Catastrophism news

religious peaks and troughs

Alfred de Grazia, in his book 'The Divine Succession' made a connection between catastrophic events, and peaks and troughs in religious experiences. We live in a pretty stable world as far as nature is concerned, with little activity in the cosmic zone, and religion in general is pretty quiescent.

we now know ...

At ... we have an article with the sub-title - 'scientists now know why the climate underwent dramatic changes at the end of the last Ice Age' which must be one way of embarrassing yourself a little later as science is never as settled as that bold claim might suggest. The sub-title caught my eye - and I read more and discovered they have been using computer simulations and have added in some new factors and come up with a different conclusion from the consensus (up until now).

ancient origins

This is a reference to a web site that will interest some readers - ... it covers such things as human origins, myth, strange artifacts, history and the unexplained, a bit like SIS, but different. It also has a list of books as recommended to purchase, beg, or to borrow.

diluting catastrophe

An exercise in uniformitarian dilution of the evidence can be witnessed at ... extinction events are reduced to depletion of vital trace elements. There is a nice graph showing the ups and downs of selenium abundance and the question is asked - could selenium depletion cause mass extinctions? This question is back to front - it should read do mass extinctions also cause selenium depletion (which is the more apt equation).

Justinian Plague

At ... Peter Mungo Jupp is back with another tale which he dates to 562AD - presumably using the chronology within Short's chronicles (or variation thereof). He says the plague was carried on vectors high above the Earth and looks for parallel catastrophic events to act as the driver - and does EU have a connection? He quotes from Short's chronicles and there is no reason these are not reliable (although the dates are not thought to be exact).

long time tsunami

pretty impressive piece of rock on the island of Santiago in the Cape Verde Islands. It is the result of a tsunami wave caused by the side of a volcano blowing out on the nearby island of Fogo. It took place 70,000 years ago - it is thought. See

again, and again

Yes, the claim that stone age humans had the ability to bring about the demise of Ice Age animal life is up and running once again. At ... new data presented at the conference of the Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology in Dallas in October (2015) has provided the spark to trot out the theory once again. Apparently, the fact that early Aborigines were living in Australia prior to the extinction event between 40 and 27,000 years ago is all they needed to point the finger.

comets and extinctions

On a similar theme, at ... according to a study in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Michael Rampino (a geologist) and Ken Caldeira (ecologist) claim mass extinctions can be linked to known craters over the last 260 million years (including the Chicxulub crater in Yucatan). Specifically, they set out to show a cyclical pattern over the studied period with both impact craters and extinction events juxtaposed close to each other every 26 million years of time.

Ruth Dwyer (2)

It seems that Andrew Fitt has jumped the gun and invited Ruth Dwyer to speak at the upcoming Toronto conference in May of next year (2016). She will join speakers such as Irving Wolfe and Gunnar Heinsohn - but more names are in the pipeline. If you have relatives in Ontario take the opportunity to visit them in May and include the conference in your itinerary. It seems she is not going to speak at the conference now.