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#1    pantodragon

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 04:47 PM

The fundamental principles upon which Geology is founded are assumptions, not facts.  In other words, the science of geology is nothing more than a piece of fiction.

One of these basic principles is that the oldest layer of rock in horizontal strata is at the bottom, the youngest at the top.   That is no more than an assumption, yet it is so fundamental to geology that if it were found to be false, the entire structure of geology would fall like a house with foundations built on quicksand.

Consider the age of the earth.  It is currently estimated at 4600 million years old.  The immense age of the earth was first proposed in the late 18th century, the theory being based largely upon observation of the processes of erosion and deposition e.g. soil being washed off a field and silting up a lake.  Since erosion and deposition happens slowly, then “obviously” (???!!!!) the earth must be phenomenally old since how else could mountains be built?  I mean, it’s “obvious”, isn’t it?  Just as “obvious” as the relative ages of the individual layers of horizontal rock strata (oldest at the bottom; youngest at the top), eh?

Furthermore, the same geologist who proposed the immense age of the earth (Hutton), also proposed the principle of Uniformitarianism: that the geologic processes occurring in the world today are the same as they were in the past (the geologic past being millions of years ago); and that these changes are slow and constant.  The principle of Uniformitarianism is, by and large, the accepted view today.  Yet it is nothing more than conjecture.  It is an assumption.  (It is exactly the same sort of assumption-taken-for-fact made by physics when it asserts that the laws of physics are the same throughout the universe.  This too is nothing more than conjecture.)

Last century, attempts were made to calculate the age of the earth using lead decay calculations.  The earth rocks/materials are so impure as to render useless any results, therefore scientists turned to outer space for an answer.  The current accepted of the age of the earth was arrived at using “primordial lead” found in meteorites.  This “currently accepted” age of the earth is also riddled with assumptions: the assumption that material from outer space can provide reliable evidence for the age of the earth; that “primordial lead” contained in meteorites is the kind of lead found in the solar system when it was first formed --- not to mention whatever assumptions atomic physics is riddled with.

As we have seen, then, geology is quite happy to borrow from the other sciences when it wants results that it can’t arrive at itself.   And the other sciences are also quite happy to borrow from geology when needs must.  So, when Charles Darwin could not find a mechanism for his theory of evolution, he turned to geology (Lyell’s Principles of Geology), and the newly established theory of the great age of the earth.  It gave Darwin the time-scale necessary to explain his theory of evolution.  But think about it: Darwin arrived at his theory of evolution using a geological theory riddled with assumptions!!!  If the geology is wrong, where does that leave the theory of evolution????  Where does that leave genetics?  Where, in fact, does that leave science?

Today, Hutton’s theory of Uniformitarianism is modified to include the odd catastrophe or two i.e. the steady, constant geologic processes were interspersed with intense periods of, say, volcanic activity.  This, quite simply, is the Hegelian dialectic at work.  (Thesis + anti-theses = synthesis.)  Hutton’s Uniformitarianism is the thesis, Catastrophe theory the anti-thesis, such that today the accepted theory is simply the synthesis.  Science is littered with this sort of mechanical way of arriving at “new” ideas.

The Hegelian dialectic has also been at work in evolution.  There are two competing theories: one is that evolution happens at a steady rate, while the other, “punctuated equilibrium”, is the evolutionary equivalent of geology’s catastrophe theory.  I’m not sure which one is dominant at the moment, but I have no doubt that the synthesis is on the way if it hasn’t already arrived.

So, what’s wrong with using the Hegelian Dialectic, then?  It is everywhere.  It is used in all the academic subjects, in politics etc.  When one sees the Hegelian Dialectic (HD) driving the system, as one does so frequently, it is indicative of people who are not interested in truth.  The  HD is simply an easy way of generating theories (why come up with a new theory if don’t need one?) that some scientist can stick his/her name to and become famous.  In fact, the use of the HD is typical of extremely competitive people who just want to enter a dog fight with the competition – in other words, it’s about winning, not about truth.

