind from certain false notions or tendencies
which distort the truth. These are called “Idols”
(idola), and are of four kinds: “Idols of the Tribe”
tribus), which are common to the race; “Idols
of the Den” (idola
specus), which are peculiar to the individual; “Idols
of the Marketplace” (idola
fori), coming from the misuse of language; and “Idols
of the Theatre” (idola
theatri), which result from an abuse of authority. The
end of induction is the discovery of
forms, the ways in which natural phenomena occur, the causes from
which they proceed. Bacon’s developments of the inductive philosophy
would revolutionize the future thought of humanity.
Bacon’s somewhat fragmentary ethical system, derived through
use of his methods, is explicated in the seventh and eighth books of
his De augmentis scientiarum (1623). He distinguishes between
duty to the community, an ethical matter, and duty to
God, a purely religious matter. Any
moral action is the action of the human will, which is governed by reason
and spurred on by the passions; habit is what aids men in directing
their will toward the good. No universal rules can be made, as both
situations and men’s characters differ.
Bacon distinctly separated
philosophy, though the two can coexist.
Where philosophy is based on reason, faith is based on revelation, and
therefore irrational — in De augmentis he writes that “the
more discordant, therefore, and incredible, the divine mystery is, the
more honour is shown to God in believing it, and the nobler is the victory
of faith.” And yet he writes in “The Essays: Of Atheism”
that “a little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism;
but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion,”
suggesting he continued to employ inductive reasoning in all areas of
his life, including his own spiritual beliefs.
Bacon contrasted the new approach, of the development of science,
with that of the middle ages. He once said, to top it all off: “Men
have sought to make a world from their own conception and to draw from
their own minds all the material which they employed, but if, instead
of doing so, they had consulted experience and observation, they would
have the facts and not opinions to reason about, and might have ultimately
arrived at the knowledge of the laws which govern the material world.”
Bacon and Shakespeare
Since the 1800s, many scholars have written that Bacon was the author
of the works attributed to Shakespeare (see
“Knowledge is power.” | Sir Francis Bacon
(1561 - 1626),
Of Heresies, 1597
Francis Bacon’s Influence on America?
Secret Mysteries of America’s Beginnings
Volume One - The New Atlantis
Secret Mysteries of Americas Beginnings unfolds the fascinating history
behind the founding of America, and exposes the esoteric underbelly
of its design. Why is Washington D.C. built on the 77th Meridian? And
are the Revolutionary War cities really built in perfect alignment with
Follow the journey of secret societies from England
to the New World and learn of their ancient hope of establishing a democratic
commonwealth that would one day extend to all nations.
In the 16th century, Sir Francis Bacon was at the helm of such
societies as the leader of the Rosicrucians and first Grand Master of
modern Freemasonry. As such, he is considered
by some to be the true founder of America.
centuries, controversy has surrounded this man who is said to be the
illegitimate son of Queen Elizabeth I and the real author behind the
When Bacon penned his classic work, The New
Atlantis, he outlined his vision for the perfect society; a democratic
commonwealth governed by scientific achievement. How were the founding
fathers impacted by Bacon’s plan? And is America being driven
by this vision today?
Where The DaVinci Code meets National Treasure. Learn the incredible
secrets of the esoteric traditions, hidden within the manifold layers
of signs and symbols in our nation’s infrastructure; symbols that
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Secret Mysteries of America’s Beginnings
Volume Two Riddles In Stone: Secret Architecture
of Washington, D.C.
This documentary explores the highly controversial subject of the
design of America’s capital. Was the city built to reflect the
majesty of America’s newfound freedom? Or the hidden agenda of
secret societies? With every major cornerstone laid by Freemasons, was
the city built in a Masonic pattern?
Embark upon this incredible
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heated debate. Watch as Freemason apologists defend some of the most
direct and hard-hitting questions concerning the influence of Masonry
in America, and its symbolism in Washington, D.C. Alongside them are
leading researchers who maintain that occult architecture permeates
the city, and conceals a secret agenda.
