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5 Oct 2014
Expanding Earth versus Plate Tectonics

At ... the expanding earth theory is discussed from the perspective of a mainstream geologist. He begins by noting the expanding earth theory relies heavily on the assumption that subduction does not occur. What he should also have acknowledged is that Plate Tectonics relies heavily on the assumption that subduction occurs - and is not a figment of modelling. This is a different way of making the same point.

5 Oct 2014
Mount St Helens and Catastrophism

There is an illuminating article at ... which shows quite clearly that sedimentary geology can be laid down very quickly and this contradicts the consensus gradualist view of geological chronology. However, the difference between ICR and neo-catastrophism is not in how long it takes events to unfold but the overall time scale of earth history. Whereas ICR might like to reduce the latter along the lines of Biblical numbers and therefore over egg the role of the Biblical 'flood' event neo-catastrophism is markedly different.

4 Oct 2014
Comet Pan STARRS K1

Come Pan STARRS K1 has been visible for over a year and is making a passage through the inner solar system that is reputed to involve an orbit 400,000 years long - see The dust tail and ion tail of the comet have been snapped in a succession of images (see link). The big question - is this 'the Special One' as a certain football manager might say.

Over at ... we have an image of comet Churyumov-Girasimenko in the process of spewing out dust and gases from its neck. Below.

4 Oct 2014
The news splash that went squish

At ... the claim that gravitational waves from shortly after the Big Bang had been detected has turned out to be a dud squib. It seems the hullaballoo was premature.

Polarised microwave light in the Milky Way is produced by dust grains that spin on their axes and align like a mini compass with the interstellar magnetic field. The dust grains line up in the same general direction and this produces polarised light - exactly the same thing as theorised would have been produced by gravitational waves from the early universe.

4 Oct 2014
Volcanic Sea Mounts

At ... scientists have created a map of the world's sea floor using satellite data. Thousands of previously uncharted mountains can be seen rising from the sea bed (known collectively as sea mounts). The info comes from a paper in the journal Science (October 2014) and the idea is to provide clues to investigate the consensus theory of ocean spreading - or Plate Tectonics.

4 Oct 2014
SIS Forum

There are at least four posts on the Forum at this site in which nobody has responded to, even though the subject matter is very close to Velikovsky, as well as the general theme of neo-catastrophism. One is on the Hindu calendar, another on the Samson riddle, the words of which once adorned packets of Tale and Lyle sugar, another on Chinese calendrical oddities, and finally a Creationist take on the Mount St Helens eruption that formed instantaneously a very thick sedimentary like deposit. These are all good discussion points that members might like to add their pennyworth.

2 Oct 2014

At ... Tim Cullen has a pop at long term solar cycles, pointing out they rely on proxy data from tree rings and ice cores (and the like) which includes C14 levels in ice cores and dust profiles created from ice cores. I found it rather intriguing that the largest amplitude of the de Vries cycle are found at 8200, 4500, 2500 and 800 years ago.

29 Sep 2014
Emperor Yao

Emperor Yao was not in effect a human emperor of the Chinese but a sky deity. In his rule a deluge occurred as a result of water escaping out of a hole in the sky. He was also associated with many other wondrous events. 

Rens van der Sluijs is back on song at ... which is a brilliant pun on the use of source material by scholars. He looks at four misquotes of original material and notes that going back to the original is always a worthwhile exercise.

28 Sep 2014
Water in the solar system

It seems water might have been present in the solar system even before the birth of the Sun - according to a paper in the September issue of the journal Science (

Water locked up as ice that formed in interstellar space is the key ingredient. It is now locked up in meteorites, comets, asteroids and moons etc. Why is there so much of the stuff on Earth?

28 Sep 2014
Legend and Scripture

At ... is the second of Rens posts on the way myth and legend around the world was influenced by the spread of the Bible - and reinterpreted accordingly (but still retaining independent features not found in Genesis). He returns again to the Tower of Babel and in an interesting manner as even the Bible has reinterpreted an original myth. The tower was perceived as a human endeavour.