|Somewhere in the earth's future lurks a fiery cataclysm that will be triggered by impact with a large cosmic body. When this happens, it will be no more or less than another instance of mindless
violence that has shaped our planet and created the context within which life emerged and evolved. Comet and asteroid collisions with earth are now seen as crucial to the origin and evolution of
life, and, as many of us appreciate, the origin, evolution and destruction of civilizations. Today, we confront the stark fact that we live on a planet that has been shaped by violent and catastrophic
events, catastrophic from the point of view of species and civilizations that might have been unfortunate to experience them, yet creative from the point of view of those that followed. This
circumstance is still with us. Future cosmic visitations hold the key to our collective, long-term destiny. After a few rnillion of years of human evolution, which began after more than four billion years
of life on earth, the mind of Homo Sapiens is becoming aware of its existence in a cosmic context. Some part of what we have learned about the ways of nature is truly terrifying, at least if we value
our long-term survival as a species. The message carried by the discovery of the threat of comet or asteroid impact means is that we can no longer assume that civilization will go on forever. But
once we become aware of this, what do we do next? Now that we appreciate that we are perpetually poised on the edge of extinction, what is our species going to do with this knowledge? And what
does this awareness imply regarding our place in space?
GERRIT L. VERSCHUUR
|The Mound Builders - The Ancient Ones- The Giants - The Men of Old - The Mound Builders - Mound Builders
Mounds of Wisconsin - Mound Builders of Wisconsin - Effigy Mounds - Conical Mounds- Ceremonial Mounds -
The traditions of people everywhere throughout the world refer to a series of world ages, each terminated by a natural catastrophe of cosmic dimensions, in which raining fire and stones, tidal
waves, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, thunderbolts, etc., contributed to the general destruction of the earth and its inhabitants. These traditions refer to actual events which occurred not in the
dim past, but well within recorded history.
Through my research of the past, it became obvious that ancient man lived in a frightened state of mind, justified by the events they or their close ancestors had witnessed. The records they left
behind was an effort to document their awe engendered at seeing nature with its elements unchained. Our modern age of man lives in a state of denial because of the fear of having to face the
horrors of the past and the possibilities that we may , once again, be a witness to these type of events. the history of these catastrophes is extremely unsettling to the historians, evolutionists,
geologists, astronomers, and physicists, thus for the most part they try to ignore what is front of their very noses. History has been re-written many times to fit the philosophy of the times, but truth
is truth and this truth will bear the test of time. Today, we need to face the facts that we live on a planet that has been shaped by violent and catastrophic events. We also need to realize that our
ancient ancestors witnessed many of these events and survived through their ingenuity. By learning from and understanding our ancestors, we may also survive to tell our stories.
CHAPTER ONE -
After Noah had attained the age of 600 years, three days before the death of Methusalem, a comet appeared in the constellation Pisces, was seen by the entire world as it traversed the twelve
signs of the zodiac in the space of a month; on the sixteenth of April it again disappeared. After this the Deluge immediately followed, in which all creatures which live on earth and creep on the
ground were drowned, with the exception of Noah and the rest of the creatures that had gone with him into the ark. Genesis, chapter 7.(2)
The face of the earth has changed many times. What earth looks like today is certainly not what it looked like during ancient times. For example, during the Permian Age, all the world's land
masses joined together into one supercontinent called Pangea. The latter part of the Permian Age, called the Permian- Triassic Period had the largest extinction the world has ever experienced.
About 90 percent of all species vanished in this mass extinction 250 million years ago. Approximately 85% of all marine species and 70% of all terrestrial species went extinct in less than one
million years. This period has since been referred to as 'The Great Dying'.
According to NASA's Astrobiology Magazine The Great Dying occurred nearly a quarter-billion years ago. Luann Becker, a scientist with the Institute for Crystal Studies in the Department of
Geology at the University of California, Santa Barbara believes the cause of of the greatest number of extinctions took place at the end of the Permian Age and was caused by the impact of a
large meteor. A theory recently published in the November 2003 journal Science backs Becker's claim of a large meteor impact.
Becker published an article, "Repeated Blows," in the March 2002 issue of Scientific American, describing the evidence for many past collisions with asteroids and how geologists are able to find
the evidence for these collisions and to date them.
In her overview she states:
* About 60 meteorites five or more kilometers across have hit the earth in the past 600 million years. The smallest ones would have carved craters some 95 kilometers wide.
