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... parcel of it." But how is it that Wells brings in as metaphor a shower of meteors and a portentous comet in the sky? Is not the simile here more than a simile? In all his doomsday oration. Wells not even once put suspicion on man and man's action. Nature changed its flow and life is sentenced to extinction. "The reality glares coldly and harshly upon any of those who can wrench their minds from the comforting delusions of normalcy to face the unsparing question that has overwhelmed the writer. They discover a frightful queerness has come into life. Even quite unobservant people now are betraying, by fits and starts, a certain wonder, a shrinking ...
132. Perilous Planet Earth: Catastrophes and Catastrophism Through the Ages by Trevor Palmer. [Journals] [SIS Review]
... of Schaeffer. The chapter concludes with a description of how the ideas of Clube and Napier in astronomy and Heinsohn, James, Rohl and Sweeney in ancient history displaced the original theories of Velikovsky even among most of his erstwhile supporters. Chapter 13 treats the proposals about Atlantis in a similar way. The old catastrophists had always argued that mass extinctions and sudden shifts in stratigraphy implied that not all change could be benign and gentle. But how sudden was sudden? 100,000 years ago was nothing to a gradualist, but an immense length of time to a catastrophist. New ideas of supernova and the impacts of comets became popular again as more and more craters were found on ...
133. Monitor [Journals] [SIS Review]
... 25.7 .99 Astronomers have suggested that another star passing by the Solar System could alter Jupiter's orbit, making it pass so close to Earth that we could be ejected into space or crash into the Sun. Failing such an extreme scenario Jupiter could affect Earth's orbit or crash through the asteroid belt, hurling asteroids towards Earth and causing extinctions etc. The theory that the Moon was formed after a catastrophic impact with Earth of a Mars-sized body has received a boost by the discovery that the Moon contains more iron than previously thought. It also fits with other research which suggests that the early Solar System contained up to 20 planets in irregular orbits where they were eventually bound to ...
134. Collective Amnesia In Everyday Life [Journals] [Kronos]
... very existence, the race as a whole would have a tendency to distort, censor, deny, and repress major elements of the experience in the same way that an individual screens out and denies traumata. As the individual has "put these events out of his mind", so, too, does the race behave when threatened with extinction. The concept is important for many reasons. First, it has the roots of both Freudian and Jungian traditions and, as such, offers an opportunity to bring these major personality theorists into greater harmony. Second, it has importance to Velikovskian scholars who have struggled with the resistance exerted by the scientific community against Velikovskian catastrophism. This ...
135. The Asphalt Pit Of La Brea. Ch.5 Tidal Wave (Earth In Upheaval) [Velikovsky] [Velikovsky Earth in Upheaval]
... From "Earth in Upheaval" © 1955 by Immanuel Velikovsky | FULL TEXT NOT AVAILABLE Contents The Asphalt Pit Of La Brea At Rancho La Brea, once on the western outskirts of Los Angeles, and at present in the immediate neighbourhood of the luxurious shopping centre of that city, bones of extinct animals and of still living species are found in abundance in asphalt mixed with clay and sand. In 1875 some fossil remains of this bituminous deposit were described for the first time. By then thousands of tons of asphalt had already been removed and shipped to San Fransisco for roofing and paving.1 Beds of petroleum shale (rock of laminated structure formed by the consolidation of clay ...
136. Monitor [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... Scientist 22.1 .94,p . 9, Scientific American December 1993,p . 18 The Amazon's equivalent of the Yeti is Mapinguari, many reports of which originate from the Brazilian rainforest. A researcher in Brazil now suggests that these sightings are real and that the creature is a giant ground sloth, previously believed to have become extinct between 11,000 and 8,500 years ago. Fossil remains of at least 8 genera of ground sloths, some of which reached the size of elephants, have been found in Brazil and details fit descriptions of Mapinguari. However, more extreme descriptions, such as it being one-eyed, having a mouth in its belly and devouring ...
137. Book Reviews [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... and is accepted as due to the break up of a large asteroid causing a shower of meteorites; evidence of impacts possibly being two craters in Libya and groups in Kara and in the Ukraine. Rezanov considers this catastrophe, although probably the largest in the history of the Earth, can have done little more than accelerate the ongoing process of extinction of the dinosaurs. Rezanov's view of catastrophes' is more comprehensive than that of some. He includes fluctuations and reversals of Earth's magnetic field, not only in respect of its protective value against destructive cosmic radiation, but also regarding the direct effects of the field upon living organisms. However, he again stresses the lack of any sudden ...
138. Imaginary and Expected Catastrophes: Apocalyptic Desire and Scientific Prognosis [Journals] [SIS Review]
... Equilibria: An Alternative to Phyletic Gradualism', in T.S .M . Schopf, ed., Models in Paleobiology, San Francisco, Freeman, Cooper and Co., 1972, pp. 82-115. 37. P. Béland, J. -R. Roy, D. Russell, Chains of Events Leading to Mass Extinctions: Two Synopses', in P. Béland et al. (The K-TEC Group), Hg., Cretaceous-Tertiary Extinctions and Possible Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Causes, Ottawa, The National Museums of Canada, Syllogeus No. 12, 1977, pp. 155 ff. 38. L.W . Alvarez, W. Alvarez, W ...
139. Reviews [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... 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, but thus to destroy animals, both large and small .. . we must shake the entire framework of the globe," But in Origin of Species, two decades later, he wrote "We may feel certain ...
140. Uniformitarian Or Catastrophist? Ice Age Theory [Journals] [Velikovskian]
... Age] changes, one of the greatest riddles in geological history, remains unsolved, despite the endeavors of generations of astronomers, biologists, geologists, meteorologists, and physicists, it still eludes us."4 Schneider and Londer suggest, "There are many parallels between the theories explaining recent ice ages and those explaining the great dying [extinction]. The possible causes offered for glacial/ interglacial episodes of the Pleistocene have been as numerous as the biblical plagues."5 Like the question of the extinction of the megafauna at the end of Pleistocene, this problem of the cause or causes of the Ice Age is also unsolved and enmeshed in scientific and scholarly conflict. For ...
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