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381. Focus [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... core, again little is known, and of pressures of surface "rocks" nothing is known. The rate at which plate tectonic processes are said to occur on Earth is something of a controversy, and the driving mechanism is something of an uncertainty. In the haste to bash the "Velikovskian cult", they have resorted to the uniformitarian theory of plate tectonics, requiring a great age for Venus, and a slow "evolution" of planetary features. Once it is realised that Venus is geologically youthful, any plate tectonic movements would have to have taken place at an unearthly rapid rate: a conclusion that earth scientists must shrink away from. It is a dangerous precedent ...
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382. Letters [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... and Lyell, and fed a daily diet of the same soporific drug by establishment science, should find the necessity for an apparently disinterested but nonetheless uncomfortable and demanding Deity to be minimal or non-existent. However, it would be interesting to speculate on the mad "musical chairs" scramble for church pews if the long-playing record of the present "uniformitarian spell" in the Earth's history suddenly stopped, and a new Venus-type comet approached, bringing with it an up-to-date version of the Ten Plagues. Would the traditional structures of thought and the old popular religions still be "de trop" - or would chattering teeth and feverish beads combine with the groaning earth in overwhelming the sound of man's ...
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383. Kentish Catastrophes [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... They are also being eroded away at a visibly rapid rate by the combined action of sea at the foot, and springs at the top, which infers that their 200-foot rise above the present sea level must have been very recent. Yet despite all this evidence the "experts" are still coming up with conflicting ideas, all based on uniformitarian principles, invoking ice ages and tectonic movements (slow ones, that is) to explain away what is far more easily explicable as catastrophic. \cdrom\pubs\journals\workshop\vol0402\02kent.htm ...
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384. Reviews [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... over backwards to avoid any mention of alternative theories which might involve the unthinkable such as actual Earth displacements or electrical effects. Also, time scales were comfortingly kept to the usual millions of years. This upsurge of neo-catastrophism is not a hopeful sign at all for the followers of Velikovsky. The more catastrophic evidence can be moulded into the usual uniformitarian principles, a sort of geological punctuated equilibrium, the more outrageous other ideas of catastrophe can be made to appear. Horizon finished on an extremely anthropocentric, science fiction-like note, with Dale Russell suggesting that, had the dinosaurs not all been exterminated they would have continued to suppress the small, primitive mammals, and signs of their increasing ...
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385. Letters [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... people would be rewarding. - Mr F. Gott, Hayling Island, Hampshire Non-scientific Side of Science Dear Sir, Jill Abery's penetrating account of the Creation v. Evolution controversy (SISW 4:4 , pp. 1-2) highlights by omission what seems to me the crucial issue of the whole debate. The three sides (creationists, uniformitarians and catastrophists) all pussyfoot round the central problem of accident v. design, and it is here that two sides (creationists and evolutionists) merely argue at cross-purposes. The evolutionists start from secondary causes and the creationists from primary (though of course the latter pursue the argument into the secondary field as well). Neither form of ...
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386. Corneille l'Orange and Other Canards [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... acid fallout in Greenland, identified with ancient eruptions in the Velikovskian time frame, is comparable in amount to that associated with single recent volcanic eruptions. This is not what would be expected if catastrophes of the magnitude envisioned by Velikovsky actually happened. Some people will recoil at accepting the ice core data as credible evidence because it is based on uniformitarian assumptions. However true this may be, Velikovskian catastrophes should have left unequivocal marks in the ice cores - and such markers, the matter of dating aside, do not show up. Since ice formed from compacted snow can be distinguished from that formed from melted snow, even if melting were to wash away a tell-tale dust layer the ...
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... disregarded what his teacher said in so many words in his various works. The Aristotelian negation of the traumas of the past, built into a philosophical system that covers many fields of human knowledge, became the rock on which the Alexandrian schools of physics, geometry and astronomy of Archimedes, Euclid and Claudius Ptolemy were built. The teaching of uniformitarianism (Lyell, Darwin) is a nineteenth-century version of Aristotelianism. And as much as the Church Scientific (Thomas Huxley's expression) still follows in the steps of Darwin, it is still Aristotelian; and, in following Isaac Newton in the study of celestial space and the bodies populating it, the Church Scientific is again Aristotelian. And ...
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... orbit. Another claim made in my Forum lecture of 1953- namely that Jupiter could be a source of radio signals- had been confirmed in the spring of 1955, as told in a preceding section. Years later Hess took the initiative to organize open discussions about my work. One of these was to be a debate on evolution based on the uniformitarian principle versus evolution based mainly on cataclysmic events. My opponent should have been Princeton professor of biology, Colin Pittendrigh. There was a mutual respect between us (earlier he had visited me and also inscribed to me a biology text that he coauthored with G. G. Simpson, my early antagonist), but Pittendrigh insisted that the ...
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... This theory was in great favour till about the middle of the nineteenth century, when Darwin produced his work on `natural selection'. W. Smith was a believer in catastrophism. (b ) In 1859 Darwin (1809 - 92) published a book The Origin of Species which, based on Lyell's ideas of slow geological evolution or uniformitarianism' and Malthus's theories on the struggle for existence, claim that all species derive from an original type and adapt themselves to new environments.1 Darwins work provoked a storm of criticism and only slowly gained ground.2 (c ) One of the weaknesses of the theory of natural selection was a lack of sufficient knowledge of the principles ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 13  -  26 Mar 2007  -  URL: /online/pubs/books/gallant/ic2.htm
... interpretation in the hands of their practitioners. What we need is a simple language that can describe religion by accommodating the catastrophic elements within a larger structure. This may be conceived as a prolegomenon to the reconciliation of religion and reason. We sometimes forget that such was the very effort in which western man was engaged in the century before the uniformitarian dogma took sway. In Eighteenth Century France the names of Voltaire and Boulanger stand out; in Germany there is the work of Kant; and on this continent we have the effort of Thomas Jefferson (usually neglected because he refused to consider it other than a private preoccupation). I say this by way of supplementing the account given ...
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