Kenneth J. Dillon has a B.A. in history from Georgetown University and a Ph.D in European history from Cornell University. After working for several years as an academic historian, he joined the Foreign Service, where he served in Turkey and in various positions in Washington, D.C.—in particular, as an intelligence analyst (two prizes for analysis). Since leaving the State Department, Dillon has worked as a theoretical scientist, medical writer, entrepreneur, and historian. He currently teaches history as an adjunct at Marymount University.
Scientia Press arose out of an earlier medical device business venture.
In a kind of scientific detective work, Dillon applies qualitative techniques drawn from his experience as an historian and intelligence analyst. Among his life science contributions are theories of the red blood cells’ role in consciousness, of shared mechanisms of various natural remedies, and of transdermal micronutrition. He has also formulated an 18-point proof that the red blood cells constitute the animal magnetoreceptor.
Dillon has made contributions in the area of physical therapies of infectious diseases, including in regard to Biophotonic Therapy, the leading phototherapeutic treatment of infectious diseases. In addition, he has devised various close-to-Nature remedies for respiratory and mental disorders as well as a research method in phytopharmacology.
In planetary science, Dillon has interpreted the Metis myth to explain how Venus seemed to the ancients to emerge as a comet from Jupiter. He has also devised a theory of the terrestrial planets that furnishes fitting explanations of the origins of Mercury, Venus, Mars, and the Moon; the cause of the slow retrograde rotation of Venus; and key features of Mars, Mercury, and the Moon. This theory shows why the Giant Impact hypothesis of the origin of the Moon is incorrect, as is the hypothesis of a Late Heavy Bombardment.
Dillon’s findings provide a resolution of the controversy surrounding the Venus theory of Immanuel Velikovsky: Velikovsky made various pioneer’s mistakes, including the fundamental one of arguing that Venus had emerged from Jupiter; but otherwise much of what he wrote about the role of Venus in ancient history was right on target and constituted an outstanding contribution. His critics threw the baby out with the bathwater.
In Earth science, Dillon has framed a novel theory of the origin of the Blue Planet. He has found evidence that the original geomagnetic field was stronger than the one familiar from remanent magnetism and current measurements. He has devised an explanation of the skewing of the geomagnetic field toward the North Pacific Basin and of the related South Atlantic Magnetic Anomaly. He has formulated a new interpretation of the origin of the Pacific Basin itself that makes sense of its idiosyncratic geology, including the Ring of Fire. He has come up with an hypothesis regarding why the Earth was warm enough to have water on its surface during its early years even though the Sun was emitting energy at only 70% of its current level. He has also put forward a Mars-approach theory of the cause of the five great mass extinctions of prehistory and has contributed to the study of inversions of Earth during the Bronze Age, including by identifying their approximate dates.
Velikovsky’s and Dillon’s theories explain key episodes in the history of climate as well as correcting misinterpretations. Thus they are relevant to the current debate over climate change.
In ancient history, Dillon has formulated a theory of the relationships among Trojans, Etruscans, and Romans that solves major riddles of history and linguistics; has identified Karahunj, Armenia and Taosi, China as Venus observatories; has provided apposite explanations of Stonehenge (including of the intricate pattern of its stones), the Great Serpent Mound, the stele of Hammurabi, the Minoan Snake Goddess, the Phaistos disk, the Master Impression of Kydonia, the Great Sphinx, the orientation of the temple at Karnak, and the oval temple at Copán; has found the origins of the names Ishtar/Astarte, Dorian, Athena, Poseidon, and Venus; and has identified the original Yellow Emperor and the modus operandi of Archer Yi in shooting down nine of ten suns as well as why there were ten suns in the first place.
In modern history, Dillon has identified how Nikita Khrushchev was misled into undertaking his reckless Cuban missile adventure, and he has contributed a new angle that supports a nuanced KGB theory of the assassination of John F. Kennedy based on a better informed source than in other accounts. He has also shown that al Qaeda operative Abderraouf Jdey was the likely mailer of the 2001 anthrax letters as well as the shoebomber of American Airlines Flight #587.
To help Americans reach a shared understanding of the terrorist attacks of 2001 and the U.S. Government response to them, Dillon has formulated succinct explanations and diagnoses that compensate for the failure of the media and scholars to get to the bottom of these fateful events.
Dillon has proposed several innovative solutions to the problem of the safe disposal of nuclear waste.
Intimately familiar with the foibles and characteristic mistakes of scientific rejectionists and professional skeptics, Dillon is a defender of deserving medical and scientific orphan causes as well as victims of scientific rejectionism. He makes needed revisions, hunts out new evidence, and formulates explanations that validate worthy theories and findings under attack and show objections to them to be groundless. At times such orphan causes and cases of rejectionism become gateways to the solution of much larger scientific problems.
The outcomes of Dillon’s efforts should be viewed as the fruits of a collaborative endeavor, in several cases with acknowledged past and current colleagues, but in a deeper way with family and teachers in a traditional American Catholic liberal arts education.
The author of six books on science, medicine, and history, Dillon has taught European history at universities in the U.S. and Australia. In a student course evaluation, he was called “a nice, easy going professor.”
According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Dillon is balanced between extroversion and introversion, and between judging and perceiving. As his efforts as a Judger to master technical detail invariably fall short, he directs his energies toward a Perceiver’s tasks of detecting underlying patterns and devising explanations for them. This work takes the form of projects scattered across various fields and encountered by serendipity or elective affinity. Dillon is not a generalist but rather a special projects guy, an historical and scientific detective.
According to the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, Dillon’s profile is normal but with a tendency to be naively trusting(!). One interpretation would be that, when one theorizes, such a psychological profile conduces to balance (normal) even as one pays attention (trusting) to sources, information, and self-generated ideas that could otherwise be prematurely ruled out.
Dillon is the father of two sons. Once upon a time, he was successfully framed in a custody case.
Dillon lives in Washington, D.C. He hikes, jogs, swims, works out, and travels. He is a student of international affairs and psychology; an amateur linguist and musician; and a member of Stop TB and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.