~ Dr. Chandra Wickramasinghe, August 21, 2014
The Tusk has long loved Chandra Wickramasinghe since I first came across the cool dude in the 90′s. His work with Sir Fred Hoyle – and every report since — is simply wonderful. Chandra and Fred are either the two smartest wrong guys in the history of modern science or the two smartest period.
Chandra made a widely derided contribution to our understanding last year when he identified aquatic diatoms in a meteorite. According to reports this week, one of which I post in part below, his findings are now supported by the collection of marine diatoms from a window of the International Space Station.
I offer two explanations for this news of the weird. Either:
1) Chandra Wickramasinghe detected diatoms in a meteorite in 2013 and is now vindicated in his long standing prediction that such life forms are relatively common in Space, or;
2) Those trickster Russians are deliberately providing false confirmation of Chandra’s kooky claims for unknown reasons.
Allow me to make a predictive claim as well: Public interest in the Russian findings will provoke critics to further defame Wickramasignhe. I can already hear Phil Plait typing. If you do not know of Plait, he is a “science guy” who specializes in the defense of the known. His too popular blogs rule out and frequently deride anything outside 3˚ of understood.
Chris Moore, Andy Ivester and other skeptics of sudden bay formation recently published a beautiful poster detailing their findings and discussing their conclusions. I was impressed and disappointed. Impressed to see thoughtful research into the bay phenomena, disappointed that it ignored our previous published work determining that at least one (and presumably many more) Carolina bays were never lakes.
Here is their poster:
And below is an excerpt from our abstract concerning the nature of the sands in the eponymous “Howard Bay,” and below that our 2007 Acapulco AGU Carolina Bay poster.
Point is, to refute our conclusion that bays formed suddenly by invoking long-lived “lakes,” Moore and Ivestor need to disprove that, 1) Howard Bay is indeed a Carolina bay formed like all others; and/or 2) It was never a lake.
If our poster helped reignite the terrestrial versus or ET causation debate, then the poster’s conclusions should be addressed directly. It seems the best way would be for Moore, Ivestor and team to core Howard Bay themselves and prove a lake once lived there.
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