Author Archives: Louis Hissink

About Louis Hissink

Retired diamond exploration geologist. I spent my professional life looking for mineral deposits, found some, and also located a number of kimberlites in NSW and Western Australia. Exploration geology is the closest one can get to practicing the scientific method, mineral exploration always being concerned with finding anomalous geophysical or geochemical data, framing a model and explanation for the anomaly and then testing it with drilling or excavation. All scientific theories are ultimately false since they invariably involved explaining something with incomplete extant knowledge. Since no one is omniscient or knows everything, so too scientific theories which are solely limited to existing knowledge. Because the future always yields new data, scientific theories must change to be compatible with the new data. Thus a true scientist is never in love with any particular theory, always knowing that when the facts change, so too must he/she change their minds.

Historical Revisionism

One of the reasons geologists don’t involve themselves with human history and the geological record is a result of the dominance of the Darwinian Evolution paradigm and its antecedent, Lyellian geological uniformitarianism. In this paradigm humans and their civilisations are … Continue reading

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Venusian Mysteries

Whilst looking for a specific bookmark in my internet browser I encountered one that I forgot about dealing with the tail of Venus and the weak solar wind, linked here, and came across the following sentence: The ionosphere is created … Continue reading

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The Scientific Method

This is becoming repetitious but it’s worth doing because it seems clear that what we call science isn’t, and has, instead, started to become a religion or issue of faith. In mineral exploration searching for buried mineral deposits involves using … Continue reading

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Earthly Plasma Effects

I’m studying Ollier and Pain’s book about the origins of mountains and the example of Uluru in central Australia, aka Ayers Rock, as a mountain created by the erosion of all the surrounding rocks.  Ayers Rock is made of steeply … Continue reading

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Signals and Noises

A familiar graph in the geosciences is the Greenland ice-core isotope plot.   A first pass ‘look’ at the plot would interpret the data as noise, the red line region, and signal, the blue line region.  Remember the X-Axis is … Continue reading

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Earth Expansion – Spontaneous or Driven?

One of the more peculiar facts surrounding diamond is its apparent crystalline stability at the Earth’s surface, and behind the De Beers’ famous marketing jingle Diamonds are Forever. Why don’t diamonds spontaneously break down into graphite? Why are diamonds used … Continue reading

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Hot Earth Lacking Heat Source

Real Clear Science published an article lamenting that science can only explain half of the Earth’s internal heat. They believe that the earth’s heat sources are from radioactive decay products and residual heat when the planet was first formed. Some … Continue reading

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