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... Lin and Shigeru Ida of the Tokyo Institute of Technology suggest that each star may have possessed a massive disk of gas and dust, spawning several large planets. Within a few million years, the pernicious effects of gravity could have perturbed the planets sufficiently to make their orbits cross. Then, inevitable collisions created a single enormous object with a bizarre orbital path. If this notion sounds vaguely familiar, it should: Immanuel Velikovsky proposed that similar events in our own solar system could explain certain oddities in the rotations and positions of planets. Velikovsky's 1950 book Worlds in Collision went way off the deep end, but Lin acknowledges that the basic premise has merit- if not here, ...
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82. German Conference: from Gunnar Heinsohn [Journals] [SIS Internet Digest]
... explain how his field sees the reforestation of Europe after the end of the Ice Age 12,000 or 13,000 before present. The botanists know that today it takes 60 to 100 years to cover a certain space with forests as we know them in Europe. They discard this knowledge when dealing with the post-glacial past by invoking wonderfully bizarre ad hoc hypotheses why, then, the same biological processes had required 1,000 to 2,000 years. When, in Wie Alt Ist Das Menschengeschlecht? (How Ancient is Man?, 1996, p.112), I brought down the date for the appearance of homo sapiens sapiens from -30,000 to -2 ...
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... Red Sandstone defies the simple facts of nature, which he claims he is upholding. It is, in fact, the very thing that he accuses Velikovsky of having done. Essentially it is really Gould, and not Velikovsky, who begins with a working uniformitarian hypothesis . . . . He then attempts to find some physical explanation, however bizarre, regarding preservation of the innumerable fish with their soft tissues fossilized by unique individual burials in untold numbers that would render his interpretation mutually consistent and true. And I add, most scientists would do exactly the opposite in using the limits of physical possibility to judge. Did so many fish discover a unique method of dying and burying themselves ...
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84. The Saturn Problem [Journals] [SIS Review]
... of the Golden Age, when mankind basked in a winter-less climate under the regime of the beneficent god Kronos. Saturn itself would have provided extra heat and light in the northern hemisphere, while the southern part had to make do with ordinary sunlight. The idea that the Earth may once have orbited a different body from the Sun sounds so bizarre that most people hearing it will immediately dismiss it as an utterly crackpot idea. The Saturnists', who are sincere researchers, are well aware of this. They see the inevitable knee-jerk denial as a conceptual problem, perhaps analogous to the incredulous reaction that the idea of the Earth's movement would have produced in the Middle Ages. In ...
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85. The Birth of Athena [Journals] [Aeon]
... attending her epiphany is difficult to imagine under any but the most abnormal conditions. Yet as Walter Burkert observes, the birth of Athena continues to exert a strange fascination upon modern readers in spite of these incongruities: "This birth myth is as popular as it is puzzling." (4 ) There have been numerous attempts to explain the bizarre circumstances attending Athena's birth. Indeed there are as many explanations of this particular myth as there are of myth itself, ranging from socio-cultural to meteorological to psychoanalytic. Jane Harrison, for example, dismissed the myth as a patriarchal fiction: "The outrageous myth of the birth of Athena from the head of Zeus is but the religious representation ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 12  -  30 Jul 2008  -  URL: /online/pubs/journals/aeon/vol0203/005athen.htm
86. SIS Silver Jubilee Conference: Abstracts [Journals] [SIS Internet Digest]
... so-called "Saturn theories" sometimes suffer from "northernism", from an overcrowding of divinities, from too much myth, and from the lack of any descriptive name (how about "god-kebob"?). Dwardu Cardona: The Demands of the Saturnian Configuration Theory For those who are not familiar with the Saturnian configuration, the theory, bizarre in the extreme, can be reduced to its simplest form by positing that the planets Saturn, Venus, Mars, and Earth were once much closer to each other. More than that they were strung out in a linear conformation, in the order given above, which Frederic Jueneman once jocularly descibed as a celestial shish-kebab. In other ...
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87. Letters [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... Velikovskians. I know I am guilty of similar uncritical reactions at times: as the next writer, R.A . Herring says: "I now see Velikovskian spin-offs in most of the natural sciences", but if we wish to further the cause of Velikovsky's theories being seriously considered and upgraded from the level of fringe or just plain bizarre lunacy (to quote John Gribbin of New Scientist !) , it behoves us all to seriously consider each aspect before we commit ourselves in writing, or even in discussion with sceptics. The establishment element is so deeply entrenched that it can say what it likes and get away with it, however illogical or patently untrue when referring to ...
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88. On Models and Scenarios [Journals] [Aeon]
... dilemma is clear: Can the evidence of myth be reconciled with modern physical theory? Milton Zysman of Toronto, in his argument for a primitive ice dome around the Earth, would also accept the basic forms of the polar configuration. But he has looked for a way to explain the imagery without having to ask planets to behave in the bizarre ways required for a sustained polar alignment. (3 ) Even if these efforts ultimately fail (as I have no doubt they will) they can only help to place the key questions in a clearer light. As if to avoid the ultimate tests of any model, some have sought partial physical explanations, responding to one mythical theme ...
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89. Monitor [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... . 95, Sep-Oct 1994, p. 1, Baltimore Sun 20.5 .94 and The Washington Post 20.5 .94 We have reported on supernova 1987A before. It still continues to surprise astronomers. Now three delicate rings have formed round the exploded star but astronomers have no idea how, describing it as an unprecedented and bizarre object'. One ring surrounds the supernova and may have been created 30,000 years before it went nova, itself a phenomenon difficult to explain. The other two appear to be moving away from the star on either side like mirror images. Debris from the original explosion is still racing outward and will collide with the inner ring ...
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90. The Twenty-One Years of Venus [Journals] [Kronos]
... demanding approach, which consists in searching for arguments to discredit the credibility of the record, rather than establishing the exact text of it. * [Except by Erica Reiner, who has identified ten additional fragments that had long lain neglected in the British Museum.] The easiest way to dispose of the Venus Tablets is to assume that some bizarre mind was driven to concoct a set of imaginary dates for the appearances and disappearances of Venus. But this would not explain why the tablets were copied and recopied over so many centuries, as the conventional view would have it. Against those who wanted to dismiss the tablets as fiction, Kugler proved that they are a report of actual ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 12  -  05 Mar 2003  -  URL: /online/pubs/journals/kronos/vol0703/036years.htm
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