posted on Jun, 6 2015 @ 03:21 PM
So I started reading this book (partly) because it has not been soundly debunked yet, as far as I've been able to tell... and despite the author being
religious and him talking about that is pointless and does NOT lend an air of credibility (imo), and so indicates poor judgement when trying to
present new, paradigm disturbing evidence... despite that he seems like he knows what he's talking about concerning the science itself.
I know... the tabloid look and the laugh factor attached to Hoagland, etc., make this problematic, and the author doesn't help matters much with his
unscientific worldview... but the science itself is there for anyone to see.
Working for Sandia and Livermore during the end of the last cold war... partly on h-bomb testing, specifically, he has a specialized background in
h-bombs and their effects. He also has insights into the psychology of nuclear annihilation ...which likely both helps and hinders his views... but
not the evidence.
The argument he is laying out is logical... and he admits (thankfully) that is is a hypothesis only, but that he's privately convinced that an
artificial h-bomb of several gigatons went off in an air burst (or two) a couple million years ago and ended Mars... which he thinks had a
civilization of human-like folks.
He postulates that it was an outside force that did it (because why would native Martians end their own world so completely? Maybe- but Earth might
end itself all due to Earthlings) and wonders if some aliens send nuclear megabombs toward any alien sentience they find... explaining the Fermi
Paradox, etc., and if so, it might be smart to go there, find out, and defend ourselves. If no aliens, then it might save us to know we've done all
this before... with poor results.
He also answered some of the religious concerns in the comments on Amazon, saying that "if you found out we might be in a cycle of self destruction
and/or are facing hostile aliens, you'd get depressed and go crying to god for comfort, too"... or something to that effect. Personally, I'd not have
that impulse... but whatever, at least he's self aware. But despite my thinking his beliefs silly, it doesn't detract from the core science which is
So... it doesn't only rest on the Xenon, U and thorium isotopes that are only produced from high energy nuclear reactions and that the U and thorium
could be used as an outer wrap to increase the energy released ... there's the surface of Mars being radioactive, not deeper down as one would expect
if natural (gleaned from bed rock meteors), the areas that look like ruins, patterns of isotope dispersal that match up with modeling and ...well, I
have much more to read, but this is NOT complete wackiness... the base science and anomalies seem valid... where he goes with it might be wacky, but
he, at least, admits that.
He did publish a paper with just the science in it and this was a book, so I can't really fault his personal litter... I don't agree with his
worldview, and I'm not qualified to pick apart the particle physics, but the science points to something odd on Mars... and that's one of the reasons
why science is so useful... one can communicate across gulfs of understanding and explore new ideas and weigh their probability.
Our pool of understanding is small and we only have a small sampling of planets to compare to each other, so maybe the Mars radiation was caused by an
unknown natural event... this book and core idea is not total hooey, though... it IS based on evidence and that evidence is interesting and