* Most scientists agree that one such impact did in the dinosaurs, but evidence for large collisions coincident with other mass extinctions remained elusive -- until recently.
* Researchers are now discovering hints of ancient impacts at sites marking history's top five mass extinctions, the worst of which eliminated 90 percent of all living species."
Becker's current research at the Graphite Peak in the Central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica, described in the recent Science article, has revealed several meteoritic fragments, metallic
grains, in a thin claystone "breccia" layer. Becker and the research team believe this to be strong evidence for a large impact that appears to have triggered the Great Dying. Breccia is ejected
debris that resettled in a layer of sediment. The metallic grains also appear in the same layer (end-Permian) in Meishan, southern China. They also resemble grains found in the same strata in
Sasayama, Japan. (The earth was a single continent at the time of the impact.)
The team also found "shocked quartz" in this same layer in the Graphite Peak. In the Scientific American article Becker explained, "Few earthly circumstances have the power to disfigure quartz,
which is a highly stable mineral even at high temperatures and pressures deep inside the earth's crust." Quartz can be fractured by extreme volcanic activity, however, only in one direction.
Shocked quartz is fractured in several directions and is therefore believed to be a good tracer for the impact of a meteor.
The researchers are somewhat surprised that they have not found the strong presence of the mineral iridium in the Graphite Peak work. In an e-mail from Antarctica Becker stated, "Interestingly,
we do not see a strong iridium anomaly (the impact tracer that marks the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary or the dinosaur extinction event)."
As she explained in Scientific American, "The first impact tracer linked to a severe mass extinction was an unearthly concentration of iridium, an element that is rare in rocks on our planet's surface
but abundant in many meteorites . From this iridium discovery (in 1980) came the landmark hypothesis that a giant impact ended the reign of the dinosaurs -- and that such events may well be
associated with other severe mass extinctions over the past 600 million years." The discovery was strongly debated around the world and scrutinized by geologists.
The increased attention brought about the discovery of more impact tracers, including extraterrestrial fullerenes found in the Graphite Peak boundary layer. These tracers are carbon molecules
called fullerenes for their soccer-ball shape. They trap extraterrestrial gases in space and travel to the earth in the meteor.
The team concludes the Science article by saying, "These observations lead us to believe that continued research on such materials from additional Permian-Triassic boundary samples will finally
lead to a resolution of the long-sought and contentious issue of a catastrophic collision of a celestial body with the Earth at the end-Permian. In light of the new evidence presented here, this is a
reasonable interpretation of the global extinction event at the Permian-Triassic boundary."
THE COMET ENCKE
Today's scientists found that no matter where they went in the world they were hearing stories of a time in modern man's history of events that also nearly destroyed earth and its populations.
Finally in 1997 various leading scientists from around the world were called in to participate at a Conference in England to determine what - if any thing - did happen. The SIS Cambridge
conference brought together historians, archaeologists, climatologists and astronomers in order to discuss whether the 'giant comet' hypothesis could be substantiated by the archaeological,
climatological and historical record.
The purpose behind the SIS Cambridge conference was that in the fields of Archaeology and Geology, ever since Claude Schaeffer published his book "Stratigraphie Comparee et Chronologie
L'Asie Occidentale" in 1948, there has been continuous scientific debate about the nature and extent of the destructions of Bronze Age civilisations. Schaeffer claimed that the repeated collapses
of Bronze Age cultures were not caused by the action of man but instead by seismic activity. During the last decade, eminent archaeologists had substantiated his claim and had linked destruction
layers in Aegean and Near Eastern sites with natural disasters rather than with military conquests. The interpretation, however, which maintains that destruction layers are caused by seismic
catastrophes, had been disputed due to the ambiguity of the stratigraphical record. The need for an accurate methodology of verifying the actual cause, extent and synchronicity of Bronze Age
destructions was therefore essential.
In the Research field of astronomical neo-catastrophism and impact cratering the pace had quickened since the early 1980s . An increasing number of astronomers had suggested that a series
of cosmic disasters punctuated the Earth in prehistoric times. Scholars such as Victor Clube, Bill Napier, Mark Bailey, Fred Hoyle, David Asher and Duncan Steel claimed that a more 'active' and
threatening sky might have caused major cultural changes of Bronze Age civilisations, belief systems and religious rituals. Thus their hopes was to substatiate the astronomical evidence brought
forward by astronomers with historical, archaeological and climatological evidence.
