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1. Uniformitarian Or Catastrophist? Ice Age Theory [Journals] [Velikovskian]
... From: The Velikovskian Vol 3 No 2&3 (1997) Home | Issue Contents Uniformitarian Or Catastrophist? Ice Age Theory Charles Ginenthal The cause of the Ice Age is yet another unexplained dilemma that has not been resolved over the past century. As Schultz expresses it, ". .. with a wealth of scientific tools and the ability to explore anywhere on Earth..., still we have not been able to explain why the Ice Age occurred. There must be a hundred theories but they all have holes' or lack substantiation, and none can be proved. Not one commands anything like general acceptance."1 In fact, Louis Agassiz, the ...
... few pages later, that "the most important of all causes of organic change is one which is almost independent of altered and perhaps suddenly altered physical conditions." (28) (Emphasis added) This, in my opinion, is the true bottom line, the real purpose of Darwin's book, and the peak of this crescendo of uniformitarian propaganda occurs in the penultimate paragraph, where it is stated that, if one accepts the premise of evolution, then ". . . we may feel certain that the ordinary succession by generation has never once been broken," [i .e ., the world has always evolved slowly and peacefully], "and that no ...
3. "Just Plainly Wrong": A Critique of Peter Huber (Second Installment) [Journals] [Kronos]
... of tiles made under the supposedly twelfth-century pharaoh, Ramses III, but that interest largely subsided as the hopelessness of any explanation in terms of the conventional chronology became apparent. Furthermore, sometimes the older field reports give us what the excavators really found, whereas the later scholarly treatises tell us only what should have been found according to conventional or uniformitarian views. Thus we saw in the first installment of this paper that Huber's sources describe an incandescent, cometary Venus, while Huber, coming along later, tries to minimize such evidence and to argue that the ancients saw Venus in the same way that we see it today. In those extremely numerous instances in which later scholars mainly repeat ...
4. Radiocarbon Dating The Extinction [Journals] [Velikovskian]
... of the extinction. As Haynes says, "According to radiocarbon dates, a proboscidean crisis occurred 10,000 to 12,000 years ago, the interval when mammoths and mastodonts disappeared from the world."1 But he also admits that "some would say they disappeared later."2 This later extinction possibility Haynes and the other uniformitarians are clearly unwilling to examine presently or admit openly. To drop this 10,000 year extinction date would destroy both the hunting and climate hypotheses. Hence, a later extinction is a deeply disturbing possibility that would bring down their uniformitarian house. Here is a thumbnail sketch of how the radiocarbon data was debated at a recent conference in ...
5. Scientific Prehistory [Books]
... correlation in which all known oil and gas pools are shown to occur either in the basins between the original ice sheets or shields and the concentric (thrust) mountains or welts of Pangaea, or in one of the major sedimentary thrust basins discussed: 3. the physical chemistry of oil is better accounted for by this model than by any uniformitarianism theory; 4. anomalous pressures and pressure gradients are common in oil wells; the rock permeabilities are such that these could not develop gradually, or survive for more than a short time. Fossils and Mammoths A good case (similar to Velikovsky's) is made for a catastrophic explanation of fossils. Fossil wood specimens recovered from Precambrian deposits ...
6. What is Uniformitarianism and how did it get here? [Journals] [Horus]
... From: Horus Vol. 1 No. 2 (Summer 1985) Home | Issue Contents What is Uniformitarianism and how did it get here?by Alex Marton When Charles Darwin published his now classic On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection in 1859, he was riding the crest of a long wave of scientific speculation regarding the history of the earth and its inhabitants... I have called attention to the word scientific not to demean its value, but to highlight the fact that that was just one side of the on-going controversy about the Creation and the level of interest that the Almighty might have in the affairs of men. This last point was one ...
7. The 'Unconscious' as a Literary Revolt Against Science [Books] [de Grazia books]
... U.S National Endowment for the Humanities to pursue a line of research that is described here. The application was unsuccessful, but its theory appears to be worth publication, and it is to be hoped that a more sympathetic reception will follow, and possibly that another scholar may take up the theme.) The final success of the uniformitarian over the catastrophist paradigm in the mid-19th century signaled a class of scientific restraints upon literature. Writers had to conform to a demanding science that viewed the universe as ordered and regular, old in time, only slowly and evenly changing, with a retired God, if any, with species evolving gradually in competition, and with a mankind ...
8. Uniformitarianism, Catastrophism and Evolution [Journals] [SIS Review]
... From: SIS Chronology & Catastrophism Review 1996:1 Home | Issue Contents Uniformitarianism, Catastrophism and Evolution by Trevor Palmer Professor Trevor Palmer is Head of the Department of Life Sciences and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Mathematics at the Nottingham Trent University. He has written 3 books and is author/co-author of around 70 research papers and review articles. In Catastrophism, Neocatastrophism and Evolution [1 ], written in 1992, I described how historians of science such as Anthony Hallam, Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Huggett and Claude Albritton Jr. had, over the previous decade, demolished the prevailing myth of a dichotomy between scientific uniformitarianism and unscientific catastrophism. It was therefore ...
9. Comments [Journals] [Catastrophist Geology]
... Atlantologists I would answer this question with a yes, for the flat or hollow-earthers with a no. After reading more on these subjects I could of course revise my opinion. Anyway, dedicating special issues to these subjects does not imply endorsement, so I do not really understand your cautioning. It sounds as if you were afraid of the uniformitarians - people that start fr'om the wrong assumptions and then proceed to suppress part of the evidence - but you do keep an open dialogue with them, don't you? So why not with Velikovsky? If we close the dialogue, we are in danger of becoming dogmatic - that is what happened to the uniformitarians. And if we have ...
10. Catastrophism and Uniformitarianism [Journals] [Catastrophist Geology]
... From: Catastrophist Geology Year 1 No. 2 (Dec 1976) Home | Issue Contents Catastrophism and Uniformitarianism Alistair F, Pitty Department of Geography, University of Hull, Great Britain The view of earth history proposed by the Catastrophists of the early nineteenth century was of a succession of abrupt upheavals culminating in a great Flood. These paroxysms were interpretated as the result of Divine intervention. In contrast. C. Lyell and J. Hutton favoured slow changes due to natural processes and considered that interpretations of earth history could be based on present-day evidence. Geology developed from their work. and A. Geike's maxim, the present is the key to the past', is often ...
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