Witches Conspiracies to persecute according to James Rollins

Bestselling author of international thrillers, James Rollins, is known for unveiling unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets. In the
latter half, he shared his wide-ranging research for his new book Crucible, which stretches from the Spanish Inquisition to the near future realms of
AI. His main character, a female scientist, has created an AI being called Eve, who is growing very rapidly and will either become something god-like
or demonic, he detailed. Regarding the future of AI, there are divergent views-- some predict a world of wonder, others such as the late Stephen
Hawking, warned of a Pandora's box that could lead to our destruction.

In Rollins' new work, he draws a parallel between the difficulty female scientists face, and the persecution of witches, dating back to the Inquisition.
He cited the influence of the Medieval text known as the Malleus Maleficarum, the Hammer of Witches, which endorsed the extermination of witches--
some 60,000 people were killed over the several centuries these ideas held sway. Yet, he discovered that the Catholic church wasn't entirely
unsympathetic to witches, as they had a patron saint who was said to protect them, St. Columba of Sens, who was martyred and beheaded in the
14th century because of her faith. In her wake, many wise women and nuns acted as healers, said Rollins. They smudged the line between paganism
and Christianity and could be considered part of the cult of St. Columba.

See Coast2CoastAM January 21, 2019 second half.

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