They also felt, that in light of new astronomical and archaeological theories and the emergence of scientific neo-catastrophism, it seemed necessary to re-assess the origins and cultural
implications of apocalyptic religions and catastrophe traditions in ancient mythologies and rituals. In particular, the significant cultural and religious changes at the beginning of the Bronze Age and
those which occurred after its final collapse needed to be re-evaluated.
After a week of meetings and deliberations, the general consensus was that something indeed happened and in most likelihood these cataclysms were caused by a comet named Encke. Not
only once, but these scientists declared that this comet made very close paths to our planet creating four Event Horizons. (Events causing civizations to be brought close to the brink of
destruction). One Event Horizon occurred in 3100 BC and three others there after. The comet Encke rained down a barage of material that had a horrific effect on earth and caused the
displacement of civilization. This comet and these events were recorded by the survivors that witnessed the horrors. Encki still exists today, but has lost its material and mass. Although it is now
only a pale copy of what it once was these scientists still warn of its danger.
In 3100 B.C. Encki made its first close pass, creating the sudden burst of civilized activity in the Nile Valley, Mesopotamia, Americas, etc. This event was linked to the beginning of their civilization.
1200 B.C. Encki again made a close pass at earth creating the last of these Event Horizons.
Two Swedish astrophysists, Lars and Frances , announced that either two large meteors or a large astroid that split in half crashed parts into the Mid Atlantic Ridge ie. Canary Islands, Aazores and
other , Atlantic islands. They first realized the truth about Atlantis and this Event Horizon around 1949 when the first sonar search of near Atlantic was conducted by The National Geographic.
During this search, a sunken ridge of mountains was discovered. It was given the name Horseshoe Sea Mound and was found 220 miles due west of The Straight of Gilbrator, fitting the description
of Platos Atlantis.
One of the scientists and speakers at the Conference in Cambridge England was Gunnar Heinsohn , University of Bremen, He spoke on the ' The Catastrophic Emergence of Civilisation, The
Coming of the Bronze Age Cultures.' Following is the paper he introduced on the subject:
Throwing of barley grains or small stoned showering of ashes, public defecation and obscene exhibition, panic yelling as well as manic romp and frenzy, mortal duels of humans and animals in
strange costumes making them look like snakes or mixed creatures, entire burning of slaughtered beings - these and similar activities took place in extremely carefully choreographed blood rituals
which emerged at the beginning of the Bronze Age. The holy precincts in which these sacrificial ceremonies were staged provide the archaeological markers by which the Bronze Age can be told
apart from the Stone Age.
The theory of religion is at a loss when it comes to understanding this tremendous turn in the history of religion which, after all, brought about the first stage of civilisation.
This perplexity did not always dominate the scholarly world. Nicolas-Antoine Boulanger (1722-1759), a French civil engineer and
sociologist' had deciphered the great ceremonies of man as ritualised memories of deluges and revolutions of the earth's crust.
It was the dogma of evolutionism which slowly obscured past global catastrophes from the view of learned men. Yet, the religious texts
were still there. Eventually, they were regarded as mere emanations of exalted souls. The cataclysms described in them supposedly had
nothing to do with earth and cosmos but everything with the unconscious.
This paper tries to prove the basic correctness of earliest cuneiform sources which explicitly state that the first "cult places" with their priestly personnel were established to give "counseling" to
people who were left "beclouded" after a "flood had swept over the earth." Counseling, indeed, meant that the therapeutic capacities of a child's play were used to heal entire communities. The
confused survivors were assigned roles in
which not only the disturbing behaviour of man under the impact of cataclysms but also the catastrophic cosmic agents themselves were
re enacted. The scene of 'cosmic' clashes ended in the spilling of blood and the killing of at least one contender. In this gruesome
act the tense aggression - bottled up in the helpless survivors - was released in one dramatic and cathartic shot Reconciliatory acts
in front of the corpses of the victims required their elevation. Bowing and asking forgiveness before the natural agents who had acquired
the human or animal shape of their skilled impersonators constituted the worship of--freshly slaughtered--idols. After the gradual
abandonment of blood sacrifice in the Iron Age, which was no longer struck by cosmic cataclysm, they were replaced by their portraits in
wood, bone or stone giving shape to the typical statuary gods of high religion.