So, geology is founded on assumption and conjecture.  It borrows theories, also founded on assumption and conjecture, to prop itself up, when geology cannot provide its own answers.

Finally, what has geology got to do with Wagner?  Wagner took the higgledy-piggledy tales that are the Norse myths and legends and converted them into a coherent whole - a story, upon which he based his Ring Cycle.  In the same manner, geologists have constructed a neatly tied together piece of fiction – the science of geology -- based on nothing more than their higgledy-piggledy observations of the earth.


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Posted 28 March 2013 - 05:15 PM

Logically the earth has to be older than the rocks that form on it.

Anyway I thought you left to bless another forum with your diatribe?


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Posted 28 March 2013 - 05:46 PM

View Postpantodragon, on 28 March 2013 - 04:47 PM, said:

The fundamental principles upon which Geology is founded are assumptions, not facts.
So what are the implications of this?  Are you proposing something different, pointing out a mistake, or just sounding off?

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One of these basic principles is that the oldest layer of rock in horizontal strata is at the bottom, the youngest at the top.
This is a principle, not a law.  At least two exceptions were known way back in the 60s when I took rocks-for-jocks.
1.  The Colorado Overthrust Belt.  In western Colorado one tectonic plate road up on top of another, producing two sets of strata of the same age, one set on top of the other with some older rocks on top of younger ones.  The sequences are right-side-up, but part of the column is repeated.
2.  In Wyoming is a butte with the strata inverted.  Again, an overthrust situation.  One plate road up on top of the other and overturned.  Surrounding material eroded away leaving an upside-down butte.

This is not something new.  It was known before plate tectonics were known.  The issue is settled, except for some fundamentalists who specialize in closing their eyes and shouting "Does not!"
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Posted 02 April 2013 - 02:48 PM

View PostDoug1o29, on 28 March 2013 - 05:46 PM, said:

So what are the implications of this?  Are you proposing something different, pointing out a mistake, or just sounding off?


This is not something new.  It was known before plate tectonics were known.  The issue is settled, except for some fundamentalists who specialize in closing their eyes and shouting "Does not!"
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I'm pointing out a fatal error in geology.  It is such a basic part of geology that it means the whole structure is unsound.  As you say, the issue is settled, but only in the manner of all problematic issues in science: make a guess and tally-ho regardless.

And, BTW, I have got a different explanation for things.


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Posted 08 April 2013 - 11:04 PM

View Postpantodragon, on 02 April 2013 - 02:48 PM, said:

I'm pointing out a fatal error in geology.  It is such a basic part of geology that it means the whole structure is unsound.  As you say, the issue is settled, but only in the manner of all problematic issues in science: make a guess and tally-ho regardless.

And, BTW, I have got a different explanation for things.

It's not an error and there are plenty of ways of determining if a sequence is the right way up (graded bedding, internal structres etc.)


If you have an alternative theory, I suggest you present it. Because, your misunderstandings aside, what science does is accept the only theory not disproven. So unless you can come up with a scientifically sound one, we'll stick with the one that works.

As for you first post, it's late and right now, I don't even know where to start...

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 05:22 PM

View Postpantodragon, on 02 April 2013 - 02:48 PM, said:

I'm pointing out a fatal error in geology.  It is such a basic part of geology that it means the whole structure is unsound.  As you say, the issue is settled, but only in the manner of all problematic issues in science: make a guess and tally-ho regardless.

And, BTW, I have got a different explanation for things.
If it's fatal, I don't see how.  Could you explain this, please?  I know of several exceptions to the rule of juxtaposition, but these do not overturn it; rather, they strengthen it.

If you have a different explanation, please post it.  It will take a lot of work to overturn established theory, but it wasn't that long ago that plate tectonics was discovered, so who knows?
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Posted 09 April 2013 - 09:35 PM

Hahaha I love this topic it make me laugh. Thank you pantodragon.

