Monday, January 24, 2011
Science Mondays--- Catastrophs vs Gradualists
I am sure it seemed like it had to be one way or the other way to those who argued the point. Isn't that true to too many arguments. Back in the day I stepped directly into the feud between the direct instructors and the whole linguists. I emerged alive and somewhere in the middle. But that is another story.
This story takes us back to the time when scientists were beginning to see evidence that not every geological change emerged suddenly in gut wrenching catastrophic events. Others clung to all things catastrophic, so an us versus them battle ensued.
While much is gradual: river valleys, continental drift, sedimentation.
It is hard to say that the following are not catastrophic: volcanic eruptions, asteroid impacts.
I am glad I am living in the day when more and more scientists and theologians are saying both happen. The Golden Mean strikes again.
and thus this week we transfer our attention away from the 99.999999999999999% of the universe which we do not call Earth. Glad to be home from space.