When I drive to work on Thursday mornings, I am always in the car when Sky Watch comes on. Sky Watch is an incredibly nerdy (sometimes painfully so) NPR program that airs for about 5 minutes during Morning Edition. It is hosted by two total science geeks (aka science professionals) who discuss the latest news and entertainment in the world of astronomy and other space related disciplines, or whatever.
This past Thursday, they were discussing the great search for remains of the asteroid that scientists believe is responsible for wiping out the dinosaurs. It was kind of interesting, as most Sky Watch segments tend to be.
Whenever I hear people discussing dinosaurs and the obliteration of the dino world, I can’t help but wonder if the dinosaurs were frightened. I know that scientifically they likely did not have brains big enough or complex enough to process emotions like fear, but if they hypothetically could feel fear, would they have been scared in the moments leading up to the destruction of their species? I guess what I’m wondering is, let’s say Terra Nova (awful show? I haven’t seen it.) is based on fact. Humans and dinosaurs are living together on this crazy thing we call Earth. An asteroid is coming, presumably one large enough to wipe out dino and humankind through a combination of initial impact and aftereffects. Humans would be freaking the fuck out. Would the dinosaurs be racing around like chickens with their heads cut off, buying up all the toilet paper they can get their hands on, because judging by the supermarket in the days leading up to a hurricane or bad snow storm that’s what you do in a disaster? Or would they be all, “chill humans, chill. Ain’t no big thing.” And we’d be like “Yes, this is a big thing, dinosaurs. And when shit hits the fan, there will be no room for you in my bomb shelter.” I mean, do they even manufacture bomb shelters big enough to hold a dinosaur? I doubt it.
What I’m saying is, I think I’ve really keyed in to what Sky Watch is trying to get us non-science types to think about.