Doomsday: The Science of Catastrophic Events

Doomsday: The Science of Catastrophic Events

Doomsday: The Science of Catastrophic Events

Doomsday: The Science of Catastrophic Events

Synopsis

Milne provides a concise review of catastrophism in its historical, cosmic, scientific, and earth-shattering sense. Within this one volume a wide range of up-to-date scientific facts and concepts are reviewed and chronicle, with dates and places, marking the end of a turbulent 2,000 years.

Excerpt

Congratulations! As you begin to turn these pages you will know that the world did not end on 31 December 1999, and that the millennium bug did not result in the widespread collapse of public utilities and bring about civil disorder (although you may have been made aware that all was not well everywhere).

And yet sadly, as you read on, you will realize that doom and disaster -- all with the potential of becoming apocalyptic -- have merely been deferred beyond a purely arbitrary historic milestone into a "Third Millennium," something that the doomsayers will be quick to assert.

Proclamations will continue to be made concerning future years and decades. Every forthcoming eclipse or planetary alignment, every newly discovered asteroid, will, with the aid of the "arrow of time," seem to point in only one direction-to the final collapse of the universe itself.

We have mercifully survived a fearful Age. You will read of that age, and of ages to come, in this stereotypical "Book of Ages." The oldest literature in the world is the literature of visions, which are either utopian or its oppositedystopian. The Book of Revelation, full of bleak foreboding, seems to have inspired many secular writers down the ages. We fear the catastrophic ending of 1,000 years, and of the ushering in of a new utopia, but not before a Day of Judgment, or after the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, masked and heavily armored, have ridden at breakneck speed through our societies, leaving death, disease, and destruction in their wake.

Some would protest that in the social world, the geopolitical world, the physical world, things have never been better and that we are heading for a golden age . . .

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