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... From: SIS Chronology& Catastrophism Review 1992 (Vol XIV) Home¦ Issue Contents Anomalous Occurrence of Crocodilia in Eocene Polar Forests by Ian C. Johnson Born in 1950 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Mr Johnson graduated in 1976 from Carleton University, Ottawa, with an honours degree in Political Science. Since graduation he has worked at the National Energy Board, a regulatory body of the Government of Canada. A professional economist since 1982, most of his work has centred around oil and gas supply economics. He attended the McMaster three day symposium on Velikovsky in 1974 and has written for Chiron, SIS Workshop, CSIS Newsletter, Aeon and Catastrophism and Ancient History. He features, along with Prof Tom Henighan, on two 30-minute TV programmes on Velikovsky which were broadcast on Carleton University's Instructional Television Network as part of a credit course and have been repeated several times, as recently as 1991. Fossil discoveries in the 1970s and 1980s by Canadian and American scientists confirmed late nineteenth century discoveries that a semi-tropical ecosystem once flourished well north of the Arctic Circle. ...
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... From: Aeon I:4 (July 1988) Home¦ Issue Contents The Polar Column: A Physical Model of Myth Frederic B. Jueneman INTRODUCTION We appear to be entering an era where the boundary between myth and science is becoming diffuse. The paths travelled by the searchers who hope to bridge the seemingly insurmountable difficulties inherent in a scientific inquiry into myth have been tortuous, and the searchers have been few in number. There is no guarantee that when we arrive wherever we think we're going, we'll find that for which we are looking. But we proceed in hope. Like others, I have taken the firm and unequivocal position that physical events are described and implied within the body of myth. Some of these events were catastrophic and permanently seared into our collective ancestral memory; others were benign but nevertheless spectacular enough to be also so recorded. The physical model presented below is only a working hypothesis, a second-order solution to a complex conundrum. The model is simple in construction though complicated in execution. It must, nevertheless, conform to the ...
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3. On Models and Scenarios [Aeon Journal $]
... From: Aeon I:4 (July 1988) Home¦ Issue Contents On Models and Scenarios David Talbott Introduction Over the past few years, a growing interest in the Saturn question has led to much speculation on the proposed polar configuration, with a number of individuals now offering tentative models. Though each of the models shares something in common with others, each has its own distinctions, and many new possibilities will doubtless arise from the preliminary papers presented in this issue. Since the researchers involved have suggested varying interpretations of the polar configuration concept or of the mythical data behind it, I wish to briefly state the thesis for which I claim originality. In 1972 I employed the phrase "the polar configuration" (an original phrase at the time) to describe the celestial form I believed ancient man had seen in the sky. The immense apparition involved a stationary Saturn at the celestial pole, a surrounding band with illuminated crescent and a column of gas or dust stretching along the world axis. The most compelling image for the terrestrial viewer, I claimed ...
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4. The Polar Sun [The Saturn Myth] [Books]
... --- >> III The Polar Sun Saturn's mythical history includes two themes which not only contradict the planet's visible appearance today, but seem to mock the canons of modern astronomy: Saturn, not the solar orb, was the authentic "sun "-god of ancient ritual. Throughout Saturn's reign this sun-planet remained fixed at the north celestial pole. These two themes, affirmed by the straightforward testimony of ancient sources, compose a global memory: in the beginning Saturn did not move on its present remote orbit, but ruled as the central sun around which the other heavenly bodies visually revolved. Of this tradition early man has left us evidence far too numerous to cover fully in this volume. I offer below a summary of the principal sources. SUN AND SATURN The myths and rites celebrate Saturn as the primeval sun. Today, few mythologists looking back across several millennia to the beginnings of astral religion see anything more than worship of the rising and setting sun, the solar orb. This preoccupation with the solar orb is evident in popular surveys: "The ...
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... From: Aeon I:2 (Feb 1988) Home¦ Issue Contents On testing The Polar configuration David Talbott Background This is a follow-up article to my previous "Reconstructing the Saturn Myth," AEON Vol. I, No. 1. It is assumed that readers will have read that article and are familiar with the general context of the theory discussed in the following pages. Defining the model In presenting the case for Saturn's polar configuration it is necessary to draw upon many wide-ranging pieces of a celestial puzzle. But the theory can only give meaning to the separate pieces by reference to a model outside all generally accepted theoretical frameworks. In effect, our interpretation of each significant datum requires one to tentatively grant a sweeping theory reinterpreting all of the data. It would be an understatement to say that this can create a major difficulty in communication. Our argument on behalf of the polar configuration must concentrate initially on the model and the way it interprets ancient myth. If a new theory can unify and explain its subject, the quickest way to deal with ...
