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181. Conclusion [Books] [de Grazia books]
... experience with catastrophe that marks the age of Moses and the age of the prophets and would not be conversant with strong references of the words, as compared to alternative weak references. Lacking direct comprehension, they would be tending toward using the name of Yahweh ever more promiscuously as a shorthand substitution for natural explanations or references. They would be uniformitarian (" conditions were the same then as now") and metaphorical (" what a fine analogy is implied in this language about angels.") Pari passu, the translations that are generally used now exhibit both tendencies of the text editors to a marked degree. The editing, moreover, occurred in a parochial and depressed period ...
182. Homo Schizo Meets God [Books] [de Grazia books]
... finds his triumph in emulating instinctive response. He aims at reducing his high level of existential few by logical, "rational", and scientific conduct. But as the underlaid instinctual apparatus of the animal does not guarantee it against the multiform assaults of nature, whether represented intraspecies or in the transaction with other species and inorganic nature and whether uniformitarian or disastrous, so too man's efforts at reconstructing and reinforcing his less genetic, delayed instinctual apparatus, are continuously ineffective. All the achievements of the calculating and even scientific Homo Schizo cannot win control over the self, others, and the natural world. As in the beginning and even in the most rationalistic technical ages, Homo Schizo ...
183. The Velikovskian Vol. III. Nos. 2-3 [Journals] [SIS Internet Digest]
... pertaining to the extinction, derived by this method, should no longer be accepted. As another example, ice core research carried out in Greenland and Antarctica, as well as in Devil's Hole, Nevada, thoroughly discredits the Milankovitch theory as an explanation of Ice Ages. Iridium and other materials have been found in these ice cores that defy uniformitarian expectations. As Walter Broecker of the Lamont-Doherty Oceanographic Observatory states: "Climate Modelers should start preparing themselves for a world without Milankovitch." Contents 1. The Problem of the Extinction. 2. The Age of Man in America. 3. The Hunting or Blitzkreig Theory. 4. The Climate Hypothesis. 5. Arctic Tundra: ...
184. In Passing [Journals] [SIS Review]
... "the land surface would be invaded throughout the cooling time of the oceans by continuous gales from the sea" reaching 100 mph. During this turbulent period, "the oceans would evaporate as one sees a pond steaming' on a cold morning", supplying sufficient moisture for an accumulation of ice on land 1000 times faster than on more uniformitarian theories (though it begins to look as if the word "uniformitarian" will have to be redefined). However: "With a blanket of particles that was less than totally reflective .. . permitting a fraction of solar energy to reach ground level, climatic zones would persist, but with temperate zones becoming arctic and with tropical ...
185. Myth, Mandala, and the Collective Unconscious [Journals] [Kronos]
... American psychology lead away from theories requiring instinctual properties in human behavior and flatly reject any assumption of inherited, acquired characteristics. The primarily experimental, behavioristic approach to psychology operates from the basic assumption that learning alone is sufficient to account for the complexities of human mental life. Yet, the preference for such a position lies more in the general uniformitarian philosophy of science than in the facts of empirical observation. Given the success with which Velikovsky has challenged the uniformitarian position, particularly in the physical sciences, and the rate at which evidence continues to accrue in support of the general theory of catastrophism, one may anticipate new interest in the concept of inherited effects of ancestral experiences. In ...
... explanations, but was eighteenth and nineteenth century catastrophism completely different? Was it so dominated by supernatural elements than any scientific content it may have claimed was without value? That was certainly the prevailing view for most of the present century. Catastrophists have been condemned for putting dogma before observational science, whereas their rivals, the gradualists (also called uniformitarians) have been praised for taking the opposite stance. As, for example, Stephen Jay Gould has pointed out in Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle , a major influence in establishing this picture was Sir Archibald Geikie's Founders of Geology, which first appeared in 1897. After condemning the `monstrous doctrines' of the early catastrophists ...
187. Sagan's tenth problem: The circularization of the orbit of Venus (Carl Sagan & Immanuel Velikovsky) [Books]
... Observations of Venus" state, 29..the patterns of motion given on the tablets do not fit the present observed motions of Venus. Neither the lengths nor the spacings of the invisibilities are compatible with the present orbits of Earth and Venus. Therefore, to save the present theory of astrophysics regarding the stability of the solar system "Uniformitarians, who believe that the orbits of the planets have remained substantially unchanged for thousands, millions or even billions of years, will take it upon themselves to correct' what they perceive to be scribal errors' of the tablets."30 The question arises about the accuracy and competence of the Babylonian astronomers. Stephen Toulmin and June Goodfield ...
188. Collective Amnesia and the Catastrophic Basis of Soap Opera (Concluded) [Journals] [Kronos]
... name a few. Such frequent and widespread upheaval clashes with conventional celestial dynamics, which either pictures the universe as stable and very gradualist, or insists that large-scale disorder occurs far away in space or far back in time, neither situation posing any danger to Earth. The pattern corresponds strikingly to Velikovskian theory, however, in which catastrophism and uniformitarianism co-exist as alternating modes of physical existence. The same duality applies to the reactions of people in such a cosmos. Despite "the Flow", the eternal rhythm, the base of unending survival which provides a sense of comfort over the long run, the addicted soap-opera viewer, in the words of one critic, feels from moment ...
189. Letters [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... saturated with salts now, the fallacy in the method is given in the footnote in which Velikovsky remarks that according to Tacitus "the Dead Sea was already saturated with salt nineteen centuries ago" (KRONOS VI:4 , p.43). Once saturation is reached, further addition of salt leads to precipitation of crystals. Considering how uniformitarian results are usually eschewed, it is ironic that this age estimate is a pure uniformitarian exercise. Contrary to Velikovsky's implication that the surface of the Dead Sea does not change (ibid.), the salt flats at its southern end prove that it does fluctuate. In fact, according to the ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA, in biblical times the ...
190. Reviews [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... Bur-Sagale. How fortunate and how convenient! It is this very eclipse, in the year 763 BC, that gives Assyrian chronology its supposedly firm scientific foundation. Students of Velikovsky (of which Aaronson is one) can only view Bur-Sagale's eclipse (shamash atalu) with extreme suspicion. The whole thing is just too neat, and too comfortably uniformitarian. It must be remembered that the astronomical foundations of Assyrian chronology were being established at the same time as the astronomical foundations of Egyptian chronology - erected upon the now discredited Sothic calendar. Bearing this in mind, we can only look favourably upon Aaronson's assertion that it is the Eponym Canon, and not the Scriptures, that is corrupt ...
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