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All ancient civilizations, without exception, have looked upon comets with a sense of trepidation and awe. Comets were considered to be harbingers of doom, disease, and death, infecting men with a blood lust to war, contaminating crops, and dispersing disease and plague (Hippocrates 1900; Olson and Pasachoff 1999). Although some of the alleged correlations could be dismissed as mere coincidence, a belief that emerged after centuries and millennia of observation merits some measure of deference and openness to additional scientific inquiry. The views of ancient civilizations – the Chinese, Egyptians and Indians, that laid the foundations of philosophy and science, including astronomy (Belmonte, 2010; Lockyer 1997; Pankenier 2010) - should not be so easily be dismissed.
Originally posted by staver
reply to post by MichiganSwampBuck
I was wondering if anyone else remembered that. Don't remember too much about it, as I was all of 7 years old at the time.