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191. QUANTAVOLUTION AND CATASTROPHE: PART 2: THE Q-C TEST [Quantavolution Website]
... Great variations of all inorganic and organic forms occurred by lawful, regular processes of nature. 1 2 3 4 5 6. Lunar Capture. The Moon formed during the condensation of gases and dust that originated the solar system and came within the gravitational grasp of the Earth. 1 2 3 4 5 7. Perennial Geological Flux. In due course, the Earth's surface has been altered by the gradual limited and calculable play of natural forces: waters, winds, pressures, and heat. 1 2 3 4 5 8. Uniformitarianism. Inorganic and organic nature have transmuted, with minor exceptions, at low, uniform rates for all of Earth history. 1 2 3 4 5 9. Evolution. The present species of life have unexceptionally developed from ever earlier forms that themselves originated by environmental adaptation in isolation and occasional successive chemical mutations. 1 2 3 4 5 10. Homo Sapiens Sapiens. In the course of evolution, natural selection, working at every vital level, eventuated in a being of high intelligence, capable of deliberate, rational decisions. ...
192. QUANTAVOLUTION AND CATASTROPHE: PART 3: A Comment on the Q-C Test and Its Individual Items [Quantavolution Website]
... Sun, as it was gradually carried into the Earth's orbit by the Earth's gravitational field but maintained an acquired new equilibrium locked at a distance to the Earth. K 7. Perennial Geological Flux. In due course, the Earth's surface has been altered by the gradual limited and calculable play of natural forces: waters, winds, pressures, and heat. That is: soils and rocks and aquatic channels today can be shown to have been formed by the forces that today uniformly with the past work upon them. L 8. Uniformitarianism. Inorganic and organic nature have transmuted, with minor exceptions, at low, uniform rates for all of Earth history. That is: on the whole, the past has been like the present, such that the changes in earth and life forms have averaged changes proportionate to elapsed time, each being and existence developing a unique pace owing to infinitely small changes in rate occurring through long ages. M 9. Evolution. The present species of life have unexceptionally developed from ever earlier forms that themselves originated by environmental adaptation in ...
193. Book Shelf [Aeon Journal $]
... much earlier times than the tenth millennium. Need we recall that many archeologists in the United States still subscribe to the dogma that this was the millennium when human beings crossed the Bering Strait and set foot in America for the first time? Yet here and there in the Southern Hemisphere, and more specifically in Brazil, settlements far more ancient than that, on the order of thirty to forty thousand years, have been ascertained by carbon-14 dating." (5) With chapters on oral traditions and modern science, and geomythology and uniformitarianism, Deloria explores the possibility that Indian legends surrounding catastrophic floods and mountain-building reflect the memory of actual catastrophic events, hitherto misdated by millions of years. Deloria's primary gripe is what he perceives (rightly, in my opinion) to be the cavalier rejection of Indian traditions and experience by orthodox science. "Regardless of what Indians have said concerning their origins, their migrations, their experiences with birds, animals, lands, waters, mountains, and other peoples, the scientists have maintained a stranglehold on the definitions of what respectable ...
194. Retrospect [SIS C&C Review $]
... twenty-seven years my opponents have been denouncing Worlds in Collision, but this criticism is now denounced by Sagan as of little weight. The new book from Cornell is intended to fill that gap: "For the first time a group of eminent scholars reply to Velikovsky's suggestions of worlds in collision," runs the pre-publication announcement. But what is offered has no more weight than what it replaces. A generation of critics failed to meet my challenge to conventional views in science. The space age gave my views a record of confirmations. Uniformitarianism, which dominated all thought through the Victorian era and is still a dogma with the establishment, is losing ground. It is vainly spent effort to try to hold scientific progress back. Most of my heretical views of 1950 are already absorbed in the textbooks. I, an octogenarian, stride with the young of mind. There is no cult of Velikovsky: there is only the cult of scientific and historical truth. The youths sense this, and the rebellion against the pseudoscience taught from the cathedras of the universities is not ...
195. QUANTAVOLUTION: COSMIC HERETICS: Part 2: Chapter 8: HOMO SCHIZO MEETS GOD [Quantavolution Website]
... . dealing with ancient China. He was moderately impressed. I asked about Tao. Sebastian holds the unconventional belief that the Chinese notion of 'heaven' is animated. It is a Being. I have that hook to hold on to. What set me to thinking was this: Tao seems like a refutation of catastrophism; no bloody gods. But in the beginning it relates the stories of heavenly conflicts. I was baffled. Tao seems so benign, calm, apathetic. Then the thought came: but perhaps Tao became Chinese uniformitarianism! Centuries ahead of the West. Perhaps Tao came to soothe mind and restore calm to the heavens. Really it wasn't long after Mars-Ares-Huizilopochtli-Nergal that Plato clamored for laws vs. disbelievers in celestial harmony. But now see: the West remained unsettled of mind. The gods did not go away carrying catastrophic theory with them. Humanists, historians and scientists interrupted the movement towards uniformity and celestial serenity until the 19th century and then the latter triumphed for only a century. Is it that Judaic Christianity carried the Bible, whose catastrophism ...
