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... the sky and menacing our own planet. Near collisions disturbed the terrestrial axis, removed the Earth from its established path and produced worldwide catastrophes. Velikovsky's research led him to an extraordinary theory about the planet Venus. He claimed that Venus was born explosively from the planet Jupiter only a few thousand years ago, taking on the appearance of a comet, and moving on an Earth-threatening orbit around the Sun. On at least two occasions, he said, the Earth passed through the trailing debris of the comet-like Venus, showers of stone and fire descending on terrestrial inhabitants and leveling civilizations the world over. It was the first of these two disasters, in Velikovsky's reconstruction, which ended ...
182. Interdisciplinary Indiscipline [Journals] [SIS Review]
... the material in my notes will be of more general interest. In particular I would refer the reader to the information in notes 2 (worlds not necessarily in collision), 3-7 & 52 (statistical fallacies), 15 (a respectable' Velikovskian scenario), 17 (the problem of the satellites of Mars), 32-35 (Lexell's comet) and 40-41 (stalactites). To recap: the intention here is not to defend Velikovsky's work as such, either in detail or in large. It is to expose some particularly unscholarly interdisciplinary work. Guarding the Guardians Several big names among the popularisers of science have used their established platforms to snipe at Velikovsky. Probably the unkindest ...
183. Rockenbach's 'De Cometis' and the Identity of Typhon [Journals] [SIS Review]
... RECENTLY COMPLETED A DOCTORATE THESIS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF BIBLICAL STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD, DEALING WITH EARLY HEBREW CHRONOLOGY WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE DATING OF THE EXODUS. In the Fall 1973 number of Pensée there appeared "A Note or Rockenbach's De Cometis " by Carter Sutherland. The article dealt with the passage in Abraham Rockenbach's essay on comets (published in 1602) in which the comet of Typhon is described. Velikovsky had previously made use or this passage in Worlds in Collisions (the section "The Comet of Typhon") because it supports his assumption that this comet appeared at the time of the Exodus. Dr Sutherland's article gives us an English translation of the entire ...
184. Frequency Of Giant Meteorite Falls [Books]
... may not be far more frequent. Although a player has only one chance in six of an v particular throw at dice, gamblers know very well that, in a small number of throws, it may, in fact, turn up much more often. 3. Another source of cosmic bodies that may collide with the Earth is the comets. Comets are self-luminous bodies, often of huge size, moving rapidly through space with changing speeds and orbits. The composition of comets is not yet well known. Their nucleus (or `head') seems to contain only stones of a few dozen metres in diameter. Although their mass is, in most cases, considered to ...
185. The Shadow Of Death, Part 1 Venus Ch.6 (Worlds in Collision) [Velikovsky] [Velikovsky Worlds in Collision]
... arms through all the sky; the Alps rocked with unwonted terrors . . . and spectres, pale in wondrous wise, were seen at evening twilight."(4 ) On September 23, -44, a short while after the death of Caesar, on the very day when Octavian performed the rites in honour of the deceased, a comet became visible at daytime; it was very bright and moved from north to west. It was seen for only a few days and vanished while still in the north.(5 ) It appears that the gloom which enveloped the world the year after Caesar's death was caused by the dust of the comet dispersed in the atmosphere. The ...
186. The Electric Universe CD by Wallace Thornhill [Journals] [SIS Internet Digest]
... from an electric point of view. He covers an enormous range of phenomena, from subatomic particles through stellar and galactic evolution, floodlighting our understanding of the universe with insights garnered from mythical symbols, space probes, and plasma lab experiments. As an illustration, let me compare the received explanation with Thornhill's electric explanation for the tail of Halley's Comet, both presented in light of photographs returned by the ESA spacecraft Giotto in March, 1986. The standard theory states that "Comets grow tails only when they get warm enough for ice and dust to boil off... . on the [sunward side], jets of gas and dust spurt from active holes in its [ ...
187. Catastrophism and Evolution [Journals] [SIS Review]
... , by geological standards, and may eventually disappear equally abruptly, showing few morphological changes in between. On occasions, mass extinctions of species have taken place, to be followed by the rapid appearances of new species to fill vacant ecological niches. Astronomical evidence suggests that at least some mass extinctions are likely to have resulted from the impacts of comets or asteroids upon the Earth, while geological and palaeontological evidence is consistent with the extinctions at the end of the Cretaceous Period and the Eocene Epoch having had such a cause. The Earth and its surroundings Our particular corner of the Universe shows very little evidence of having been at peace with itself since its formation. The orbit of Pluto ...
188. BOOK REVIEWS [Journals] [Aeon]
... From: Aeon III:5 (May 1994) Home | Issue Contents BOOK REVIEWS Tom Van Flandern, Dark Matter, Missing Planets & New Comets. (Paradoxes Resolved, Origins Illuminated) (North Atlantic Books: Berkeley) 1993.Reviewed by Frederic B. Jueneman (c ) 1994 by Frederic B. Jueneman Are the underpinnings of science- and especially cosmology- beginning to come apart at the seams? One would think so, since over the last two decades there has been a deliberate unraveling of the skein of hard-won knowledge accumulated over the last century or so by a growing cadre of nonconformists who have been questioning the wisdom of their intellectual forebears and academic mentors ...
189. Cometary Orbits Hints At Large Undiscovered Object [Journals] [SIS Internet Digest]
... .org.uk/ras/ Contact for this Release. Dr John B. Murray (j .b .email@example.com) Tel: 01908 652118, Dept. of Earth Sciences, The Open University, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA Puzzle of Cometary Orbits Hints At Large Undiscovered Object Intrigued by the fact that long-period comets observed from Earth seem to follow orbits that are not randomly oriented in space, a scientist at the Open University in the UK is arguing that these comets could be influenced by the gravity of a large undiscovered object in orbit around the Sun. Writing in the issue of the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society published on 11th October ...
190. L. Sprague de Camp: Anatomy of a Zetetic [Journals] [Kronos]
... article in the July/August 19 76 issue of The Humanist. There, de Camp said the following: "In the history of cultism, one is always experiencing a feeling of deja vu. Cultist beliefs have been confuted countless times but bob up again as lively as ever. The idea that the earth was once devastated by a comet began in the eighteenth century with Count Gian Rinaldo Carli. It was revived in the nineteenth by Ignatius Donnelly, who also made a popular cult out of earlier scholarly speculations about the lost Atlantis. In our own times, the cometary-collision hypothesis has been revived again with stunning success by Immanuel Velikovsky. " This statement provoked a response from ...
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