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121. Restless Gold [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 41: Sep-Oct 1985 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Restless Gold Thanks to the development of high-resolution electron microscopes and video recorders, we can now watch the bizarre behavior of tiny solid particles, which, it turns out, are not so solid after all. Ultrafine particles of gold about 18 Angstrom units across, containing only about 500 atoms, are not statis aggregations. The shapes of the particles are always changing. The gold atoms move cooperatively to shift kaleidoscope-like into various crystal structures. They have, in fact, been dubbed 'quasi-solids.' A large gold particle may even ingest smaller gold particles. The phenomena have no explanations as yet. (Anonymous; "Japanese Gold in Atomic Motion," Nature, 315:628, 1985.) From Science Frontiers #41, SEP-OCT 1985.© 1985-2000 William R. Corliss Other Sites of Interest SIS. Catastrophism, archaeoastronomy, ancient history, mythology and astronomy. Lobster. The journal of intelligence and political conspiracy ...
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122. Upside-down Animals [Science Frontiers Website]
... feeding. In this way, we end up with admirably adapted, inverted flamingos, jellyfish, and catfish. (Gould, Stephen Jay; "The Flamingo's Smile," Natural History, 94:7, March 1 985.) Comment. If we were a bit flip above, it is because Gould and most biologists believe that such examples of "perfection" are nicely explained by evolutionary theory. We cannot be so sanguine, for we are still left with too many unanswered questions. Why would animals indulge in such bizarre behavior in the first place? A proto-flamingo experimenting with inverted feeding sans the proper equipment-- huge tongue, fantastic bill, straining devices, etc.-- would not be very efficient and would probably get a snootful of water in the bargain! A half-flamingoized bill would-n't be much better; and a perfect flamingo bill is pretty useless without the pumping and raking action of the special tongue. Can all these changes be orchestrated by random mutations? Finally, are there any fossils of transition stage flamingos? Antievolutionists have been ...
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... ¦ Issue Contents Guardians of the Boundaries of Science Nature, Isaac Asimov, and others Today isn't 1950 Review From an editorial in Nature (April 12, 1974), titled, "Science Beyond the Fringe": "It would have amazed the Victorian steadfasts of science how confused some of our attitudes towards science still are. Instead of the logical world they hoped for and tried to work in there is a discernible tendency for the public and even some practitioners of science to turn their backs on science and become preoccupied with the bizarre and the magical...."... Velikovsky is enjoying a revival at a time when real astronomy and the earth sciences have never been more fascinating. How long will it be before psychiatrists are inundated with requests for more research into possession by devils from people who have seen the film The Exorcist? "It is difficult to know why these beliefs beyond science have such a following and whether it is genuinely on the increase, but presumably it is closely tied to a prevailing mood of the questioning of established ...
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124. Bookshelf [SIS C&C Review $]
... " to prove that Venus moved irregularly in the past! As is perfectly clear from Professor Rose's articles, the arch-manipulators of the data on the tablets have been the uniformitarian scholars, in their attempts to make the evidence conform to conventional astronomical theory. If Mr Brown's dyslexia progresses, he has every hope of one day joining that illustrious scientific vaudeville act, Sagan, Asimov& Moore (which will be known from now on in this column as "The Sagasimoore" as an economy measure). His dogmatic stance appears even more bizarre in view of his very clear exposition elsewhere in the book of the problematic nature of much of the astronomical evidence- the multiplicity of possible sighting lines and markers, the ambiguity of horizon markers, the identification of the celestial body observed and so on- and he judges even Thom's research to be inconclusive. (He does not mention sites with apparently distinctive alignments with no apparent astronomical significance such as that at Loch Nell, which seems to miss a summer solstice by two degrees, and another at Cefn Gwernffrwd, which just ...
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125. Mythology and Repression [SIS C&C Review $]
... at any rate, I infer that he takes repression to be the annihilation of a memory. In fact, however, psychoanalysts from Freud to Velikovsky have agreed that (in the absence, at least, of physical brain damage) memories are never obliterated; they are only removed from normal waking conciousness if they prove too painful. When so displaced, they still emerge in dreams, doodles, slips of the tongue, or bodily malfunctions. Displaced memories, moreover, are disguised memories. Most dreams, for example, seem bizarre and garbled yet can be related to dreamers' past experiences by means of systematically symbolic interpretation. Myths resemble dreams in depicting strange personages and events that are difficult to relate to ordinary experience, either contemporary or documented. Investigators with a Jungian orientation, whether they are psychoanalysts or mythologists, tend to see myths and dreams as isomorphic with one another: for them, myths are traditional collective dreams, as dreams are ephemeral private myths. In these terms, it would be unrealistic to regard myths as straightforward depictions of group experiences ...