Following are Gunnar Heinsohn's Credentials :
GUNNAR HEINSOHN (* 1943 in Gynia/Poland) studied sociology, history, psychology, economics and religious studies at the Freie UniversitÃ¤t Berlin. He holds a university diploma in sociology
(1971) and doctorates in the social sciences (1973) as well as in economics
(1982). His publication list exceeds more than 400 tides. Since 1984 he has been a tenured professor at the UniversitÃ¤t Bremen where he
is director of the Raphael-Lemkin-Institut fÃ¼r Xenophobie und Genozidforschung in 1993. His research focuses on the history and
theory of civilization. Population and family history was dealt with in Theorie des Familienrechts: Geschlechtsrollenaufhebung, Kindes-
vernachlÃ¤ssigung, GeburtenrÃ¼ckgang  (Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 1976, with R. Knieper) and Menschenproduktion: Allgemeine
BevÃ¶lkerungstheorie der Neuzeit (Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 1979, with R. Knieper and O. Steiger). The Great European Witch Hunt
became the subject of Die Vernichtung der weisen Frauen: BeitrÃ¤ge zur Theorie und Geschichte von BevÃ¶lkerung und Kindheit (MÃ¼nchen:
Heyne [1st ed. Herbstein: MÃ¤rz; 1985], 1994, with O. Steiger). On the emergence of the rate of interest and money he has published
Privateigentum, Patriarchat, Geldwirtschaft. Eine sozialtheoretische Rekonstruktion zur Antike (Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp 1984). His
attempt at laying the foundations of economic theory resulted in in Eigentum, Zins und Geld. UngelÃ¶ste RÃ¤tsel der Wirtschaftswissenschaft (Reinbek: Rowohlt, 1996, with O. Steiger). On the
origin of Jewish monotheism he wrote Was ist Antisemitismus? - Der Ursprung von Monotheismus und JudenhaÃŸ. - Warum Antizionismus? (Frankfurt am Main: Eichborn, 1988). On Hitler's
peculiar brand of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust he has written Warum Auschwitz? Hitlers Plan und die Ratlosigkeit der Nachwelt (Reinbek: Rowohlt, 1995). The reconstruction of ancient history
was lined out in Die Sumerer gab es nicht: Von den Phantom-Imperien der LehrbÃ¼cher zur wirklichen Epochenabfolge in der "Zivilisationswiege" SÃ¼dmesopotamien (Frankfurt am Main:
Eichborn, 1988), Wann lebten die Pharaonen? ArchÃ¤ologische und technologische Grundlagen fÃ¼r eine Neuschreibung der Geschichte Ã„gyptens und der Ã¼brigen Welt (Frankfurt am Main:
Eichborn 1990, with H. Illig), Wer herrschte im Industal? Die wiedergefundenen Imperien der Meder und der Perser (GrÃ¤felfing: Mantis, 1993), as well as AssyrerkÃ¶nige gleich
Perserherrscher! Die Assyrienfunde bestÃ¤tigen das AchÃ¤menidenreich, GrÃ¤felfing: Mantis, 1996). His most recent book is devoted to the
rise of high culture in the bronze age when blood sacrifice dominated religion: Die Erschaffung der GÃ¶tter: Das Opfer als Ursprung der Religion (Reinbek: Rowohlt, 1997).
Also presented at SIS Conference was Australian Duncan Steel's astronomical hypothesis on Stonehedge being used as a cometary catastrophe predictor. His report is as follows:
Astronomical hypotheses for the purpose(s) of megalithic monuments have mostly been implicitly based upon an assumption that the designers witnessed the same phenomena as those we
observe in the sky today. This assumption is not well-based for phenomena having time-constants of order centuries or millennia, such as the populations of comets and meteoroids in the inner
solar system and the ephemeral meteor showers and storms which they produce on the Earth.
IRAS observations have indicated that Comet Encke has a trail (not tail) of debris some tens of millions of kilometres long, presumably produced since its latest period of activity began about 200
years ago. One may further presume that the Taurid meteor showers we observe in this epoch are the result of the dispersal of trails produced in previous activity cycles which must stretch back to
about 20,000 yr ago.
When the comet, accompanied by such a trail, has a node close to 1 AU, one expects intense meteor storms to occur, perhaps accompanied by multiple Tunguska-type events if the disintegrating
comet spawns massive lumps of debris.
