For science, my mom has been having me read a book from our church library entitled Unlocking the Mysteries of Creation by Dennis R. Peterson. In this book, the author clames that civilization is on a downwards decline, not just spiritually, but also technologically. The book clames that to believe that civilizations are advancing in technology is to buy into the evolutionary theory that everything is evolving into something better. The author uses examples like the gigantic ancient pyramids, the huge statues found on Easter Island, and the self air conditioned Myan temples to claim that ancient civilizations were more advanced thousands of years ago than we are today. But is he right? I know that there is some sort of law of physics that says that anything left to itself will deteriorate, but what about something not left to itself? Are the awe-inspiring seven wonders of the world more wondrous than our modern space-age technology? To be honest, I don’t think so. But I would like to hear your opinion on this subject. What really makes a civilization more advanced? Is poverty more rampant now than it was in ancient times? Is our environment on a decline?
One thing that this book did mention that I thought was very interesting was that ancient Myan temples, even to this day, are self air conditioned. Passages are ingeniously designed to allow air traffic through the building, so that even in the hottest days of summer the building stays cool. Now compare that to the truckloads of money we spend on air-conditioning every year. Man, if we could use natural air conditioning, that would alleviate a lot of Al Gore’s problems wouldn’t it?