196. QUANTAVOLUTION: COSMIC HERETICS: Part 3: Chapter 9: NEW FASHIONS IN CATASTROPHISM [Quantavolution Website]
... -- and the longer the time without their changing the even more simple is the scheme. Thus the mechanics of the earth seem understandable when a presumed history's is said to permit only a couple of motions and even these are under severe constraints. However, when in fact, the real history of earth is shown to have involved large changes in not only a couple but in many motions, then an exact explanation of what happened may be impossible, especially so since no reliable observers reported most the events. One reason why uniformitarianism evolved rapidly and persisted is that it created a simplistic history, evening out things over time and subjecting them "normal" changes. One reason why there are so many theories explaining natural history is that each man can barely cope with possible effects of his one favorable type of motion and change. He ruminated about oil, about tectonism, about the Thera explosion of 3,000 years ago, about the earthquakes that long ago shook the now seemingly stable earth beneath Athens. Here he is at New York University, noting ...
197. QUANTAVOLUTION: COSMIC HERETICS: Part 4: Chapter 14: THE FOIBLES OF HERETICS [Quantavolution Website]
... Creation which is the subject of your March 25th inquiry, be advised that KRONOS has chosen, after examining it, not to be associated with its promotion or distribution. For your information, the book was published privately in India. Its author is in charge of its commercialization. As a reader of KRONOS, you are no doubt aware that we are not averse to presenting a critical approach to Velikovsky and that we will entertain responsible alternative, and even opposing, views. Given our interest in developing a Velikovsky-based catastrophist alternative to uniformitarianism, we would be more than anxious to inform our readers of new, fruitful sources of information. The book in question leaves too much to be desired to merit, in our opinion, serious attention. If your curiosity gets the better of you, so be it. CAVEAT EMPTOR. Deg called Franklin, received authorization to use his name when raising the issue, and with malice afterthought, sent a letter to the President of the College, reproaching him for letting the College be a party to damaging slander through people ...
198. Testing Rohl's Test of Time [Aeon Journal $]
... Hebrew chronologies are inflexibly nailed, the wheels literally fall off. From that point, his work degenerates into a convoluted, confusing mess, wrested finally into that which he describes as "the mysterious numbers of the Hebrew Kings" and towards an explanation of which he was obliged to devote the major and disproportionate portion of his book which he considers all very wonderful. Absolutely to the contrary, this writer declares that all mystery associated with the final section of Thiele's reconstruction has been synthetically induced by uncritical dependence on the doctrine of cosmic uniformitarianism. Ptolemy's unstated but implicit warning, that the art of retrocalculation beyond the Era of Nabonassar is impossible, was ignored and Thiele has been forced to pay a heavy price (as, by extension, so have we). Pinned to the unforeseen and completely understandable folly (it being the only game in town) of relying on June 15, 763 BC, his new construction was immediately thrown between a rock and a hard place. As a result, his projected dates are severely compromised and without real value. This ...
199. The Sybil and Dr Stecchini [SIS C&C Review $]
... that is, he dismissed as without historical significance all those passages... in which mention is made of universal destructions by fire and flood, despite the fact that these passages take some elements from the myth of Phaeton." [ibid.In a further obscure passage, Stecchini appears to be claiming that Kugler was right, from his own point of view, to do so, because "these ancient writers failed to see the episode of Phaeton as a unique events, and were thus laying the foundations of an orderly uniformitarianism by creating as a first step an "orderly progression of disorders" [VA 131-2. While this is all very interesting speculation, it has nothing to do with Kugler's reasons, which are made plangently clear: "Besides these local catastrophes, antiquity knows yet another fire and flood of universal extent, but not on the basis of historical or legendary tradition, rather based on cosmological speculation. According to this, the world is destroyed periodically, by fire and water alternately, to be recreated complete on each occasion [FKFS ...
200. CHAOS AND CREATION: CHAPTER 01: COSMIC INSTABILITY [Quantavolution Website]
... might not be affected by forces other than gravitation, such as electric and magnetic forces." [24 And he even presented a cometary collision scenario, following evidence from mechanics, geology, natural and human history. Thus Laplace may be placed in the company of Giordano Bruno, Galileo Galilei, William Whiston, Nicholas Antoine Boulanger, and perhaps even Isaac Newton, when he strongly supported Whiston, his younger colleague. Nevertheless, Bass is correct in his account of how Laplace was used in history by scientists who were fighting for uniformitarianism and against the need for any divine intervention in world affairs. He has shown how the successors of Laplace expressed themselves in intuitive language, supposedly the bane of the conventional astronomers. "Whenever these allegedly authoritative statements about time intervals of validity [of calculations of celestial stability have been made, they are without exception accompanied by words like 'supposed', 'appeared', 'hope', 'seems', 'might', and 'think', revealing clearly that the writer was relying on his personal intuition rather than quantitative evidence [25 ...
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