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Countdown To Apocalypse: A Scientific Exploration Of The End by Paul Halpern

By Paul Halpern

Encouraged through the tip 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 spiritual origins of the belief of apocalypse, Halpern exhibits how technology has borrowed the metaphor to explain power world wide catastrophes. He spins out quite a few eventualities for destruction, from nuclear warfare and international warming to an outstanding flood and a brand new Ice Age. He argues that whereas human historical past will sometime come to a close-even if we survived for billions of years, we'd ultimately face the tip of the universe itself-in the interim we've won notable keep an eye on over our destiny as a species. confronted with the facility to guide our planet towards paradise or remodel it into hell, he says, we needs to take steps to prevent these catalysts of apocalypse which are inside of our keep an eye on.

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Aristotle, a student of Plato, considered the tale to be purely allegorical. On the other hand, Crantor, a scholar who edited Timaeus, claimed that it was the absolute truth. ), thousands of commentaries have been written about the Atlantis legend. Numerous places around the world have been proposed as the true setting for the tale—everywhere from North America to ancient Troy. Some writers have alleged there really was a vast island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, from which European, African, Middle Eastern, and Native American cultures all stem.

A second one [wasl like a bear.... After this I looked, and 58 COUNTDOWN TO APOCALYPSE lo, another, like a leopard, with four wings of a bird on its back... After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, terrible and dreadful and exceedingly strong; and it had great iron teeth and... 4 Daniel interprets his dream to be an omen of great warfare in the ages ahead. The four beasts, he relates, represent four kingdoms that wiH become embroiled in conflict. The fourth monster—the most terrible—stands for the powers that will emerge as victor.

During the first part of the medieval epoch, the population of Europe was relatively low, mainly spread out through the countryside rather than concentrated in cities and towns. Therefore, disease did not spread very rapidly, certainly not as fast as it would several centuries later when Europe became more crowded. Anxiety was much lower and social stability higher than it would be later. For these reasons, faith in a growing and organized Catholic Church, rather than fear of future calamity, ruled the day.

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