WERE AND ARE TO COME A Modern Myth Copyright © 1999 Anthony E. explaining how ancient plants and animals gave their all so we could have gasoline for our cars today. Is it possible that we. more inventive and certainly more knowledgeable than our predecessors. the myth of fossil fuels is alive and well. The ancients believed such foolishness as: the world was flat. A tale of oil and dinosaurs . fly where they could only gaze and live a life of ease and comfort they could not envision in their wildest fantasies. the brain was useful only to cool the blood. eat where they hungered. Larson A near universally accepted truth of the last hundred years is that oil and natural gas beneath the earth’s surface are the result of decayed matter being transformed under tremendous heat and pressure. It is almost preposterous to think that we might harbor notions as foolish as those embraced by our ancestors. still have similarly silly skeletal notions in our cultural closet? A number of years ago. life emerged spontaneously from swamps and ponds of stagnant water. we ride where they walked. After all. The animators depicted a cartoon dinosaur poking its head out of a car’s filler pipe. a large oil company advertised its gasoline product with an animated television commercial. Despite observations that hydrocarbons are plentiful on celestial bodies throughout our solar system without any life whatsoever. making a somewhat comical growling sound as the car sped off. the enlightened ones. I t is hard to conceive that in this age of enlightenment and scientific advancement that there could be any myths left in modern man’s paradigm. We believe ourselves to be smarter.THINGS AS THEY ARE. idols answered prayers and the Earth was the center of the universe.

hold the fossils of ancient plants and animals. These have sent back pictures and . scientists naturally assumed that this was the source for buried hydrocarbons. they opine. What is more. Those peat beds were thought to be simply an early step in a process that eventually would create coal and hydrocarbon deposits. and the strata adjoining them. that Earth’s petroleum deposits came from the remains of long dead plants and animals — a cleaver portrayal of orthodox science’s theories that Earth’s petroleum deposits and its many byproducts originated in the distillation of hydrocarbons from the decaying remnants of massive. This is one of the great myths of modern science. it serves to demonstrate how intractable scientists are about their pet theories when faced with evidence that does not fit their paradigm.3 This amusing commercial illustrated the modern view. we have launched unmanned probes to other planets and moons in our solar system. it is no longer viable. Over great expanses of time. buried by successive deposition in enormous subsidence zones. Hence the term “fossil fuel. these deposits were compressed in geological processes. For decades. this idea seemed logical. ancient flora and fauna accumulations. which then collected in great pools beneath impermeable layers of rock. held by geologists and paleontologists.” Old ideas die hard A century ago. man has mined coal for energy from great seams layered in the earth. it seemed reasonable to assume that coal and oil were the byproducts of some ancient biomass. squeezing out the hydrocarbons. but it has no meaning in light of the preponderance of evidence that has accumulated in the last 40 years — especially that gathered since mankind entered the space age. A new age This explanation for the existence of crude oil and natural gas — hydrocarbons — beneath Earth’s crust may have been useful up until the mid-twentieth century. Deep peat beds found in some locations seemed to support that idea. Probably since time began. Thus. Those same coal beds. While such thinking may have been acceptable in the past. Since the only things on this planet seen to contain appreciable amounts of hydrocarbons were the flora and fauna that proliferate on its surface.

rivers and oceans of water. Some of the lighter hydrocarbons. volatile oils to heavier forms. Scientists say that so great is the concentration of hydrocarbons in its atmosphere that when it rains on Titan.4 data sufficient to teach us the true origin of Earth’s hydrocarbons. An oil world Most notable for its concentration of hydrocarbons (scientists cautiously use the word “methane”) is great Titan. insulated from the chemical and catastrophic processes that ultimately reduced our atmosphere to its present composition. our atmosphere was so charged with hydrocarbons that they naturally accumulated in great concentrations on the surface. why here? No one speculates that these newly discovered hydrocarbons found elsewhere in the solar system came from any kind of decayed biomass. Earth’s true history What seems likely from the evidence collected to date is that Titan and Earth represent two distinct phases of similar planetary evolution. rivers and oceans of flowing hydrocarbons in one form or another ranging from light. In fact. gas or petroleum remained entombed in Earth’s crustal rock. deep aquifers today. would have seeped deep into the ground to accumulate in vast pools. Sophisticated spectrographic analysis has detected hydrocarbons in the atmosphere of many major planets and many large moons. a moon nearly the size of Mars that circles Saturn. where Earth is a water planet with streams. Those great pools of oil. The oil deposits deep in Earth’s crust betray the unarticulated truth that this planet once passed through a phase like that which persists on Titan today. ancient history. lake. Titan is an oil planet with streams. We have learned that hydrocarbons are present almost everywhere in the solar system. . not just on Earth. lakes. just as water concentrates in great. condensed hydrocarbons fall in droplet from clouds of methane rather than water as on Earth. like naphtha. If not there. At some time in Earth’s long. Data suggests that the atmosphere of this planet-sized moon is composed primarily of hydrocarbons in one form or another. Some of the heavier oils — some almost tar-like — were deposited in layers and then buried in seismic events.

