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321. Summary and Closing Address [Journals] [SIS Review]
... Middle Bronze IIB period, whereas John Bimson put it during Middle Bronze IIC. All of these had consequences for the early history of Israel, there were knock-on effects; Jeroboam, for example, would have been the ruler in the Iron Age IIA settlements at Megiddo. He also threw in a reference to various astronomical details that appeared on uniformitarian assumptions to fit within two years or so of his own dates. He mentioned an investigation at Tell ed-Daba where the presence of a female sacrifice indicated that the Israelites had already left at the time of the sacrifice, on the assumption that it was unlikely to have been an Israelite practice, and argued that the timing of that was ...
322. Origins: Today's Science, Tomorrow's Myth, by James E. Strickling [Journals] [SIS Review]
... , contrary to the claims of creationism. On the other hand, Strickling does not find gradualistic evolution, as proposed by Charles Darwin and later by neo-Darwinians, any more convincing as an explanation of the history of life on Earth. He points out, correctly, that the fossil record shows evidence of abrupt transitions - but Darwin and his uniformitarian geologist mentor, Charles Lyell, argued that this was because the record was faulty, not because changes were sudden. The same dubious argument was repeated in the mid-20th century when the Modern Synthesis of neo-Darwinism was formulated. Strickling labels gradualistic Darwinism as The Great Lie' and creationism as The Great Mistake'. He then asks what is ...
323. Imaginary and Expected Catastrophes: Apocalyptic Desire and Scientific Prognosis [Journals] [SIS Review]
... Deluge and the great revolutions of the terrestrial crust'. [1 ] Nicolas-Antoine Boulanger [2 ] (1722-1759), who left us this statement, was a geologist, sociologist and civil engineer [3 ]. For Diderot's Encyclopaedie he wrote the entries Déluge, Corvée and Société. The evolutionist dogma of an extremely slow, peaceful and uniformitarian development of cosmos and earth was still something for the future though no longer entirely absent from the scientific community [4 ]. The devastating impact of Charles Lyell [5 ] had not yet been felt. Students did not yet have to know by heart the new credo: All theories are rejected which involve the assumption of sudden and ...
324. Bookshelf [Journals] [SIS Review]
... from Velikovsky in their orientation, in their scope of inquiry, and in their conclusions. Unlike Velikovsky, they tend to rely solely on the Bible, and to exclude other historical sources (which they consider "inferior"); also, they frequently introduce religious and political viewpoints into what should be a more neutral inquiry. They oppose uniformitarianism because they see it as leading to statism, high taxes, loose marital bonds, rationalism, atheism, socialism, and communism. They are attracted to catastrophism because they see it as favouring providence, creationism, freedom, marital bonds, private enterprise, and nationalism. Their sort of catastrophism seems to be inseparable from their Christian ( ...
325. Stability and Dimensions of the Polar Configuration [Journals] [Aeon]
... of Saturn. Between Saturn and Jupiter the reverse is true. Though the magnetic field generated by the inner ionized portion of the circumhelial gas disk could not have been strong enough to stabilize the polar configuration, it may have been sufficiently intense inside of the orbit of the configuration to play a key rôle in determining the post-Golden Age, "uniformitarian" rates of rotation of the planets which made up the polar configuration. This subject is now under study by this writer. Appendix The magnetic field more distant from the magnetic dipole D than are the electric currents whose magnetic dipole aspect is summarized in D is H = (2D cosq r[hat]+ D sinq q [ ...
326. A New Introduction to Earth in Upheaval [Journals] [SIS Review]
... morally not far distant from his ancestor who hit a spark from a flint and made fire. Author's Note In the body of Earth in Upheaval, I found nothing demanding a revocation or change from the original edition of November 1955. Since then it has been reprinted unchanged many times (1 ). The uncompromising stand of the followers of uniformitarian dogma (whether called gradualists, evolutionists, or Darwinists), maintaining that nothing of radical change in nature has taken place in the past because nothing like it is observable at present (a view without logic, imagination, or basis in fact), began to show signs of fracturing, presaging deeper cracks, and an ultimate collapse ...
327. Wegener Legacy [Journals] [SIS Review]
... short indeed, by the early 1960s it had become possible to show, quite independently of any geological considerations, that the continents had indeed changed their relative positions and that some 200 million years or so ago they had formed the single super-continent known as Pangaea. The giant continental landmass Pangaea as it is envisaged 200 million years ago (on uniformitarian dating), before it split apart. This palaeomagnetic proof of continental drift changed the position completely, for once it was shown beyond reasonable doubt that drift had occurred the objection based on the inability to think of a mechanism lost its force. There are no two ways about it; if drift had occurred there must be a mechanism ...
328. Comets, Meteorites and Earth History [Journals] [SIS Review]
... influenced by exoterrestrial factors. No-one can say that the case for a terrestrial origin of life is even remotely proven; all that can be done is to propose mechanisms by which life might have originated on Earth, and show that these are consistent with the very meagre evidence available. Most members of SIS would applaud Hoyle and Wickramasinghe for challenging uniformitarianism and Earth-centred assumptions, and for arguing that the history of life on Earth has been influenced by what has been happening out in the Solar System and beyond. However, whether they would approve their lack of attention to detail, resulting in the inclusion of too many avoidable errors, or their oversimplification and distortion of the opposition case, ...
329. Spectres [Books] [de Grazia books]
... will profit more from a discussion of some relationships between natural events and the spectres that accompany them. I shall avoid speaking of the eyes when used functionally, as, for example, to assess damage or to organize a new life. Rather I shall concentrate upon the visual effect in itself, and what it conveys about natural events. Uniformitarians usually abandon their position on change when it comes to what ancient voices convey about natural events. That is, in order to hold on to their belief in a natural world that changes by gradual evolution rather than by quantavolution, they say that humans have changed their "exaggeration-rate." They often deny ancient testimony, using pseudo-anthropological arguments ...
330. An Empirical Approach to Collective AmnesiaA [Journals] [Kronos]
... various forms of resistance with which analytical patients react when unwelcome truth is about to reveal itself, could I understand the unique spectacle which I observe now for a full generation" (KRONOS III:2 , V & ES, p. 16). If we accept the validity of Velikovsky's psychological premise, then the discrepancy between our present uniformitarian conception of natural history and the experience of global upheavals described by the ancients has resulted from motivated forgetting- a trauma induced collective amnesia maintained by active psychological repression. The position that humankind collectively has become scotomic to its catastrophic past offers a wholly new foundation for general behavioral science. The accompanying view that buried collective terror continues to motivate ...
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