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211. The Ring of Truth by Isaac Vail [Books]
... D.L . Cyr [portrait] ISAAC N. VAIL (1840-1912) ORIGINATOR OF THE ANNULAR-CANOPY PLANET THEORY [picture] JUPITER'S NEWLY DISCOVERED RING! NASA (JPL) IMAGERY When the immortal Lyell, basing his conclusions upon the irresistible evidence which he had drawn from a lifelong tour of active research, resolved to plant the banner of uniformitarian law at the head of the geologic host- he little thought perhaps that to be operative it must be applicable in the growth and development of all worlds. When he took the advanced position that the changes the Earth has undergone were governed by immutable law in all time, he simply laid the foundation for the grand and magnificent structure ...
... period of time prior to the beginning of the dynastic period and that its effects may well have continued into the dynastic period in a continually decreasing degree. These concepts rise from deductions from Scripture taken as it reads and from evidences of other extensive changes currently assigned to the late geological ages. Deductions made on the basis of the philosophy of uniformitarianism, which philosophy is in direct antipathy to Scripture, tacitly assume that this is the only approach to the solution of scientific problems meriting consideration. On this basis, no room is left for questioning the conclusion that recognizes a period supposedly measured in a multiplicity of millennia between the beginning of the so-called Mesolithic and the dynastic period, with ...
... thrilling days of yesteryear when the stone arranger spies again. It is generally believed that the originators of Stonehenge had abandoned it before 687 BC, the time of the last Mars-Earth encounter, and probably had built it sometime around or before 1500 BC. The obvious question then is: if Stonehenge has really been decoded and works today according to uniformitarian assumptions, how could any major changes have taken place? Velikovsky published a reply to the Stonehenge question in the April 1967 issue of Yale Scientific Magazine. 26 Some of his comments are reviewed below. DECODING REFUTED One of the initial assumptions of Hawkins' theory is that, when viewed from the central position of Stonehenge on the summer ...
214. Plato And The Catastrophist Tradition [Journals] [Kronos]
... of this vast work, despite its easy accessibility and the innumerable scholarly commentaries upon it, remain even today obscure, controversial, and often wildly misunderstood. In Worlds in Collision, Plato is cited on numerous, usually crucial, topics. The passages cited are overtly catastrophist, but in context they also appear highly allegorical, and subject to uniformitarian as well as catastrophist interpretation. Was Velikovsky justified in relying on the authority of the founder and fountainhead of modern thought? Before examining this question, it is well to put ourselves on guard against that most common source of misunderstanding, the automatic tendency to read Plato dogmatically as the proponent of a fixed doctrinal system in the way customary ...
215. Section II: The Artificial Insertion [Journals] [Kronos]
... them; items with a question mark are incorrect, incomplete, or missing entirely. The sources of the various readings are listed in Table III. Some minor reconstruction of Section II is required, but this is by no means arbitrary: every writer who has ever discussed Section II has recognized the need for such reconstruction. On this the uniformitarians and the non-uniformitarians are in full agreement. For this reconstruction is not in order to make the text fit the present motions of Venus, but simply to make some obvious repairs in a text that is so idealized that it would not fit the actual observations (present or past) anyway. Table II Key Items From Section II Date ...
216. Discussion [Journals] [Aeon]
... . Extinctions, Inversions, and the Deluge SPEAKER: Samuel Windsor I was delighted with Mr. T. William Field's article, "Evidence of an Inversion Event" in Vol. II, No. 1 of AEON. However, I'd like to challenge some assumptions he makes or implies. The first is that he appears to accept the uniformitarian position that large animal extinctions occurred over a period of years. Although the article attempts to assign some incrementalism to these extinctions, the sole use of terrestrial mechanisms (albeit instigated by celestial forces) to destroy the animals doesn't correspond to the evidence. The large mammoths were frozen so rapidly their flesh was still edible! These animals were ...
217. The Greenland Ice Cores (Continued) [Journals] [Kronos]
... 3 deep core was not yet available. All of Hammer's remarks are based on the Camp Century core, which is in rather poor condition. The acidity test, however, requires a fairly sizeable and undamaged section of core. A crucially important fact is that many parts of the core are simply unsuitable for the usual kinds of testing. Uniformitarians want uniform core, undamaged and uncontaminated. Anything else tends to be "avoided" and perhaps even discarded. So how can they be sure that something has not been missed? The answer, of course, is that they cannot be sure at all. Ironically, it is Hammer himself who tells us how such tests have in ...
218. Index of Authors
... and Synsedimentary Brecciation of Chert Nodules Albert W. Burgstahler, Euan W. MacKie, Ages in Chaos in the Light of C14 Archaeometry Albert W. Burgstahler, The El-Amarna Letters and the Ancient Records of Assyria and Babylonia Albert W. Burgstahler, The Nature of the Cytherean Atmosphere Alex Marton, Rocks From Where? Alex Marton, What is Uniformitarianism and how did it get here? Alfred de Grazia, Ancient Knowledge of Jupiter's Bands and Saturn's Rings Alfred de Grazia, Chaos and Creation Alfred de Grazia, Cosmic Heretics Alfred de Grazia, Quantavolution and Solaria Binaria Alfred de Grazia, The Founding of Rome Alfred De Grazia, Aphrodite The Moon or Venus? (Continued) Alfred De ...
219. Catastrophes: the Diluvial Evidence [Journals] [SIS Review]
... . In an attempt to explain the origin of these features, theories of tidal waves were developed from the cooling Earth' scenario of Élie de Beaumont [15, 18, 20]. Nevertheless, only a few years later, catastrophic diluvialism was a spent force. This was because Charles Lyell (1797-1875) established what he termed the uniformitarian' view that the only significant processes changing the Earth's surface were ordinary, everyday ones, acting gently but persistently over very long periods of time. Also, it became accepted, largely because of the work of Louis Agassiz (1807-1873), a Swiss naturalist and catastrophist, who moved to the United States in 1846, that the ...
220. Return to the Tippe Top [Journals] [SIS Review]
... discounting them as a map of the sky. Pogo based his later interpretations on a fuller knowledge of Egyptian astronomical motifs in a variety of contexts." [7 ] It may be that Pogo's change of opinion is justified, but it is possible that his change of view is attributable to the fact that he was seeking an explanation in uniformitarian terms only - and failing to find one. That failure would inevitably lead Pogo to look for alternative explanations and, if he still kept to the uniformitarian principles, then those alternatives would take him away from the idea of the ceiling being a map of the sky. This may or may not be part or the whole reason for ...
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