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The Growing Earth

A remarkable discovery has emerged in astrophysics: key properties of the universe have just the right values to make life possible. Most scientists prefer to explain away this uniqueness, insisting that a number of unseen universes must therefore exist, each randomly different. Astrophysicist Bernard Haisch joined George Knapp in the first half of the show to propose the alternative—that the special properties of our universe reflect an underlying intelligent consciousness.

In the second half of the program, veteran journalist Chris Taylor talked about how the Star Wars franchise has conquered our culture with a sense of lightness and exuberance, while remaining serious enough to influence politics, and spread a spirituality that appeals to religious groups and atheists alike.

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Date: Saturday - August 12, 2006
Host: Art Bell
Guests: Neal Adams

Art chatted with comic book legend Neal Adams about his research on a new model for the Universe and his theory that the Earth is growing. According to Adams, our planet was once only a quarter of its current size, with continents covering most of the world. If one reduces the ocean areas, he explained, the continents fit together perfectly on that smaller globe.

A smaller Earth would also have a corresponding reduction in gravity, Adams proposed. The effect of lower gravity on a smaller planet is what Adams thinks caused the dinosaurs to grow so large. Reduced gravity would not only affect the physical structure of dinosaurs but their movement as well. Dinosaurs had long, down-facing legs and moved more like mammals than contemporary reptiles, Adams noted. This allowed dinosaurs to achieve a speed that would not have been possible under present Earth gravity, he said.

Adams also talked about the physics behind an expanding Earth, citing Carl David Anderson's cosmic ray experiments in which a positron was "created out of nothing." He believes this kind of research shows that matter is in continuous creation in the universe, and helps explain how our planet keeps growing.

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