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91. Reviewing Velikovsky'S Venus And Mars Theories [Journals] [Velikovskian]
... Gradualism (uniformitarianism) was Lyell's dogma for the geological sciences. Poorly laid out, nevertheless it achieved a status equal to fact through rave reviews and other forms of thought control. This same phenomenon also is true, unfortunately, in the astronomical sciences. The protesters to Lyell's uniformitarianism have been few but great. They included geologists like Baron Cuvier, Louis Agassiz and George McCready Price, all 19th or early 20th century geologists and catastrophists. But now in the mid 20th century, of all things, catastrophism has been affirmed with considerable interest by a psychiatrist, Velikovsky. In our 20th century gradualistic dogma and propaganda have rarely been contradicted or challenged. It has been worn like ...
92. Botanical Fantasies [Journals] [Velikovskian]
... unless the pole was tilted more perpendicularly to allow photoperiodic signals for their various biological processes, unless they had sufficient rainfall, unless the permafrost had melted deeply, unless the seasonal warmth allowed them to grow? Ecology describes the interrelationships necessary for different elements of an environment to allow trees to grow. It is much like paleontology as devised by Cuvier. From one bone or tooth he could construct the entire animal from which it came. The same exists in the paleoecological setting. If an animal or plant only lives in a temperate environment today, in the recent past several thousand years it would also require the same environmental conditions to live. In this respect there is evidence of ...
93. The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes [Journals] [Kronos]
... ", he startlingly declares, without having prepared his readers for any such bombshell, "The second millennium B.C . was heavy laden with profound and irreversible changes. Vast geological catastrophes occurred. Civilizations perished. Half the worlds' population became refugees." Here, as before, he omits all reference to scientific catastrophists from Georges Cuvier through Claude Schaeffer to Immanuel Velikovsky- the last of whom, like Jaynes himself, now dwells in splendid isolation in the midst of the bustling Princeton intellectual community. Then, as though belatedly recognizing the crying need for some explanation for such wide-spread disasters, he mentions "two major elements of these upheavals... the volcanic eruption ...
94. Nemesis for Evolutionary Gradualism? [Journals] [SIS Review]
... whereas the true situation is much more finely balanced [96, 97]. Another determined not to accept unsubstantiated claims in favour of extraterrestrial catastrophism is Tony Hallam, Professor of Geology at the University of Birmingham. Hallam is not interested in defending outmoded gradualism. He agrees with Stephen Jay Gould [2 , 4] that catastrophists such as Cuvier were the true empiricists of the day, interpreting the stratigraphic record as it appeared, for instance in the abruptly changing succession of fossil faunas, and that Lyell introduced confusion into the argument' . He further agrees that the actualistic principle of uniformitarianism, that the present is the key to the past', is accepted ...
95. Chapter 4 Scientific ? Radiocarbon Dating [Journals] [Velikovskian]
... . But once desert conditions developed, nearly all the rest of the trees there had to die and whole regions, as in the Tarim Basin, would thereafter be buried and uncovered by sand dune migration. Dunes develop best where they encounter obstruction and a forest of trees would be an ideal obstruction to form dunes and bury these forests. Cuvier, in the Discours Préliminaire, discussed the fact that sand dunes do indeed bury forests: "Wherever human industry has not known how to stabilize them . . . [sand] dunes advance on the land as irresistibly as rivers advance on the sea . . . in many places they advance with frightening rapidity. Forest, building, ...
96. Chapter 17 Corroboration, Convergence, Analysis [Journals] [Velikovskian]
... ) Roux, Georges: "The Great Enigma at Ur," in Jean Bottero, Everyday Life in Ancient Mesopotamia (Baltimore 2001) Roux, Georges: Ancient Iraq, 3rd ed. (NY 1992) Rudenko, S.I .: Frozen Tombs of Siberia (London 1970) Rudwick, Martin J.S ., Georges Cuvier, Fossil Bones and Geological Catastrophes (Chicago 1997) Ruse, Michael: Mystery of Mysteries (London 1999) Sagan, Carl: Broca's Brain, (NY 1979) Saggs, H.W .F .: Babylonians (Norman OK 1995) Saggs, H.W .F .: Everyday Life in Babylon and Assyria ( ...
97. Imaginary and Expected Catastrophes: Apocalyptic Desire and Scientific Prognosis [Journals] [SIS Review]
... ., 1830, 1832, 1833. 6. C. Lyell, The Principles of Geology: Being an Attempt to Explain the Former Changes of the Earth's Surface, by Reference to Causes Now in Operation, London, John Murray, 3 vols., 12th edition, 1875, I, p. 318. 7. G. Cuvier, Discours sur les révolutions de la surface du globe, et sur les changements qu'elles ont produits dans le règne animal (1821), Paris, Deterville, 1825. 8. C. Darwin, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or, the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, London ...
98. The 'Unconscious' as a Literary Revolt Against Science [Books] [de Grazia books]
... ). Besides these authors, to whom distinct chapters of the intended monograph are devoted, occur other intellectual figures who are to be treated in the proposed research. They include Shakespeare, John Bunyan, John Milton, and Voltaire in Chapter I; Newton, Fontanelle, Locke and Hume in Chapter II; Hutton, Lamarck, Lyell, Cuvier, Buckland and Agassiz in IV. Boulanger, rarely mentioned, is discussed in Chapter VI; he combines scientific catastrophism (comet and flood); a theory of the origins of religion in real-world fear; a theory of collective amnesia; and the use of the myth from suppressed traumas - all in an unprecedented manner. For some ...
99. Monitor [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... to Raup's views on the negative reaction by the scientific community. "Within geology and paleontology, according to Mr Raup, no piece of conventional wisdom is more strongly entrenched than the suspicion of catastrophism', of explanations that involve sudden and violent change." This Raup sees as a historical attitude, dating from the triumph of Lyell over Cuvier. Raup would like to see greater openness towards new ideas, "but all too often normal professional safeguards can have a paralysing effect, and progress depends on the presence of the indomitable maverick." Gordon Jonas, reporting this item to us, thinks this is the nearest they could get to a mention of Velikovsky! A Catastrophe ...
100. The Quantavolutionary Scan [Books] [de Grazia books]
... address to his colleagues, reviews the wholesale extinction of species at certain times, and then ventures that a heavy meteoroid explosion should be introduced by way of explanation. Following an explanation of the effects of what I have since termed a "catastrophic tube,", he remarked, "this will do." He would have pleased George Cuvier, who for a century has entered the textbooks as "the father of fossil paleontology" but "unfortunately a badly mistaken catastrophist." In 1968 René Thom publishes his first paper on the topological mathematics of catastrophe theory. After eight years, the less specialized media, such as the Scientific American, described his work. Actually, ...
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