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1. Glaciations, Biologic Crises and Supernovae [Catastrophism Geology $]
... special interest for the geologic past. Many biologists (e.g. Woodwell, 1963), however, suggest that a very long radiation of low dosage could have serious implications in biology due to the accumulation of damage in the genes of successive generations. The biologic effects of ionising radiation do not become apparent at once. It depends not only on intensity and ... invoke such perturbations as causes of the biologic crises; they are not necessarily of a global scale and could at most influence the development of a few species or groups. Recent biological and ecological studies show that the role of the environment, sensu stricto, has been grossly overestimated and that biologic evolution is mostly related to genetic factors. If a cause-and-effect relationship ... not as a rule produce the same biologic effect. Unfortunately, very few data are available on the longterm effects, which are of special interest for the geologic past. Many biologists (e.g. Woodwell, 1963), however, suggest that a very long radiation of low dosage could have serious implications in biology due to the accumulation of damage in the ...
2. The Science of Evolution (Part I) [Kronos $]
... us of such recent developments as: "In December 1980, the American Anthropological Association passed overwhelmingly a resolution declaring evolution to be "the best scientific explanation of human and non-human biology and the key to understanding the origin and development of life". "In Toronto, Canada, at the 1981 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science ... four scientists physicist Rolf M. Sinclair of the National Science Foundation; William G. Mayer, director of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study in Boulder, Colorado; Milton K. Munitz of the City University of New York; and Smithsonian Institute scientist Porter M. Kierall spoke on the issue of the creation-evolution controversy. Shock was expressed at what the creationists are ... from the California State Board of Education, but he does discuss its 1969 guidelines on science teaching. What he does not even mention are the detailed attacks on Darwinism by European biologists. Quite characteristic of the American tradition of evolutionary biology is its studied ignoring of European work when it runs counter to uniformitarianism and Darwinism. Before examining Stansfield's very American conception of ...
3. The Science of Evolution (Concluded) [Kronos $]
... dismiss Lamarokians of the micro sort. Lamarckism has had its back broken so many times that this is less newsworthy than evidence that the back is healed. THE COLD WAR IN BIOLOGY In our effort to determine what, if anything, the science of evolution can be, we are also trying to provide a bit of a European perspective, which most discussions ... of fossils)." In a book of 600 pages, 18 are devoted to paleontology- the bare minimum necessary to acknowledge (but not discuss) the non-uniformitarian dimension of biological history. These even include one candid admission of the necessity of resorting to a cataclysm to protect evolution against the creationists: "During the Cambrian Period there suddenly appeared representatives of ... by the accidents of extinction. However, this does not absolve those who claim that uniformitarian biological evolution is a scientifically established reality, that is explained and confirmed by generations of biologists practicing a rigorous science of evolution, from providing sequential details. This is not an illegitimate request, because Stansfield himself extols evolutionary creativity with italics and double exclamation marks. After ...
4. Can organisms direct their evolution? [Science Frontiers Website]
... the biological community 'got locked into its belief that an organism cannot control its own mutation.' Furthermore, Cairns' claims recall the long battle with Lamarckism, a subject that biology has closed-the-book-on. In a nutshell, Lamarckism has been interred since the 1950s, and 'Nobody wants to give the appearance of straying from the neoDarwinism fold.' Gillis goes on ... bacterial mutations might occur more often when beneficial." The above quotation is the lead paragraph in a long BioScience article that details the consternation Cairns' results have created in the biological community. The problem that biology-as-a-discipline has is that it has deified a paradigm: neo-Darwinism. Now, neo-Darwinism is supported by many experiments showing that some mutations are indeed random. ... some recent experiments supporting those of Cairns. But, impressive though these may be, there have been neo-Darwinian explanations for some of the results. Even so, more and more biologists are now willing to accept at least the possibility of non random mutation of bacteria. But, in the end, all participants in the debate recognize a great void: There ...
... widespread diluvial catastrophes. Yet up to the very end of his long professional career, he thought of himself primarily as a geneticist devoted to forging an exact, experimental science of biology. Nilsson's name is not unknown to students of Earth in Upheaval. But Velikovsky had nothing to say about Heribert Nilsson's theory of "emication". One reason for the omission ... thing, complex organisms are quite another. Yet Nilsson never hedges, and he himself asks "how these complexes have obtained such a constitution that they have become able to function biologically to produce vital organisms". His answer is as improbable as that of Darwin. Indeed, methodologically, it is Darwin's answer- natural selection among vast numbers of random combinations ... layers from several hundreds of millions of years, shows that no calm evolution can be read into the text, neither from a stratigraphical nor a palaeobiological viewpoint. Violent revolutions, biological cataclysms, must have happened at least sometimes. (p. 1211) The catastrophism of Nilsson is even more destructive than that of Velikovsky, and some of what Velikovsky reports ...