Scientists mocked and criticized his theory on the strength of their conviction that hydrocarbons existed nowhere else in the solar system but on Earth. why assume that oil elsewhere — on Earth. Once again. even though the newest evidence seems to suggest another source for Earth’s hydrocarbons. as some charged. However. we persist in teaching a fabrication. perpetuate this absurd fiction. no one in the orthodox scientific or scholastic community speaks or writes of it. Modern myths cling to life Ironically. paleontology and astronomy intended to “educate” the young. Indeed. then it stands to reason that the same likelihood holds true for Earth. there is still no re-evaluation of his theories forthcoming from establishment science. now that the recently discovered evidence supports Velikovsky’s early assertion. we see the establishment academia clinging like grim death to an absolute myth! Immanual Velikovsky. the latest textbooks written and used by academia in classes on geology. Even the best telescopes did little to reveal the conditions that truly existed on other planets.5 The environment on most other planets — most notably the gaseous giants — is far too harsh to support any life. a fraud. might it be that Earth’s hydrocarbon deposits originated in the same way as those others? Of course. Such criticism was rather persuasive then since mankind knew so little about other worlds. based on ancient eyewitness accounts of fire falling from the . Although the truth is as plain as the nose on our collective face. when errant planets in our solar system passed devastatingly close to the Earth. He asserted that hydrocarbons are plentiful in the atmospheres of other planets. the only logical answer is yes! If it is impossible that hydrocarbons found elsewhere in the solar system are the byproducts of life. as in the days of Copernicus and Galileo. So. much less generate anything approaching the quantity needed to produce massive amounts of hydrocarbons. for example — came exclusively from life? This beg the question: Since there are massive amounts of hydrocarbons elsewhere in the solar system. Velikovsky’s theory was not just a lucky guess. speculated over 50 years ago that hydrocarbons were introduced into the Earth’s atmosphere anciently. the author of Worlds in Collision. but within historic times.

as in the Book of Mormon. mixing their volatile atmospheres with our own. For more essays from this series: http://mormonprophecy. today’s science textbooks parrot the same tired myth of yesteryear. videos.blogspot.6 sky and burning over the ground when one or more of those planets passed perilously close to the Earth.com/ Your questions or comments are welcome: anthonyelarson@gmail. But it was not. Given recent evidence. the orthodox myth of crude oil’s origin in ancient biomass should have been dispelled immediately. The answer to why this old tradition was not summarily dismissed and why science refuses to reconsider Velikovsky’s theory reveals much about our culture and our intransigence — something Book of Mormon prophets would have called “stiffneckedness. but they did not. either completely ignoring the evidence for the truth or viciously attacking it with spurious logic and an utter absence of common sense. Not only do we see evidence of this time and again in the biblical record. newsletters and published books exploring this material in depth: http://www. they continue to embrace the myth in the face of all evidence to the contrary. they seldom relinquish the myth — ‘impartial’ scientists and ‘truth-seeking’ religionists included.com/ For online classes. Indeed. Likewise. The success of Velikovsky’s predictions regarding the existence of extraterrestrial hydrocarbons should have caused the scientific and scholarly institutions to reassess their scathing criticisms of the good doctor’s other theories. Instead. once mankind entered the space age.com .mormonprophecy. it appears that Velikovsky was actually more accurate than his detractors. so it is with religion. Whenever people who have embraced a myth are confronted by truth. we see it all around us today.” As it is with science.

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