Catastrophism news

Halley's Comet and the 6th century AD

At ... we hear that a piece of Halley's comet might have impacted with Earth in AD536, blasting dust into the atmosphere and cooling the planet. No, this does not involve Mike Baillie - but it does resurrect some of his work. It is a new study led by Dallas Abbott of Columbia University and the news report is because Dallas was a speaker at the recent AGU meeting in California.

The Dodwell Curve

The Dodwell hypothesis that greatly intrigued SIS some years ago, on two occasions, is given a mauling at ... involves calculating the last time there was an axial shift, and this he thought occurred in late third millennium BC. He used a variety of sources, including the alignment of the Karnak temple, and various other ancient references (assuming all these things were reliably dated).

Without Form and Void

There is a second edition of 'Without Form and Void; a study of the meaning of Genesis 1:2' edited by EM White and RG Chiang, Ancaster, Ontario: Doorway Publications. It is available in a Kindle edition, as a pdf, or as hard copy ( In the preface of the second edition (2012) it is recognised not many readers will have a basic understanding of Hebrew. As such, Hebrew characters have been replaced with transliteration into English to facilitate reading and understanding. Various appendixes tangent to the main theme are also missing.

Blast from the Past

Gary Gilligan has sent in an article by Velikovsky published by the New York Times on July 21st of 1969 - which appeared in Pensee as 'Are the Moon's scars only 3000 years old?' in which the newspaper took the liberty of deleting a few  lines of text here and there (and names of people). Velikovsky claimed that less than 3000 years ago (in reference to his Mars catastrophe sequence) the Moon's surface was repeatedly molten and bubbled.


A new book, details forwarded by secretary Jill Abery, written by SIS member David M Barker - 'Science and Religion: reconciling the conflicts' and published by Tate Publishing of Mustang in Oklahoma (2013) has arrived through the letter box. There are chapters on carbon dating, scientific ages, on comets asteroids and meteorites, on continental drift or shift, on the flood, geochronology, history or myth, evolution or creationism, astronomy and cosmological curiosities etc. It is a book I will return to at a later date - but might make somebody a nice christmas present.

Life from Chicxulub

At ... rocks from the Chicxulub asteroid 'must' have spread through the solar system, it is theorised in the arXiv paper. What do they mean? It seems the life in Earth rocks could have been carried anywhere in the solar system - to Mars or Venus, Jupiter or Saturn, or to their moons such as Callisto and Titan etc. It has been calculated some 70 billion kilograms of rock and debris could have been blasted off the surface of the Earth by the asteroid collision.

The Chelyabinsk Meteor - some research has been published

At ... there is a report on research done of the airburst event on February 15th 2013 and it claims to have revolutionised scientists' understanding of the phenomenon. The report, by Peter Jennisken in the journal Science (Nov 7th), following a field study led by Olga Popova of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, has worked out the meteor was travelling at 19km a second and fragmented as it entered the atmosphere, peaking at 30km above the surface.

How do you freeze a slab of meat as big as a mammoth

William Thompson forwarded part of a correspondence from Sam Windsor, colleague of Don Patten (in days of yore). Bearing in mind that the assumption is made that Arctic Pleistocene mammals died and were frozen in situ rather than by any other means (for example the views of Allen and Delair in various SIS articles), it is clear the pair spent a lot of time discussing how that might happen.

Some more on Patten

William Thompson sent in this link, chapter 12 'Catastrophism, Uniformitarianism, and Western Civilisation' from his book, The Biblical Flood and the Ice Epoch - go to

The Ring and the Ice

We are all aware of Tolkein's Lord of the Rings but where did the idea of a magical ring come from. Was it a temporary phenomenon seen in the sky (temporary giving rise to magic and the concept it would return again in the future) that appeared on different occasions in the past. It crops up in mythology quite a bit - and the ring is also a feature of Apocryphal literature. The obvious parallel is with the rings of Saturn. They were at first regarded as rock fragments similar to the composition of a meteor shower.