Weird Science Wednesdays: Pseudoscience Edition
I love a good crackpot scientific theory. Watching 2012 for the 20th time (a movie based on one such theory) got me interested in looking up more cranky pseudoscience. Here’s a short list of the most bananas theories I could find.
- Earth Crust Displacement theory (ECD) – this is the theory 2012 is based on. It postulates that over a period of centuries, the entire crust of the earth (lithosphere) moved over the underlying mantle (asthenosphere) all at once, causing Antarctica (supposedly closer to the equator at this point) to move to the south pole and also ending the last ice age by moving the continents of the Northern Hemisphere to their current positions. This theory was conceived to explain the lost civilization of Atlantis, which the theory’s creator believed to be located on Antarctica before the cataclysmic shift of the crust doomed it to extinction. A variant of this theory is Cataclysmic Pole Shift Hypothesis. Awesome idea, not borne out by the evidence. Of course, Roland Emmerich doesn’t care–see The Day After Tomorrow, another movie based on pseudoscience (in the form of a book written by Whitley Strieber, the dude who got abducted by aliens and then wrote “Communion“).
- Hollow Earth hypothesis. You have this hypothesis to blame for movies like At The Earth’s Core. Proponents of a Hollow Earth believe anything from Hades to, yes, a civilization of advanced lizard people exists inside a subterranean realm that may actually have its own atmosphere and could be reached by a hole in either the North or South Poles. Also see “Zion” from The Matrix Revolutions. As awesome as a race of subterranean super lizard beings would be, sadly the science is stacked against this hypothesis.
- Time Cube. I say again, Time Cube. This probably doesn’t really qualify as a “theory”, but it is awesomely bad pseudoscience nonetheless. The idea is that one day is actually four days (hence the “cube”) but that we’re not aware of it because of some vast scientific conspiracy to hide the truth from ordinary people. The site kind of reminds me of the writing on Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap bottles. You’ve got to admire the out of the box thinking by this guy. Or is it “out of the cube”? How he became aware of the conspiracy I don’t know, but it’s nice that he’s taking ‘er easy for all us sinners and calling out those evil day-hiding scientists on their bullshit.