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91. Bookshelf [SIS C&C Review $]
... brain size does characterize the evolution of group after group of mammals. But big brains have their use in local environments; they do not mark intrinsic trends to higher states." What, one might ask, would mark "intrinsic trends to higher states", if increased brain size does not? Two sections will be of especial interest to readers of this Review. "Uniformity and Catastrophe" (No. 18) attempts to clear up some misunderstandings about 19th-century geology, particularly the idea that before LYELL shone the light of uniformitarianism into that science, it was dominated by the catastrophists who were "theological apologists who sought to compress the geologic record into the strictures of biblical chronology". Gould reminds us of the scientific catastrophists; precursors of Velikovsky, such as CUVIER, AGASSIZ, SEDGWICK and MURCHISON, none of whom resembled the caricatured fundamentalist "straw man" that Lyell set up to demolish and replace with "scientific" uniformitarianism. According to Gould' "the catastrophists were much more empirically minded than Lyell". It is unfortunate then that Gould ...
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92. CHAOS AND CREATION: Bibliography [Quantavolution Website]
... , 831-7. Ager, Derek V. (1973), The Nature of the Stratigraphical Record, John Wiley, New York. The Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964 (1970), U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C. Albright, W. F. (1946), Archaeology and the Religion of Israel, 2nd ed., Baltimore.----(1965), 179 Bulletin American Schools of Oriental Research, 41-2. Albritton, Claude C. (1974), "Uniformitarianism," 18 Encyclopedia Brittanica, 857-9.----(1975), Philosophy of Geohistory, 1785-1970, Dowden, Hutchinson and Ross, Stroudsburg, Pa. Alfven, Hannes (1971), "Plasma Physics, Space Research, and the Origin of the Solar System," 172 Science (June 4), 991-4. Allchin, F. R. (1956), "The Stone Alignments of Southern Hyderabad," 56 Man, 150: 133-59. Alter, Dinsmore (1929), "A ...
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... the hope into a "fact" is, not surprisingly, the uniformitarian conviction that today's actors and roles are unchanged from eons ago. Given hundred of million of years when animals and plants have been surviving, then the mix of vapors, nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, argon, ozone, and radiation must have been what they are today. And that spells equilibrium. The belief becomes so strong that meteorologists, possessed of the "fact" of atmospheric equilibrium, can even take their turns at guarding the portals of uniformitarianism, assuring other scientists that meteorology, too, proves the long-enduring stability of present-day conditions. At the same time, ironically, meteorologists are leaders in the campaign to save the world from the atmospheric ravages produced by a few years of industrialism, atom bombs, and aerosol discharges. A quantavolutionist may share heartily the meteorologists' fear of the poisoning of our present atmosphere. The quantavolutionist would at the same time point out the extreme improbability of the atmosphere's having been preserved intact-free from radical changes and poisons over long periods of time ...
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... per year. Equally, they would be shocked if it was suggested that the time of partition was only several thousand years ago and not 100,000,000 years ago. Such possibilities can no longer be relegated to the realms of fantasy. Neither can scientists dismiss such theories as purely fictional polemic. The abundance of information in the related disciplines has been so staggering in the last two decades that coupled with a weakening of sterile, entrenched attitudes a new approach has started to emerge. These new theories, while not leaving uniformitarianism bereft of validity, have demanded that it be supplemented with what are termed discontinuities or singularities- that is, processes outside the domain encompassed by the principles of uniformitarianism. l have noted that some of these theories are distinctly catastrophic in context and as such may be considered to represent a swing of opinion towards the views held by the proponents of Worlds in Collision. The subject of geochronology has played a considerable part in this respect. While this discipline at one time incorporated a variety of independent methods, almost without exception geochronologists ...
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95. Index of Titles [Uncategorised]
... : The Bumblebee Learms to Fly Maria, Tania ta: The Death of Alexander Maria, Tania ta: The Melting of Greenland Martin, Brian: The Determinants of Scientific Behaviour Martin Kruskal, Ralph Jergens, C.E.R. Bruce, Melvin A. Cook: On Celestial Mechanics Martin Krustal, Ralph Juergens, C. E. R. Bruce, Eric W. Crew: On Cosmic Electricity MARTIN SIEFF assisted by PETER JAMES: In Defence of the Revised Chronology Marton, Alex: Rocks From Where? Marton, Alex: What is Uniformitarianism and how did it get here? Marx, Chris: DID VENUS AS A PROTOPLANET EVER LOOK LIKE A 'COMET'? Marx, Chris: Holocaust For Lucifer Marx, Christoph: Ankylosis in the Chronology of Reconstructed History? Marx, Christoph: ANKYLOSIS IN THE CHRONOLOGY OF RECONSTRUCTED HISTORY? May, Joseph: A Call To Action May, Joseph: Bauer and Velikovsky: Catch 22 May, Joseph: STARGAZERS AND GRAVEDIGGERS by Immanuel Velikovsky McAULAY, DR ROBERT: "Extra-Scientific" Dimensions of Science Mccreery, Thomas: "IN ...