6. CHAOS AND CREATION: Bibliography [Quantavolution Website]
... and Jackson, London. Thom, Alexander (1967), Megalithic Sites in Britain, Clarendon Press, Oxford. Thom, René (1968), "Topological Models in Biology," Topology, No. 2.---- (1977), "Catastrophe Theory," 270 Nature, 658, and (1977) 270, letters ... , 276-8. Clark, D. H., W. H. McCrea& F. R. Stephenson (1977), "Frequency of Nearby Supernovae and Climatic and Biological Catastrophe," 265 Nature, 318-9. Clark, G. W. (1977), "X-Ray Stars in Globular Clusters," 237 Scientific American No. 4 ( ... Solar System," in The Solar System, W. H. Freemann, San Francisco, 3-11. Salop, L. J. (1977), "Glaciations, Biologic Crises and Supernovae," 2 Catastrophist Geology, No. 2 (December), 22- 41. Sanford, Fernando (1931), Terrestrial Electricity, Stanford U. ...
7. HOMO SCHIZO I: Chapter 2: MECHANICS OF HUMANIZATION [Quantavolution Website]
... . We must look into these possibilities more closely. But before we do so, I ought to stress the importance of natural catastrophes as a background and source of quantavolutions in biology. ANCIENT CATASTROPHES Legends everywhere carry stories of great numbers of people reduced to a few survivors. They are obsessive tales, repeated continuously over thousands of years. Psychiatrists will readily ... known mechanism directs a long string of slight modifications in the germ plasm. Even if we were to concede that the jump from hominid to human were only apparently large but was biologically small, human genesis would admittedly be a hologenetic occurrence; when it occurred, hominid life changed drastically; it speciated. BRAIN SPECIALIZATION Nor can humanization wait upon a slowly evolving ... " around "sociogenic processes," treating mainly of endocrinology [6. The bio-social movement may help quantavolution much, because of the intense scrutiny it gives to the logically necessary biological and social interface where the great change of humanization had to occur. The endocrinal system, especially the adrenal cortex, is stimulated by stress and establishes counter-stresses in the organism. ...
8. Personal Notes [Pensee]
... Pennsylvania. However, I do plan to continue with what spare time I have to investigate the biological implications of your theories. Most sincerely, Kimball S. Erdman Professor of Biology Slippery Rock State College Pennsylvania August 26, 1972 Dear Dr. Velikovsky, At the Symposium in Portland a biologist, whose name I cannot recall, questioned some of the precepts ... and Clark College as an Invited Scholar. Most likely you will remember me as the biologist in the last session, Friday evening, who brought up some problems relative to the biological implications of your overall theory. Because of the limits of time, I did not have the opportunity to explain clearly enough the points I raised. I am afraid that some ... have misunderstood. For many years I have been very disenchanted with the current theories of evolution as well as those dealing with fossilization, extinction, geological processes, etc. Other biologists have argued at length with me basing their position on the claim that there is no other possible alternative. They, of course, object to individual special creation, and catastrophic ...
9. Bookshelf [SIS C&C Review $]
... fertile idea lay in Dr Callahan's lifelong interest in natural history, coupled with an intensive study of electronics deriving from his war service. Returning after the war to the study of biology- particularly the study of the corn earworm moth- he experienced the Shock of Recognition: "... the shapes and forms of electronic antennas that I had so diligently ... accessible to the general reader. DUBROV is a Soviet biologist, a member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, and his book is the first extensive examination of the biological effects of the GMF to appear in English. It holds particular interest for Velikovskians in view of its author's theories linking geomagnetic reversals with evolutionary change, and a mass of evidence ... even though the experiment had been replicated 160 times!) In over twenty years of investigation the author has amassed a huge amount of experimental data which confirm his suppositions; nevertheless biologists are slow to accept his findings. Of course, very few of them are electronics experts (just as few astronomers are familiar with ancient history!); Dr Callahan points ...
10. Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution [Aeon Journal $]
... has become known as neo-Darwinism, sometimes referred to as the Modern Synthesis. But despite all these efforts, there were still schisms and arguments, and the powerful sub-discipline of molecular biology had not yet been born that would call the whole shebang into doubt. In 1972 Niles Eldredge and Stephen Jay Gould introduced Punctuated Equilibrium as an alternative to phyletic gradualism amidst much ... identified the basis for it. And yet, Behe commented, "Science has made enormous progress in understanding how the chemistry of life works, but the elegance and complexity of biological systems at the molecular level have paralyzed science's attempt to explain their origins." Further, and perhaps most significantly, Behe states that "there are compelling reasons-- based ... become a staple in the culinary arts of the new synthesis, [3 despite its being the unacknowledged heir to the fits-and-spurts saltation ideas of Thomas Huxley. In 1979, English biologists Mae-Wan Ho and Peter Saunders posed their own question: "It is now approximately half a century since the neo-Darwinian synthesis was formulated. A great deal of research has been carried ...
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