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91. Showers of Glass [Journals] [SIS Review]
... lunar volcanism. But somehow it does seem less so these days". He then remarks on the "remarkably cool" reception the scientific community gave the Alvarez et al. hypothesis of cometary impact to explain the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinctions, and that this suggests ". .. the rigid anti-catastrophism characteristic of geological thinking since the time of Hutton and Lyell is now dead". One final thought remains as a challenge. He notes that tektites are known only from the last 35 million years: however, cometary impacts are being used to explain the biological extinctions throughout the Phanerozoic.* This is perhaps evidence that should give Alvarez et al. food for thought. It probably means that ...
92. Graincollection: Human's Natural Ecological Niche -- A Review [Journals] [Velikovskian]
... drastic discontinuities in behavioural direction. In this, they collectively contrast with the orthodox view, which pictures our evolution as steady and continuous, moving us directly from an arboreal to a terrestrial habitat while gradually increasing our control of natural forces. My feeling is that, although none of these hypotheses can be reconciled with the uniformism of Hutton, Lyell and Darwin, they can be fitted into a larger, quantalist paradigm. This paradigm would depict our ancestors as quadrupedal and arboreal fruit-eaters during the Miocene Epoch, as semi-aquatic waders and beachcombers during the Pliocene, and as grassland plant-gatherers during the Lower Pleistocene. During the interglacials of the Middle Pleistocene, they could have begun specialising m the ...
93. Society News [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... 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 the recent swing back towards catastrophism but indicated that the basic problem of timescale was still with us. Ever since Lyell had proposed that the gradual geological processes we see today were the key to the past, and Darwin's evolution by natural selection seemed to require aeons of time for slow evolutionary change, the timescale had been ridiculously inflated and these preconceived ideas moulded how geologists saw things. Where rates of today's processes can be measured, such as the formation ...
94. Phillip E. Johnson, "Darwin on Trial" [Journals] [Aeon]
... bicameral mind. One can nevertheless rest assured that these same repetitious polemics will be resurrected time and again to defend against any and all apparent inimical mythological or other "non-scientific" incursions into entrenched historical or established geological or paleontological scenarios. I highly recommend more than a perfunctory reading of Johnson- a scientifically literate academic lawyer (a la Charles Lyell, who later became a renowned geologist as well as a defender and friend of Darwin) on the often spurious and largely ad hominem verbal arguments supporting Darwinism- both as a textbook and as a reference work to get a leg up on the arguments used in the past as indicators of what will be applied in the future. Arguments ...
95. Reviews [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... to Peter Warlow's book The Reversing Earth which is due out in January 1982. (We thank Mr I. K. Johnson for sending in this article with his comments.) Derek Shelley-Pearce Creationist Controversies BBC1 Everyman on "The Creationist Controversy", 29/11/81 Any prime-time "equal time" in the media for alternatives to Lyell and Darwin will be welcomed by catastrophists, but this 30-minute documentary on the new Creationist movement was an opportunity missed. The giveaway clue was its production as a religious programme in the Everyman series, rather than under the editorial control of BBC2's Horizon science documentary unit, which produced "The Death of the Dinosaurs". While not overtly ...
96. Letters [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... "religious beliefs" might likewise have a sound basis, deserve greater attention and lead back to God? The second: In view of the difficulties Velikovskians experience in convincing others of the validity of catastrophism, it is hardly surprising that the vast majority of people in the western world, brought up on the lotus plants cultivated by Darwin and Lyell, and fed a daily diet of the same soporific drug by establishment science, should find the necessity for an apparently disinterested but nonetheless uncomfortable and demanding Deity to be minimal or non-existent. However, it would be interesting to speculate on the mad "musical chairs" scramble for church pews if the long-playing record of the present "uniformitarian ...
97. Some Interdisciplinary Speculations (?) [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... be better able to cope if it consciously understood that that system is probably quite unstable and could come unglued any day in ways which the race could not hope to survive. It occurs to me that our current manic behaviour might seem tame compared to what might ensue. Perhaps this is the fundamental reason that lies behind the desperate efforts of Lyell and Darwin, and their descendants, Shapley and Sagan, to assure the race that all is well with the physical world. Perhaps even, that is why Newton came down so hard on Whiston... OUR reviewer, Roy MacKinnon, notes that "wind and storm tracks are noted for affecting the physical and mental health of ...
98. Bookshelf [Journals] [SIS Review]
... commitment to gradualistic evolution: his belief in the Scala Naturae, which linked all forms of life in a graded series; his belief in the principle of plenitude, the idea that there were no gaps in the scale of life or, as we might say today, that all ecological niches must be filled; and the influence of Charles Lyell and his uniformitarian ideas. As with most biologists, from T. H. Huxley onwards, who have felt the need to criticise some aspects of evolutionary theory, Steven Stanley is conscious of the dangers of giving comfort to creationists; accordingly, The New Evolutionary Timetable includes the expected blast against creation science. Near the end of the ...
99. For the Record. . . [Journals] [Kronos]
... fossils found at the end of one epoch differ profoundly from those found at the beginning of the next. These are the leaps that correspond to the so-called gaps' in paleontology." Continuing, Lippman noted that "Man often tries to force data into molds that correspond to his actual experience. This is the basis of the gradualism of Lyell upon which Darwin based his hypothesis of evolution. This mode conformed to the philosophy of Newton, mechanical materialism. It held for a constant and invariable continuity of cause and effect. But, it omitted many facts, and did not settle the question of change itself. Change is intrinsically discontinuous." Lippman then pointed out the shortcomings ...
100. The Great Debate [Journals] [Catastrophism & Ancient History]
... all costs to avoid the rare and mysterious; thus uniformity was encouraged and those who preferred catastrophic explanations drifted off into other fields, such as paleontology or glacial geology. The result was an almost unanimous agreement among geologists that uniformitarianism was valid. The beginning of the end of the doctrine of catastrophism came in 1830, when English attorney Charles Lyell published a theory which declared that all natural forces had been going on in the same basic manner throughout history. The theory became very popular, and uniformitarianism was elevated to the position of scientific law. As it happened, a close friend and disciple of Lyell's was responsible for carrying the doctrine of uniformity into the field of biology. ...
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