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111. Fossil Deposits [Books] [de Grazia books]
... enough and the conventional processes of evolution occurring, would be teeming with adapted and mutated species. The same logic would explain the scarcity of life forms in the high mountains, in the atmospheric bands, deep, below the land surface, and in the deserts. The inhospitability of these environments is only relative to dubious premises. Conventional long-time uniformitarian evolution and adaptation would have permitted all niches to become life-niches. Recent catastrophes provide of extinct niches such as would support a 50-foot winged dinosaur. If the oceanic salt seas carry few analogous niches for today's species, the reason may be limits imposed by the recency of drastic change, rather than limitations of nature. Rocks dredged from the ...
112. The Origins of Modern Geological Theory [Journals] [Kronos]
... takeover of the geological society and the suppression of evidence favoring the catastrophist position did not come about over-night. Rather there was a slow assimilation of catastrophist data until there was virtually nothing left to the theory as a whole. When, in 1839, Louis Agassiz attempted to argue in favor 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 ...
113. The Aristotelian Cosmos [Journals] [Velikovskian]
... bodies since its creation. This concept is gradually beginning to be accepted by the scientific establishment, though the timescale for these periods of instability, so far as has been calculated, based on Newtonian theory, do not fit the framework Velikovsky presented! 3 Velikovsky pointed to a number of well-respected establishment theories, in several disciplines (based on uniformitarian theory), and claimed that these were really Ptolemaic systems. Rather than explaining the evidence to support these gradualist paradigms, the scientists have built these theoretical frameworks to make the world safe and secure, and therefore the evidence that pointed to catastrophism was ignored or denied. Only the evidence that gave support to the uniformitarian theoretical framework was ...
114. Sagan's fifth problem: Chemistry & biology of the terrestrial planets (Carl Sagan & Immanuel Velikovsky) [Books]
... the rivers and their dendritic systems that are observed on Mars. Water erosion on Mars, like that on Earth, would have removed nearly all the ancient craters long ago as it did on the Earth. Furthermore, because the Martian water and atmosphere were stable for billions of years, Mars could not have lost its water by currently understood uniformitarian processes. Only a recent catastrophe could be expected to dispose of Mar's water and atmosphere. With respect to the recentness of the catastrophe the evidence of erosion strongly suggests that Mars lost its water only a few thousand years ago. Thus, how do the scientists deal with the fact the Mars' surface cannot be even millions of years ...
115. Reexamination of the Foundations [Journals] [Pensee]
... of history at McMaster University, Canada. His field of study is the history of science. The strong reaction to Dr. Velikovsky is understandable to one who has done research in the history of science. Velikovsky has taken a look at the foundations of astronomy and geology, hitting at those very sensitive spots which were never empirically established. Uniformitarianism in geology was basically a political doctrine; it was never one that was verified empirically. Any suggestion that uniformitarianism is not scientific- Velikovsky does suggest that- is very embarrassing. Scientists cannot answer directly, they can only answer by attacking Velikovsky the way Lyell attacked the catastrophists of his day: by discrediting their person. The same thing is ...
116. Two Forms Of Fear. Ch.2 To Know And Not To Know (Mankind in Amnesia) [Velikovsky]
... them in the light of theoretical and experimental knowledge of the last few centuries, in this manner confronting witnesses and experts. I realised very soon that the ancient sages lived in a frightened state of mind, justified by the events they or their close ancestors had witnessed. The moderns, however, had to their disadvantage a dogmatic belief in uniformitarianism- a hypothesis raised to the status of a fundamental law, based on the premise that no cataclysmic events ever took part in shaping the world and the life on it. I had to take into account both shortcomings- the fear that often degenerated into the worship of planetary deities, religious wars and superstitions; and the fear that ...
117. Stephen J. Gould And Immanuel Velikovsky: Essays In The Continuing Velikovsky Affair [Journals] [Velikovskian]
... fact noted with astonishment by the authorities who published an English translation of the relevant material in 1962. The date is germane since, though Huber stigmatized Velikovsky's sources as "obsolete and erroneous," he himself uses quite an old source which was published in 1928, and has "clearly culled and manipulated the data" to make them fit uniformitarian assumptions. Robert Newton, in a work on ancient solar eclipses, has testified to the manner in which studies in the subject often reject the data they don't expect; and then say that the data confirm their expectations. As to the Velikovskian heresy that Venus was once a comet, one may see from Falkenstein's Ancient Texts of Uruk ...
118. Intensity, Scope and Suddenness [Books] [de Grazia books]
... a given force expresses itself aside from the events of the chapter in which it figures most prominently. Overhanging all is the exoterrestrial event, the theme that pervades this book and lends it unity. It is the cosmic power that supplies the Earth with its quantavolutions. Left to itself - an absurdity - the Earth would pursue an evolutionary and uniformitarian path through the ages. But Earth has not been left to itself, nor is it likely to be. CHAPTER THIRTY Intensity, Scope and Suddenness The eye of the poet, quotes Ager from Shakespeare, "in a fine frenzy rolling, doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven." "So," ...
119. Magnetic Models of the Polar Configuration [Journals] [Aeon]
... the actinide layer at and near the equatorial plane. Other details of this postulated formation of a natural planetary nuclear fission bomb have been published elsewhere. (9 ) Helios and its stellar wind were much as they are today. The pre-Golden Age planets included Earth, possibly with its present Moon, and at least one supergiant. As an uniformitarian system- between cosmogonic catastrophes- its planetary spins were nearly normal to the respective orbital planes and those in turn were mutually nearly parallel. How many such orbits were there? In view of the basic hypothesis of planetary fragmentation by nuclear detonations and possible merging by gravitational and magnetic capture inherent in the present model, this question cannot at ...
120. Some Comments on "Still Facing Many Problems" (Vox Populi) [Journals] [Kronos]
... , Jr. Potsdam, NY To the Editor of KRONOS: Regarding C. Leroy Ellenberger's, "Still Facing Many Problems", KRONOS X: 1, "Worzel Ash", I wish to make the following comments. In dealing with Velikovsky's secular catastrophic hypothesis, one should never mix nor relate the concept of catastrophism with that of uniformitarianism. This, I construe to be the error committed regarding the interpretation presented by new evidence of "Worzel Ash". Ellenberger, in raising these issues to provoke comment, is to be roundly applauded. He has at the least provoked me to comment. Whether he is cognizant or not of the interpretation he presented, in posing ...
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