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21. Megalithic Astronomy and Catastrophism [Journals] [Pensee]
... the past- and since the field monuments concerned have been shown by independent evidence to be appropriately datable to the late 3rd and early 2nd millennia B.C . --it is clear that they do provide a crucial test for the view that the present world system was only established in 687 B.C . It is important that everyone- catastrophists, uniformitarians, and "don't knows" alike- understands the purpose of this article. It is to review the evidence as impartially as possible, and to try to decide whether this can be explained only on uniformitarian assumptions, or whether it can also fit a catastrophic theory but less well, or whether it in fact fits such a theory better ...
22. The Establishment of Gradualism [Books]
... CD Home | Contents CD-Rom Home Preface Chapter 1 The Context of Evolution: the Earth and its Surroundings Chapter 2 The Establishment of Gradualism Chapter 3 Challenges to Evolutionary Gradualism Chapter 4 Nemesis for Evolutionary Gradualism? Chapter 5 The Erratic Descent of Man Chapter 6 Towards a New Evolutionary Synthesis Chapter 2 The Establishment of Gradualism Trevor Palmer Catastrophism, gradualism and uniformitarianism As we saw in the previous chapter, the generally received view of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century gradualists (also called uniformitarians) has been that they were true scientists, in marked contrast to their rivals, the catastrophists, whose ideas were dominated by religious dogma. However, the reputations of both groups have now been re-assessed ...
23. Loess [Journals] [Velikovskian]
... from the loess carried in its currents. Of the three recognized theories that have been advanced to explain these deposits, the most acceptable one is, of course, the least catastrophic and claims that winds blowing off Ice Age glaciers and deserts swept away sediments and piled up these materials wherever they are generally found. The second theory, also uniformitarian in nature, presents the concept that water gradually laid down the loess, while the least respectable hypothesis presents the view that cosmic matter falling from space generated these deposits. Since the loess lies directly above the local terrain, it is considered to be of fairly recent origin, geologically speaking. The position taken by this researcher is that ...
24. "Uniformitarianism in Linguistics" by Craig Christy [Journals] [Kronos]
... From: Kronos Vol. XI No. 2 (Winter 1986) Home | Issue Contents "Uniformitarianism in Linguistics" by Craig Christy (John Benjamins, Philadelphia, 1983; 139 pp., $20) Reviewed by Roger W. Wescott Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics Drew University, Madison, N. J. To any linguist who has, as I have, an interest in earth history and evolutionary theory, the title of this book looks exciting. Even if the author turns out to be an unregenerate uniformitarian, I thought, it will be interesting to see how he defines "linguistic catastrophism" (or its equivalent) and how he evaluates it. Unfortunately ...
25. The Oceans [Journals] [Velikovskian]
... It indicates that the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean on both sides of the Ridge was only very recently formed. At the same time, on the flanks of the ridge the layers of sediment in some places are `thousands of feet thick as was expected.12 All of this, it is assumed, has been explained away by two uniformitarian processes, viz., plate tectonics and turbidity currents. Plate tectonics gradually produces new ocean bottom surface rock at the mid-ocean ridges, so that the further away one goes from the ridge the older the sediments and the thicker the sediments should become. In fact, there are actually statements in the literature that this is truly the case ...
26. Past, Present, and Future [Books] [de Grazia books]
... .) Hence it can be said that the lost libraries of the world have been more heavily catastrophic than the typical work that has come down. The trials and tribulations of history have produced and perpetuated a kind of censorship on catastrophic thought. It is far different from, but perhaps more effective than, the deliberate attempts to suppress the uniformitarian ideas of evolution when these were advanced by Darwin, Huxley and their allies, and more effective too than the uniformitarian efforts to censor Velikovsky's catastrophism. Catastrophism flourished in the religious dogma of the world and still does. Certain doubtful exceptions are provided by a few primitive tribes, some modern versions of Christianity, periodic cultic manifestations largely of ...
27. Letters [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... when he observes that ordinary everyday events were highly mysterious to primitive man in the sense that the latter's response to these daily occurrences may have been very different from ours. However, the tenor of the article as a whole leads me to believe that the author's thinking is unduly dominated by established interpretations and that he is too easily accepting the uniformitarian premise. There is no certainty that primitive man found the relatively peaceful events of everyday life between catastrophes "potentially threatening". It may be that his sense of closer communion and harmony with nature had the opposite effect. Chris Boyles shows further evidence of accepting the uniformitarian premise when he states that "Cosmogonic myths... clearly ...
28. The Environment And Preservation Of The Mammoth [Journals] [Velikovskian]
... found large trees' associated with fossil mammoths in a now-treeless part of Alaska and also came to the conclusion that the climate was somewhat milder when the mammoth lived."7 The problem is that "large trees" simply do not grow on tundra. The trees that do grow on tundra are low-growing stunted varieties. The problem for the uniformitarians, once again, is that the vegetative-climatic zone of the arctic would have been inhospitable for large trees until the interglacials or the hipsi-thermal. If the mammoth lived in the far north during the Ice Age, they would not be found in association with "large trees." Schultz makes the same point regarding the lack of tall trees ...
29. The Censorship of Velikovsky's Interdisciplinary Synthesis [Journals] [Pensee]
... truly representing the unity and integration of the operations of nature? Indeed, many students of scientific methodology have concluded that only an interdisciplinary approach, seeking one coherent theory to describe our one universe, has much prospect of turning out to be true. An important consequence of the present disciplinary isolation has been the continuing preference for theories that are uniformitarian. Uniformitarianism is the thesis that only the processes that we see operating today could have operated in earlier periods of history; this rules out any of the sudden, global catastrophes of the sort described by Velikovsky. What seems to have happened is that each discipline has borrowed unchallenged the uniformitarian conclusions of each of the other disciplines, and ...
30. The New Orthodoxy's Respect for Fact [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... "sleazy" tactics used by its supporters to denigrate evolutionists and promote their own cause, such as "quoting out of context" and "fabricat[ing] facts". Along the way he delivers a delirium of praise for expert witness S. J. Gould, implying that he is a fine example of the paragons plying the uniformitarian side of the street. This sent me scurrying to my bookshelf for that masterpiece of wit, coherence and forcefulness (according to the cover blurb) by the same S. J. Gould: EVER SINCE DARWIN. (2 ) After all, what could be better than to let Gould himself demonstrate his qualities as an objective scientist ...
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