Determination of the epochs of such events from backwards integrations is impossible due to (1.) Chaotic orbital evolution; and (2.i) Non-gravitational forces, but pairs of intersections (one at the
ascending node, the other descending) are to be expected a few centuries apart and separated by 2500-3000 years. It is suggested here that one such pair occurred in 3600-3500 and 3200-
3100 BC, provoking the construction of the Great Cursus and Stonehenge I.
From Stonehenge I, apparently the first construction at the famous site, as the comet neared the Earth it would have appeared to rise in the evening with a huge bright stripe crossing much of the
sky, originating in the north-east. Passage through the trail would then result in celestial fireworks (and maybe worse); afterwards the comet and trail would have passed in the direction of the Sun,
partially blocking sunlight for a few days.
In order for terrestrial intersection to have occurred in that epoch (late fourth millennium BC) the mean orbital period of the comet over the past 5,000 years would need to have been slightly less
than at present, and might then be expected to have produced a 19 year periodicity in meteor storm events (six cometary periods). It is suggested that Stonehenge I was built by the Windmill Hill
people to allow the prediction of such events, from which they hid in the shelters we now call long- and round-barrows, and that the later developments at Stonehenge (phases II and II) by the
Beaker people were a result of a misinterpretation of the original purpose of the site in terms of lunar and solar observations, a misinterpretation which was re-discovered by Newham, Hawkins and
Hoyle in the 1960's.
Duncan Steel's Creditials are as follows:
DUNCAN STEEL is director of Spaceguard Australia and Vice-President of The Spaceguard Foundation. Steel took B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees at the University of London, studying at various
colleges, and then moved to the University of Colorado where he worked on NASA's Pioneer Venus Orbiter program. He then moved to New Zealand, where he took his Ph.D. degree at the
University of Canterbury for work on radar observations of meteors. He continued this work from 1985-96 at the University of Adelaide, Australia, spending 1987 as an ESA Fellow at the University
of Lund, Sweden. From 1990 until its termination in 1996 he directed the only southern hemisphere program for the discovery and tracking of near-Earth asteroids, based at the Anglo-Australian
Observatory. In connection with this he has served on various international committees, including NASA's Spaceguard committee in 1991-92 and the International Astronomical Union's Working
Group on Near-Earth Objects since 1991, and Working Group on the Prevention of Interplanetary Pollution since 1988. He is the author of over a hundred scientific papers, and the book Rogue
Asteroids and Doomsday Comets" (Wiley, Chichester and New York, 1995). In addition, he has appeared in numerous TV and radio documentary programs concerned with the impact hazard
And another scientist that gave a report at SIS was Benny J. Peiser, Liverpool John Moores University, School for Human Sciences. Peiser contributes the following information:
During the last two decades, researchers have found evidence for abrupt climate change and civilisation collapse as well as sudden sea level changes, catastrophic inundations, widespread
seismic activity and abrupt changes in glacial features at around 2200Â±200 BC. Climatological proxy data together with sudden changes in lacustrine, fluvial and aeolian deposits are clearly
detectable at the Atlantic-Subboreal boundary in the archaeological, geological and dendrochronological records from around the world. A survey of ~500 excavation reports, research papers and
scientific abstracts on late 3rd Millennium BC civilisation collapse and climate change was carried out in order to assess i) the nature, ii) the extent and iii) the chronology of sudden climatic and
social downturns at this particular chronozone. This comparative study shows a significant pattern of abrupt glacial, eustatic, lacustrine, fluvial, pedological and geomorphic changes at around
4250Â±250 cal BP in many areas around the world. In addition, the majority of sites and cities (>1000) of the first urban civilisations in Asia, Africa and Europe appear to have collapsed at around
the same time. Most sites in Greece (~260), Anatolia (~350), the Levant (~200), Mesopotamia (~30), the Indian subcontinent (~230), China (~20), Persia/Afghanistan (~50), Iberia (~70) which
collapsed at around 2200Â±200 BC, exhibit unambiguous signs of natural calamities and/or rapid abandonment. The proxy data detected in the marine, terrestrial, biological and archaeological
records point to sudden ecological, climatic and social upheavals which appears to coincide with simultaneous sea- and lake level changes, increased levels of seismic activity and widespread
flood/tsunami disasters. The main problem in interconnecting this vast amount of data chronologically is the application of incoherent and imprecise dating methods in different areas of geological
and climatological research. It is hypothesised that the globally detected evidence for sudden downturns at the Atlantic-Subboreal boundary is chronologically interconnected and that
chronological diviations are mainly due to imprecise dating methods. Neither a seismic nor a climatic explanation for these significant natural and social disasters appear capable to account for the
diversity of ecological alterations and great variety of damage features as well as the global extent of these events. Extra-terrestrial bodies, on the other hand, depending on their cometary
constitution and their cohesive strength, can have catastrophic effects on the ecological system in a variety of patterns which match the glaciological, geological and archaeological features
documented in this study.
