23 Nov 08 - Charles Darwin got it wrong. This is not to
disparage the man. Science is an ever evolving process and
scientific theories are subject to being replaced by newer
knowledge. Most certainly, Darwin (1809-1882) got everyone
thinking about evolution, but the problem is that evolution
is not a slow process. It happens very fast.
Indeed, Darwin’s friend, the famed biologist, Thomas Huxley,
supported aspects of Darwin’s theory, but didn’t believe
that evolution was gradual. Then, too, Darwin had to contend
with those who believe that Noah built an ark and put two of
all the creatures of the Earth on it. Religion is a great
comfort, but it is no substitute for science.
I first became acquainted with Robert
W. Felix through his book, Not by Fire, but by Ice, that
pointed out that the Earth is on the cusp of a new ice age.
Insofar as the Earth is now fully a decade into a new cycle
of cooling, one that could last several decades or evolve
into a new, full blown ice age, Felix not only got it right,
but, in the course of writing his book, discovered an even
more frightening scenario.
Magnetic Reversals and Evolutionary
Leaps: The True Origin of the Species is Felix’s new book
www.iceagenow.com) and, were it not for fans like myself
and others, it is not likely to make it to the cover of
leading news magazines or become a segment on “Sixty
Minutes.” It will be largely ignored by the mainstream news
media for the same reason they ignored his first book.
Enthralled by the bogus “global warming” hoax, the
mainstream media will find his new book equally appalling
for its presentation of facts that run contrary to their
Felix is far from alone in this view
that new species are not the result of a long accretion of
changes. The late paleontologist, Stephen Jay Gould
(1941-2002) popularized that field of science with articles
and books. Gould noted, “Gradualism is not a fact of nature.
Most new species appear with a bang, not a protracted
crescendo.” Fossil records demonstrate that a species
remains unchanged for millions of years before abruptly
disappearing, “only to be replaced just as rapidly with a
species that is, though clearly related, substantially
different. Nature does take leaps."
Felix’s great talent comes both in his
ability to read and absorb the writings of scientists from
different fields of study, and in his ability to explain
complex issues to people like myself. I always remind
readers that, while I am a science writer, I am not a
scientist. Felix is a science writer and one who brings a
great deal of passion to his quest to understand the history
of the Earth and the life that appears to distinguish it
from others in our galaxy.
While researching ice ages for his
previous book, he became intrigued by a phenomenon that
always coincides with them, magnetic reversals. In addition
to mass extinctions of species that always accompanied
magnetic reversals, Felix and others noticed that new
species replaced them. For example, human beings are, in the
long history of the Earth, 4.5 billion years, are
“blindingly new”, having existed a mere 200,000 years.
“Mass extinctions,” writes Felix, “have
been the rule, rather than the exception, for the 3.5
billion years that life has existed on this planet. Almost
identical, each extinction was abrupt, each was extensive,
and each was caused by some temporary, unexplainable event.”
Permit me to pause at this point and
note the vanity and idiocy of those who demand that humans
must conserve every species on Earth, no matter the cost
involved. This nation has spent billions via the Endangered
Species Act. In a similar fashion, the notion that humans
are responsible for a non-existent “global warming” is the
justification for measures that will wreck the economies of
nations and cause untold losses of human life thanks to
famines that should be avoided.
The next time you hear or read the word
“environmentalist”, you should also hear and read “fascist”
for the core of the environmental movement is the belief
that human beings are “a cancer” on the Earth and should be
reduced to a minimum.
The real threat to life on Earth are
magnetic reversals, as revealed by magnetostratigraphy, the
study of the magnetic properties of ancient layers of
sediment (strata) now hardened into rock. Major reversals
“appear to occur in sync with ice ages” and other
measurements of time. “And it happens fast!” says Felix.
The Earth is at the end of a cyclical
interglacial period. Such periods are about 11,500 years in
length and it has been 11,500 years since the last ice age.
That portends that another magnetic reversal is due as well.
Though decried as “deniers”, those of
us who have been skeptical of the claims of Al Gore and the
legion of global warming charlatans, the real deniers are
those refuse to acknowledge the facts put forth and
explained in Felix’s new book.
Those who would have you dramatically
alter your lifestyle, by ending the use of oil, natural gas,
and coal for energy, by installing thousands of wind
turbines and miles of solar panels, are willfully ignoring
the signs that the Earth is poised to enter a new age in
which life as we know it—including our own—will be
dramatically changed and to a large extent even
There is nothing humans can do about
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