Where to start.. I'll try tomorrow, its late here in Europe. I have actually said this a lot, but I promise to reply to you tomorrow. Because this make me laugh, I'll dicuss you thoughts with some geologist at lucnh tomorrow.

Btw a quick comment to Doug, yes it only about 60 years? Ago it was accepted, but pretty sure it is over 150 years ago the idea was given to the rest of the geology community.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 02:03 PM

View PostBFB, on 09 April 2013 - 09:35 PM, said:

Btw a quick comment to Doug, yes it only about 60 years? Ago it was accepted, but pretty sure it is over 150 years ago the idea was given to the rest of the geology community.
My Freshman geology prof didn't believe plate tectonics.  That was in 1968, so I think it had been seriously discussed recently at the time.

My daughter is a production geologist.  I can guess what she'd say and it wouldn't be pretty.
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Posted 10 April 2013 - 04:48 PM

View PostDoug1o29, on 10 April 2013 - 02:03 PM, said:

My Freshman geology prof didn't believe plate tectonics.  That was in 1968, so I think it had been seriously discussed recently at the time.

View PostBFB, on 09 April 2013 - 09:35 PM, said:

Btw a quick comment to Doug, yes it only about 60 years? Ago it was accepted, but pretty sure it is over 150 years ago the idea was given to the rest of the geology community.

It was first proposed in early 20th century by Wegener then confirmed around 1950-60 by observing seafloor spreading. Basically, Wegener had the idea but not the mechanism.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 01:33 PM

To all:

You are all so besotted by science --- your faith makes you blind.  There are other theories inside and outside of science, but science is a competitive world, and the literature of science is littered with losers.  My preference is, in fact, for a theory outside of science.


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Posted 11 April 2013 - 07:07 PM

View Postpantodragon, on 11 April 2013 - 01:33 PM, said:

To all:

You are all so besotted by science --- your faith makes you blind.  There are other theories inside and outside of science, but science is a competitive world, and the literature of science is littered with losers.  My preference is, in fact, for a theory outside of science.

I repeat: state your theory so it can be considered. I'm afraid saying 'hahaha I have all the answers but I'm not telling you!' isn't very convincing.

'Good' is not the same as 'nice'.
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Posted 13 April 2013 - 03:05 PM

View PostSetton, on 11 April 2013 - 07:07 PM, said:

I repeat: state your theory so it can be considered. I'm afraid saying 'hahaha I have all the answers but I'm not telling you!' isn't very convincing.

I refer you to my post: Pantodragon's world in a nutshell. (Philosophy and Psychology.)  I would also point out that, like it or not, there are other established ways of "knowing" which lead to other theories beside my own.


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Posted 13 April 2013 - 04:08 PM

View Postpantodragon, on 13 April 2013 - 03:05 PM, said:

I refer you to my post: Pantodragon's world in a nutshell. (Philosophy and Psychology.)  I would also point out that, like it or not, there are other established ways of "knowing" which lead to other theories beside my own.
The difference between a working hypothesis and a wild screwball idea is that you can test the hypothesis.  How can your idea be tested?
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Posted 13 April 2013 - 04:16 PM

View Postpantodragon, on 13 April 2013 - 03:05 PM, said:

I refer you to my post: Pantodragon's world in a nutshell. (Philosophy and Psychology.)  I would also point out that, like it or not, there are other established ways of "knowing" which lead to other theories beside my own.

Uhuh... Read it...

I take it you weren't a science teacher then?

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 10:44 AM

The starting point of plate tectonics was noticing how well Africa, Europe and America fitted into a super continent. There is no other explanation than continental drift which adequately explains this observation, coupled to deep sea rift spreading it makes for a very compelling argument.

There are to many examples where rock strata is not chronological, and magma uplift and subduction offers an explanation to why, for the opening observation to be taken seriously as even a critique of geology.

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