By Paul Halpern
Encouraged through the top of the millennium, celebrated technology author Paul Halpern tackles the destiny of human civilization and our planet during this meditation at the finish of the realm. starting with the non secular origins of the belief of apocalypse, Halpern exhibits how technological know-how has borrowed the metaphor to explain power all over the world catastrophes. He spins out a number of situations for destruction, from nuclear warfare and worldwide warming to an excellent flood and a brand new Ice Age. He argues that whereas human background will sometime come to a close-even if we survived for billions of years, we might finally face the top of the universe itself-in the intervening time we now have won amazing regulate over our destiny as a species. confronted with the facility to lead our planet towards paradise or rework it into hell, he says, we needs to take steps to prevent these catalysts of apocalypse which are inside our keep watch over.
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Regardless of its veracity, Plato's tale is an outstanding epic of an exalted civilization faced with extinction by deluge. In this manner, it stands as a warning to advanced societies of the possibility of sudden destruction. With the example of Atlantis in mind, no cul- 46 COUNTDOWN TO APOCALYPSE ture, no matter how successful, should feel absolutely secure in its prominence. According to Plato, Atlantis was destroyed in the height of its power. Before its devastation, he wrote, it ruled large parts of Europe and Africa.
Thus, in Napier's view the period in which the saurians died out was a "frost age" rather than an actual ice age. According to Napier, once the supercomet lost most of its ice and exterior dust, it disintegrated. The power of its blast formed the Chicxulub impact crater. In contrast to the catastrophists, though, Napier believes the dinosaurs were already well on their way out when the Chicxulub object hit. Its impact, in his view, formed the fireworks at the end of an age of mass extinction, rather than that era's primary cause.
It was scribed in cuneiform almost four thousand years ago on a series of clay tablets. These tablets were unearthed in the 1840s by the young English archeologist Austen Layard. Layard was excavating the 48 COUNTDOWN TO APOCALYPSE rains of Ninevah (the ancient capital of Assyria, and later an important center of the Babylonian kingdom) when he stumbled upon this priceless collection of epic poetry. In the early 1870s, British archeologist George Smith translated the tablets, and came to the realization that they represented a story of the great deluge even older than the biblical version.