It is my
contention that there may be more to this world than meets
have no psychic ability whatsoever. If there is an
Invisible World, then I am not the one seeing it.
Therefore I have no choice but to use the only two powers
available to me... Logic and Observation... to
figure out what is going on. In other words, I am no
different than the next guy. I am in the same boat as
boats, I wish to use the Titanic Disaster, a
story we are all familiar with, to help illustrate what my
book is about. No disaster has been more analyzed and
discussed. What bothers me the most about the sinking
of the Titanic is the sense that there is
something 'weird' about that disaster.
At the inquiry,
Charles Lightoller, the Titanic's surviving
Second Officer, stated:
was the victim of an extraordinary set of circumstances
that could only happen once in a hundred years.
Normally there would have been no problem, but on this
particularly freakish night, everything was against us."
Once in a
hundred years, eh?
Given that I am
a Logical person with an understanding of statistics, I am a
big fan of Probability.
But I am an even bigger fan of Improbability.
Whenever I come across the word 'Extraordinary', I go on
Supernatural Alert. Since Mr. Lightoller suggested the
was highly improbable, I have to ask the question.
the Titanic Disaster meant to be?
unsinkable! God Himself could not sink this ship!!"
In his classic
book Night to Remember, Walter Lord blamed the
Titanic Disaster on a 'terrible
The word 'unsinkable'
rhymes with 'unthinkable'. And yet the ship
I live my life
by two rules, Realistic and Mystic.
To me, 'unsinkable'
means that, Realistically speaking, based on Mr. Lightoller's estimate, there
was a small 'one in a
hundred' chance something would go wrong. Most people
would have pegged it closer to one in a million, but let us
To me, 'unthinkable'
means that, Mystically speaking, some things are meant to
happen no matter how remote the odds.
Realistic set of Rules says that if I drive too fast in
traffic, I am more likely to have an accident. My
Mystic set of Rules say that some things are meant to be no
matter what precautions I take. So I am always
careful, but when something happens that makes no sense, I
assume it must be Fate. I go about my
life assuming I have Free Will, but I have also learned
to accept that some things happen for a reason.
In my book, I
discuss the theory of Cosmic Stupidity.
What is 'Cosmic Stupidity'? Think 'Divine
Inspiration', then flip it 180°.
If it is true that Fate plays a part in our lives, then I
believe it is possible our common sense can be suspended
at certain key points in our life. I will use the
Titanic disaster to make my point.
One of the
reasons people are fascinated with the Titanic
Disaster is the freak nature of the accident. First
of all, the ship was considered unsinkable. Second,
the ship had to hit the iceberg at a near impossible angle
to expose a small, yet fatal weakness. Third, what
were the odds of hitting an iceberg in the middle of
As it turns out,
the chances of the Titanic hitting some rogue
iceberg were not as remote as it may seem. The
Titanic was approaching a heavily-reported ice field. In
fact, just three days prior to the Titanic
Disaster, there was a major collision in the same area. On the night of
April 11, 1912, an ocean liner named Niagara
slammed straight into an iceberg in the icy north Atlantic.
Passengers above were thrown from their chairs.
Passengers below rushed in terror to the deck.
Although the ship's bow was badly buckled, no one was hurt.
The ship limped onwards to reach New York in safety.
This event took place in the exact same ice field that the
Titanic was approaching.
On the same
evening as the Titanic disaster, a ship named the Californian
was heading west on a course near to the Titanic.
In the evening twilight, there was barely enough light left
for Captain Stanley Lord to spot the ice field. Captain Lord
ordered the helm hard right and the engines full astern.
The ship's head swung rapidly to the right, but it was
late. The ship entered the loose margins of
the ice field, but was unharmed. Shaken by the near
miss, Lord decided to stop and wait until morning to proceed
the bridge, Lord saw a ship's light to the east. His
fellow officers also saw the ship's lights
approaching. Captain Lord went to the wireless room to
find out if there were any ships in the area. Operator Evans informed Captain Lord that he did: “only the
Titanic.” A warning was sent at 07:30 pm, but it
Indeed, on the
day of the disaster, the Titanic received
iceberg warnings from five different ships: the Caronia,
the Athenia, the Amerika, the Californian,
and the Mesaba.
