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... machines.) Whereupon we may resort to Roman numerals and speak of Holocene I, Holocene II, and so forth to Holocene VIII. Probably no two catastrophists will agree about the timing of the ages. They will agree that "energy has killed time" Some will then say "If such is granted, I ask no more. It is acceptable to me if millions of years are used to fill in the gaps between catastrophes." No doubt this view prevails among the scientists who are first to leave the fold of uniformitarianism. Of these, certain writers ascribe the catastrophes to extraterrestrial sources, such as Urey and Ager, others to internal stresses of the Earth. At the other extreme of catastrophism would be scientists such as Donald Patten, who holds closely to a time schedule permitted by the Bible. Calculating back from Biblical references, he hypothesizes the Universal Deluge of Noah (caused by a near passing astral body) at 2800 B. C. and then musters as much scientific evidence as he can to show that this is possible and provable ...
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... some instructors in the sciences and humanities using it as an imperialistic weapon to expand their subject-matter. The work is too technical for the general public, I would guess, which is just as well. I fear that I must use a trick to conclude my comments. That is to leave you with the innuendo that additional counterarguments exist that I have not put forward. If I had more time I would take up point by point the questionable assertions in each chapter. I am confident that for every one of them, "uniformitarianism" or "evolutionism", or whatever you wish to call the prevailing model of thought to which I belong, will have an alternative explanation that does as well or better. But it's your book and welcome to it. Sincerely yours, Joseph Grace Professor; TABLE OF CONTENTS Quantavolution.Org E-MAIL: contact@quantavolution.org ...
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... FOREBODINGS The Sun itself is not as constant as one had been led to believe. The recent discoveries of the role that sunspots play in the Earth's weather, climate, and, possibly, its seismic movements, have been capped by the discovery that the Sun is at the least capable of withholding sunspots for most of a century. John A. Eddy, an astronomer from the National Center for Atmospheric Research's High Altitude Observatory, upon reporting about the historical facts of the Sun's quiescence, remarked, "we've shattered the principle of uniformitarianism for the Sun." [5 Afterwards, George B. Field, Director of the Center for Astrophysics at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Harvard College Observatory commented to the audience, "Maybe we've heard a turning point in the history of science." The period of quiescence, called the "Maunder Minimum," was discovered from a search of records by E. W. Maunder, an English 19th century astronomer. The Sun was not exhibiting sunspots between A. D. 1645 and 1715; the sun's corona ...
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204. The Mosaic Calendar [Aeon Journal $]
... modern man to systematically unravel the past. Dale F. Murphie, from New South Wales, Australia, adds: In terms of catastrophism, the Mosaic calendar, as pointed out in Eric Aitchison's article, is a unique document. Strictly solar, this intricate and comprehensive model speaks to us from a distant period. No similar calendar existed in any other nation of the past. It is a strange paradox that, over the past two centuries, scant attention has been given to the subject. Meanwhile, astronomers, bonded to uniformitarianism, superimpose the Solar System as we know it today on ancient skies. For them, it was exactly then as it is today, the year having always been 365.24219879 days, or a few seconds more. Yet such dogma offers no explanation for worldwide dedication (in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, China and the Americas) to the simultaneous use of a 360-day calendar, vestigial memory of which is preserved to our day in division of the circle into 360 units "of measure by rotation" which we call degrees ...
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205. CHAOS AND CREATION: INTRODUCTION [Quantavolution Website]
... . On their side were those who were to become the treasured ancestors of science today- Charles Lyell (1795-1875) in geology, Charles Darwin (1809-1882) in biology, Pierre-Simon Laplace (1749- 1827) in astronomy, and Lewis H. Morgan (1818-1881) as well as the versatile communist, Friedrich Engels (1820-1895), in sociology and anthropology. The new group came to dominate scientific circles and scientific thought. The catastrophists disappeared from the scientific mind save as an old enemy. The victors advanced the principle of uniformitarianism. Their minions scorned the catastrophists. In the words of Charles Lyell, "the ancient changes of the animate and inanimate world, of which we find memorials in the Earth's crust, may be similar both in kind and degree to those which are now in progress." [4 Given time, the forces of nature that we experience today would have caused everything in life and nature that greets our senses. The tallest mountains and the most bizarre fish would have come about gradually, over a long time and by small ...
