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101. Monitor [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... was much magical and religious significance in the process, and the smelter, like the smith elsewhere, probably a person of great importance with his technological skills a guarded secret. Pluto's atmosphere source: New Scientist 30.6.88, p. 45 Recent observations of Pluto obscuring a dim star indicate that the most distant known planet of the Solar System is not the barren rock it was thought to be, but probably has an atmosphere. Revisionist dinosaurs source: New Scientist 8.10.88, p. 22 The latest finds of dinosaurs in China have led palaeontologists to revise their ideas of the history of these beasts. It seems that Chinese dinosaurs were different from those elsewhere and must have been separated from them for most of their history. Ebabbara evidence source: Archeologia 224, (Paris, 1987), pp. 18-27 Carl Olof Jonsson has kindly sent us a summary of this interesting paper which tells of the resumption of excavations at the Shamash temple in Sippar. The new finds are important, with texts that give mathematical, astronomical, and historical information: the latter may well ...
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102. Forum Part Two [SIS C&C Review $]
... the time was one of rationalisation. So, if Benny wants to argue that the emergence and collapse of human cultures is often related to extra-terrestrial catastrophe events he is going to have to be more careful. He needs the saltationist approach to human endeavour, not the evolutionist approach. He needs to demonstrate extinction horizons (and that these are contemporary over a wide area of the globe) and to document the subsequent flowerings of culture in many different sites at one time (i.e., adaptive radiations, to borrow a term from palaeontology). Since human cultures have risen and fallen without the assistance of cosmic bodies in other periods of history, and since developments, inventions, new concepts (and especially religions- there are plenty of modern ones) have likewise taken place irrespective of portents in the heavens, he needs to show something special about those in 'the Age of destruction' which points the finger at a cosmic cause. One should also be quite clear what is implied in the modern (e.g. Clube et al.) interpretation of cosmic-induced natural ...
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103. Monitor [SIS C&C Review $]
... How many assumptions go into that work? One astronomer has been working on more recent changes by analysing records of solar and lunar eclipses from Babylonia and ancient China. The Babylonians apparently witnessed eclipses that should not have been visible to them unless the world was spinning faster then. Of course, the Babylonian chronology may be in error, but they do not seem to have considered that. Seek and ye shall find New Scientist 4.11.95, p. 19, The Times 25.3.96 A large gap in the earliest fossil record has always puzzled palaeontologists but radiometric dating of rocks in Namibia has conveniently shown the earliest Ediacara fauna to be millions of years younger than previously thought, bringing them to a date just before the Cambrian explosion. At the other end of the scale Russian scientists have suggested that using yet more corrections to the C14 dating methods used to date the Turin shroud place it back to the first century AD instead of the 1300 AD date reached by several laboratories in 1989. Michael Reade says that the moral seems to be that there is no need to worry ...
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104. Monitor [SIS C&C Review $]
... From: SIS Chronology& Catastrophism Review 1996:2 (May 1997) Home¦ Issue Contents Monitor NEWS Scientific Mafia strikes again BBC science programme, details unknown. Geologists and palaeontologists Charles Officer, Tony Hallam and Professor Dewey MacClean (Virginia Polytechnic Institute) revealed an unpublicised background to the current popular theory of the demise of the dinosaurs following a massive impact off Yucatan. They say the theory achieved prominence not only because of its exciting appeal but also because its originator, Luis Alvarez, was a Nobel prize winning physicist with tremendous scientific clout. MacClean and Officer believe massive volcanism is a more likely cause of the extinction. Alvarez threatened to wreck MacClean's career and orchestrated a campaign to discredit him. Details are no doubt in Officer's book (see Bookshelf). PHYSICS Einstein again The Times 17.2.96, Scientific American June 1996, pp. 66-72, New Scientist 31.8.96, pp. 28-31 and Science Frontiers 103, Jan-Feb 1996, p. 1 Irish engineer Dr. Kelly believes experiments performed in 1914 and 1925 show flaws in Einstein's claim that the speed of ...
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105. Chapter VII: The Earth [The Age of Velikovsky] [The Age of Velikovsky] [Books]
... then the conclusions one reaches are "inescapabl6' and identical to his own. He concedes that sometimes he may be too general; he might have had other thoughts had he been more of a specialist. But then he might have not noticed certain things, since "experts always tend to obscure the obvious ".18 As a generalist, Ager concludes that frequently too much reliance is placed on uniformitarianism in the interpretation of the fossil record. His discussion of this subject leads to what he calls the second proposition of his book: "PALAEONTOLOGISTS CANNOT LIVE BY UNIFORMITARIANISM ALONE 19 He also calls this the "Phenomenon of the Fallibility of the Fossil Record". Several examples serve to illustrate Ager's contention that a portion of the record is missing. He also offers some calculations based on observed sedimentation rates and notes that in some cases it would take over 200 years, at present rate, to bury a small fossil. Of course, rates vary with location, but even such variation is consistent with Ager's suggestion of gaps in the record, and he maintains that the ...
