[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index][Subject Index][Author Index]
Re: A bolide did it! No... not really.
Mr. Lovejoy, yes, I agree with you when you say the stories are circumstantial,
and thanks for posting them.
Think about it... Signs from the sky, especially comets, meteors and stars,
have always been seen as signals from god and/or harbingers of impending
doom... Even if there were no objects traversing the sky at the time, they
would be made up and slapped into the story for dramatic effect. Jesus Christ
supposedly was born under what? Even if there is little in the way of evidence
to say that the *star* actually occurred, people have tried over and over and
over again to jam in a phenomenon that would fit the *star*. The term
*disaster* even means *death star*. I see these stories as being insights into
the mindset of people of those ages. Astrology is still used today. Why? It's
not because it predicts anything.
Again... It is as I wrote in my original post... The authors of the article
blaming a bolide for the cooling of climate seem to be forgetting that it
didn't just snap cold over night in the years 536-545 A.D. The Dark Ages Cold
Period actually began roughly 100 B.C. and lasted until about 700 A.D. How many
historical meteor showers, as in those that happen even today, would have taken
place over such an expanse of time??? They would have been perfect scapegoats
for completely destitute people to dump their woes upon with elaborate story
telling. Just as you wrote, Dr. Clube thinks that he has shown a peak in the
Taurid-Arietids taking place at the start of the Dark Ages. Even though we are
unable to accurately predict the size or intensity of meteor showers that occur
today, giving Dr. Clube the benefit of the doubt would be an impact loverâs
dream come true. Sure, these showers are caused by the earth entering into the
debris trail of comets, and even Tunguska is suspecte!
to have been a piece of comet Encke since the air-blast took place during the
Taurids... an idea I believe to be correct. But seriously... Imagine if we
would snap into a bad cold spell... akin to what took place when
theThermohaline Circulation weakened in the 1970s... and during that time,
years after it got cold, we had one hell of a Leonid show... the entire sky set
ablaze... and a paper is published blaming the meteors for the weather.........
I often think that the theory... the need... for impacts to be THE cause for
extinctions, particularly the KT, has become such an effective cloud of
judgment, that other, more viable alternatives, in this case for climate
change, are gingerly tossed aside as support for *The Impact-Induced Event*, no
matter how circumstantial that support may be, is sought out with an almost
religious fervor, and when found, is taken as evidence after the fact for an
already foregone conclusion.
And that's really all I have to say about that.