Peisers creditials are as follows:
BENNY J PEISER was born in Israel and educated in West Germany. He is a historian and anthropologist with particular research interest in neo-catastrophism and its implications for human and
societal evolution. Benny is a senior lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University and has been researching, writing and lecturing about neo-catastrophism in the fields of ancient history,
archaeology, cultural anthropology (and the origins of ancient combat sports) since 1987. He has presented and published numerous papers on the historical, intellectual and cultural implications
of neo-catastrophism. He is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Society and is the editor of The Sports Historian, the journal of the British Society of Sports History.
Victor Clube, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, spoke on Predestination And The Problem Of Historical Catastrophism .
According to Clube, " Comets passing through the Solar System from the Oort cloud which have lost angular momentum due to planetary close encounters include a significant proportion of
sungrazers. Continuously near the ecliptic such bodies are also especially prone to orbital energy loss thereby enhancing the prograde cometary population under Jovian control. Such control
extends to "Jupiter avoiding" resonances and an expectation on this account of tidally weakened, giant sungrazers which remain long enough in cis-Jovian space to be physically destroyed.
We therefore expect particularly massive disintegration streams containing a high proportion of sub-kilometre meteoroids such as are required to explain the zodiacal cloud and nodal intersection
with the terrestrial orbit arising in near-contemporary pairs such as are bound to impose a cyclic bombardment and global cooling of the Earth. Thus individual impactors produced this way are
expected to produce mini-ice age, (bio)-chemical pollution or "super-Tunguska" events depending on their cohesive strength and level of break-up in or above the atmosphere.
A ~2.5kyr Late Holocene cycle of this kind with an apparent pre-Sub-boreal value of ~2.1 kyr which extends into the Late Pleistocene is consistent with a previously named comet ("Chronos") which
was instrumental in producing the last major glaciation ~50-10 kyr BP and which subsequently experienced a significant cis-Jovian planetary encounter ~5 kyr BP, the latter reducing its orbital
eccentricity whilst at the same time enhancing and broadening its meteoroidal stream. Perceived initially as a central "tree of or life", such a system was to evolve and become the present Taurid
It follows that the remnant of proto--Encke core of the Taurids is then associated with predictable "dark age" catastrophes. These last for several centuries and occur around 2000 - 250On BC; n =
0, 1, 2... being naturally combined with a less frequent, more random, lower incidence of such phenomena at intervening epochs.
Such a sequence of events imposed upon the historical record and repeated down the ages very naturally give rise to the awesome sense of destiny amongst humankind which has pervaded to
post-glacial rise of civilisation and sustained the discipline of both cosmology and theology. Astrologers and soothsayers (astronomers and priests) belonging to the last "dark age" eras are
therefore foremost both in upholding the knowledge and experience of the predominant pre-"dark age" civilisation [using cuneiform (n=0) and Latin (n+1) respectively] and in underwriting the
inevitable revival of "predestination" from time to time.
The doctrine of predestination may of course be no more than an intellectual fudge designed to make the best of a bad situation: prearranged human bonding in relation to a supposed omnipotent
yet benevolent divinity may meet a very immediate need for reassurance in respect of salvation from a predicted cosmic threat.
But if sophistry fails, the human condition seems to be one in which secularists and hedonists in the name of condition seems to be one in which secularists and hedonists in the name of truth,
beauty and freedom will commonly respond by pursuing such as millenarianism, utopianism and uniformitarianism, even as a recipe for revolution. With the "establishment' of such "enlightenment"
it is a moot point of course whether English (n=2) will be the vehicle through which the knowledge and experience of western civilisation are transmitted beyond the next dark age.
Victor Clube's creditials are as follows:
VICTOR CLUBE was funded by the Leverhulme Trust in catastrophism/climate studies at Oxford University and Armagh Observatory (in collaboration with Bill Napier) having previously held a
succession of career posts at Greenwich, Cape and Edinburgh Royal Observatories. These studies have the same bearing to astrophysics as Newton's historical/eschatological investigations had
to dynamical astronomy. As such, they represent a still comparatively rare academic recognition of the highly erratic socio-political response to cosmic phenomena (mostly to do with giant comet
debris) which commonly puts civilisation seriously at risk Publications include (as co-author) The Cosmic Serpent, The Origins of Comets and The Cosmic Winter.
