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In the middle two hours of Tuesday's show, science journalist Michael Tennesen , who has written more than 300 stories in such journals as Discover, Scientific American, Audubon, and Smithsonian, discussed the history of mass extinction on Earth and why a growing number of scientists agree we are headed toward an extinction event, perhaps in as little as 300 years. Such factors as climate change, disease, and soil erosion are pushing us into the sixth great extinction event on Earth, he reported. But the main reason behind our looming extinction is the massive growth in population-- in 1 A.D. we had 300 million people, in 1800 we had a billion, and today, we have 7 billion, with a projected 10 or 11 billion by the end of the this century, he cited.
99.99% of all creatures on Earth have gone extinct-- "extinction is just a natural part of the process. The average mammal lasts about a million years, the average plant lasts about 10 million years," Tennesen noted. But in the aftermath of an extinction, like the huge volcanic eruption which occurred at Krakatoa in the 1880s, the jungle has come back almost fully to the area, as well as at Chernobyl, where packs of wolves are thriving, he outlined.
A lot of evidence points to the idea that another species could eventually overtake us. Genetic alterations might lead to a superior race, evolution in isolated areas could yield superior beings, or artificial intelligence could surpass humanity, he detailed. Humanity could fade out like the neanderthals did, Tennesen continued, with another species arising that is possibly more intelligent, adaptable, and ecological than us.
Neanderthals & Humans:
First hour guest, 'forbidden archaeologist' Michael Cremo reacted to the news that modern humans interbred with neanderthals in Europe. The fact that neanderthals were able to mate with modern humans suggests they were really not a separate species, but just another kind of human, he remarked. There are living humans who have large bony eyebrow ridges above their eye sockets that are similar to neanderthals, he noted. Also, neanderthal behavior which included cooking food, and burial rituals for the dead, shows a great similarity to humans, he added.
Blast from the Past:
This week, our two free audio clips are from five years ago, June 2010, when researcher and author Steve Quayle discussed the testimony of witnesses to giants that were at least 10 ft. tall, and investigative journalist Jim Marrs talked about economic conspiracies and how the US is a "zombie nation" because citizens and the country itself are trillions of dollars in debt.
Today in Strangeness:
On this date in 1947, pilot Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine UFOs over Mount Rainier, which he described as like "saucers skipping over the water." His sighting kicked off the modern UFO era and led the press to coin the phrase 'flying saucers.' 50 years later on June 24, 1997, the U.S. Air Force issued a 231-page report dismissing the long-standing claims of an ET crash near Roswell, New Mexico. They suggested that recovered bodies were not those of aliens but crash test dummies used in parachute experiments.
Tonight's Show, Wednesday, June 24th:
First Half: Ghosthunter and paranormal researcher David L. Sloan founded one of North America's first ghost tours in Key West, Florida. He has South Florida's largest collection of haunted objects, studied Santeria and Voodoo, and has dealt first-hand with dark entities and spirit possession. He'll discuss his relationship with Robert the Haunted Doll, and the haunted history of Key West.
2nd Half: British astronomer and science writer David Darling will comment on the latest news from space including the lights on Ceres, asteroids, Planet X, giant solar flares, as well as the Large Hadron Collider, and advances in artificial intelligence.