A Growing Earth?

By Leo Gura - June 28, 2018

Dragonflies have puzzled me for a long time. You see, they used to have a 2 foot wingspan! (Meganeuradae)

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So have pterodactyls. Can you imagine one of these beasts (Quetzalcoatlus) — the size of a giraffe — flying through the air?

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And finally we have the walking giants, like the Patagotitan, larger than a blue whale.

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How could such large creatures exist given Earth’s gravity? And why are there no such large animals at all any more? No mammal, no reptile, no bird, no insect even comes close.

So with that in the back of your mind, now consider this unorthodox idea:

A few more detailed videos if you want to go down the rabbit hole:

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Evidence in favor of a growing Earth:

  • Continent borders seem to line up perfectly at an Earth radius of ~50%.
  • Fossil record of monstrously-sized dinosaurs and insects which seem anatomically impossible given Earth current gravity. Why are all of today’s creatures far smaller than those of the past? This trend is very noticeable with no good explanation. This is easily accounted for by reducing Earth size by ~50% (not just radius but mass too).
  • Why aren’t giant dragonflies still a thing? We still have dragonflies today. What is stopping them from growing 2 foot long? Other animals which used to be giant-sized, like giant sharks and giant crocodiles, are also now small. Why?
  • It seems that ancient fossils are only found on land. No ancient fossils are found in the oceans.
  • Dating of the sea floor shows it to be extremely young. The oldest sea floor is only 180 million years old and much of it is newer. There is no billion year old sea floor rock.
  • Stretch marks seem to radiate outward as if the Earth was a slowly inflating balloon.
  • The theory of plate tectonics is less than 100 years old. It was extremely controversial when first proposed, and rejected by most geologists. It only became accepted by scientific consensus in the 1960’s. And to this day the theory contains inconsistencies.
  • Plate tectonics and continental drift theory would have us believe that continents slide and rotate around almost randomly, which looks absurd and nonsensical. Why would continents float around and rotate?
  • It makes little sense why Pangaea would form on the early Earth. Why would the Earth be so lopsided, with 1/3rd solid continents and the other 2/3rds solid ocean? It makes more sense that the distribution of land and water on the early Earth was uniform.
  • There is no strong empirical evidence of subduction (land sliding back inside the Earth’s core). No good theory as to why subduction would happen given the density of the underlying rock.
  • Evidence for spreading ocean floor is much more significant than evidence for subducting ocean floor. The notion of subduction could easily just be a cop-out hypothesis designed to save the otherwise nonsensical theory of plate tectonics.
  • Newly discovered ringwoodite in the Earth’s core contains more locked-in water than the entire surface of the Earth! There is literally enough water in the Earth’s core to refill all the Earth’s oceans several times over. Think about that. This makes it much more plausible that the oceans leaked out from inside the core over millions of years. Like slowly squeezing a lemon.
  • The moon, Mars, Europa, Ganymede show similar kinds of stretch marks and signs of growth.
  • There is zero direct empirical evidence of what’s inside the Earth’s core, only vague guesses. Scientists assume they know, but that is merely inference, which can easily turn out wrong. Since scientists have never directly observed the deep inner core of any planet, their models of what’s really going on inside are mostly just speculation, which could turn out to be wildly inaccurate. It’s conceivable that even if the core was hollow, it would be very difficult for scientists to discover that without actually going there.
  • There is zero direct empirical evidence of Pangaea, or how the continents moved, or how they were arranged hundreds of millions of years ago. There are just vague extrapolations based on prevailing continental drift theory, which is precisely the thing being called into question.
  • If the Earth used to be smaller, as it grows bigger, its rotation speed will have to slow down to conserve angular momentum. It is well known that the rotation of the Earth has been slowing down, with days getting longer.

Crazy? True?

I can’t say for sure, but it is an intriguing idea that’s just unorthodox enough to slip under the radar of the mainstream scientific establishment. It’s just the kind of idea that a closedminded academic would dismiss as “pseudoscience” due to lack of understanding of epistemology and how paradigms work.

The reason I’m presenting this idea isn’t to get you to buy into a conspiracy theory, but to jostle your worldview and get you to really question what you think you know about reality. What do you really know for sure? I want you to start to notice how giant discoveries can lurk right under your nose, hidden in plain sight. Even if this theory turns out to be false, others like it may not. Most people assume that modern science is so advanced that there’s just no room for massive blindspots. This is not the case. It’s important to start to see that science is much more messy and complex than people are taught. The cutting edge of science is always wrestling with questions of how to properly interpret the data, which anomalies are worth taking seriously and which are not.

Of course the whole trick here is how do you distinguish between science vs pseudoscience? How do you distinguish between a promising new theory vs a crackpot conspiracy theory? Well… the key point is that it’s not as easy as you’ve been led to believe. All knowledge is nontrivial. There never was a clear demarcation between truth and falsehood, fact and fiction, data and theory. You only assumed there was.

So for all you Jurassic Park fans, consider the possibility that if dinosaurs were genetically birthed in a lab today, they would fall dead under their own weight.

My goal here is not to make you feel convinced, but you make you feel doubtful about what you know.

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