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How do we know that "Jurassic" pollution wasn't worse than our current human pollution? Just because it is "old" does that make it "true" or better? Most of the species that have ever lived are extinct....

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 10, 2012 at 1:56 AM

Why do many people thing that "old" is better? Yes, we cause pollution, but there have been many forms of "natural" pollution that have destroyed 98% of all life that has ever existed on the planet.

How do we know that "pink salt" doesn't contain "ancient poisons"? So called Dinosaurs were "successful" for 200 million years or so..and they are gone...disasters?, pollution?....natural, disasterous pollution?.....locked in ancient seas, salts, and rocks...

"Natural" doesn't mean much. Arsenic is natural.

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on January 10, 2012
at 03:51 AM

Is this a joke? "natural pollution" that destroyed 98% of life hmmmmmmmmmm...you must have had a different text book and prof than I did. And yes arsenic is natural and it does have it's uses for things other than dietary.

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on January 10, 2012
at 03:35 AM

Bong water! I used plain water. So that's why my Sea Monkeys never turned into astrophysicists...

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on January 10, 2012
at 02:44 AM

I've found that if someone actually does fall for the "old is better" fallacy, they're usually corrected in short order. This question sounds like yet another tilt at that tired strawman.

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on January 10, 2012
at 02:42 AM

I've found that on the rare occasion that someone actually does fall for the "old is better" fallacy, they get correct swiftly. This question sounds like a tired strawman to me, but maybe I've been at this too long :|

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on January 10, 2012
at 02:24 AM

Really, I'm not sure what you're asking. Maybe re-frame your question so it has relevance to Paleo thinking (which is not simply "older is better").

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3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on January 10, 2012
at 02:19 AM

Well, I'm pretty sure most people here aren't conflating "natural" with "paleo." The idea isn't "it's 'natural' so load up on it" -- if folks here felt that way, this would be the Thirty Bananas A Day site and not PaleoHacks.

The idea here is that whatever kept our ancestors healthy is likely to improve our health, too. Arsenic ain't on that list.

On third thought, I'm not really sure what you're asking. Are you asking if people here believe these things, or are you complaining that "other people" somewhere else sometimes believe these things (in which case, who cares)? Or are you just announcing that you don't believe these things (in which case, good for you)?

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on January 10, 2012
at 03:20 AM

These conversations were awesome back in college. Get the weed with the funny name, grab the bong and, VOILA!!! Instant astrophysicist.

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on January 10, 2012
at 03:35 AM

Bong water! I used plain water. So that's why my Sea Monkeys never turned into astrophysicists...

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on January 10, 2012
at 02:33 AM

the dinosaurs went extinct when the moon of Nibiru smashed into Tiamut... the result was the upper half becoming Earth and the lower half becoming the asteroid belt between Earth and Mars... ancient Sumerian history or science fiction? I wonder... don't worry Paleo won't make you go extinct...

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