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211. Book Reviews [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... From: SIS Workshop Vol 3 No 3 (Jan 1981) Home¦ Issue Contents Book Reviews STONEHENGE AND ITS MYSTERIES by Michael Balfour (MacDonald and Jane's, London 1979, £6.95) "This is the first heavily-illustrated book to explore the extraordinary story of Europe's most famous megalithic monument. It sets out in an original way both the facts and the mysteries of the origins, construction, and purposes of the stones, holes, banks and barrows of Stonehenge (which attracted 815,000 visitors in 1977)." So runs the dust-jacket blurb. "Heavily" illustrated is certainly the "mot juste" here: besides photographs from over one hundred years and countless explanatory figures, the book is replete with material ranging from 14th-century manuscripts via books, handbills and engravings of the intervening period down to contributions from Mr Punch, THE TIMES and Lowe. The greater part of the book, in fact, is given over to historical aspects, and as much as an investigation of the monument itself, this compilation is a record of the nation's preoccupation ...
212. Letters [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... articles (as part of Kronos) are even available to members through the Society's book service! We are sorry if Mr Cardona feels that this denies him satisfaction, but with so much deserving material pressing for inclusion in our columns we cannot justify duplication of work published elsewhere. (So that readers may know the context: the wording to which Cardona objects reads: "The 'Forum' section includes letters from Dr Euan MacKie and the editors of SISR correcting the impression given by Dwardu Cardona in an earlier Kronos that MacKie's work on megalithic observatories was an attempt to 'disprove' Velikovsky's theories; these are followed by ripostes from Cardona and McCreery." This was in line with our earlier note (in "Horizons" of SISR IV:2/3) regarding Cardona's paper in KRONOS IV:3, a discussion of two megalithic sites (Kintraw and Ballochroy) examined by MacKie in Pensée IVR X. Here we noted with regret that "Cardona's contribution appears to have been written under the impression that MacKie's articles were attempts to discredit Velikovsky, and is therefore ...
213. Society News [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... a chain of craters on the Moon. Although the Cretaceous-Tertiary event is often pictured as a single immense impact it was almost certainly accompanied by smaller boulders and dust. Meteor storms would appear as hundreds of shooting stars an hour and the zodiacal cloud would experience an enhanced brightness while in the dust zone. Turning then to what he called historical mysteries, Mark Bailey reminded us of the ancient Babylonians' obsession with astronomy and their belief that terrestrial and celestial events were related. Their ziggurats were built about the same time as the European megalithic monuments which indicated a similar obsession with the sky. Why should any of these people have bothered if the sky was exactly as it is now? One of the classical mysteries was the belief that the Milky Way marked the former path of the Sun. If dust had formed a bright zodiacal band, then when it eventually faded the next brightest band would have been the Milky Way. The rapid onset of ice ages could have been caused by the global cooling produced by an approaching comet. The evolution into a dense meteor ...
214. THE BURNING OF TROY: PART TWO: GEOLOGICAL ISSUES: CHAPTER TWELVE: A FAILED EXCURSION TO THE CAVES OF AQUITAINE [Quantavolution Website]
... them came dates, which are intended to bring order to the discoveries but, like climatic schedules, are a source of confusion in themselves. The chronologists and the stone-flake classifiers are preponderant elements of a profession that has few findings with which to work, and a deep suspicion of theory. Prehistorians prefer to study coprolites rather than human thought. They are like pollsters who, by getting rid of anomalous, misunderstood, or complex responses, present the public as speaking in "baby talk." When it comes to fields of megaliths weighing tons, they go so far, under great pressure from a few cranks, as to believe that early man wanted to find the solstices and equinoxes and plot the Moon's course, but hardly attend to the question of motives underlying the movement of great stones. But the megaliths of Stonehenge and Brittany are a better measure of the fearful memories and expectations of their builders than of their astronomical skills. The excursion ended at the Congress of Nice, subject of my last note. September 13, 1976 French domination of the ...
215. THE BURNING OF TROY: PART FIVE: COMMUNICATING A SCIENTIFIC MODEL: CHAPTER : A COSMIC DEBATE [Quantavolution Website]
... the history of the Western mind, that the crazed survivors and their ideas and behavior have been taught to schoolboys for 2600 years as a model for manly behavior. Women's Liberation advocates, please take note. Educators, take note. Why have these models been allowed to persist? Is history but an obsessed recapitulation of disastrous experiences? Is it but a shell-shocked capering? Call the roll of the ancient civilizations: Egypt, Mesopotamia, Palestine, Crete, Cyprus, the Aegean, Greece, the Etruscans, the Romans, the Megalithic pre-historic humans of Europe, the Olmecs and Mayans, the Peruvians, the North American Indians, China, India, Iran, and so forth. Wherever one ventures equipped with the revolutionary theory, old historical evidence is reshaped and new theories emerge. Matters large and matters small become involved. How did the ballgames of many cultures come to be invented and why were they religious? Why do modern Peruvian Indians put bowls on their heads when the earth quakes? Are ancient Meso-American statues wearing helmets because they are astronauts, as ...
