Some Fringe Theories Not So Odd
The history of our world has been through ups and downs. The conventional wisdom, if there ever was, is sometimes proven wrong years later. Even the scientific community has been wrong in their theories until new evidence come to light. No one is infallible.
- Feb. 2018
Here are three examples from our past. First, the earth was thought to be flat in ancient times. Until the time of Columbus, who sailed around the world, where he proved the earth is round. The same was the case when we thought the earth to be the center of the universe. Copernicus, discovered that the sun is actually the center of our solar system and that all planets revolve around it. In addition, we learned later the orbit is not circular but elliptical.
Finally, for years we though we understood the physical world and Newton and his theory of gravity and motions of the planets were thought to be complete until Einstein came up with the theory of relativity in the 20th century. Now we understand that time and space is relative.
Just as with these ground breaking theories, it took time and science to prove they were true and that the earlier theories were either wrong or incomplete.
Some Theories That are Considered Fringes
- Ancient alien theory
- 12th planet existence
- AGW skeptic (man caused global warming)
- Hollow earth theory and Atlantis
- Extinction of the dinosaurs (65 million years ago)
- Noah’s global flood
- Intelligent design as alternative to theory of evolution
Ancient alien theory propose that the earth was visited by extra terrestrial beings in our distant past and that they were instrumental in our development and our technology to build these ancient megaliths. They may even be instrumental in our evolution into the modern human form. They were considered by our ancestors to be “gods” because we did not understand the advanced technology they possess.
Zacharia Sitchin proposed that the solar system has another planet, which he coined “12th planet”, including the current 9 planets and adding the sun and moon. His theory is that according to Sumerian texts, there is an advanced civilization living on this planet which has a very elliptical orbit that comes around every 3600 years. They came to earth and created man as workers to mine gold. They have returned every 3600 years to check on our progress and to inject new technology to help us progress. Recent announcement by NASA in the possible existence of planet “X” may solve this problem.
Climate change or global warming is the current conventional wisdom that humans with its fossil fuel usage has created this environmentsl crisis. There are skeptics who believe this is a natural phenonmenon and that climate has always been changing and it is due primarily to natural occurances like the sun spot cycle.
The hollow earth theory was advanced by Edmond Halley in the 17th century. He claimed the earth is hollow and that another world exists within the earth which may be habitable to humans. Advanced civilizations like Atlantis as told by Plato may exist within the earth.
The sudden extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago led to the rise of mammals and us humans. It is unclear how this extinction came about and some have postulated the collision with an asteroid may be the cause. Recent discoveries in sediments accross the globe points to the validity of that theory. No one really knows for sure. It was a one time event.
Noah’s flood described in the Bible was thought to be a fable. Recent archeological discoveries have point the existence of a global calamity. This may explain the various creation stories common among many primitive civilizations across the globe.
Theory of evolution as proposed by Darwin in the 19th century is now widely accepted by scientists and taught in our schools. Yet, it still remains illusive because the lack of fossil evidence. The missing links are disturbing. The mechanism of slow mutation and natural selection to explain the vast genetic changes does not seem plausible. Time will tell if this is the correct model or perhaps some “intelligent design” by aliens or by supernatural forces are at play.
Ideas may come and go. Truth will always remain. The theories of the past will survive depend on the science and the facts. What was a fringe idea may proof to be true. That is progress.
© 2018 Jack Lee