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206. THE LATELY TORTURED EARTH: 1.Quantavolutions [Quantavolution Website]
... had been lately devastated. The belief in catastrophism, he said, in surprising pre-Jungian language, was a true grasp of what had happened to the World. "Catastrophism is therefore the survival of a terrible impression burned in upon the very substance of human memory." [1 Because catastrophism is a word that excites emotion and connotes only destruction, the present work and the series to which it belongs prefers the more general idea implied in the word quantavolution. The concept allows a more peaceful invasion of the realms of gradualism, uniformitarianism, evolution, and anthropology. I do not mean this book to be violent and bloodcurdling. We have far too much of such stimulus today on television, in movies and in other books and magazines. I even go so far as to say that the Earth system has been settling down -this without conclusive evidence. But facts must be faced. The Earth has been severely traumatized in the memory of mankind. In words that I have used before, any place on earth can be viewed as a Quantavolutionary Column: Any ...
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207. The Cyclic Nature of Ancient Catastrophes [Catastrophism & Ancient History Journal $]
... , 756 B.C. The Flood Catastrophe. (a) Velikovsky's writings, such as Earth in Upheaval,have not been specific. Publishing rumors suggest that posthumously Saturn will be identified as the fly-by planet, but the timing is still unclear. (b) In The Biblical Flood and the Ice Epoch our dating is flexible. It may have occurred as late as the 25th century B.C.-- too recent for most. But every time my analysis is rerun the same conclusion, 25th or 26th century, is reinforced. Uniformitarianism. (a) Velikovsky rejected this popular notion, his position strident arid strong. (b) Ron Hatch and myself also reject this notion, and we do so equally strongly and perhaps with equal stridence. Evolution. (a) Velikovsky supported the general theory of evolution if the necessary mutations occurred through catastrophes rather than through uniformitarian timing. Thus in his view catastrophism is a means or mechanism for species evolution. (b) Patten and Hatch both favor the concept of sudden creation involving excellence in detail and design for ...
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... the rock would be hardly visible. The schist dropping deep below the city of Athens is infinitely fractured. Is this tempestite, thermotite, seismotite, hydrotite, turbotite, or what? If the wind god, Aeolus, blew at once all around the world, many sediments would be displaced, losing their local cyclone scars in the process and letting no new strikes penetrate deep into the new strata. But perhaps the Earth's surface has spent 99.9% of its time in a peaceful state with a quiet atmosphere. Such quiescence contradicts uniformitarianism as much as it does catastrophism; that is, I have used above the present "quiet" state to reconstruct the past, as Hutton and Lyell recommended. Yet even so, estimates resulting therefrom would be much more impressive than present conventional history gives one to understand. A final possibility is that the sedimentary rocks of the Earth are much too young to have experienced all that is supposed to have happened. That is, if the Earth were 100,000 years old, much of its surface would perhaps not have ...
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... would behave like a comet, with a flaring electric tail representing electrical transactions with the unaccustomed medium of passage. The most enthusiastic students of terrestrial magnetic changes are the exponents and developers of continental drift. Prof. Billy Glass once told the author that what convinced him of continental drift was paleomagnetic measurements. These generally are held to correlate positively bands of rock, moving away from the central Atlantic ridge, with time; the older rocks are farther from the ridge. Not only do the magnetic measurements depend upon geochronometry but also upon uniformitarianism, because it is assumed that the lava flood extending from the ridge has been of the same volume-to-time ratio for many millions of years. More on this last point will be brought forward later. To conclude these pages on magnetic and geographical tilts, we can state our position: the geographical figure of the rotating Earth can tilt or reverse north and south, with moderate applied exoterrestrial force and with large holospheric damage. It has done so. The magnetic figure of the Earth will tilt or reverse in general accord with a ...
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... life; then a cracking of the globe, sending the continents skittering from the great Atlantic and southern ocean cleavages in a complex pattern, with a major fracture moving through most of the world along the old Tethyan sea belt. He concludes as follows: The physical chemistry of oil, including its formation from marine raw materials, its conditions for cracking, its observed composition and physical properties as a function of depth of the reservoirs are, apparently, better accounted for by the sudden, deep burial mechanism than by the doctrine of uniformitarianism. Oil reservoir temperatures are too low to permit appreciable cracking during all of geologic time even assuming existence of the best known catalytic cracking conditions. The observed changes of oil grade with depth may be explained instead on the basis of the physical chemistry of decomposition of green marine and vegetal raw materials in their sudden burial at various depths in the oil basins [33. But Velikovsky's theory of petroleum Origins introduces a frightful deluge of oil. He cites references in legends and scriptures to the fall of naphtha, sometimes blazing, and ...
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