I’m smitten. My only grief is that it took so long to discover them, thus many years of pondering and marvelling have been wasted. Oh, and that it is an avenue littered with nutcases and conspiracy theorists, and people who think we descended from aliens.
Since my initial post, I have read two books on OOPARTS, and come to realize that it is an area fraught with speculation, which, I suppose, should not come as a surprise, in light of the nature of these discoveries.
Worlds Before Our Own, by Brad Steiger, is full of interesting finds, and does not come under the “crazy UFO proponent” tag. For the first three quarters of the book there were many, “read aloud to anyone nearby” moments, and my daughter (11 yrs) was reading up to where I left off, when I put it down. The last part of the book changes tone somewhat and goes from a reporting style to a presentation of the authors own ideas; something that I felt detracted from the book.
From a Christian perspective, it is interesting to read the author’s use of the Bible accounts. A description of a manna “machine” could be quite remarkable if you don’t read the Bible as a literal account of history (which I do). The description even allowed for the directive that the Israelites were not to collect on the Sabbath, the theory being that the machine produced enough for each day, plus a little over, which went into a holding tank to be eaten on the Sabbath. Of course, from a Biblical perspective, this could never be, as the manna could not be stored for more than the day before the Sabbath or it would spoil, so certainly the excess produced by a machine, after five days, would be inedible.
However, there were many fascinating things presented that made this book worth reading.
Recently I watched a debate between Dr. John Polkinghorne KBE, FRS, Canon Theological of the Liverpool Cathedral, and John Mackay, International Director of Creation Research, on the subject “Is evolution compatible with the Christian faith?” Among the many interesting things mentioned was a comment from John Mackay, about the number of fossilized people found in comparison to the number of fossilized people reported on.
Perhaps it is that the scientific community are mindful of protecting their theories and text books, or perhaps it is that they feel the lay person would be a danger to correct thought, given the opportunity to ponder and marvel some of these interesting discoveries for himself. Which ever the case, I can only feel that science discovery would have an avid audience, should discoveries of ooparts be more widely reported. That is, without the wild theories, and sensationalism some authors feel duty bound to provide…