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SIS Review Volume VII:A Abstracts

SIS REVIEW ‘Issue VII:A’ Click here for cost 

(no Part B was ever published)

[This issue also contains an interesting ‘Forum’ section: ‘Celestial Dynamics and Worlds in Collision’, by Dr. Earl Milton; ‘Wild Motions, Angular Momentum and Other Probems’, by Leroy Ellenberger; ‘An Appendix to my Articles on Hatshepsut and Thutmose III’, by Dr. Eva Danelius; ‘On Dayton and Dating’, by John Bimson – with a reply by John Dayton; ‘The Domestication of Cattle: Interdisciplinary Evidence for Catastrophsim’, by Jill Abery – with a comment from Dr Bernard Newgrosh]

Catastrophism and Evolution, by Dr. Trevor Palmer

…… Our particular corner of the universe shows very little evidence of having been at peace with itself since its formation. The orbit of Pluto, the outermost planet of our solar system, is inclined at an angle of 170 to those of the other planets and is more elliptical than that of Neputune, bringing Pluto inside the orbit of Neptune on occasions. Pluto is much smaller than the other outer planets being, perhaps significantly, about the same size as one of their larger moons. ………….. Venus is extremely hot, has a dense atmosphere and rotates in the opposite direction to the other planets [3, 4]. ………… A short timescale for the history of the Earth requires catastrophes; a long timescale does not exclude them. ………………..


Velikovsky: Hero or Heretic?, by Professor Robert Jastrow

An eminent astronomer and geologist assesses Velikovsky’s contribution to science in the light of evidence from the geological and climatological records.

Immanuel Velikovsky, who died nearly a year ago, had a remarkable effect on scientists. They reacted to his ideas, the New York Times once wrote, as though they had been ‘stung by a hornet from outer space’. ………….. Although Dr. Velikovsky’s theories led to interesting predictions regarding Venus, Jupiter and other celestial bodies, some of which were verified by NASA spacecraft, the scientific community remained unimpressed. ……… .Isaac Asimov dismissed the winning forecasts as ‘Velikovsky’s lucky hits’ and added: ‘Any set of nonsense syllables placed in random order will make words now and then.’ [2]. This was one of the kindest comments on Dr. Velikovsky’s ideas. Other scientists described them as ‘rubbish’, ………….. ‘psuedoscientific nonsense’ and labelled their originator a ‘quack’, ‘charlatan’ and ‘fraud’ [3]. I have a somewhat different view of Dr Velikovsky and his theories. …………….


In 1986 SIS REVIEW was given a new title – becoming Chronology & Catastrophism REVIEW. Each substantial volume consisted of one issue.

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