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1. Thoth Vol. I, No. 17 June 30, 1997 [Thoth Website]
... THOTH -A Catastrophics Newsletter- VOL I, No. 17 June 30, 1997 EDITOR: Michael Armstrong PUBLISHER: Walter Radtke CONTENTS: VELIKOVSKY'S COMET VENUS...David Talbott PLANET'S TAIL OF THE UNEXPECTED...Jeff Hecht RALPH SANSBURY'S GRAVITY...Wal Thornhill GRAVITY NEWS ITEM.... Ian Tresman New URL Section---- Quote of the day: "New opinions are always suspected and usually opposed without any other reason but because they are not already common knowledge." John Locke---- VELIKOVSKY'S COMET VENUS David Talbott (email@example.com) [EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a series of articles on the myth of the comet Venus.In _Worlds in Collision_, Velikovsky noted many tales of disaster and upheaval in which the agent of destruction possesses cometary attributes, even as it is identified with the _planet_ Venus. The anomalous "cometary" traits of Venus in world mythology thus became key pieces of the argument, and the strength of the argument derived from the breadth of sources. ...
2. Gravity and Pterodactyls [Aeon Journal $]
... From: Aeon V:4 (July 1999) Home¦ Issue Contents Gravity and Pterodactyls Mike Twose, from Toronto, Ontario, writes: The article on pterodactyls by Frederic Jueneman [6 appears to be based on the assumption that the gravitational force on the surface of Earth has not changed. There is no proof of this assumption, but there are several indications that it may not be true. While Jueneman's idea of a denser atmosphere might make it a bit easier for the gigantic flying reptiles of the past to get off the ground, it does not help explain the massive creatures that lived underneath it. The Baluchiterium which, according to the zoologist Ivan Sanderson, was the bulkiest animal that ever walked on land, stood about 18 to 20 feet tall at the shoulder. A human would have only been knee-high to it, and there were a lot of other very large creatures around at that time. The Biefield Brown effect shows that gravity depends on the charge of a condenser. (A condenser consists of two conducting surfaces separated by an ...
3. Dark Matter [The Velikovskian $]
... From: The Velikovskian Vol 1 No 2 (1993) Home¦ Issue Contents Dark Matter Charles Ginenthal Just as the medieval astronomers added epicycle after epicycle to Ptolemy's spheres in order to match his geocentric theories with observed planetary movement, so today cosmologists add dark matter to cosmic strings as inflation papering over the yawning crevices in their theory. (1) Nothing so disturbs or infuriates the astronomical community as the concept proposed by Velikovsky, that gravity may not be the only fundamental force governing celestial motion. When Velikovsky proposed this, he asserted a belief that the foundation stone of all astronomical and cosmological thought was in error and brought upon himself unending rage and furor. Velikovsky had questioned that which had always been assumed to be beyond question and settled for all time. Harlow Shapley, nurtured in the Newtonian tradition, expressed his disgust and anger sarcastically because Velikovsky was, apparently, genuinely sorry that I and the likes of me had been misled by Isaac Newton, La Place Lagrange, Simon Newcomb....But it is hard to quarrel with differential equations, ...
4. Ralph Sansbury's Work [SIS Internet Digest $]
... rotation changes suddenly when it intercepts a mass of charged particles hurled from the Sun by a major flare. The rotation asymptotically recovers to its pre-glitch value over a period of months. A rotating charged body has a proportion of its moment of inertia attributable to the charge. Change the charge and you change the moment of inertia. The body speeds up or slows down accordingly. I, and others, have argued that mechanism (2) applies to the Earth and explains (1) best. If Sansbury's electrostatic polarization model of gravity is correct, a change in the electrostatic charge on the Earth's surface will affect the Earth's gravity directly and should show a sudden change followed by an asymptotic return to its former value as the charge leaks away. It may be that the change in G is down in the noise of the experimental determinations. Certainly, the readings would have to be compared from the one laboratory since determinations of G at different laboratories often exhibit inexplicable differences and variations. I am suggesting here a cause of those variations in G and a correlation ...
5. Proof of A Celestial Counterforce to Gravity [The Velikovskian $]
... From: The Velikovskian Vol 1 No 3 (1993) Home¦ Issue Contents Proof of A Celestial Counterforce to Gravity Charles Ginenthal One of the most basic concepts of gravitational theory, as devised by Isaac Newton is that of angular momentum, and, more importantly, the law of conservation of angular momentum. As Carl Sagan stated, "There is one further point about the scientific method that must be made. Not all scientific statements have equal weight. Newtonian dynamics and the laws of conservation of energy and angular momentum have extremely firm footing." (1) The conservation laws required that "[ i n a closed [gravitational system, such as the solar system or an isolated star [system, there is always conservation of [angular momentum." (2) For example, if one of the planets were to approach another closely, accelerating to escape velocity so as to leave the solar system, it would take gravitational energy away with it --in this case, angular momentum. The solar system would have less of this energy and would ...