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... From: Aeon IV:5 (Nov 1996) Home¦ Issue Contents Stability and Dimensions of the Polar Configuration Robert B. Driscoll In the previous study of the interplanetary gravitational and magnetic forces, making possible the existence of a polar configuration in the sense of Talbott, Cochrane, and Cardona, (1) the instability of the joint gravitational and magnetic dipole-dipole interaction of Saturn and each of the smaller planets was counteracted by the heliocentric magnetic field generated by the inwardly accreting motion of the ionized inner portion of the circumhelially revolving gas disk. The direction of this field, north or south, was determined by that of the initial field of Helios. (2) However, further calculation has shown that if this had been the only stabilizing field its magnitude at the biospherical surface of Earth would have been several orders of magnitude larger than the biotic limit of a few kilo-oersted. Thus although such a field existed the biotic constraint reduced its stabilizing (or destabilizing, if in the opposite direction) effect to negligibility. What the study did not consider ( ...
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... the ice cores as a test of Velikovsky's ideas. And it has nothing to do with volcanism of single major eruptions. The point to keep in mind is that if Venus injected dust of some kind into our atmosphere, deposition would have been worldwide with preferential settling at the poles. Velikovsky claimed such dust as was deposited caused 40 years of darkness. He also believed that the Worzel ash evidenced the Venus events and if that ash was deposited as Velikovsky insisted, the analogous deposits should have been seen by gross confrontation in the polar ice. There is none. To me this is a clear-cut test for a catastrophe. Although Lynn Rose did respond to my data, none of his criticism of ice core results is valid. Indicative of his lack of understanding is the fact that he did not even take thinning with depth into account when estimating the date of the Thera acid signal to 4000 B.C. in KRONOS XII:2, p. 53. Also, it should be noted that snowfall is so sparse in Antarctica that annual layers cannot be counted ...
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... , 24 Dec 1982, pp 1273-77, for example). In fact, he gives no reason why a shrinking ice cap should be an unreliable source of annual data from cores taken from the cap's central regions. I see no reason why the record of accumulation in the interior of an ice cap is necessarily compromised by the fact that melting around the edges exceeds interior accumulation. What Hall has written about ice cores fails to discredit the conventional understanding of their make-up. While I applaud AEON's publication of Ashton's brilliant critique of the polar Saturn idea, it needs to be pointed out that he is incorrect with respect to tidal bulges and the mantle penetrating crust. The mantle will not protrude the crust under the tidal influence of any distorting body for much the same reason that heavy and light bodies do not fall at different rates in a gravitational field. A lead ball and a rubber one from the same height will hit the ground together, ignoring air resistance. Similarly, the tug of an external body on the Earth would not pull the mantle through the ...
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... From: Aeon IV:2 (Aug 1995) Home¦ Issue Contents Magnetic Models of the Polar Configuration Robert B. Driscoll INTRODUCTION In a tentative model for the Saturn Myth proposed earlier, the Earth was taken to have had essentially its present atmosphere and no significant net electric charge. Its stable position in that model of the polar configuration depended solely upon gravitation and aero-dynamic force of the circumsolar gas cloud deflected between two proto-Jovian gas giants dominating the configuration, with masses m j and m s. The two proto-Jovian members had planetary electrical charges whose product QjQs> Gm j m s, with G the Newtonian gravitational constant, giving them net repulsive interactions balanced by the components of the attractive forces of Helios (the Sun) parallel to the common axis. Magnetic forces were negligible. (1) The model now described in detail eliminates Jupiter. It includes the Jovian mass in that of the single gas supergiant of the configuration, called Saturn. (See Fig. 1.) Present Jupiter and Saturn were formed by fragmentation of the supergiant at the ...
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... flight is a serious problem for spacecraft operation and design. Closer to home, anybody who has ever thrown a spinning Frisbee disc knows that the Frisbee does not automatically spin about its symmetry axis. Careful observation of a thrown forward-pass (American) football shows that its pointed end also describes a coning motion. I also challenge Barbiero's statement "that the sudden displacement of mass due to a major earthquake is immediately registered by the pole's position, with a jump in the order of meters...[as shown by the International Polar Motion Service (Ukiah, Ca.)." [6 I don't think the daily positions derived from GPS (Global Positioning System) satellite observations during the past 10 years show any such effect. I must therefore ask him to supply the dates and observed meter-level pole shift from the International Polar Motion Service data to support his claim. Flavio Barbiero replies: I welcome Slabinski's comments since they show that the interest generated by my theory concerning the possibility of sudden pole shifts is not dying. Debates of this nature, in ...
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