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101. Tisserand and a Trojan to the Rescue [Journals] [Catastrophism & Ancient History]
... Patten's version of "Kirkwood Gap theory" is spurious and not a valid basis for analogy to the change in Mars' orbit. The angular momentum balance is highly suspect because Patten does not show that Jupiter could change its eccentricity as fast as posited. Patten's theory is disproved by the fact that ancient solar eclipses are accurately located in a uniformitarian framework while Patten's model locates none. Patten double-counts the Moon's angular momentum and does so incorrectly. The small discrepancy in the energy budget is an increase which should not be absorbed, as Patten discusses, but filled by an energy injection. The energy increase is actually the same order of magnitude as I showed originally because Patten added incorrectly ...
102. Isotopic Anomalies in Chronometric Science [Journals] [SIS Review]
... the establishment of "conventional isotopic abundances". The abundances of the particular isotopes of a given element are used to define an exact atomic weight on the one hand, and on the other to serve as a standard against which the depletion of certain isotopes can be measured in chronometric calculations. The absolute significance of these datings clearly involves the Uniformitarian assumption that conditions on the Earth have not chanced greatly down the ages, and that the stable isotopic mix of a particular element is a fundamental constant established at nucleosynthesis. In radiocarbon (C14) dating, however, this situation has undergone a minor revolution over the past two decades since the measurement of C14 levels in the millennia-long tree-ring ...
103. Velikovsky's Sources Volume Two [Books]
... west. That may or may not be another key to this passage of Herodotus. Of course, having said all this, it is still possible to interpret ii. 142 as a record of literal reversals which, if they are not exactly in accord with V's scenario, are at last more in tune with it than they are with uniformitarianism! On the basis of the text of Herodotus (we are not allowed to introduce any arguments from physics or astronomy, remember!), this view cannot really be disproved. On the other hand, neither can the Sothic Cycle view! One can argue that Herodotus here has documentary evidence of solar reversals' known only in mythological ...
104. The Quantavolutionary Scan [Books] [de Grazia books]
... time, roughly the holocene period, say 14,000 years, has witnessed catastrophes. Third, the great changes of recent times have created modern humans. In sum, nature and mankind have been recently catastrophized and transformed by forces of exoterrestrial origin. Science is full of controversies. It thrives upon dispute. Catastrophists are far fewer than uniformitarians, but they are, if anything, more disputacious, both amongst themselves and with others. Those who interpret natural history by the "sudden leap" of quantavolution or catastrophe may not accept even one, much less all three of the aforesaid principles. For instance, one of the greatest current catastrophists, the geophysicist Melvin Cook, ...
... Venus is somewhat smaller than the Earth. Therefore, large aggregates of mountains on lo would be comparable to small continents on Venus. In this respect, Joseph Veverka, cited above, in The Planets, pp. 224-226, states that on lo, "There are also high mountains and steep cliffs. " However, to save the uniformitarian view, Veverka adds, "The high mountains also indicate that Io's crust must be fairly solid (at least in certain areas), even though the intensity of tidal heating must mean that the satellite is molten at a relatively shallow depth." This is essentially assuming all that is to be proven. High mountains with steep cliff's ...
106. Discussion Comments From the Floor [Journals] [Aeon]
... in other localities. Thus, complete geological columns from various regions have been added to establish worldwide maxima, which then have allowed estimation of the whole geological timescale. If Strickling has any better suggestion for doing this, he should say so. Repeatedly Strickling denigrates the concept of uniformity without showing any awareness that vast regions of Earth exhibit active uniformitarian processes. For example, the great deltas of the world receive annual layers of mud; and these can (and are) traced seaward and landward, correlated into adjacent and distant terrains and used to interpret their histories. The ongoing scientific work of fifty thousand geologists cannot be so airily dismissed! After a "lesson" in elementary ...
107. Home of Ubu Projex [Journals] [SIS Internet Digest]
... . The oldest of 3 children, David Lynn Thomas, was born in 1953 in Miami, Florida. He recorded 12 Pere Ubu albums, and 8 solo albums. In 1987 he recorded Blame the Messenger, featuring the song The Velikovsky 2-Step. On the album, this song was subtitled "The Wooden Birds Laugh at the Theory of Uniformitarianism.". It was used some years ago as the soundtrack for the trailer credits on a one-off half hour Rowan Atkinson comedy program.. Says Thomas: "If all disciplines relate to all other disciplines then everything can serve as a metaphor for the human experience. I've written several songs using a science or Fortean metaphor and I've ...
108. On Velikovsky And Darwin [Journals] [Kronos]
... to be missing. In all of these respects, the Darwinian theory went against the known evidence. Why Darwin and his followers chose to do this is no doubt a very complicated question. But a large part of it may be that a world of gradual, peaceful change was found to be more comfortable than the alternative. A safe uniformitarian Earth was, for them, much preferable to the repeatedly devastated world that is indicated by the geological and paleontological facts. Many of the theories that are accepted by the scientists and the historians of today are just as arbitrary and just as much in conflict with the facts as is Darwinism. They are also just as carefully uniformitarian: ...
109. Monitor [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... on the "Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary event" in Nature 285, p.187-8(22/5 /80). This airing of views was probably meant to counterbalance the two catastrophist pieces in the same issue (reported on in WORKSHOP 3:1 , p.18-19). It represents an attempt to rework the existing evidence into an uniformitarian framework, for he presents no new evidence. The magnetostratigraphic method is severely criticised, and it is intimated that it is not valid. Also, it is claimed that the general reworking of the sediments at the "boundary" detracts from the stratigraphic value. Much of the argument is technical and based upon that of F. C ...
110. Catastrophism and Uniformity: A Probe into the Origins of the 1832 Gestalt Shift in Geology [Books]
... the Geological Society, and the suppression of evidence favoring the catastrophic position did not come about overnight. Rather, there was a slow assimilation of catastrophic data until there was virtually nothing left to the theory as a whole. When, in 1839, Louis Agassiz attempted to argue in favour of catastrophism with his theory of ice ages, the uniformitarians simply adopted all his evidence, but reinterpreted it in uniformitarian terms. Thus the data did not change, but the gestalt by which that data was organized and given coherence was transformed from catastrophism to uniformitarianism just as the social structure of England was changed from Tory paternalism, in which sovereignty descended from God down to the King, to ...
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