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161. Religious Elements in Science [Books] [de Grazia books]
... said, the proof of science is the scientific method, and all of astronomy, by this time, has become couched in scientific form. That some of the more famous astronomers and related scientists of these decades- Urey, Hoyle, Wickramasinghe, Crick, T. Gold, and Sagan, the name only several, have toyed with bizarre theories impermissible to laymen, acknowledges the essential fragility and defensive posture of the field. Nowadays an astronomer, provided that he has an appropriate university degree, can profess the Doppler Effect, Bode's Law, intelligence in other worlds, the "Big Bang", the La Place theorems, empty space, straight lines, exact solar time ...
162. The Death of Heracles [Journals] [Aeon]
... . The outcome which the audience has been led to anticipate as inevitable must give place to a conclusion which is fixed in legend as a historical fact. (12) The obvious question which presents itself is what possessed a master like Sophocles to so dwell upon the agony of Heracles? And from whence did he get the inspiration for the bizarre imagery of the hero's "disease"? Greek Epic, Ritual, and the Origins of Tragedy It is well-known, of course, that the various tragedians chose their subject matter from the vast corpus of epic myths, which they then selectively molded to suit their particular purposes. (13) In the present play, for example, ...
... skyshow program that he envisioned would have promoted better planning for the space age and would have saved large sums of government funds misspent on faulty assumptions about the nature of the solar system. (14) Other old Velikovsky-baiters also emerged, sometimes in strange places. In a high school publication, for instance, Martin Gardner called Velikovsky's idea "bizarre cosmological fantasies" that were "so far out that not even John Campbell," the science fiction editor who had previously promoted Dianetics and other "pseudo-scientific" fads, --"not even John Campbell has been able to work up enthusiasm for it." (15) Meanwhile, a telephone conversation with Shapley convinced Newsweek not ...
... a careful presentation of conventional arguments why Velikovskian "wars of the worlds" were impossible. As in the other cases, Velikovsky offered specific rebuttals of Mulholland's claims, appealing in part to statements by Johannes Kepler and Claudius Ptolemy on latitudes. But Mulholland refused to accept their authority in the matter at hand, claiming that Kepler "was a bizarre mystic" and Ptolemy "is suspected of falsifying observations to satisfy his theories." Meanwhile, Robert Bass, another highly esteemed mechanician (but supportive of Velikovsky) drafted a concise reply to some of Mulholland's technical points; when it became clear that an evening session would have to be added to the schedule, Bass asked to be ...
165. Thoth Vol I, No. 10: April 22, 1997 [Journals] [Thoth]
... question as to the solar character of these gods. And yet the profile of the great "sun" gods presents a fascinating dilemma. During the past century several authorities noticed that Greek and Latin astronomical texts show a mysterious confusion of the "Sun" --Greek Helios, Latin Sol- with the outermost planet, Saturn. Though the designation seems bizarre, the expression "star of Helios" or "star of Sol" was applied to Saturn! Of the Babylonian star-worshippers the chronicler Diodorus writes: "To the one we call Saturn they give a special name, Sun-Star. '" Similarly, the Greek historian Nonnus gives Kronos as the Arab name of the "sun," ...
166. Monitor. C&C Review 2002:1 [Journals] [SIS Review]
... ago. Although the resulting climate and sea level changes and their probable effects on evolution are noted, the scientists are still only thinking in terms of such shifts taking up to 10 million years and, as usual, they are way in the past. As one of them says, for some reason it's easier for people to accept a bizarre world hypothesis as we go further back in time', yet the evidence is all there that Earth has had much more recent and sudden polar shifts. An explanation for Venus rotating the opposite way to the other planets also suggests that the planet has been flipped over by the action of various forces on the bulges in its dense atmosphere ...
167. Thoth Vol I, No. 11: May 3, 1997 [Journals] [Thoth]
... one place. There is, in fact, a decisive difference between the great luminary celebrated as the king of the world, and the body we call the Sun today: unlike our rising and setting Sun, the archaic sun-god did not move. Perhaps the idea of a giant but visually stationary body in the sky will seem not just bizarre but impossible to visualize in any practical sense, given a rotating earth. There is an answer to that issue, arising from the ancient traditions themselves, but that answer will only raise other questions, so we've reached a point at which we have to be most attentive to the witnesses themselves. From the first stirrings of civilization in ...
168. Commemoration Of The 2300bc Event [Journals] [SIS Review]
... , magnesium and nitrogen atoms. The trail, initially a straight line, rapidly diffuses and becomes twisted into complicated snakelike forms by wind shear and jet streams at altitudes of 80-100km. Interestingly, it was this phenomenon that was studied to provide the first information on these high altitude atmospheric effects, which one author remarked have led to some rather bizarre accounts of things seen in the sky during great meteor showers of the past'. Minor variations are the point source' meteoroid which flares up near the end of its path and the nebulous' meteor which has fuzzy outlines and several bright nuclei. The latter normally breaks up but the fragments appear to stay fairly close together, possibly ...
169. The Uranians [Books] [de Grazia books]
... . C. Individual concentrates its life energies upon physical wellbeing and sociability. D. Individual possesses simple tools, makes signs, and cooperates with others. E. Perception, cognition and affection are governed strictly by a single coordinated instinctual being. Only rarely and temporarily are they "distorted". No animal (hominid) no matter how bizarre or self-destructive its behavior (induced by disease, chemicals, or trainers) ever thinks to itself: "I can't believe what I am doing!" F. Assume a population of bands, a reign of natural terror (massive traumas), and distraught faunal populations. (Problem now set is: How does a human become ...
170. The Method of Science [Journals] [Velikovskian]
... " But there are no mathematical models of gravity effects that show this preferential attraction phenomenon and the author offers none, nor any footnotes. This is another explain everything miracle. This is central to the argument on page 63, that tidal distortion of the passing Venus "raised one hemisphere of the Moon more than 2 kilometres," a bizarre image in which the reader must ask, [W ]hat was left under it, hollow caverns? The density of the Moon is not uniform, which leads to the offset of the centre of mass from the centre of figure, allowing tidal rotation capture. But nothing short of a miracle could take a presumably uniform density Moon ...
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