At 09:00 am,
Titanic received the first ice warning
from Caronia. Captain Smith of the
Titanic acknowledged he had received the warning
and posted it for his officers
At 01:42 pm,
Captain Smith received a warning from the Greek ship
Athenia that she was passing ice bergs and large
quantities of field ice. This warning was also acknowledged by
Smith. However, the later warnings from the
Amerika, the Mesaba, and the
Californian either never reached Captain Smith or he
was too busy to acknowledge them.
Even if the
three later warnings never reached Captain Smith, he still
has no excuse.
Over the past four days,
21 radio warnings
from ships. Each report stated
clearly there was a deadly
ice field directly
in the ship's path.
officers knew full well there was danger
out there. But did they stop or
slow down??? No.
The ice wall
that stopped Captain Lord and the Californian
was ominous indeed. There were so many icebergs that
to attempt to sail through them was akin to walking through
a mine. Later research
indicated the Titanic did not make it to
the heart of the ice field, but rather hit an iceberg at the very edge. In other
words, the Titanic never had a chance of
getting through at night. There were too many obstacles.
The irony becomes even more intense when one realizes the
iceberg warning from the Amerika earlier in
the day was sent from practically the same spot where the
This blatant disregard for safety cannot be explained in any
One can assume that Captain Smith
put great faith in the ability of his spotters to detect
looming danger... but why would he do that? Captain Edward
Smith was an experienced sailor who about to
retire. However, Smith was persuaded to stick around to take the
Titanic on its maiden voyage.
Captain Smith should have known how difficult it was to spot
a giant iceberg in the dead of night. Or,
at the very
least, Smith should have slowed down. One would think
given the numerous iceberg warnings by wireless over the
previous few days, Smith would proceed cautiously.
what did Captain Smith do? Did he stop the ship as night
approached? No. Did he slow the ship
down? No. The conclusion of the official British
inquiry said the Titanic was going much too
fast for these conditions.
The only precaution Smith took was post two men at the front of the ship.
One of the watchman, a man named Frederick Fleet, survived
to tell his story. He reported being frantic with
worry. As he peered desperately into the murky darkness, he
understood clearly the safety of the ship depended on him.
But he couldn't see a thing in the gloom!! And why was
that? There was no moon on the night the Titanic
hit the iceberg.
Experienced sailors report that in dark conditions a
ship can come as close as a quarter of a mile - 440 yards -
before spotting an iceberg and still escape. The Titanic
lookouts did better than that. Evidence
suggests the Titanic lookouts spotted the
iceberg at a distance of 500 yards away. But that
still wasn't good enough due to the ship's speed.
moonless night and the ice field conditions that Smith had
been warned of, the darkness eliminated any realistic chance
of spotting an iceberg from a distance. Therefore, it was foolhardy to
be moving so fast. In fact, the ship's speed was
Titanic was sailing at 22 knots that night, a pretty
fast clip. If the men were to spot an iceberg at 440
yards away, at the speed they were moving there was not
enough time to avoid the obstacle. At 22 knots,
the giant ship would have needed 850 yards to stop.
is one thing to have a slim margin for error, but these
calculations show the Titanic never had a
chance. Captain Smith disregarded warnings, he failed
to slow down, and he had no business sailing at night.
And yet they say he was an experienced sailor. Hmm.
In The Night Lives On, Walter Lord's follow-up
book about the Titanic, Lord wrote:
"Captain Smith was aware of the ice
ahead. He did not slow down because he was sure
that on this clear night any iceberg could be spotted in
time to avoid it. In reaching that decision, Smith did
not feel that he was doing anything rash. He was
following the practice of all captains on the Atlantic
Although we will
never know what Captain Smith was thinking, his
decisions make no sense. One Captain stopped rather than
risk his ship; another maintained a reckless speed. In
certain situations, some people have judgment; some don't.
The officers on the
bridge were quite aware of the fact that they would coming
up on ice. So why would an experienced shipmaster like
Edward Smith deliberately put his ship in harm's way by
speeding through an ice field known to contain giant
icebergs AT NIGHT?
Some people might say Arrogance was the
reason, but I have a different suggestion.
