Countdown To Apocalypse: A Scientific Exploration Of The End by Paul Halpern

By Paul Halpern

Encouraged through the top of the millennium, celebrated technological know-how author Paul Halpern tackles the destiny of human civilization and our planet during this meditation at the finish of the area. starting with the spiritual origins of the assumption of apocalypse, Halpern exhibits how technological know-how has borrowed the metaphor to explain strength all over the world catastrophes. He spins out numerous eventualities for destruction, from nuclear conflict and international warming to an exceptional flood and a brand new Ice Age. He argues that whereas human heritage will sometime come to a close-even if we survived for billions of years, we'd finally face the top of the universe itself-in the intervening time we've received impressive regulate over our destiny as a species. confronted with the facility to lead our planet towards paradise or remodel it into hell, he says, we needs to take steps to prevent these catalysts of apocalypse which are inside of our regulate.

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Torrent piles upon torrent, transforming thawing snow into a thick gray slush. And gradually this watery glop melts away, dissolving into vast muddy puddles s 43 44 COUNTDOWN TO APOCALYPSE and dirty tepid streams. These rivulets merge with the rainfall water, forming dreary currents that steadily snake their way through streets and sidewalks, fields, and forests. Sometimes if it rains long and hard enough, and the snow melts quickly enough, proper drainage proves impossible. That's why spring thaws are frequently followed by spring floods.

The timeline that it follows is similarly vague; it does not specify whether its enumerated events are supposed to have taken place in the years immediately after the crucifixion of Jesus, one thousand years afterward, today, or during a period far in ttie distant future. For this reason, devotees throughout the ages have sought to interpret it in the manner most concordant with their own beliefs. For the very first Christians, the prophetic passages of Revelation must have possessed a terrifying (but spiritually fulfilling) immediacy.

They must aspire to follow asha, and eschew its opposite, druj (falseness). The righteous, who lead lives of asha, are called ashavan. On the other hand, those who practice evil, and bring disorder to the world, are referred to as drujvan. The concepts of asha and druj pertain to universal laws, as well as to human affairs. Asha organizes the cosmos. It steers the planets along their paths, and makes the sun come up each day. Druj creates chaos, disharmony, and death. It is responsible for all that goes wrong with nature.

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