posted on Dec, 23 2008 @ 04:29 PM
If we assume that as is indicated in the fossil record that periodically, the life on earth suffer periodic, catastrophic geological events, then if
one were to assume one sufficient to "knock back to the stoneage" a civilized culture, then we must assume a few things.
1. As today, not every human knows every skill in every scientific arena.
2. Immediately after the catastrophe, survival basics would be job # 1.
3. Skills applicable in an ordered society would now be useless.
4. Knowledge would quickly be lost.
5. Previous sustaining technologies would be lost.
6. By the third generation after a major catastrophic geological disaster, the past would be told as legends.
7. Survivors would become adept at all areas of survival, with few to specialize.
8. Tools, basic pre-catastrophe supplies would be gone within a century.
9. Survivors begin to "tribalize" and compete with other "tribes."
10. Only after millennia would significant societies once again manfest.
Assuming around 10,000 years ago we had our last major catastrophic geological disaster, then you see that it took us until the past 150 years to
reach any level of scientific and industrial achievement.
For example, if the next catastrophic geological event had happened two hundred years ago, those who would come alone 8,000 years later would see what
we see today around the world in certain areas.
Advanced stone work. There would be no skyscrapers, no 10-key adding machines, no computers, no massive steel bridges, nor any other large
technological advancement reminder of any kind. No satellites.
Ask yourself how it is that the two moons of Mars were discovered very recently, and yet Ares offspring were Phobos and Deimos? How is it that
Jonathan Swift wrote of the two steeds of Mars a century before we discovered the moon of Mars?
If our culture had "ceased" only 150-200 years ago, out of a 10,000 year reset, we'd leave behind less than many current archaeological finds. But
some of our residual memory would spark similar questions, as to the knowledge of two moons of Mars, without any possible way of knowing that in fact,
there were two moons of Mars. Or the color of Neptune. On and on.