• Osaka


Regarding Jeff Ogrisseg’s Nov. 22 article “Our growing Earth?” and related articles: I am extremely disappointed in The Japan Times’ decision to run a nearly two-page spread on the scientifically bereft growing Earth hypothesis. Ogrisseg’s credulous account of this hypothesis uses the same old tired technique wielded by supporters of intelligent design and the antivaccination crowd: Take an issue that has solid scientific support, find a few people who disagree and announce that there is a “controversy” in the scientific community.

Richard Fortey’s book “Earth: An Intimate History” is excellent reading on this subject. The growing Earth theory, on the other hand, predicts nothing and its explanations are dubious at best. It cannot even answer what should be its most central question: Where is all this new mass coming from?

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