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... , especially the information explosion. There is so much information now that it becomes impossible for an ordinary person to become well-informed about very much. So it is inevitable, perhaps, that people have specialized; they want to know more than anyone else about that given specialty. And the result is that they don't know very much about other areas that may have a bearing on their specialty. And all of these people go their separate ways, accepting without question the overall framework that blankets them all, and that overall framework is uniformitarianism. It takes someone of tremendous scope, such as Velikovsky, to even question that which he has done. GREENBERG: To reinforce this, I would like to say that, if Velikovsky is right, then his theories are not only recognized as being right but he is recognized as an extraordinary man. So there are two things, then, that they are reluctant about: to recognize the theory and to recognize the stature of the man. And, in a certain respect, this was tipped off by what Ivan ...
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97. Quantalism: The Big Picture [Aeon Journal $]
... , exocatastrophism could itself be any one of the following: planetary asteroidal cometary meteoric In practice, however, subplanetary bodies such as asteroids, comets, and meteors are difficult to distinguish. I will therefore take Victor Clube as representative of all three subtypes of non planetary catastrophism. [7 In terms of the preceding distinctions, some of which cross-cut one another, Velikovsky may be classified as a planetary caenocatastrophist. Recognizing, then, that catastrophism has many varieties, I am nonetheless dissatisfied with the term catastrophism as a blanket antonym to uniformitarianism (or uniformism, for short). For uniformism itself has at least two major conceptual components: gradualism and actualism. Gradualism is probably best represented by Charles Darwin's geological mentor, Charles Lyell. Actualism is perhaps best represented by Lyell's older contemporary, the German geologist Leopold von Buch. [8 Catastrophism, as I understand the term, should not be placed in opposition to uniformism generally, but only to one of its two components-- viz., actualism, which is the theory that the forces which shaped our ...
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... the Victorian age. The founders of the sciences of geology --Buckland, Sidgwick, and Murchinson (who gave the classification of formations used today); of vertebrate paleontology --Cuvier; and of ichthyology --Louis Agassiz --never doubted that what they observed was the result of repeated cataclysms in which the entire globe partook. Actually, Charles Darwin, observing the destruction of fauna in South America, was convinced that nothing less than the shaking of the entire frame of the Earth could account for what he saw. But the introduction of the principle of uniformitarianism by Charles Lyell, a lawyer who never had field experience, and the acceptance of it on faith by Charles Darwin, are a psychological phenomenon that I observed again and again. Exactly those who, like Darwin, witnessed the omnipresent shambles of an overwhelming fury of devastation on a continental scale, became the staunchest defenders of the principle of uniformitarianism, that became not just a law, but a principle that grew to a statute of faith in the natural sciences, as if the reasoning that what we do not observe in ...
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... the past deliberately concealed..." [17 The process began in earnest with 'Pythagoras, Plato and Aristotle' who promoted 'a seemingly plausible and yet wholly erroneous view of the nature of the universe' which involved the replacement of reported cometary catastrophes by the regular motions of the irrelevant planets [18. The philosophers themselves may have been honestly mistaken, but "a privileged few, committed only to neutral gods, manipulated the machinery of government and Academe behind the scenes" [19. The notion of a mistaken commitment to uniformitarianism is thematic in Velikovsky [20 and the idea that the process began in the classical period is his too [21. Clube and Napier evoke a different mechanism from Velikovsky's 'collective amnesia', but one which is broached in Velikovsky's opus [22. Such theories, however, suffer from the fatal flaw of explaining too much. Any vaguely catastrophic legend supports the catastrophic thesis, while any non-catastrophic legend is evidence of suppression of the catastrophic position. In any case, 'Winter' is speculative enough without dragging in as authorities such ...
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100. The Origin and Decay of the Earth's Geomagnetic Field [Catastrophism & Ancient History Journal $]
... to the year 10,000 A.D. in any significant strength. And the other seems to be that the Earth's geomagnetic sheath did not exist before the Mars-Earth warfare. If a geomagnetic sheath, shielding the Earth's crust from alpha particles in the solar wind, is necessary for the existence of biological life, then biological life on our planet is not millions of years old-- nor are the Earth's strata sequences or crustal deformations. This is a massive deduction, contrary to most contemporaneous philosophy. Conternporaneous philosophy, however, misinterprets uniformitarianism: uniformitarianism in Earth history is only 2700 years old-- before that was the era of the Mars-Earth skirmishes. Barnes' data on the decay of the Earth's geomagnetic field are essentially correct, although it is even more rapid by 50 to 100 years than his 1400-year estimate for the half life. His data do indeed raise questions over the uniformitarian approach, but they do not support his fiat creation philosophy for the solar system or for galactic existence. His data do not support fiat creation in biology. However, recentness ...
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