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... similarities- in mode of thought, in the sources and their interpretation, and even in the impact of the book on the public and on the scientific community. Like Velikovsky, Donnelly surveyed existing scientific knowledge, pointing to gaps in it and evi 219 Blundering Critics dence for past catastrophic events- for instance, quoting the same passage from Cuvier as does Velikovsky concerning extinction of the mammoths (Ragnarok, p. 47, and Worlds in Collision, p. 25). Like Velikovsky, Donnelly described what effects the approach of a comet to earth would produce: a change in inclination of theearth's axis; great cracks in the surface; inconceivably powerful winds; vast heat; ...
32. Towards a new Evolutionary Synthesis [Journals] [SIS Review]
... to Cope; and (2 ) that an organ developed by use would be passed on in an improved form to a descendant. He did not believe that a species could ever become extinct: it must stay the same or evolve into something else. That led him into conflict with the growing force in French biology, the catastrophist George Cuvier, who believed that all life on Earth had been wiped out on several occasions, to be replaced by completely new forms. Hindered further by an arrogant streak in his nature, Lamarck and his ideas fell into disrepute in his own country while he was still in his prime. He was buried in a pauper's grave, and for ...
33. Chapter 1 The Foundations of Ancient History [Journals] [Velikovskian]
... in several parts [of Egypt] before the day of Ammon+ Sesac [Shishak] when Egypt was divided into several small kingdoms+ that the priests of Egypt out of the Records of their several cities collected the kings of all these kingdoms into one continual succession to make the ages of their gods look ancient'."23 Georges Cuvier, in his great work, The Revolution of the Globe, also looked into this question, citing historian Joseph Christoph Gatterer's 1786 work: 22 William G. Waddell, Manetho (London 1940), p. 9 23 Frank E. Manuel, Isaac Newton Historian (Cambridge, England, 1963), p. 57 Charles Ginenthal ...
34. The Advancement of Science [Books] [de Grazia books]
... : In reporting the work of Eldredge and Gould, among others, towards rehabilitating some of the constructive aspects of scientific catastrophism, your author, James Gorman, was suffering understandably from verbophobia. Hardly anyone, and for good reason, wished to advance to the study of sharp breaks and movements in natural and cultural history under the flag of Cuvier. Not only does the term "catastrophism" suggest a long-discredited science, but it ignores the "constructive" and "acceptable" features of the "catastrophic" events. (Our world and ourselves were, willy-nilly, catastrophized over time.) "Punctuated equilibrium" (Gould's term) is admittedly awkward. "Macroevolution" is ...
35. Sagan's fourth problem: Terrestrial Geology And Lunar Craters (Carl Sagan & Immanuel Velikovsky) [Books]
... "The concept of a celestial body interfering with Earth gravity to cause great tides is not alien to the theory of uniformitarianism. "39 Velikovsky states in the chapter titled "Sea and Land Change Places" in Earth in Upheaval, "The most renowned naturalist to come from the generation of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars was Georges Cuvier. He was the founder of vertebrate paleontology, or the science of fossil bones, and the science of extinct animals. Studying the finds made in the gypsum formation of Montmarte in Paris and those elsewhere in France and the European continent in general, he came to the conclusion that in the midst of even the oldest strata of marine ...
36. C&C Review 1995 Special Issue (Volume XVII): Contents [Journals] [SIS Review]
... radiocarbon, tree ring and ice core dates. If the Thera eruption was not 1628BC (as currently favoured) but 1159BC, interesting conclusions follow. See also: The Evolution of the Bronze Age Gunnar Heinsohn: Imaginary and Expected Catastrophes - Apocalyptic Desire and Scientific Prognosis 22 Explores the relationship between legends of past catastrophes, the scientific catastrophism of Cuvier, Schaeffer, Velikovsky (and more recent theorists) and beliefs in an impending apocalypse from cosmic or environmental agents. Benny Josef Peiser: Cosmic Catastrophes and the Ballgame of the Sky Gods in Mesoamerican Mythology 29 Rituals involving human sacrifice in Central and South America were linked to ritual ball games which relate to legends of cosmic ball games between ...
37. Reviews [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... is repressed because of an unwitting decision to block out the terror of catastrophe. To support his arguments, Velikovsky delves into the history of science to show how the prevailing belief in past catastrophes, accepted by Plato, was overturned by the rigidly mechanistic Aristotelian system, which denied their possibility. Similarly, the geological catastrophist school of Buckland and Cuvier, that dominated the early 19th century, was swept aside by Darwin and Lyell, the founders of evolutionary science. Yet Darwin, on his famous Galapagos expedition, saw for himself the evidence for massive, sudden faunal extinction, and noted in his journal, "The mind at first is hurried into the belief of some great catastrophe ...
38. Catastrophist Geology [Journals] [Catastrophist Geology]
... of Chert Nodules Albert V.Carozzi, Murry S.Gerber Coldwater Carbonate Sedimentation C. Prasada Rao Cratonic Stability and Rapid Erosion Events Charles W.Finkl Jr Anomalistics - a New Field of Interdisciplinary Studies Roger W..Wescott Science Frontiers 1977-1978 William R.Corliss Apophoreta 6 Haroun Tazieff The next issue will be a special volume on George Cuvier and Charles Lyell - a History of Misunderstandings and Distortions, with articles by Charles Deperet, Louis Delaunay, Pierre Termier, Henshaw Ward, Chr.B .Beringer and Johan B.Kloosterman. Also forthcoming: a special issue on The Alchemy of Rocks - the Transmutation of Elements in Geology, with contributions by George Choubert, P ...
... , not only have obviously random samples been embedded, but apparently only those of a geologically speaking very short time. According to Hoerbiger, fossils were chiefly encased in sedimentary material during the stationary' period, and the time immediately preceding and succeeding it, when the tide hills moved round the Earth very slowly. More than a century ago Cuvier taught that successive worldwide revolutions destroyed all life, and were followed by repeated new creations. The theory was eventually given up because Cuvier's supposed cataclysms remained purely hypothetical and because he stipulated the complete extinction of all life and the creation of an entirely new series of living beings in every geological age, which was felt to be impossible and ...
40. Global Catastrophes: New Evidence from Astronomy, Biology and Archaeology [Journals] [SIS Review]
... on it. Palmer compared the probable drastic effects upon climate of asteroid impact on the land and in the sea, and concluded that there should be abundant evidence of such impacts - if they happened - in the fossil record. Turning to this he showed how views of the geological record have come almost full circle since the 18th-century catastrophism of Cuvier, through its misuse by the creationists and the antithetical reaction of the scientific establishment, to the recent ideas, now voiced on several fronts, of mass extinctions caused by extraterrestrial bodies. Unfortunately, Darwin had linked his ideas of evolution to the uniformitarianism of Lyell, resulting in a gradualistic model of evolution to which the evolutionary biologists have ...
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