6. BBC Horizon [SIS Internet Digest $]
... It's a discovery that challenges our understanding of the fundamental laws of physics. [Extracts from the transcript: Narrator: Supernovae would be the key to measuring the expansion of the universe and reveal how it would all end. [...After 5 years of searching Saul and his team had found 42 supernovae. Narrator: They were seeing something quite extraordinary. The supernovae were 20% dimmer than expected. This meant that they were much further away in the universe than they should have been according to the known laws of gravity. Narrator: They could not believe what they were seeing. They knew the universe should be slowing down in its expansion, that gravity should be tugging on it, pulling it in, but they were seeing something that defied the known laws of physics and all their expectations. Narrator: The universe was speeding up, not slowing down. Even though gravity was pulling the universe in somehow the supernovae were still being pushed further away into deepest space. It made no sense. Adam Riess: It's very weird. I ...
7. Is Gravity Necessary? (A Response to Charles Ginenthal's Electro-Gravitic Theory) [Aeon Journal $]
... From: Aeon I:3 (1988) Home¦ Issue Contents Is Gravity Necessary? (A Response to Charles Ginenthal's Electro-Gravitic Theory) Earl Milton In the mid-Twentieth Century when Immanuel Velikovsky wrote the book, Worlds in Collision, the mechanical world view of Isaac Newton ruled astronomy. By proposing that the planets had changed orbits recently, thereby sometimes coming to close proximity with cataclysmic results, Velikovsky attracted scorn from many astronomers. Even when data from space probe after space probe indicated that the believed view of a quiet birth and evolution of the Solar System was no longer warranted, few scientists bothered to examine Velikovsky's work seriously. Worse, the conspiracy of silence which was imposed by powerful scientists in 1950 upon Velikovsky's work remains essentially intact today in the halls of Academia. As a result, thirty-eight years after its first printing, Worlds in Collision is still an unknown book to most students of science. Isaac Newton announced the Universal Theory of Gravitation in 1686, based upon the hypothesis that matter attracts matter. Using the theory, Newton had some success at ...
8. news and views [Thunderbolts Website]
... the tremendous collision of two large clusters of galaxies. The discovery, using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes, gives direct evidence for the existence of dark matter. "This is the most energetic cosmic event, besides the Big Bang, which we know about," said team member Maxim Markevitch of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass. These observations provide the strongest evidence yet that most of the matter in the universe is dark. Despite considerable evidence for dark matter, some scientists have proposed alternative theories for gravity where it is stronger on intergalactic scales than predicted by Newton and Einstein, removing the need for dark matter. However, such theories cannot explain the observed effects of this collision. "A universe that's dominated by dark stuff seems preposterous, so we wanted to test whether there were any basic flaws in our thinking," said Doug Clowe of the University of Arizona at Tucson, and leader of the study. "These results are direct proof that dark matter exists." In galaxy clusters, the normal matter, like ...
9. New Physics Supports Planetary Catastrophism [SIS C&C Review $]
... Physics Supports Planetary Catastrophism by Wallace Thornhill Wallace Thornhill lives in Canberra, Australia. Discovering Velikovsky before entering Melbourne University, he began his interdisciplinary studies along with a BSc in physics. Alert to those scholars with pieces to the puzzle of planetary catastrophism, his passion is to assemble the 'big picture'. Summary The strongest conventional argument against planetary involvement in prehistoric catastrophes is that a Newtonian system should have some orbits showing evidence of recent encounters. It is argued that the fault in this argument lies in our misunderstanding of the nature of gravity. Evidence is presented that certain planets were much closer to the Earth in prehistory and the nature of that evidence lends support to a new model of gravity. The strongest conventional argument against planetary involvement in prehistoric catastrophes is that, if Venus once moved on an unstable path, we should expect its orbit to still show marked eccentricity- yet its orbital eccentricity is practically zero. What if our understanding of the nature of gravity, that force reputed to create order and stability in the solar system, is wrong? I will ...
10. Gravity and Pterodactyls: More Points to Consider [Aeon Journal $]
... From: Aeon V:6 (Aug 2000) Home¦ Issue Contents Gravity and Pterodactyls: More Points to Consider Mike Twose Mike Twose, from Toronto, Ontario, writes: A more massive terrestrial atmosphere as an explanation for the gigantic flying creatures of the past as hypothesized by Frederic Jueneman [1 is somewhat difficult to imagine. A much vaster amount of oxygen and nitrogen would mean higher pressure on the surface of Earth. This raises problems with the solubility of gases under pressure. The other alternative would be an atmosphere containing a larger percentage of heavy inert gases, such as xenon, which seems even more unlikely. It would be impossible for an air-breathing creature to exist in an atmosphere containing a large proportion of carbon dioxide. Whether or not a high-pressure atmosphere would make it any easier for large creatures to fly is beyond my aeronautical expertise. However, conditions on Earth must have been much different because no present flying or land creatures attain the scale of those in the past. Ted Holden's observation that nothing over 35 lbs. can get off ...
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