Amos Nur , Department of Geophysics at Stanford University, spoke on The Collapse of Ancient Societies By Great Earthquakes at the SIS. Following is his input to the studies:
Although earthquakes have often been associated with inexplicable past societal disasters, their impact has thought to be only secondary for two reasons: Inconclusive archaeological
interpretation of excavated destruction, and misconceptions about patterns of seismicity. However, a better understanding of the irregularities of the time-space patterns of large earthquakes
suggest that earthquakes (and associated tsunamis) have probably been responsible for some of the great and enigmatic catastrophes in ancient times. The most relevant aspect of seismicity is
the episodic time-space clustering of earthquakes such as during the eastern Mediterranean seismic crisis in the 4th century AD and the seismicity of the north Anatolian fault during our century.
During these earthquake crises plate boundaries rupture by a series of large earthquakes that occur over a period of only 50 to 100 years or so, followed by hundreds or even thousands of years
of relative inactivity. The extent of the destruction by such rare but powerful earthquake clusters must have been far greater than similar modem events due to poorer construction and the lack of
any earthquake preparedness in ancient times. The destruction by very big earthquakes also made ancient societies so vulnerable because so much of the wealth and power w as concentrated
and protected by so few. Thus the breaching by an earthquake of the elite's fortified cities must have often led to attacks by (1) external enemies during ongoing wars (e.g., Joshua and Jericho,
Arab attack on Herod's Jerusalem in 31 BCE); (2) neighbours during ongoing conflicts (e.g., Mycenea's fall in 1200 BCE, Saul's battle ~1020 BCE); and (3) uprising of poor and often enslaved
indigenous populations (e.g., Sparta and the Helots in 465 BCE, Hattusas ~1200 BCE?, Teotihuacan ~700 AD?). When the devastation was by a local earthquake, during a modest conflict,
damage was probably limited and may have required a few tens of years to rebuild. But when severe ground shaking is widespread, and when it happened during a major military conflict, the
devastation may have been so great that it took hundreds of years for a society to recover - going through a dark age period during which many of the technical skills (e.g., writing) are abandoned
(e.g., the cessation of linear B), construction and repairs of monumental buildings ceased, and looting of building materials by surviving squatters was common. In contrast, we can imagine the
pastoral countryside, especially away from the tsunami prone coastal areas, to have been much less affected (and perhaps even flourished a little as their tax burden to the ruling elite is reduced).
During a regional seismic crisis an entire region must have been subjected to a series of devastations by earthquakes over a short period of time. The catastrophic collapse of the main Eastern
Mediterranean civilizations at the end of the Bronze age may be a case in point, with the Sea People being mostly squatters and refugees.
Amos Nur's Creditionals are as follows:
AMOS NUR is the Wayne Loel Professor of Earth Sciences and Professor of Geophysics at Stanford University. Amos specializes in earthquake physics. For over twenty years, he has been
investigating the temporal and spatial patterns of earthquakes throughout history to find clues useful for earthquake prediction. The longest and most complete record is in the Holy Land, where
the Dead Sea seismic fault defines the Arabia - Africa plate boundary, as the San Andreas defines the N. American/Pacific plate boundary. Together with colleagues in archaeology, history,
geology and geophysics at Stanford and Israel, Amos has organized an expedition to search for, and excavate and recover skeleton/s, artifacts, and Dead Sea scrolls buried 2000 years ago in the
"Cave of Letters. in Israel's Judean desert by the devastating Dead Sea Earthquake of 31 BC. The first part of this expedition took place in March of this year. Amos is a winner of the Silver Apple
Award for physical sciences at the National Educational Film Festival, 1991 for producing and directing a video on Earthquakes in the Holy Land. This has been shown extensively on a number of
PBS stations around the country. Publications: Over 180 papers in refereed journals; and 3 books.
