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131. Scientific Dating Problems: The Radiometric Dating Of Earth's Rocks [Journals] [SIS Review]
... constant rates over millions of years but in rapid bursts over periods as short as thousands of years, which are then followed by long periods of stability during which organisms undergo little further change [Britannica 2002]. However, if organisms undergo little change, how do we know that periods of stasis are long? Geologists know' because geological uniformitarianism says so - but is that belief well founded? It derives from the radiometric dating of fossiliferous rocks, so the dependability of that discipline is fundamental to geology. The year 2002 marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of Velikovsky's Ages in Chaos. It was also the 25th anniversary of the publication of two articles - The Inexact Science ...
132. Paradigm Lost? [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... of perspective and they have encountered strong resistance from traditionalists. Milton could have made a major contribution in conveying the important features of this debate, including the weakness of the traditionalists' case, to the general public. Instead, his arguments are devalued by errors and omissions. He rightly points out that radiometric dating procedures are based on unproven uniformitarian assumptions, but does not seem aware of the extent to which different methods, involving different assumptions, give generally consistent results. Instead, he prefers to believe, largely on the word of Henry Morris, that the dates given by the various methods are discordant. He seizes on anomalous' results obtained by the potassium-argon method, failing ...
133. Evidence for the Marine Deposition of Coal [Journals] [SIS Review]
... University, Michigan. He holds a Ph.D . in Zoology from the University of Southern California, and is a member of the AAAS. He has previously published articles in the Journal of Paleontology and the Bulletin of the Geological Society of America. The presence of the marine annelid Spirorbis in coal measures presents serious difficulties for the prevailing uniformitarian theory of the autochthonous origin of coal. EDITORIAL PREFACE: Theories of coal formation fall into two groups. The autochthonous (" native to the soil") theory is that generally espoused by uniformitarians, explaining the formation of coal deposits from local vegetation that slowly accumulated in swamps. The allochthonous (" from another soil") theory ...
134. Focus [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... ) Home | Issue Contents Focus ". .. The intellectual climate has changed in favour of catastrophism..." This is not a quotation from the pre-Darwin era. Neither is it an optimistic avowal from fringe literature. Incredible though it might seem, these are the words of John Maddox, printed in that erstwhile paragon of orthodox uniformitarianism - NATURE.(1 ) The edifice of the modern scientific establishment has been subjected to a succession of minor seismic disturbances over the past few years. The Alvarez theory of asteroid impact to explain the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary extinction (see SISW 3:4 , pp.l6-17) was succeeded by grander ideas of cometary encounters ( ...
135. Letters [Journals] [Pensee]
... astrophysicists) of the formation and evolution of stars, radio and x-ray objects in space, etc., etc. From the twenties, a constantly hammered at theme had been the vast amount we don't yet know. Finally, there is a good deal of over-interpretation of the "doctrine" (a very poor and unfair word) of uniformitarianism; it does not rule out catastrophes. It is used in an exaggerated way. To sum up, if scientists have been unfair to people like Velikovsky, many of your contributors are being at least that much unfair to scientists. Philip S. Riggs Professor of Astronomy Drake University Des Moines, Iowa FOOTNOTE QUESTIONED To The Editor: ...
136. Monitor [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... "heretical", is proposed by John Ferguson that the gravitational constant, G, has varied considerably in the course of Earth's history. This change in G is caused by outside influences, very slowly, as the Solar System orbits our Galaxy. That the change is very slow is assumed, of course, and is fully consistent with uniformitarian principles - as is the proposed mechanism. What is interesting and noteworthy about this hypothesis is the effect of a change in G on life on Earth. Ferguson argues that G would have been rather higher than present during the Palaeozoic Era, favouring marine life and stunting terrestrial life: also that G would have been considerably lower than present ...
137. ABC's of Astrophysics [Books] [de Grazia books]
... and Von Dechend, among historians of science known to Deg, were quite persuaded of the advanced state of the most ancient known science, so Deg was rather more impressed by the indications of modernity in Orphism, which Chassapis was exhibiting at the same time. If the hymns had originated so early, though, they went to prove a uniformitarian history of the heavens. Incompetent to challenge Chassapis' readings, Deg could but question the definitiveness of the poetic lines, which seemed indeed vague, and the technique of retrojecting the present celestial motions unjustifiably. The Orphic Hymns, Chassapis also maintained, evidenced an early knowledge to lenses. This, too, rankled with Deg. He ...
138. Poleshift [Journals] [Velikovskian]
... the Eurasian mainland. The civilizations should also have collapsed to a great extent because the rich rainfall disappeared and the wet climate was replaced by one that caused deserts to develop. There has been strong denial of this from the archeological establishment. To argue that such a climatic catastrophe had never occurred, Nelson Gueck sums up this viewpoint of most uniformitarian researchers thus: "The easy and unsubstantiated explanation frequently given for the absence or for the downfall and disappearance of whole kingdoms and cultures in the ancient Near East is to assume climatic changes of such severity as to make the establishment or continuation of civilized life impossible. Yet the horrifying tendency of man, wearily repeated throughout the centuries, ...
... Collision. To that list should be added Juergens' "Radiohalos and Earth¢History."4 Not one critic addressed any of this material, much less countered any of V&ES. This failure under cuts the spirit of true dialogue. Tellingly, May wrote "As a rule, critiques of the scientific aspects have rested on uniformitarian assumptions, so that the negative appraisals amount to an exercise in circular reasoning. r There is yet to appear a refutation that does not fundamentally beg the question, that comes to grips with the argument as a whole and under its own terms" (p .40). After the 1974 A.A .A .S ...
140. The 108-year Cyclicism of the Ancient Catastrophes [Journals] [Aeon]
... every question, every conclusion. Additional works on catastrophism also read previous to Velikovsky's were Alfred Rehwinkel's The Flood(2 ) and Byron Nelson's The Deluge Story in Stone(3 ). Having read the works of Nelson and Rehwinkel, both of whom dealt extensively with the fossil record in North America, it became clear that catastrophism, not uniformitarianism, was the key to candid interpretation of the massive fossil record. But how were these watery, oceanic upheavals caused? Neither Nelson nor Rehwinkel, nor an earlier geologist on whom both relied (George McCready Price), addressed such a question. Velikovsky did. Upon the first reading of Worlds in Collision, it was clear that ...
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