Reading the UM has been extremely interesting to me. Reading the earth system chapters, in particular, reminded me of taking a peek at these topics from heaven’s point of view- (seeing things the way they really are).
When I was young, I was fascinated by dinosaurs, fossils, volcanos, glaciers, redwoods, etc. The explanations I found in books, at school, and from watching Tv, seemed to be at odds with things I was taught at church and from family. Additionally, many of these explanations didn’t seem all that believable (Wood turning to stone over millions of years?, Man evolving from apes?). When college was approaching, I looked forward to learning the “real truth” of these matters. I wrongly assumed that college had all the answers. Unfortunately, the geology, biology, and physics classes I took my first year, taught many explanations I couldn’t really understand. At the time, I thought I was just not capable of understanding these things (not smart enough). In fact, it seemed like I hadn’t made any progress at all, on these topics I was interested in- so I kind of gave up on them.
Years later I was given an opportunity to read several chapters of the UM. Some of the chapters dealt with the topics above. The UM was filled with explanations that were intuitive, understandable, and believable. There were lots of simple experiments that just about anyone could do themselves if they wanted their own verification. I started realizing that it wasn’t that I was not smart enough to understand the sciences; it was that I was being given explanations from scientific sources, that are not true. An untruth can be memorized, but in my experience, can’t really be understood.
A pattern started becoming apparent to me- for instance, if a theory used words like “millions of years”, this was probably another way for the theory’s proponents to say- they didn’t really know how it works, and can’t show you evidence or any experiments to justify their theory. It also started to occur to me that some of the major theories are over 100 years old- shouldn’t the theory have been verified and be considered a “Law” by now? Trying to understand some of the seemingly illogical ideas in the Theory of Relativity (light being both a particle and a wave, black holes, time dilation,…) felt like “brain damage” to me. It is very comforting to know that it was not me that was off-course, it was the theory.
I recommend the UM to anyone and everyone who is interested to know more about this extremely fascinating and wonderful world we live in.
Wade C. Kohlhase, Commercial and agricultural real estate owner, investor, USA