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126. Failure of a Concept? [SIS C&C Review $]
... disciplines, but of horizontally organised teams able to produce less assailable, perhaps even watertight portrayals of a chosen theme. PETER JAMES: Walk, don't run I fail to see how Mr Marx can deny that a discussion of the revised chronology involving historical methodology, Biblical studies, Anatolian archaeology, Egyptology, Astronomy and Radiocarbon Dating is interdisdplinary! (And this, not counting the debate on celestial mechanics held the following day.) I am also curious to know what Marx means by "quasi-disciplined", particularly in view of his bizarre statement that the "Velikovsky Affair" has demonstrated that "the so-called scientific method is unreliable". If we abandon scientific methods, how does Marx propose we evaluate Velikovsky's theories? Guesswork? Blind faith? I think Velikovsky deserves better. Marx's complaint, as I understand it, is that the catastrophist models outlined in Worlds in Collision for the periods of history under discussion were not taken fully into account by the speakers. In answer I would like to point out that neither are they in Ages in Chaos, or for ...
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127. Bookshelf [SIS C&C Review $]
... the EM spectrum which the human eye can detect is awesomely small, the wavelengths between four and seven hundred-thousandths of a centimetre; on either side of this "window" we can sense a little more- the heat of infra-red radiation and the suntanning effect of the ultraviolet- but by far the greater part eludes our senses altogether. The unseen flux of natural radiation which constantly bombards the earth originates in the sun, other planets in the solar system, stars (both well-behaved and exploding), pulsars, quasars and even more bizarre entities in our own galaxy and galaxies beyond. Particularly important is the fact that these natural radiations (if they all are natural!) can influence that most significant component of our invisible environment, the earth's own magnetic field (GMF). As if this were not enough, man has also "polluted" his EM environment with radio, microwave and TV transmissions and the emissions of his huge networks of high voltage power transmission lines. Though some of the grosser effects on the biosphere of certain EM radiations have been known ...
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128. Rubberneckia [Science Frontiers Website]
... all, a very reasonable assumption, because necks and other appendages turn only so far before bones and muscles begin to snap. Well, it seems that inside ter-mite guts there resides a single-celled animal with a head that rotates constant-ly 30 times a minute. Since none of its membranes shear during rotation, we must infer that membranes are basically fluid structures rather than solids as supposed. The animal, called Rubberneckia, has a shaft running the full length of its body plus a motor of undetermined character. To make Rubberneckia even more bizarre, thousands of tiny, rod-like bacteria occupy long grooves on the cell's surface. Like galley slaves, the bacteria row with their flagella to keep Rubberneckia moving-- a curious symbiotic relationship. (Cooke, Robert; "A Tale to Make Your Head Spin,: Boston Globe, March 20, 1984, p. 1. Cr. P. Gunkel) From Science Frontiers #33, MAY-JUN 1984.© 1984-2000 William R. Corliss Other Sites of Interest SIS. Catastrophism, archaeoastronomy, ancient history, mythology and ...
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129. Horizons [SIS C&C Review $]
... in solar activity, and takes a far more positive approach to ancient and modern data than that familiar from his column in New Scientist. [** Talbott appears to be unaware that the 7th-century version of the Epic from Assurbanipal's library is merely a copy of a much earlier work, fragments of which date from as early as the 10th century. His somewhat incautious approach to a specialist field also seems to have resulted in numerous contentions (as yet unsupported) which will jar on those familiar with his subject, such as the bizarre statement that it is "fully accepted in even the most conservative archaeological circles" that the Egyptian city of Heliopolis, "together with the city Of Athens", is mentioned in the records of Sargon II.KRONOS V:4 begins with a fascinating study by R. J. JAARSMA and E. L. ODENWALD of "The Contemporary Foundations of Shakespeare's Cataclysmic Imagery". While the authors do not bring any conclusions directly to bear on the Velikovsky theses, the implications of their study for the work of DR IRVING ...
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130. Life beyond 100c [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 29: Sep-Oct 1993 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Life beyond 100 c Bacteria can survive and multiply in hot springs near and slightly above 100 C-- the boiling point of water at atmospheric pressure. Few scientists have contemplated the possibility of life forms prospering at temperatures well beyond 100. Recently, however, the discovery of many new and frequently bizarre organisms clustered around deep-sea vents has forced a reexamination of high-temperature life. It seems that bacteria actually flourish in the 350 C water streams from the deep-sea vents. In the lab, these same bacteria multiply rapidly in water at 250 C kept liquid by pressures of 265 atmospheres of pressure. What a surprise! Quoting a concluding sentence from this article: "This greatly increases the number of environments and conditions both on Earth and elsewhere in the Universe where life can exist." (Baross, John A., and Deming, Jody W.; "Growth of 'Black Smoker' Bacteria at Temperatures of at Least ...
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