[meteorite-list] Tunsguska the movie

From: E.P. Grondine <epgrondine_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 10:12:26 -0800 (PST)
Message-ID: <455976.17866.qm_at_web36912.mail.mud.yahoo.com>

Hi Sterling:

You wrote:

> I wonder how many years (decades) it will take for
> this lesson to sink in?

I'm not optimistic. Go back to this archive, and look
at some the of posts here on impacts from reasonably
intelligent people. The Hibbens "discussion", the Homo
heidelbergensis "discussion", and currently the
holocene start impacts and mammoth pepperer

Human intelligence is sometimes used to create
mechanisms of denial. For example, when faced with the
hardest of hard evidence, the human mind will deny
impending death. Then comes bargaining, acceptance. (I
can't remember the exact stages any more - stroke, you

The most intense denials that I've run into came from
people fixated spending hundreds of billions on flying
a few men to Mars. This is usually accompanied with
their assertion that "we can't do anything about them
if we find them".

The problem is that one can't loose these arguments,
one simply can't run off to a sunny beach somewhere,
as the number of people that will die is too high, and
thus one can't simply just walk away until the later
stages follow.

Movies work good sometimes, but other times people
will just avoid them, as they generally avoid the news
broadcasts today.

Did Dale Carneigie ever offer any advice on how to
handle people in denial? There has been some
examination of the process of paradigm shift.

PS - Barringer crater is a mile across, not a
kilometer, as I wrote earlier. Thus, assuming neutrons
are released in impact, and that this results in
higher C14, then from the radio-calibration correction
charts Firestone cited, the mammoth peperrer impact
crater, should it still exist, should be less than a
mile across.

good hunting all,
E.P. Grondine
Man and Impact in the Americas

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