A registered educational charity. Registered under the Charities Act, 1960 - registration no. 286264.
The oldest and most up-to-date Society
for information and research
into cosmic catastrophes
and ancient chronology revision
The Society's PRINCIPAL OBJECT is 'to advance the education of the public and, through the combined use of historical and contemporary evidence of all kinds, to promote a multidisciplinary approach to, and specialised research into, scientific and scholarly problems inherent in the uniformitarian theories in astronomy and history, and thus to promote active consideration by scientists, scholars and students of alternatives to those theories.' One of the Society's furtherances of its 'Principal Object' is 'to promote co-operation between workers in specialised fields of learning in the belief that isolated study is sterile'.
- operates a Book Service from which its journal back issues, a variety of books, plus CD's and videos can be obtained
The SIS was formed in 1974 in response to the growing interest in global cosmic catastrophes, initiated earlier by the publication of Immanuel Velikovsky's book, Worlds in Collision and its attempted suppression by the academic establishment. His insistence on past planetary instability, particularly with regard to the planets Venus and Mars, the role of electricity in the cosmos and the use of myth to provide evidence in respect of his theories is well-known. A scholar in his own right and a colleague of Albert Einstein, Velikovsky has been rightly called 'the father of modern catastrophism'.
Many great discoveries and insights are made by intuitive non-scientists but, unfortunately, academia rarely welcomes challengers to established thinking. Despite this, in 1974 the SIS took up Velikovsky's challenge to the orthodox view of the cosmos - as being one of planetary stability - to investigate:
- The role that cosmic catastrophes may have played globally in ancient times
- How myths, recorded by cultures the world over, can help us discover what happened
A new generation of catastrophists arose who have continued to encourage investigation and exchange of ideas in all fields opened up by Velikovsky's theories of global cosmic catastrophism, which demand that there should be corroboration between various other disciplines, making cosmic catastrophism truly interdisciplinary and inclusive. Such disciplines and subjects include: archaeology, stratigraphy, psychology, archaeoastronomy, linguistics, biology, astrophysics, geomagnetism, religion, mythology, astronomy, evolution, palaeontology, various scientific dating methods and biblical studies to name a few.
Art-history, ice-core dating, Earth reversals (or axis shifts) and the effect of catastrophes of any kind on Earth's climate, are also addressed. So, too, the effect of past climate-change on chronology. Of overarching importance is the role of electricity in the universe, which, although becoming accepted by more open-minded researchers and scientists, is still ignored by the UK 'establishment'.
In conjunction with plasma physics and rock-art, the mythology of the axis mundi has also recently been given far more clarity. It seems clear than any reconstruction of how the solar system operated once and operates now will remain unacknowledged by orthodox scientists unless those who have found such new theories to be reasonable, continue to demand objective hearing and consideration of them. However, attempts at censorship and suppression of new and unorthodox ideas, by one means or another, are still commonplace.
Another of Velikovsky's claims was that the calamities that befell the Israelites at the time of the Exodus from Egypt were as a result of such instability in the cosmos. Aligning the history of the Israelites in Egypt and the Exodus to the 12th and 13th Dynasties (rather than the 18th, as in the orthodox dating), he redated much of Egyptian history from the 12th Dynasty onward and this also generated many articles and papers. For a comprehensive history of authors and their papers you cannot do better than to see Ancient History Revisions.
The SIS continually seeks new and well-reasoned material for publication, which argues both for or against any idea on the subjects we deal with (Introduction). Articles, book reviews, press cuttings and letters are all welcome (Notes for Authors)
Chronology & Catastrophism Review (C&CR) is the Society's journal (c. 60 pp.) and its foremost publication. One issue is published each year and is part of a Member's entitlement.
Chronology & Catastrophism Workshop (C&CW) provides a forum for debate and discussion in all fields and subjects covered by C&C Review and was launched to provide for informal publication of material; some of which, for a variety of reasons, does not qualify for immediate inclusion in the Society's journal, but may be of great interest to readers and deserving of early circulation. C&C Workshop is now published twice a year (c. 32-40 pp. per issue) and is also part of a Member's entitlement.