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261. Nemesis for Evolutionary Gradualism? [Books]
... gradualism, agreeing with Stephen Jay Gould that: "catastrophists such as Cuvier were the true empiricists of the day, interpreting the stratigraphic record as it appeared, for instance in the abruptly changing succession of fossil faunas, and that Lyell introduced confusion into the argument" . Furthermore, he fully accepts that the actualistic principle of uniformitarianism, that `the present is the key to the past', is accepted by catastrophists and substantive uniformitarians (gradualists) alike. Nevertheless, he has written that: "serious doubts and difficulties persist about extraterrestrially-induced catastrophes, especially as a general explanation for mass extinctions. The issue is likely to remain unresolved for a considerable time yet ...
262. Velikovsky and His Heroes [Journals] [SIS Review]
... and Saul quaking before the prophets of God, and his sympathies are clearly with the sinner kings. We are left, then, with the question: what did Samuel and Elijah represent that was so alarming to Velikovsky? Velikovsky has been described as - or accused might be a better term, as the description comes from a bitterly hostile uniformitarian critic - of being a deeply observant Jew. This is partially true, but misleading. Velikovsky kept some orthodox Jewish practices rigorously, but insisted that he only did so for the sake of his wife. As they enjoyed 57 years of sympathetic accord in their marriage, this may seem a somewhat spurious rationalisation. Velikovsky, like Freud ...
263. Ice Cores and Common Sense (Part II) [Journals] [Catastrophism & Ancient History]
... as unreliable. In real life no field of scientific study will ever be free from the problem of contamination of data in some form or other. And in real life there are means of removing or controlling for contamination. But Rose would prefer to believe that the only way glaciologists can deal with contamination is to throw out the evidence. Uniformitarians want uniformitarian 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 ...
264. S.I.S Review Vol. V Number 4: Contents [Journals] [SIS Review]
... .S Review Vol. V Number 4 Texts Home | SIS Review Home Vol. V Number 4 S.I .S . Review Journal of the Society for Interdisciplinary Studies Articles Dr Victor Clube: Cometary Catastrophes and the ideas of Immanuel Velikovsky 106 A distinguished astronomer expounds a new theory which could form a bridgehead between Velikovskian catastrophism and conventional uniformitarianism. Martin Sieff: Velikovsky and his Heroes 112 A novel and provocative approach to Ages in Chaos, analysing Velikovsky's historical writings from a literary and psychological perspective. Dr John Bimson: The Years 763 and 687 BC 121 How sound is the evidence for dating a global upheaval to 687 BC? John Bimson re-examines the evidence and suggests that ...
265. The Twelfth Planet: by Zecharia Sitchin [Journals] [Kronos]
... has good graphic illustrations. His scholarly sources - including the works of such orientalists as Henri Frankfort, Thorkild Jacobsen, and Samuel Kramer - are of high quality. And his contention that our solar system has undergone drastic changes in its planetary composition is refreshing to any reader willing to view natural history from a standpoint other than one of rigid uniformitarianism. Once these acknowledgements have been made, however, it is difficult to find much to commend in The Twelfth Planet. Sitchin is a dogmatist. His favorite expressions are such phrases as "without question" and "there can be no doubt," which, regrettably, he applies to the most questionable assertions and the most doubtful ...
266. The Mammoths' Demise - a correct solution requires more facts [Journals] [SIS Review]
... 1999) Home | Issue Contents The Mammoths' Demise - a correct solution requires more facts by Gordon P. Williams The disappearance of the mammoths from the tundra of Northern Russia and Siberia has produced many explanations from professionals and amateurs. The purpose of this paper is to introduce new facts into the debate. The most convincing argument against Lyell's uniformitarianism, which has had a controlling influence on nearly all geological explanations, comes not from his contemporaries but from the works of the Greek Philosophers and Roman poets. This evidence was cited by Thomas Burnet in his argument in support of the Mosaic chronology [1 ]. They say, The Poles of the World did once change their situation ...
267. Letters [Journals] [Kronos]
... To the Editor: In "Sin and the Control System" (KRONOS 11, 2, 1976, 77-91) John V. Myers convincingly argues the cosmic-catastrophic origins of major religious texts, as well as of notions of "sin" and of certain subsequent historical events such as witch-hunts and pogroms. To summarize, Myers holds that "uniformitarian scholars [who] do not believe in cataclysms and in the cosmic origins of religion... can seldom catch a religion at the precise moment of its inception [emphasis added] but are forever condemned to begin their study at some point far down the line . . ." . He then documents allusions to a vast c ...
268. Bookshelf [Journals] [SIS Review]
... From: SIS Chronology & Catastrophism Review 2001:2 (Jan 2002) Home | Issue Contents Bookshelf Ubiquity by Mark Buchanan (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2000, £20) Although there is still resistance in some quarters, the theory that the real world of complex systems cannot be explained in a uniformitarian way is spreading from geology and biology to economics and history. This book explains the idea of self-organised criticality and how history is punctuated by dramatic, unpredictable upheavals. The Little Ice Age: How climate made history 1300-1850 by Brian Fagan (Basic Books, New York 2001, $26) A study of how different societies were altered by major climate changes from the Middle ...
269. Encounters and Collisions [Books] [de Grazia books]
... and Creation and similarly, I did not obtain a copy of their book until the present work was at the printers.) But would any or many of the larger impacts be recent, within the past score of millennia? This is probable. The methods by which heavy meteoritic and cometary impacts on Earth are timed begin with averaging on uniformitarian assumptions. Thus Dachille arrived at his 1967 numbers by averaging the expected number of major impacts over a five billion year age for the Earth and Moon; then, again using uniformitarian premises, he reached for some broad guidelines. Weathering rates estimated for continental masses and great mountains are about 80 meters per million years, and for land ...
270. Book Shelf [Journals] [Aeon]
... yours truly. Iconoclast extraordinaire, Deloria's address was peppered with side-splitting humor, irreverence, and more than a little angst. Red Earth, White Lies is no different in this respect. Never one to mince words, Deloria throws down the gauntlet in the introduction: "With the collision of the Shoemaker comet into Jupiter, the era of uniformitarian orthodoxy must come to an end. Minds that have been closed for nearly half a millennium can now be opened to see what really has happened to our planet in the past- and that past is not as distant as we might suppose." In this passage, as throughout the book, it is possible to see the influence ...
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