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Okay, you know the section of book stores like Border's where they put all the conspiracy theory books, the aliens/ufo books, and all the other fringe science and pseudoscience books? Well, I admit I've been drawn to that area since I was a child. Weird tales of inexplicable things, like modern rubber shoes being found fossilized with dinosaur bones, have fascinated me for as long as I can remember.

Now, I read everything from that section with a huge bag of salt. I like to keep an open mind, but I don't want it so open that my brain falls out. But in amongst the obviously crazy stuff like the flat-earthers, moon landing deniers, and alien-invasion paranoia books are some books that may, in time, be moved to the conventional science area. And it is possible. Plate tectonics was once relegated to fringe science.

It's been ages since I read it, but I think "Uriel's Machine" by Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas is one of these. It makes a VERY convincing case for the most recent ice age having been prematurely ended by a comet strike that severely disrupted human life and led to lots of tales like the tale of the global flood (found among Amerindians, too, before Christians ever came over), which also gives an explanation for the mini-ice age Europe went through in the middle ages (arguing that, the comet strike having prematurely warmed things, the earth had been cooling ever since before warming again). It also shows ancient peoples as much more advanced than usual archaeologists give them credit for (and plausibly so, with much evidence given). It was a fascinating read, and I highly recommend it.

Then again, there are other books in that category that are obviously never going to be proven right, but make entertaining reads anyway. I really need to track down the actual books by this one guy, because I was reading one of his articles about the Giza Death Star, and it was engrossing and awesome stuff. Basically, he posits that the pyramid at Giza is - or was - a planet-killing weapon used by the Atlanteans/Lemurians in their war with the Martians. Apparently the Martians had been using genetically engineered mutant soldiers, chimeras, in this war. Things escalated into an arms race of epic proportions, the Martians having their own planet-killer in the Face of Mars. Though it seems, now, safe to say that the Atlanteans/Lemurians won that particular war.

Anyway, when I read that, I remember thinking (because it was written like non-fiction), "A fictionalized account of this would make the most awesome trilogy or better in the entire damned world, and I would read the SHIT out of that!" I also knew that I could never write it, it was too big, and too far out of my writing style, for me to do justice to.
Oh, and I think there was made mention that all our modern domesticated animals were genetically engineered as well.

That reminds me, I should read something from that aisle again.

Crossposted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org

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deaana
Nov. 29th, 2010 11:40 am (UTC)
I love the 'fingerprints of the gods' type books =)
fayanora
Nov. 29th, 2010 11:52 am (UTC)
Woohoo! Something new to add to my list! :-D
fayanora
Nov. 29th, 2010 11:54 am (UTC)
YAY! Unlike the Giza Death Star books, the library actually has that one! :-D
christinathena
Nov. 29th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
There's no reason to believe the ice age "ended prematurely". In fact, it HASN'T ended. We're still in the ice age, merely in an interglacial period. The global climate is still cooler than much of the Earth's history (actually, there's a theory that's still rather uncertain that the rise of agriculture may have prevented the beginning of another glacial period by clearing away forests, thus raising CO2 levels, and increasing cattle populations, thus increasing methane levels).

Flood myths are common, but, despite what some say, stories of global floods aren't that common. Most flood stories talk about local floods, and can be easily explained by normal explanations. Floods happen quite frequently around the world, so it's not at all surprising that people woudl tell stories of unusually severe floods. Some particular stories may be related to events at the end of the last glacial period, such as the filling of the Black Sea or the various megafloods when ice dams broke, but most are probably just tall tales exaggerated over the generations.

Likewise, the Little Ice Age is quite adequately explained by solar activity. The sun was in a relatively cool phase in those centuries. Our sun is slightly irregular in its output. There are ways to deduce solar activity in the past, such as C14/C12 ratios, which vary according to the sun's output, and those show a relatively low level of activity during the Little Ice Age.

I also question how a comet colliding could warm the Earth. It could cool the Earth by putting dust in the air, but what possible mechanism could there be for it to warm the Earth?
fayanora
Nov. 29th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
It's been a while since I read the book. Read it and find out. Even if you don't buy his theory, lots of interesting stuff in it, especially about the people who built stonehenge.
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