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... found at el-Arish, however, will historians declare the accepted chronology to be in "serious peril"? I doubt it. Ten years ago Stephen Jay Gould exulted that the concept of continental drift refuted catastrophist geology and that Velikovsky therefore "goes down gloriously". But plate tectonics and catastrophe are not incompatible any more than a gradual, uniformitarian weathering of Mount St. Helens is incompatible with the instantaneous reshaping of the mountain. Between catastrophes, uniformitarian principles apply. Velikovsky once told me that he was "not against" the idea of continental drift, but added with a sigh: "My opponents will certainly use it against me." An "all or nothing" ...
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432. The Transfiguration of Trauma [Books] [de Grazia books]
... creation, we can survive anything!" the fixation upon cycles of disaster and revival and the incompetency of humanity over millennia to get onto a longitudinal temporal plane - all of these facts and many more constitute evidence that unspeakable disaster governs the socalled "archaic mind" and carries through to modernity. Indeed, one must credit the doctrine of uniformitarianism, and all of its ramifications in the sciences and philosophy, as being the first successful counterattack of the human mind against the fetters that catastrophes imposed upon it. It was largely this modern doctrine in astronomy, geology, biology, and finally religion and politics that smoothed out the external cycles, made the proven details of history important ...
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433. Letters [Journals] [SIS Review]
... 120-125] translated into English in Soviet Astronomy 33:1 (Jan. - Feb. 1989), pp. 64-67, is of great interest and merit. As is well known, all evolution proceeds both by gradual change and by sudden change whose groundwork is laid by the gradual change; which fact underlies the schools of thought termed uniformitarianism and catastrophism. These ideologies tend not toward mere specialisation but rather toward antagonistic exclusiveness (which I do not favour). The Soviet scientists' analysis of the Venus data including reduction to useful parameters assumes the uniformitarian aspect of the evolution of Venus. That is excellent and necessary. I am interested also in the possible catastrophist aspect, ...
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434. Calendars Revisited [Journals] [Velikovskian]
... and Sachs, stopped his retrocalculations at -600. People like Neugebauer and Sachs claim to believe that little of interest in the way of astronomical observation took place any earlier than that. Thus, Neugebauer dismisses even the Ninsianna observations with: "From the purely astronomical viewpoint these observations are not very remarkable." (7 ) 1. By uniformitarian retrocalculation, Sirius would have risen heliacally in July (Julian) for many thousands of years, including not only the 2nd millennium before this era but also the epoch of the Canopus Decree in the 3rd century before this era, as well as the later period that encompassed Claudius Ptolemy, Antoninus Pius, Censorinus, and Theon (the ...
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435. The Role Of The Nile In Egyptian Chronology [Journals] [SIS Review]
... he is not even thinking about the season - but that is no excuse for his giving the season as 3ht! The fact is that Spiegelberg's text on p. 69 shows smw (albeit with a question-mark). 3ht would conform to the conventional chronology; smw would not. Perhaps this is the same sort of thing that a well-known uniformitarian (Sarton, defending Neugebauer against Velikovsky) once tried to dismiss as a simple misprint of no concern'. I grow tired of errors' and accidents' that just happen to put conventional theories in a good light and unconventional theories in a bad light. On p. 136, Janssen tells us of several Gebel Silsila steles that ...
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436. The New York Velikovsky Centenary Conference [Journals] [SIS Review]
... new chapter). .. . We begin with an exposition of catastrophism itself .. most of the scientific evidence of the last 40 years in astronomy, archaeology, geology and ancient history .. favours some sort of catastrophism. It is no longer forbidden .. [but] is now a legitimate option in scientific theory, while uniformitarianism is coming more and more to be seen as a myth. .. . Nature is punctuated, which means it alternates between stability and chaos. .. Nowhere in the history of faunal, floral, mineral or meteorological life on earth do we find an uninterrupted and unchanging continuum .. . Because we see change everywhere, always ...
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437. Metals, Salt and Oil [Books] [de Grazia books]
... . Surely he would not insist upon the fifty million years age and therefore be compelled to argue that true seepage is hundreds of times less than claimed. In other words, he is walking right into the quantavolutionary door; no significant seepage is satisfactory if conventional oil ages are to be defended. This is especially so, given that strict uniformitarian rates are not likely; no matter how oil is made, early seepage must have been at a faster rate than today's seepage. Even just the transfer from factory to reservoir cannot occur without large losses. Again the age of oil must drop. And of course if a quantavolutionary theory of oil formation is adopted, the exponential principle ...
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438. Crustal Distortion in the Holocene [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... faces to recede a considerable distance since the original rift was formed, but the sea could never have breached what had been a range of chalk hills. The idea of gradualist rising sea levels, and no doubt they do rise in warmer climatic periods (it is happening right now), is a concept constructed to suit the needs of uniformitarianism. In this view of the past the huge continental shelf around the British Isles was inundated slowly, but is this justified? At the same boundary, at around 6000/5500 BC, a massive landslip occurred along the Storegga shelf system to the south of Norway. It created massive tidal waves that battered the NE coastline of Scotland ...
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... he ignores the point that its support for Velikovsky resided in its having a cometary origin and world-wide distribution, neither of which is the case. His rationalization exhibits the very practice I cautioned against, i.e ., forcing a catastrophist explanation on non catastrophic data, which amounts to assuming that which it is desired to prove. "Uniformitarian schooling and collective amnesia", as Mr. Ginenthal puts it, are beside the point regarding the interpretation of the "Worzel ash". If the oceans were tossed about a la Velikovsky, the existence of any orderly, stratified sediments would be truly miraculous. Velikovsky's scenario is not only contradicted by the continuity of life on islands ...
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440. The Origin Of The Moon [Journals] [Velikovskian]
... Moon much closer to the Earth to get a one mile tidal, orbital bulge. This would raise enormous tidal effects on the Earth. Therefore, the Moon either jumped, catastrophically, from its early, closer distance to the Earth to its present distance or it was recently outside the Earth's influence and recently captured. Either scenario denies the uniformitarian concept that the Moon's orbital evolution followed gradual tidal change. How could the Moon move than 120,000 miles away from the Earth in a million years or so? The tidal theory does not apply to this finding! Pursuing this observation's gravitational requirements to their logical end, a most striking discovery is made: If the Moon was ...
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