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... a team of oxen, and so on. It is now known that astrology has provided man with his continuing lingua franca through the centuries. But it is essential to recognize that, in the beginning, astrology presupposed an astronomy. Through the interplay of these two heavenly concepts, the common elements of preliterate knowledge were caught up in a bizarre bestiary whose taxonomy has disappeared. With the remnants of the system scattered all over the world, abandoned to the drift of cultures and languages, it is immensely difficult to identify the original themes that have undergone so many sea-changes. The language of the Vedas, for instance, which transposes a dazzling wealth of metaphysics into the discourse of ...
272. Imaginary Worlds: The Debate Heats Up [Journals] [Aeon]
... Arlington Mallery an irrelevant digression, although Hapgood got the whole idea of creatively "reconstructing" old maps by chopping them up into bits with different reference frames from Mallery, and the key idea that the Piri Re'is map represents Antarctica. Actually, the whole thing is a digression. It is Part 5 of my ongoing exposť of Charles Ginenthal's bizarre claims about ice cores, paleoclimate, and supposed pole shifts, as set forth in his "Ice Core Evidence" and various other writings. Entitled Minds in Ablation, it can be found on the web at [http://www.pibburns.com/smmia.htm]. I subtitled it "A Digression that ...
273. The Velikovsky Affair [Books] [de Grazia books]
... scientists regarded as a publishing catastrophe. It stirred up all sorts of vituperation, especially among astronomers who, it may be recalled, behaved as though they had been stung by a hornet from outer space. '[ 47]. One should peruse the literature of the hundred years that followed Copernicus's work, to assemble an equivalent collection of bizarre and ridiculous arguments used in the refutation of a theory. To cite one of the best publicized instances: a popular argument against Copernicus was that if the Earth moved, human beings would be thrown into space; similarly, the mimeographed memorandum distributed by the Harvard Observatory, and later several other astronomers, contended that if the Earth's rotation ...
274. The Third World of Science [Books] [de Grazia books]
... simply look the gate on me by putting me onto this or that matter stretching on endlessly. He cannot help himself. He is authoritarian. And he finds it difficult to think that anyone in the world but himself can supply anything but a few details nor indeed should until he has breathed his last word. This kind of game seems bizarre between friends, but the reason I am perhaps vulnerable to shock by its exposition. As certainly as the sun shines (sic!) he would reject my work repeatedly, absorb all that he had not known, and accuse me in the end of plagiarism. V. begins to exhibit alarming symptoms: Deg's Journal, February 10 ...
275. The Milky Way [Journals] [Aeon]
... The other problem is the orientation of Twin Mountain. This mountain guards sunset and sunrise; it was thus imagined as stretching from the eastern to the western horizon, presumably underneath, on the invisible side of earth." (94) Now I ask: is it likely that ancient skywatchers the world over would arrive at the same, bizarre idea of an "invisible" mountain (or road) extending beneath the earth thereby encompassing both the easternmost and westernmost horizons? All the evidence speaks against this ad hoc conjecture. When confronted with a universal tradition such as that of a mountain presiding over sunrise and sunset, or of a mountain, tree, or ladder joining heaven ...
276. Velikovsky's Sources Volume Three [Books]
... they are found to occur in the inscriptions. It does not explain why the fire- god' is linked with cultivated vegetation rather than global mayhem or why the star of lamentation' is linked with sundering brethren rather than planetary catastrophism. And though V's scenario accounts for the martial aspects of Ishtar-Venus it does not account at all for the bizarre association of a goddess of love with formerly rampant super- comet. Before going any further we had perhaps better make it clear that Langdon's particular association of the martial Ishtar with the star Sirius should not be taken to mean that she was not also associated with Venus. On the contrary her warlike character does seem to have been associated ...
277. Oberg's Unscientific Method [Journals] [Velikovskian]
... .. pure miracles... pseudoscientific claims... classic patterns of pseudoscientific reasoning... miraculous pseudoscientific causation scheme... classic miracle... not a feature of reality... a theological "Holy Ghost"... a "Star Wars" blessing... another explain-everything miracle... bizarre image... nothing short of a miracle... it is utterly simplistic and unreal... only a miracle will suffice... just a miracle rewriting reality... just made it up... howlers... the worst example of confusion and misrepresentation, of arrogant ignorance, of classic pseudoscientific ...
278. Viva Lamarck: Renewed Discussion on the Inheritance of Acquired Characteristics [Journals] [Aeon]
... the minute differences by the accumulation of which new forms are said to arise in the course of generations. But how can such hereditary individual characters exist if the changes wrought by the action of external influences, during the life of the individual, cannot be transmitted?(83) Weismann's answer to this all-important question stands as among the most bizarre ever offered by a biologist: genetic variation is to be traced to our one-celled ancestors! In Weismann's words: The origin of hereditary individual variability cannot indeed be found in the higher organisms- the Metazoa and Metaphyta; but it is to be sought for in the lowest- in the unicellular organisms. In these latter the distinction between ...
279. June 15, 762 BCE: A Mathematical Analysis of Ancient History [Journals] [Velikovskian]
... with Adad-nirari III (824-800). It should be emphasized again that a strictly Chaldean-Hittite synchronization, even including the three extra kings noted above, would carry the Chaldean line back only to c. 840, which is still too late for precise mathematical coordination with the height of the Amarna Period. Finally, I would like to pose a bizarre question for general meditation: If the Hittites were actually the Assyrians, rather than the Chaldeans (that is to say, if the Boghazkoi records written in the Hittite-Chaldean language merely retell the history of the Assyrian New Kingdom from another perspective), then could it possibly be that Hattushash/ Boghazkoi is the true site of the lost city ...
280. Cyrus The Mardian/amardian Dethroner Of The -6th Century Medes And Aziru The Martu/amurru (Amorite) Dethroner Of The -14th Century Mitanni [Journals] [Velikovskian]
... - did not exist at the time of Cyrus, all his other achievements which to a large degree he had to support with the abundant resources of Assyria are also put into doubt. Modern Assyriologists do not recognize anything important in Assyria between the -6th and -3rd centuries of the Persian Empire. Yet, they are stunned by the Persians' bizarre behavior of picking nearly all their iconographical and technological features from the rubble of Assyria. In the frieze above, all the items in the upper lines derive from inside Assyria or from sites dominated by Assyrians. The items in the lower line of the frieze all derive from Achaemenid territories outside Assyria. Modern Assyriology dates the Assyrian pieces between ...
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