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106. Discussion [Aeon Journal $]
... from 1972 to 1974 by Douglas A. Lawson of the University of California has revealed partial skeletons of three ultra-large pterosaurs in the Big Bend National Park in Brewster County, Texas. These skeletons indicate creatures that must have dwarfed even Pteranodon. Lawson found the remains of four wings, a long neck, hind legs and toothless jaws in deposits that were non-marine; the ancient entombing sediments are thought to have been made instead by floodplain silting. The immense size of the Big Bend pterosaurs, which have already become known affectionately in the palaeontological world as '747s' or 'Jumbos', may be gauged by setting one of the Texas upper arm bones alongside that of a Pteranodon: The 'Jumbo' humerus is fully twice the length of Pteranodon's. Lawson's computer estimated wingspan for this living glider is over fifty feet! It is no surprise, said Lawson in announcing the animal in Science in 1975, that the definitive remains of this creature were found in Texas. Unlike Pteranodon, these creatures were found in rocks that were formed 250 miles inland of the Cretaceous coastline. ...
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... p.195. [12 E. H. Colbert, The Age of Reptiles (N. Y., 1966), pp. 62-63. [13 R. T. Bakker, op. cit., p. 258. [14 E. H. Colbert, op. cit., p. 101. [15 R. T. Bakker, op. cit., pp. 293-5. Cf. also J. F. Bonaparte, "Pisanosaurus Mertii Casamiquela and the origin of the Ornithischia" Journal of Palaeontology, 50 (1976), pp. 808-820. [16 H. G. Seeley, Dragons of the Air: An account of extinct flying reptiles(N. Y., 1901/1967). [17 G. Heilmann, The Origin of Birds (London 1926). [18 C. McGowan, Dinosaurs, Spitfires, and Sea Dragons (Cambridge 1991), p. 318. [19 K. A. Svitil, "Groundwater Secrets,"Discover (September 1996), p. 28 ...
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108. Monitor [SIS C&C Review $]
... a sudden massive change, which would explain the hitherto difficult to explain major differences between groups. (This is presented as a new idea but it was suggested years ago via the process of neoteny, whereby the larval or juvenile form is retained into adulthood.) If all this comes to be accepted, the inordinately long geological periods required for traditional evolution will no longer be needed; will dating systems also be questioned? How dinosaurs came to fly New Scientist 26.6.99, p. 6, 28.8.99, pp. 28-32 Although most palaeontologists now agree that birds evolved from small dinosaurs, how they developed flight is still not agreed. Some think they started jumping out of trees and evolved feathers for gliding, others that they ran along the ground and leapt at insects, their insulating feathers giving them an advantage in leaping higher and higher. Now it is suggested that they in fact pounced from rocks and the feathers were first used to control the feet-first leap. The wealth of 'proto-bird' fossils found in China seems to give strength to the theory in explaining the ...
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109. The Age of Purple Darkness [Aeon Journal $]
... Br‚hmana, the Golden Egg, Hiranyagarbha, "is Praj‚pati, and Praj‚pati is Agni," [29 and reference is made to "Varuna and Agni-Varuna." [30 In a hymn of the Rigveda there appears the line: "Thou, O Agni, art Varuna, when born." [31 Thus Agni, as Varuna, is Saturn. The Purple in the Darkness As I shall show at length in the longer essay, if the age of darkness ever existed, it would not have been for long in palaeontological terms. An age, or ages, of visible light would have been the rule. At all times, ultraviolet and infrared have been, and are, required for all links in the terrestrial food chain. This suggests a form of light that was low in visible wavelengths but high in ultraviolet and infrared, being, as a result, stronger in violet and dark red than in the other visible wavelengths. Without sunlight to scatter pale blue in the sky, it is conceivable that the sky would have been colored a ...
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110. Monitor [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... . 44-60 All the arguments are carefully laid out in two major articles. Alvarez and Asaro think all the evidence points towards the impact of an asteroid or comet. Courtillot considers that mass extinctions occur when internal episodes of energetic mantle convection break through in the form of hot spots with initial vast outpourings of magma; in the case of the C-T boundary the Deccan Traps in India are the evidence. Triassic comet New Scientist 24.11.90, p. 25 The extinction event which ended the Triassic period was one of the three largest in the palaeontological record. Discoveries of shocked quartz at the boundary, together with the pattern of extinction has led some workers to postulate an impact event similar to that which is thought to have ended the Cretaceous period. Gradualism holed by the Great Barrier Reef New Scientist 20.10.90, p. 15 Samples of core sediments drilled on the Great Barrier Reef appear to give admirable support for recent theories that evolution has taken place in rapid bursts. The chief scientist of the project is quoted as saying that 'Sacred cows went out the window every day' ...
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