Anthropomorphic Memes

One of the more fascinating aspects of ancient history is the imposition of anthropogenic memes onto physical phenomena. For example the Indian Mahabharata describes the following event:

“A single projectile charged with all the power in the Universe…An incandescent column of smoke and flame as bright as 10,000 suns, rose in all its splendor…it was an unknown weapon, an iron thunderbolt, a gigantic messenger of death which reduced to ashes an entire race”.

“The corpses were so burned as to be unrecognizable. Their hair and nails fell out, pottery broke without any apparent cause, and the birds turned white”.

“After a few hours, all foodstuffs were infected. To escape from this fire, the soldiers threw themselves into the river.”

Conventional scholarship assumes this description to be an ancient atomic bomb but read the account more carefully. An incandescent column of smoke and flame could also be an enormous electric-plasma discharge between the earth’s surface and the ionosphere, and perhaps further out. It was described as an iron thunderbolt, and thus similar to but larger than a more common lightning bolt?

Electric-plasma discharges incorporate Birkeland currents and the development of intense Bennet-pinches, or Z-Pinches that are copious emitters of intense and extremely dangerous radiation; it is common wisdom when doing a laboratory Z-pinch experiment to be kilometres away from the experimental site when it occurs.

Notice that this description mentions a fire suggesting a prolonged period of discharge, and not the transient flash of an atomic detonation as we know it.

The relevance of this ancient description was from the discovery of a highly radioactive area 10 miles west of the Indian city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan. Scientists apparently uncovered an ancient city showing evidence of an atomic blast dating back 8,000 to 12,000 years.

The ‘unconventional’ mainstream interpretation mentioned here finds it mind-boggling that an older “civilisation had nuclear technology than we did”. Indeed it is mind-boggling.

Rather it’s the description of a possible prolonged electric-plasma discharge between the Earth and some external cosmic body, and not some ‘human’ created nuclear weapon. Nuclear explosions are in fact plasma explosions and if the earth was bombarded with planetary sized electric-plasma discharges, then all the radiation effects etc would be identical to a nuclear weapon and would leave the same tell-tale deposits.

About Louis Hissink

Retired diamond exploration geologist. I spent my professional life looking for mineral deposits, found some, and also located a number of kimberlites in NSW and Western Australia. Exploration geology is the closest one can get to practicing the scientific method, mineral exploration always being concerned with finding anomalous geophysical or geochemical data, framing a model and explanation for the anomaly and then testing it with drilling or excavation. All scientific theories are ultimately false since they invariably involved explaining something with incomplete extant knowledge. Since no one is omniscient or knows everything, so too scientific theories which are solely limited to existing knowledge. Because the future always yields new data, scientific theories must change to be compatible with the new data. Thus a true scientist is never in love with any particular theory, always knowing that when the facts change, so too must he/she change their minds.
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One Response to Anthropomorphic Memes

  1. fabio says:

    Hi, Louis, misinformed people say the same for Tunguska in 1908: a possible flying saucer or black hole impact, etc. But recently, Russians studied comet’s paths marked in the Siberian crust (your NCGT).
    There are also other phenomena that can kill a lot of people but are less known, such as the silently deadly gas eruptions (lake Nyos, 1986), that people believe that happened only in ancient geological eras.

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