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... , American science, the impressive amount of evidence, especially from the space probes, which has accumulated in mainstream science since 1950 in support of Velikovsky's theories and predictions, and catastrophist science, or research by Velikovsky's supporters in a number of fields, published in hundreds of scholarly articles, which constitutes a parallel universe to mainstream, traditional, uniformitarian science. This book will deal only with Item 2, the Velikovsky Affair. It means we will not debate whether Velikovsky is correct, or how much the new evidence may support him, or what his followers have produced, for such issues, (however interesting they are in themselves), are irrelevant here. What we will ...
152. Syllabi for Quantavolution [Books] [de Grazia books]
... examination will consist of brief essays upon several of a list of questions that will be distributed well in advance. Calendar of Lectures (Wednesdays, 6:00 to 8:00 P.M .) INTRODUCTION 1. February 4 REVOLUTIONARY PRIMEVALOGY: The science of first ages as products of abrupt, large-scale, intense events; evolution and uniformitarianism, catastrophism; the intimate relation of nature to humanity. 2. February 11 AGES OF CHAOS AND CREATION: The timetable of revolutionary changes; great world cycles; rise and fall of civilizations. SECTION I 3. February 18 HUMAN TIME AND REAL TIME: Concepts and measures; how scientists defeated the theologians and created an old Earth ...
153. Bookshelf [Journals] [SIS Review]
... On the Venus tablets Mr Brown's views have a certain ironic humour. He tells his readers that Velikovsky's supporters have "manipulated" the data on the tablets in "futile attempts" to prove that Venus moved irregularly in the past! As is perfectly clear from Professor Rose's articles, the arch-manipulators of the data on the tablets have been the uniformitarian scholars, in their attempts to make the evidence conform to conventional astronomical theory. If Mr Brown's dyslexia progresses, he has every hope of one day joining that illustrious scientific vaudeville act, Sagan, Asimov & Moore (which will be known from now on in this column as "The Sagasimoore" as an economy measure). His ...
154. Catastrophism and Evolution [Journals] [SIS Review]
... life, and since such impacts would have had profound and long-lasting effects on the environment, it seems reasonable to look for evidence of such impacts in the evolutionary record. Figure 1. Geological periods of the Palaeozaic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic Eras, from the Cambrian Period to the present day, with approximate dates obtained using the potassium-argon method and uniformitarian assumptions. Subdivisions (epochs) of the Tertiary Period are: Pliocene 2-7; Miocene 7-25; Oligocene 25-38; Eocene 38-55; and Palaeocene 55-65 million years ago respectively. Evolution and the fossil record Ever since the time of Georges Cuvier , it has been apparent that the evidence of the Earth's rocks is not in accord ...
155. Focus [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... ), and these are taken to indicate that lowland swamps were common in the region. The total regional flora is described as incredibly pervasive': it grew throughout the far north. From this pattern of vegetation it is therefore inferred that the world was free of ice at this period and that the coal seams were formed in the usual uniformitarian fashion. The discovery in 1985 of the remains of a complete fossil' forest adds a new dimension to the picture. Massive rows of tree stumps reveal not only wood so perfectly preserved that it appears to have fallen yesterday, but also the undecayed leaf litter of the forest floor, yet the forest is supposed to be at least ...
156. The Bible Through a King James Filter [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... When Immanuel Velikovsky suggested that a literal reading of the histories, mythologies and descriptive texts of the ancient world offered overwhelming testimony to the witnessing of skyborn catastrophes on a literally global scale by their authors, his suggestion was rejected - one might almost say exorcised - by a tautological declaration. As it was a priori assumed that the regular, uniformitarian processes of the Earth had continued undisturbed throughout historical times, all historical material, from the earliest times, had been viewed through the filter of this assumption and interpreted accordingly. Velikovsky's interpretations were, therefore, "refuted" by explanations and interpretations which had been developed in the first place to explain the material within the unquestioningly accepted uniformitarian ...
157. Catastrophism and the Old Testament: The Mars-Earth Conflicts [Journals] [Catastrophism & Ancient History]
... with historic, astronomic, and geologic data in his first two books, The Biblical Flood and the Ice Epoch and The Long Day of Joshua. In Mars-Earth Conflicts he pulls out all stops. Immediately in the first chapter of his book Patten comes out "swinging" at the traditional scientific community, whose point of view he labels "Uniformitarian," and at the traditional creationists whose viewpoint he labels "Fiat Creationism." He lays a two-track foundation for his following arguments: (1 ) that Uniformitarian scientists do not perceive, and therefore reject "cyclic catastrophism"; and (2 ) that Fiat Creationists do not understand events in the Old Testament, despite their contrary ...
158. Catastrophism And Planetary History [Journals] [Kronos]
... pictographs of non-western peoples because of the inability of western scholars to decipher them. The added difficulty with non-western, non-literate representations of history is that these people, for the most part, only recorded in pictures those incidents that impressed them and, lacking a chronology, they are virtually useless in attaching them to any recognized time-scale for identification. Uniformitarian interpretations of history tend to downgrade the intensity of events and concentrate on the routine, evolving factors which compose our daily lives and which, with some degree of certainty, we can suggest controlled the lives of our ancestors. But this type of interpretation assumes that nothing spectacular has ever disrupted the lives of our species and leads inevitably to ...
159. The Science of Evolution (Part I) [Journals] [Kronos]
... books. Stansfield does not acknowledge any pressure from the California State Board of Education, but he does discuss its 1969 guidelines on science teaching. What he does not even mention are the detailed attacks on Darwinism by European biologists. Quite characteristic of the American tradition of evolutionary biology is its studied ignoring of European work when it runs counter to uniformitarianism and Darwinism. Before examining Stansfield's very American conception of the science of evolution, let us sample the sort of professional thinking on the subject that is filtered out for the protection of American students. Pierre Grassť's Evolution of Living Organisms (1977) is the counterpart treatment of the science of evolution. Grassť was for many years professor of ...
160. Horus Vol. 1 No. 2 May 1985 Contents [Journals] [Horus]
... subjects related to ancient conceptions of natural and human history. Contents: The Stonehendge; What Is it? Alban Wall Alban Wall explores the meaning of Stonehenge - why it was built, and how it was used as a ring counter to keep track of the complex cycles of the Sun and Moon. . . p. 5 What is Uniformitarianism- and How Did it Get Here? Alex Marton Alex Marton discusses the traditional scientific doctrine of uniformitarianism in relation to the social and political times which gave it birth. . . . p. 12 .. .more Myths, Monuments, and Mnemonics; A Pictorial Visit to Easter Island . David Griffard David Griffard takes a photographic ...
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