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... time. Speaking for "his fellow astronomers," Shapley was quoted as saying that the theories in question were "rubbish and nonsense." The director of the American Geological Institute, David Delo, said that Velikovsky "appears to be bypassing all the sound, scientific observations of a multitude of geologists made during the past 100 years. ... Carl Kraeling, director of the University of Chicago Oriental Institute, called Worlds in Collision an "example of the apologetic procedure," looking for evidence to fit a preconceived theory: "There is nothing we as historians can do other than smile and go about our business." And the president of Hebrew Union College, Nelson Glueck, ...
182. Sediments [Books] [de Grazia books]
... up sand; sand is continental. Is this fall-out, turbidity currents of unobserved ferocity coming off the slopes, early winds over empty beds? Shelton ends his book on geology much as I end this chapter, musing about hypothetical studies, "and finally, before we can do any of these things, we must be able to tell ... Earth, largely founded upon the layerings of sedimentary rock of the continents, have long been suspect simply because of the disarrangement and, indeed, chaos of the sediments. Geologists customarily still speak of erosion as the source of all sedimentary rock [7 ], following a process of weathering of source material, transportation, deposition, and lithification ...
183. Alternatives in Science: The Secular Creationism of Heribert Nilsson [Journals] [Kronos]
... solid evidence" (p .19). The crux of the controversy is still what constitutes the solid evidence. According to Nilsson, evolution has been refuted by both geological catastrophes and genetic stability (including the stability of intraspecific variation). Just as a century of uniformitarian geology had obscured the fact of a catastrophic past, so half ... (by water, wind, or ice) is an excellent negative explanation: everything can be worn away given enough time. But it is of little positive value. Geologists cannot convincingly explain with little-by-little how a huge rock formation is lifted in a single piece from its place of origin and left resting much higher on top of newer strata ...
184. Ever Since Darwin: A Review [Journals] [Kronos]
... sociobiology" from crime to racism. Gould does not shun controversy, but throughout he remains the spokesman and champion of Darwinism in all aspects of biology, palaeontology, and geology. His essays provide a valuable insight for the non-specialist into the workings of the modern Darwinist mind and are generally lucid and instructive and always valuable - whether one agrees ... of such phenomena as faunal extinctions, tektite falls, volcanic maxima, climatic changes, glacial retreats and advances, sea-level changes and geomagnetic reversals. Gould, like every good geologist, should be well acquainted with the scores of papers on these correlations in Nature and other journals. Gould's next criticism, "the exclusive use of outdated sources" ...
185. The Velikovsky Affair [Books] [de Grazia books]
... as the Van Allen belts around the earth". ' On 5 December 1956, through the kind services of H. H. Hess, chairman of the department of geology of Princeton University, Velikovsky submitted a memorandum to the U.S . National Committee for the (planned) IGY in which he suggested the existence of a terrestrial ... who had not read the book. Perhaps as many as half a million American have read Worlds in Collision. Among them are relatively few of the scientists - astronomers, geologists, paleontologists, historians-who are directly affected by the ideas treated in the book. Reviewing is one step beyond reading. The review is necessary to pinpoint the ...
186. Geology And Archaeology. Ch.13 Collapsing Schemes (Earth In Upheaval) [Velikovsky] [Velikovsky Earth in Upheaval]
... From "Earth in Upheaval" © 1955 by Immanuel Velikovsky | FULL TEXT NOT AVAILABLE Contents Geology And Archaeology MEASURED by anthropological and archaeological evidence, the age of many finds is recent; measured by the prevailing geological and paleontological schemes, the dates of the same finds are many times more remote. This conflict was very sharp in the ... other remains of human origin found with the fossils point to a much closer date in Europe too. K. S. Sandford, writing of the conflict of views between geologists and archaeologists in England, says: "The difference of opinion in some instances is so complete that one or the other must assuredly be wrong."4 Those ...
187. Society News [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... lecture. With two slide projectors and a wealth of examples, mainly from Britain, our speaker, geologist Michael Garton, proceeded to attack the presumptions of the currently accepted geological timescale with a speed and vigour which ensured that those present will probably never look at a rock again without seeing catastrophe written upon its surface. Mr. Garton welcomed ... lengthy lunch hour to converse with others before we reconvened for the afternoon's lecture. With two slide projectors and a wealth of examples, mainly from Britain, our speaker, geologist Michael Garton, proceeded to attack the presumptions of the currently accepted geological timescale with a speed and vigour which ensured that those present will probably never look at a rock ...
188. Pleiongaea: A Myth for all Seasons [Journals] [Aeon]
... , hence, twice the exposure to the T-tauri zephyr. Planetary Nova Students of natural history invariably run into a blank wall in the perennial quest for a primal cause of geological and paleontological events. The upheavals and extinctions, under equally bizarre circumstances, have sparked many hypotheses to account for the five major catastrophic changes closing one geological period and ... about 1912 that meteorologist Alfred Wegener first advanced the idea of drifting continents to explain the similarities in flora and fauna in the Euro-African continents and the Americas. His contemporary, geologist Frank B. Taylor, independently arrived at the same idea. But it wasn't until the last quarter-century that the theory of plate tectonics gave the Wegener-Taylor concept credence. ...
189. Marx, Engels, and Darwin [Books] [de Grazia books]
... is part of "cosmic evolution" (Herbert Spencer). The U paradigm can be considered broader than its circumscribed form as a mere hypothesis that rates of change in geology are to be considered as having been uniform unless proven to the contrary. Rather, the U idea is taken in its broadest form as a world view, in ... earth were constant on the by now established theory that the solar system was mechanically stable and permanently self-sustaining." The close friendship and association of Darwin with the great U geologist adds credibility to the labeling of a U paradigm. In fact the peak prestige of the U paradigm would probably be registered around 1875, after the publication of the ...
190. The Latecoming Olduvai Gorge [Books] [de Grazia books]
... the Falls to be of the same age as Niagara Falls; this would place a spectacular bit of Africa within reach of 3500 years of age. A quantavolutionary view of geology tends to bring more and more features more and more together; the Earth's surface tends to be hologenetic and is seen in holistic perspective. Olduvai Gorge could have been ... lakes to the Miocene Period. But Louis Leakey found hand axes embedded in the lake deposits and therefore called them Pleistocene [3 ]. Olduvai Gorge appears young to the geologist's eye. All of East Africa seems so, too. The Victoria Falls and Zambezi Gorge seem very young. Suppose the Falls to be of the same age as ...
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