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... . The science of several decades ago, perpetuated in college textbooks, is full of outdated views bequeathed from the nineteenth century. The college teacher, with few exceptions, is an authoritarian because of his inner insecurity and frustration. Fossilized notions are offered as ultimate truths eliminating any need for further probing and thinking. Geology is taught according to uniformitarian principles laid down long before oceanographers and students of paleomagnetism discovered evidence of global violence in recent time; in astronomy, newfound knowledge of interplanetary magnetic fields, electric charges on the Sun and planets, and plasma in space is kept out of most college textbooks- or referred to only in prefaces; the high heat and retrograde rotation of ...
342. The Latecoming Olduvai Gorge [Books] [de Grazia books]
... open quickly, hence the "narrow floor and steep sides." Cole, like L. Leakey and others, have a way of speaking of "people cultures," "industry sites," "living floors," and "living sites" for the hominids, making one wonder whether they had tile floors and awnings. A uniformitarian image is thus purveyed, and one is led to think in terms of extremely gradual sedimentation as creating the scene. Yet the australopithecine (1959) Zinjanthropus' skull "had been broken by expansion and contraction of the bentonitic [i .e . volcanic] clay in which it lay, 22 feet below the top of Bed I ...
343. Zetetic Scholar Nos. 6 July 1980 [Articles]
... imperfect one. Two imperfect theories are being compared. Both have unanswered questions. When one is found, this does not mean that the entire theory must be immediately forgotten. If being wrong on only one point meant an entire theory was wrong, Uniformity would have been counted out years ago. It is often forgotten that most of the uniformitarian "facts" originally used as "proof" that Velikovsky was wrong, were not actually "facts." The observed. data turned out to favor Velikovsky, and it was Uniformity that had to be readjusted to fit these facts. The comments about Mays' article were generally of the nature of pronouncements that science has spoken once ...
344. Letters [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... in which catastrophic periods give rise to countless such dominant mutations which are then rapidly weeded out by a natural selection process than an infinitesimally slow mutation rate in which mainly recessive genes are kept waiting in the wings for an equally slow change of environment to procure them some minute advantage. To my mind even the immensity of the time scale the uniformitarian view provides just could not be enough; catastrophism eases that time burden to the point where it is credible. Jill Abery, Sittingbourne, Kent. Velikovsky and Avebury Dear Sir, It is disheartening to discover, so long after the publication of Worlds in Collision , that its findings are still not applied to the solution of long-standing archaeological ...
345. Planetary Motions, Egyptian Unit Fractions and the Fibonacci Series [Journals] [Horus]
... in the use of the synodic equation to compute a corresponding 29-year period in view of Table 1 and Equation (2 ), so this is 1/225 - 1/364 - 1/509+ 29/48,239,100 = 0 Eq.(4 ) This study has not extended its analyses to all periods of uniformitarian or catastrophic events, but McCanney cites a Nature article that lists the following ages of worldwide catastrophic events corresponding to mass extinctions, the ages being given in periods of millions of years; namely 1, 13, 25, 35, 58, 63, 135, 181, 230, 280, 345, and 405 ...
346. Further Thoughts On Time [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... such practical people managed without those 59 days before? And why did they create the Year of Confusion' which I believe ran for over 500 days, in order to get the seasons back to their appointed places in the calendar? It would surely seem that Nature's clock had been running very erratically in the past - I wonder if the uniformitarian establishment can explain why?! The question is: what can we do about it now, given that the calendar is in such a sorry state? People tend to live their lives by the week (and the fortnight) more than by the month or year. Therefore I suggest we make this the ruling factor. Subdivide each ...
347. Book Reviews [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... many lakes and can be recognised in certain features of the landscape. The Murray River is supposed to have been excavated by a gigantic burrowing serpent while the artesian spring near Coward Springs Station is believed to be the mouth of a snake with the hill behind it of the monster's head. While vindicating catastrophism, these mythologies must be anathema to uniformitarians. There are many other items of interest about snakes in the book which support the catastrophic motif from the idea of the long hollow tube representing the snake's voice - maybe like the roars of Mt. Sinai - to the fabulous serpent Mindi, reputedly ten miles long with a huge head which ejected poison and gave warning of its presence ...
348. Quantalism And Prehistory [Journals] [Velikovskian]
... SALTATIONISM The second is saltationism, a term and concept originated by Thomas Henry Huxley. Today, Huxley is remembered by many readers primarily as "Darwin's bulldog," the articulate spokesman for evolutionists in their debates with anti-evolutionary writers and lecturers. Yet Huxley differed from Charles Darwin and from Darwin's geological mentor, Charles Lyell, both of whom were uniformitarians (uniformists, for short). The aspect of uniformism that Huxley did not accept was gradualism, the doctrine that crucial events in the history of Earth and its inhabitants, such as the appearance of new species, occurred so slowly as to be unobservable while in process. Instead, he postulated saltations-collective leaps from one life form to ...
349. Velikovsky And Planetary Catastrophe [Journals] [SIS Internet Digest]
... that the collective records of early man will permit a reconstruction of the crucial events, if only we will suspend our judgment long enough to rigorously assess the material from a new vantage point. And keep in mind as well that Velikovsky's argument for large-scale catastrophe was offered in 1950, at a time when astronomers and geologists were entirely captivated by uniformitarian models, in which catastrophes played virtually no significant role in the history of the solar system, in the history of the Earth, or man's own past. So we have to ask ourselves: under the weight of space age discovery, has it been Velikovsky, or his critics, that have had to give the most ground? ...
350. In Memoriam: Immanuel Velikovsky, Livio Stecchini and Ralph Juergens [Journals] [Catastrophism & Ancient History]
... work in this field cannot be overestimated. Universities around the world are slowly, ever so slowly, realizing that this is the right approach. Several interrelated disciplines now are starting to coalesce, for example, astro-archaeology. Velikovsky was the dean of Neo-catastrophists. His Worlds in Collision and Earth in Upheaval have started the pendulum moving away from conventional uniformitarian concepts. Today, thirty years after their publication, scientists see the possibility that the Mesozoic Period ended not by slow process of millions of years but by violent astral catastrophe. Today we can visit planetariums to see dramatic programs called "The End of the Mesozoic," where theories are put forth that would have- and did- ...
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