Irving Wolfe, University of Montreal, spoke on The 'Kultursturz' At The Bronze Age - Iron Age Boundary and the focus of the 2nd SIS Cambridge Conference: According to Wolfe:
One focus of the 2nd SIS Cambridge conference is the Bronze Age - Iron Age interface, which will be looked at from many different scientific perspectives. They will attempt to establish between
them that a significant cluster of natural cataclysms provoked by non-terrestrial influences occurred ~600 - 500 BC and altered the physical world. These events are therefore called axial because
they caused the transition from the Bronze to the Iron Age. I think the period may also be called "axial" because it seems to me to have led to a virtually universal cultural revolution in all
dimensions of human existence. In my paper, therefore, I will present evidence for what I call a 'Kultursturz' or cultural crisis in which a large number of cultural elements underwent quick and sharp
change within the same short period of time. These include the appearance of secular as opposed to strictly religious art, a host of new religions of a new type, new philosophies of a new type,
writing, dynastic upheavals, the quick upsurge and removal of several tyrannical regimes, urbanism, new patterns of consciousness, behaviour and dreaming, new types of social organisation, vast
pan-Greek ritualistic athletic games, the institution of democracy and the use of money. All of these elements are totally different in spirit from those of the previous (Bronze Age) cultures. If all of
these cultural revolutions can be correlated chronologically among themselves and to scientific evidence for similar upheavals well documented in the geological, archaeological and climatological
records, (which is the whole point of the conference), then we have before us the outline of a global natural event which not only ended one historical era, but led to the distinctive cultural
characteristics of our modern age. After all, we are the children of this period of upheaval.
Irving Wolfe's creditials:
IRVING WOLFE is professor agrÃ©gÃ©, DÃ©partement d'Ã©tudes anglaises, at the University of Montreal. (M.A. in English from McGill University, Canada; PhD in Drama from Bristol University,
England; Speciality Shakespeare). In addition to his literary research, he has presented several dozen papers on catastrophism at conferences in England, Canada and the U.S., and has
published papers in this field in several British and American journals. Has also contributed chapters on catastrophism to a number of anthologies. He is currently completing a book on Hitler and
catastrophic terror and has prepared a screenplay for Hollywood of a mass shooting by Nazi soldiers. Professor Wolfe is concerned with the long-lasting effects of unconscious catastrophic
memory on later collective human behaviour, and his work has therefore focused on such topics as catastrophism and creative art; catastrophism and religion; catastrophism and cosmologies;
catastrophism and political extremism; catastrophism and epistemology; catastrophism and soap opera; catastrophism and Shakespeare; catastrophism and scientific repression; catastrophism
and sport, and catastrophism and popular culture.
Emilio Spedicato, from the University of Bergamo, lends Evidence Of Tunguska-type Impacts Over The Pacific Basin Around The Year 1178 A.D.
In year 1178 A.D., as related by Clube and Napier in their book The Cosmic Serpent, a strange event was observed to affect the Moon, which may be explained by a large impact on the hidden
face, originating the Giordano Bruno crater. A number of observations suggest that catastrophic cometary or meteoritic impacts around the same time also affected the Pacific basin: Maori legends
of great fires destroying forests and the moa bird, to be associated to the recently found Tapanui craters; dynastic changes and migrations throughout Polynesia; very intense El NiÃ±o activity with
flooding of the coastal Peruvian regions; demise of the local Moche civilizations, and the birth of the Incas civilization higher in the Andes; the emigration of the Aztects from the Pacific coast to the
interior in the most well protected area from tsunams; unusually intense typhoon activity in the Chinese-Japanese see; unusually strong floods in Northern China with diversion of the course of the
Huang Ho; unusually cold wheather in the Mongolian plateau, probably a main reason for the Mongolians invading nearby areas; a great sign in the sky seen by the boy Gengis Khan forecasting
his future of world master; the number of comets seen in the sky as recorded by Chinese astronomers was unusually higher.
EMILIO SPEDICATO born in Milano, graduated in Physics and has been working since 1971 in numerical analysis (linear algebra and optimisation) and applied mathematics. His main work, with
Abaffy and Broyden and several Chinese mathematicians, has been the development of the ABS algorithms, which unify the field of algorithms for solving linear algebraic equations and linearly
constrained optimisation and provide novel and better methods than their classical counterparts (e.g. the implicit LX algorithm which is generally faster and more accurate and has less storage
than the classical best algorithm, Gaussian elimination). Since 1979 he has been involved in the catastrophical reproach of homo sapiens history and related events in the Earth history. He has
proposed that Hispaniola was the original location of Atlantis and is working on a project aiming to study mathematically the feasibility of a revised "polar model" approach to the history of the solar
system (transition from a configuration with aligned planets in synchronous revolution around the Sun to the present configuration after capture of Jupiter at a time when homo sapiens already
inhabited the Earth). He is professor of Operations Research at University of Bergamo.
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