A Journal of Myth, Science and Ancient History

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Associate Editor: Lewis M. Greenberg & Lynn E. Rose, & Frederic Jueneman
Consulting Editor: David N. Talbott. Science News Reporter: Tania ta Maria

Volume V, Number 3
ISSN 1066-5145
Copyright (c) December 1998


Front Cover

The Female Star: Venus -- goddess and planet


By Dwardu Cardona

Vox Popvli

Our readers sound off. PAGE 5


Debate between Roger Wescott, Richard Smith, Mike Twose, and Henry Zemel concerning Zemel's hypothesis re the possible past existence of solar rings. PAGE 7

Darwin's Dangerous Idea: A Critique -- by Frederic B. Jueneman

TThe title speaks for itself -- a critique of Daniel Dennet's book of that name.. PAGE 11

Changing Sea Levels -- by Gordon P. Williams

Mr. Williams takes both Jueneman and Cardona to task concerning the mechanism that was responsible for the carnage in Earth's Arctic regions. PAGE 21

Charting Imaginary Worlds: Pole Shifts, Ice Sheets, and Ancient Sea Kings -- by Sean Mewhinney

A critique of Charles Hapgood's theory concerning ancient man's supposed familiarity with an ice-free Antarctica as derived from the evidence of ancient maps. PAGE 25

The Female Star -- by Ev Cochrane

Why was Venus the only planet visible to the naked eye that was considered female? What lies behind the ancient belief that the planetary goddess of that name was tied in marriage to Mars? In examining these issues, as well as others, Cochrane offers his conclusions on the basis of the Saturnian thesis. PAGE 49

The Mosaic Calendar and the Sabbath -- by Eric Aitchison

An analysis of the Mosaic calendrical laws, their relation to the 365-day year, and the now-discarded use of the floating Sabbath. PAGE 65

After 200 Years It's Time to Get Serious About Dynasty XVIII and Tuthmose III -- by Dale F. Murphie

The author presents new evidence and cogent arguments in favor of Immanuel Velikovsky's identification of the Biblical Shishak as Tuthmose III. While this identification has long been abandoned by those involved in the reconstruction of a new chronology for the civilizations of the ancient Near East, Murphie sees fit to resurrect the debate by shedding new light on the controversy. PAGE 69

Out of the Attic

The Age of Purple Darkness -- by Roger Ashton

A concise study of the primeval age of darkness which examines the possibility that ultraviolet and/or infrared radiation had bathed Earth and its inhabitants during this protracted event. Possible experiments aimed at resolving the problem are also offered for consideration. PAGE 96.

The Book Shelf

Book reviews by Frederic B. Jueneman: PAGE 102

New Flashes -- by Tania ta Maria


Volume V, Number 3


Frederic Jueneman is a consulting industrial analytical chemist, who has served as an Associate Editor of KRONOSand a member of the R&D 100 panel for the adjudication of the annual top one hundred products developed by academia and industry. He has continued as a Contributing Editor and columnist for Research & Development magazine to which he has contributed for more than 25 years. He is a composer and author, having written two symphonic suites and several ensemble and piano works as well as two published books on speculative science: Limits of Uncertainty(1975) and Raptures of the Deep (1995).

Gordon P. Williams served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force and with the R.A.F. Bomber Command as a navigator flying out of East Anglia. Having been introduced to the works of Immanuel Velikovsky in the early seventies, he developed an interest in relative mythology and geomorphology. A free lance writer, he has also published in the SIS Workshop and presented papers at Geographical Conferences in Christchurch, New Zealand and Hobart, Tasmania.

Sean Mewhinney is a free-lance writer who has focused his scholarship onthe Velikovsky controversy, and whose interests have ranged from ancient astronomy, calendars, and chronology, to paleoclimatology, and the dynamics of individual and collective belief systems. His previous publications have appeared in KRONOSand Catastrophism and Ancient History.

Ev Cochrane, the author of Martian Metamorphoses: The Planet Mars in Ancient Myth and Religion, has also published numerous articles on comparative mythology and archaeoastronomy. He previously served as an Associate Editor of KRONOS and is currently the publisher of AEON.

J. Eric Aitchison was educated at Newcastle Boys High School in classics, Latin, French, History etc., but finished school early due to family finances. During varied employment, he gained his accountancy degree. His chosen industry was NSW Public Hospitals. During this employment, he gained a degree in Health Administration (Univ. of NSW). He retired recently as Chief Executive Officer of his local suburban hospital. His interest in Velikovsky began in 1967 and has not abated since.

Dale F. Murphie was educated at Newcastle Technical High School but chose a career focused on accounting and commerce. He has traveled extensively throughout the world, particularly into and around the Middle East, on commercial assignments. Now retired, he remains a noted research consultant for one of Australia's leading genealogical service organizations who is regularly sought as regional guest lecturer on the technical aspects of the discipline in its worldwide application. Having sustained a consuming interest in historical subjects since childhood, particularly in matters of historical chronology, Murphie has spent most of his life researching a wide range of subjects related to the ancient history of Egypt. He is presently fine-tuning a 1500-page study on the chronology of Egypt and contemporary civilizations which, despite critical amendments, he describes as "unabashedly based on Velikovsky's Ages in Chaos concept," a work which has now occupied him for the last 25 years.

Roger Ashton was born in the UK and has resided in Delhi, Bombay, Dharamsala (India) and Beirut (Lebanon). Presently residing in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada), he is an interdisciplinary researcher and student of Sanskrit literature. Topics of his published articles range from classical Asian music to the butterflies of Delhi. He has also broadcasted a radio program series on the classical and traditional music of former USSR Asian republics, India, and North Africa.

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