What is the difference between Real
Stupidity and Cosmic Stupidity? It is the same thing
as Ordinary and Extra-ordinary. When someone does dumb
things all the
time, we assume he is Ordinarily very stupid. But when
a Captain with 50 years of naval experience behaves in a colossally stupid way, you have to sit back and wonder
about this. Does Smith deserve the benefit of
doubt? His lack of caution seems very
My theory of
Cosmic Stupidity says that at certain key points
in our life, our common sense becomes temporarily paralyzed.
I understand this is a controversial theory and I also
understand I have no way to prove it. However, I do
have Captain Smith.
Captain Smith is
the poster boy for Cosmic Stupidity.
Yes, he made a terrible miscalculation and thereby goes down
in history as the idiot responsible for the most
famous blunder in maritime history. But has it ever crossed
your mind that his judgment might have been suspended by
In other words,
if there is such a thing as 'Fate', then there has to
be a mechanism by which it works. If the Titanic
was meant to hit an iceberg, why not persuade Captain Smith
to behave in a totally irrational manner?
did not slow down because he was sure that on this clear
night any iceberg could be spotted in time to avoid it.
In reaching that decision, Smith did not feel that he
was doing anything rash.'
Furthermore, could there be a
darker reason why Smith never received the last three
warnings? What if the Titanic wireless operator was
also a victim of Cosmic Stupidity?
How do we explain why Captain Smith had
no idea how badly he had miscalculated the difficulty of
seeing an iceberg at night? How do we explain why the
wireless operator neglected to warn Captain Smith of dire
Looking at it this way,
both Captain Smith and the wireless operator may have been blinded. If so, blinded by
whom? Blinded by Fate? Smith's behavior was
when viewed from a Realistic standpoint, but when seen from a
totally different 'Mystic' perspective, Cosmic
Stupidity might turn out to be the best explanation
Much of our
lives is utterly predictable, Ho-hum Ordinary on a day to day
basis. But once in a while something happens that
is so unlikely we have to take a step back and ask ourselves
if we really know what is going on in this world.
Sometimes things happen that defy our Reality-testing
equipment to the degree that maybe it is time
to look at things in a different way. I speak here of
the concept known as
I believe that
when something 'Improbable' occurs, it may have a far deeper meaning
than we realize. Could a Coincidence
serve as evidence that the events of Man are being manipulated
behind the scenes by the Cosmos?
these are no longer the days when miraculous events such as
the parting of the Red Sea are commonplace, at least not to
my knowledge. I think everyone
would agree it would be a lot easier to accept the existence
of God if Jesus would reappear to walk on water or
raise some new people from the dead. Since modern
miracles are few and far between, in my search for evidence
of God's existence, I have settled on mysterious
coincidences and improbable events as my next best bet.
So what exactly
do I consider a Coincidence to be? Here
is a good example.
In 1898, Morgan Robertson wrote a book
titled Futility. The
subtitle was The Wreck of the Titan.
The similarities in this book to the
actual wreck of the Titanic are uncanny. In the fictional version
as well as the actual event, both ships
struck an iceberg in the middle of the
fictional collision and the actual collision took
at midnight in mid-April.
Robertson's Titan disaster took place
400 miles from
disaster took place 400 miles from
In the book, since the Titan was
considered unsinkable, it carried far too
few lifeboats, "as
few as the law allowed."
that sound familiar?
book, more than half of
the Titan's 2500
In real life, more than half
passengers and crew died.
Morgan Robertson was a well-known writer of short
stories, Robertson became deeply
frustrated when no one would publish his
latest book. The rejection letters all said
the same thing.
but no one will
ever believe this story."
publication date is correct. The actual Titanic sinking took place in 1912.
Robertson wrote his book 14 years
prior to the actual event.
Does the story
of Morgan Robertson's 'Titan' prove anything? No, of course not. But
I think most people will agree this story is weird.
Morgan Robertson was able to describe with startling
accuracy the most famous maritime disaster in history 14
years before it took place. On the surface the
Robertson story makes a case for the existence of
Precognition. However, as it stands, Precognition
currently belongs in the realm of Pseudo Science.
such as this story
give us a compelling reason to be open-minded because they
hint at a paradigm in direct contradiction to our existing
view of Reality.
So who is
right... the tough-minded, skeptical scientist or the person
who wonders if there might be more to this world than meets
Ultimately it is
up to the Reader to reach their own conclusion.