I keep forgetting that mainstream science is divided by chronological disputation into two major camps – short and long chronologists.
The short-chronologists are the religious fundamentalists who assume their holy authority is perfect and that therefore what is written in the Old Testament or holy book(s) is literally true.
The long-chronologists are secular fundamentalists, or liberal theologists, who reject the idea that the Old Testament and Talmud etc are authentic codes and instead are interpreted as variants of literature and allegories.
Both camps have a profound belief in Creation, a process by which via some or other miracle something (our universe) was formed from nothing either a short time ago if one is a biblical literalist, or a long time ago if one is a biblical liberalist.
I identify with neither camp but assume the universe has always existed, thus rejecting creationism in its entirety. I lean towards the scientific exegesis involving the principles of the Plasma Universe and Electric Universe model.
I do not confuse the ego that is created by the process of thought with consciousness on which it is constructed by the brain.
Life has always existed.
I therefore do not have the difficult task of explaining how life appeared from inanimate matter, itself the result of a previous miracle.
In a philosophical sense I reject the ideas that the means determine the ends, or the ends, the means; rather the means are the ends.
This is described as linear thinking and a peculiar occidental characteristic. The alternative oriental approach is cyclical in which physical reality is interpreted as the process of perpetual wheels in wheels in wheels in which life is continuously forming and reforming with no start and no end.
In this world-view there is no beginning nor no end, just life recycling itself into different and new forms dependent on the particular physical environment.
Observation of active geological processes, such as the rapid formation of boulders and beach sands on the recently formed volcanic island of Surtsey off Iceland, exploding volcanoes, etc., might lend support of the short chronologists, but that would be a mistake, and comes about from forcing the scientific method to be compatible with pre-existing religious beliefs.
Obviously I am irreligious and unsupportive of both long and short chronologies.
I’m a liberal Velikovskian in the sense that his ideas, at the time, based on the the information of that time, were technically correct but that with the discovery of new facts and data over time, some of his theories were falsified while others verified. Such is the nature of science that is always a corpus of provisional rules and theories compatible with existing knowledge. All scientific theories become modified when new data contradict existing theory, and the scientists then change their minds; the religious and dogmatists/ideologues don’t and instead find themselves stalled in intellectual culture-de-sacs of their own making. Cul-de-sac’king becomes easier when physical experience no longer becomes a requisite for experiment, and one becomes proficient in thought-experimentation.
Geological Uniformitarianism is thus the explanation of the formation of geological structures over infinite time, and biological evolution is simply creation stretched beyond reasonableness.
The sense of time I use is simple, and putting it into the psychological sense of yesterday, today and tomorrow, the following relationship is assumed:
NO DATA —> The Present and all that matters —> NO DATA, where the arrows represent the direction of time.
This is in complete contrast with the existing world-view that assumes:
Creation from nihilo —> appearance of matter —> short time or long time —> the present —> heaven, paradise, utopia, the future.
(NO DATA does not mean nothing.)
It is important to realise that the process of thinking involves memorising sounds that represent words which are then concatenated via rules into ideas. Thoughts are always memories and the future is simply the extension of the past into the future. The mind cannot conceive of the future since its tool, the process of thinking, is always comprised of the past, or memories.
Decades ago I found myself in yet another mining exploration industry bust period when, like many of my peers, I had to resort to other means by which to put food on the table. Fresh with the discoveries of diamond indicator minerals at Kununurra in the West Australian Kimberley, as well as anachronistic anthropological data of tribal aborigines having knowledge of Proterozoic (1,100 Ma) geology, I wondered whether I might find funds to continue the research. Megan Clarke, then senior research geologist for WMC limited, my former employer, averred that they were not allowed to think as I did, and hence could not support me.
The long time chronologists are right that the short term chronologists have no scientific basis for their ideas, but that’s only because both camps use a limited set of tools. Those of us who have wandered into the electric plasma paddock have an extra tool, gemagnetohydrodynamics, or the physics of electrified plasma in a geological sense. Conventional geology limits itself to radioactivity as the source of energy, and water and wind to explain the rest. In the geoplasma field, we add geomagnetohydrodynamics. With this additional tool much becomes explicable.