Was D.C. laid out according
to the pattern of the stars? Is there really a pentagram in the street
layout north of the White House? Does a Masonic square and compass extend
from the Capitol building to the Washington monument? And why is the
city filled with zodiac symbols, mysterious faces, and various god and
goddess images? If America was founded as a Christian nation only, where
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“Lord Bacon The Guiding Spirit in Colonization Scheme.”
Sir Francis Bacon became Lord Verulam, not Lord Bacon as the caption
described him. While Lord Chancellor to King James I he was instrumental
in obtaining a charter for the Newfoundland company in which he was
a prominent shareholder. The same design appeared earlier in Prowse
(1895:92), who described it as being from an old portrait.
Bacon, Shakspere, and the Rosicrucians - The present consideration
of the Bacon--Shakspere--Rosicrucian controversy is undertaken not for
the vain purpose of digging up dead men’s bones but rather in
the hope that a critical analysis will aid in the rediscovery of that
knowledge lost to the world since the oracles were silenced. It was
W. F. C. Wigston who called the Bard of Avon “phantom Captain
Shakespeare, the Rosicrucian mask.” This constitutes one of the
most significant statements relating to the Bacon-Shakspere controversy.
Link: Francis Bacon made immense contributions to both Freemasonry
and Rosicrucianism -- some would say he was responsible for impregnating
the occult in the former. However, high ranking Freemasons such as Albert
Pike and Manly P Hall revealed no Kabalistic keys or anything of the
sort in their conversations/writings. Modern Rosicrucian fraternities
such as AMORC also do not reveal anything of essence... up to their
9th degree monographs. Even the surviving works of famous Rosicrucians
such as da Vinci, Descartes, Newton, Leibniz, Beethoven, etc. etc. give
little or nothing to the researcher. If it’s true that Bacon wrote
the Shakespeare plays, and if it’s true that he used these to
embed Kabalistic secrets for the trained eye, then you may be right
in saying the knowledge is truly public. But the keys still remain foreign
to secular society by nature of their concealment.
New Atlantis by Sir Francis Bacon - Written in 1626
American Baconiana - The Bacon Society of America was organized
and held its first general meeting in New York City at the rooms of
the National Arts Club on Monday, May 15th, 1922. Its announcement at
that time says: “In this age of marvelous progress in the knowledge
of Nature’s laws and the consequent startlingly rapid succession
of amazing discoveries and useful inventions, it seems most fitting
that an association of scholars and laymen like this, recognizing the
incalculable debt which mankind owes to the prodigious genius and indefatigable
labors of the world’s greatest modern philosopher, FRANCIS BACON,
should be permanently formed to study his life, works and influence.”
Adullam Films Newsletter - Adullam Films is pleased to present our
new website! For a long time, we have desired to share with others some
of the materials gathered through our work in film and video. These
materials include our newly developed DOCU-CLIPS page, which features
never-before-seen interview clips (well, mostly) from the outstanding
speakers we’ve had the pleasure of meeting over the past few years.
Nieves de Madariaga Mathews (Javier Solana’s mother)
and Francis Bacon
Javier is the younger of the two sons of de Madariaga’s daughter
Nieves (1917-2003). Solana’s mother, like her more famous father,
was also a recognized scholar and writer. Her full name at the time
of her death was Nieves Hayat de Madariaga Mathews. She was employed
for upwards of 20 years by the FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization),
a United Nations agency headquartered in Rome. Her Yale University-published
book on the life of Sir Francis Bacon was released in 1996. The 606
page volume is entitled,
Francis Bacon: The History of a Character Assassination.
Interestingly, Nieves de Madariaga Mathews (Solana’s mother) claimed
in her acknowledgements that the book was suggested and blessed by “my
teacher, Osho, who thought highly of Francis Bacon and gave the book
his blessing.” Osho is more commonly known in USA
circles as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.
Rajneesh gained extensive notoriety in the USA in the 1980s for his
alleged Oregon cult compound. He was deported from the USA for its claimed
excesses. As well as Rajneesh, Solana’s mother was equally deeply
and publicly influenced by the works of Immanuel Velikovsky. She devoted
much time to her pursuit of both Velikovsky and Sir Francis Bacon literacy