216. THE BURNING OF TROY: PART FIVE: COMMUNICATING A SCIENTIFIC MODEL: CHAPTER TWENY-NINE: I.Q.: A UNIVERSITY PROGRAM <a href="#burning_of_troy_P5_29_1" name="burning_of_troy_P5_29_1_">  </a> DEFINITION OF A FIELD [Quantavolution Website]
... record of changes in global motions and heavy-body space encounters. Q13. Quantavolutions in the Biosphere. Modes of Biological change, atmospheric fluxes and their biological effects; evidence of disastrous boundaries in evolution; fossil assemblages. Q14. Chronology and Quantavolution. Radiometric and other geo-physical methods of dating the past; critique of uniformitarian assumptions; determining archaeological time. Q15. Chronological Reconstruction in Ancient Europe and the Near East. Velikovsky's attacks upon Egyptian chronology and their effects upon the dating of Mediterranean and Near East cultural events. Western Europe and the megalithic astronomers. Q16. Professional Writing and Translating. For the Certificate of the Institute of Quantavolution. For students having completed eight courses and approved by an ad hoc committee after oral interview. Supervised work on an approved topic discussed in committee. INSTRUCTORS Responsible instructors can be listed with the course titles. In the course of preparing this memorandum, thirty-nine potential qualified instructors were identified, of which sixteen were in the East Coast megalopolis. Especially in the formative stages, the right to designate and relieve instructors should vest in the Director ...
217. Sagan's Folly Part 1 [Kronos $]
... 347; cp. p. 348). For a year of 360 days consisting of twelve months, the reader is referred to Part II, Chapter 8 of W in C and p. 335 in particular. Sagan (p. 13): "I am not as confident as Velikovsky in the computational precision of ancient astronomers." This is a loaded statement that is actually a two-edged sword. In his attempt to discredit Velikovsky's interpretation of past "aberrant calendrical conventions", Sagan brings himself into direct conflict with the megalithic interpretations of Thom and Hawkins, uniformitarian readings of the so-called "Venus Tablets of Ammizaduga", and runs head-on into Egyptological supporters of the so-called "Sothic period"--the very foundation stone of ancient history's chronological edifice. Sagan (p. 14): Sagan commits a non sequitur. After referring to Leach, "an expert on early time-reckoning," Sagan says the following: "In ancient cultures the first eight or ten months of the year are named, but the last few months, because of their economic unimportance ...
218. Letters [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... central commanding position at Stonehenge is the so-called Altar Stone, said to be a fallen upright and never in fact used as an altar. How about Wr-alda's Stone for its proper name? In the OERA LINDA BOOK, Wr-alda or Alvader is God, the oldest of all, the Allah, the Alpha and the Omega. Who built Stonehenge? Archaeologists recognise the existence of two separate classes of people at the time, the worker/slaves and warrior technocrats. As to the enormity of the task, P. Lancaster Brown (MEGALITHS AND MASTERMINDS) writes: "Ancient peoples with plenty of muscle power, large timbers, time and a modicum of common sense could perform 'miracles' if the social incentive were there ." (author's emphasis) This is rather amusing when one thinks of the idea in the OERA LINDA BOOK that Britain was a penal colony. To call the two strata of the populace convict/exiles and gaoler/overseers is rather a neat twist! And by making sure there were no idle hands to create mischief, there would certainly ...
219. Can Worlds Collide? [Kronos $]
... not here yet," although from a rigorous point of view that is a fair statement and I agree with virtually every scientific point in his article. For present purposes the part of Michelson's conclusion which bears emphasis is his verdict that there remains an as yet inadequately explored loophole: "Orbital stability mathematics: MAYBE." It is on an inspection tour of this loophole that I now invite the reader. You may need to stretch your mind to conceive of a 50-dimensional sponge, but what prize ever came easily? Neolithic and megalithic man saw great regularity in the nightly motions of the stars, which moved in circular arcs around the celestial North pole, but he saw less regularity in the motions of the planets or "wanderers". Did late-bronze-age man witness greater irregularities in the planetary motions than we see? Velikovsky's alleged historical evidence is too extensive to be reviewed here, but I for one find some of his uncannily apposite ancient quotations hard to shrug off. The astronomical establishment in 1950, and again in 1974, has labeled Velikovskian scenarios as dynamically ...
220. Monitor [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... . 61) criticised the Nature editorial, asking if Nature had abandoned "the scientific method whereby ideas are launched on to the world to be tested by the scientific community". Is this the pot calling the kettle black? Variable Sunshine? source: New Scientist 15.10.81, p. 165 We last reported on the controversial subject of solar size variations in Workshop 3:1, p. 20. As W. G. Shannon of Edinburgh pointed out, any variations in solar size during historical times has extremely significant implications for megalithic astronomy. The debate continues, and, despite several recent publications on the subject, the matter is far from being resolved. The New Scientist piece tells that the claims made by Dr Jack Eddy have been seriously scrutinised. "Several of the recent papers have shown that the large change found by Eddy is not real, but results from inconsistencies in the old observations he used as a basis for his calculations." However, a paper by Ronald Gilliland of the High Altitude Observatory in Boulder, Colorado, claims evidence of ...
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