Today we are locked into an understanding of Earth history that says geologic processes are primarily gradual and uniform. We are educated to believe that mountains took millennia to uplift, that large canyons were formed by slow, steady erosion, and that quartz, petrified wood and other fossilized substances were compressed and crystallized over many thousands, if not millions of years.
Nineteenth century pioneers in geology like Charles Lyell and his disciple, Charles Darwin helped establish this uniformitarian principle, linked closely with the theory of gradualism. It created an orderly, methodical understanding of Earth changes that spread to all the sciences. Darwin built his biological model of natural selection from this basis, which extended further into the realm of sociology, giving credence to social models that reinforced class and racial hierarchies. This paradigm has dominated all of western society up through today. It has thoroughly trumped traditional religion.
The opposing theory best expressed prior to Darwinism and the gradualists, was called catastrophism, promoted in the early 19th century by Georges Cuvier. This explanation pointed to large, wholesale changes to the geologic record caused by a variety of cataclysmic Earth events. These disturbances were thought to be mainly Earth originated, such as massive volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, but there was some inference of possible contributions from exo-terrestrial sources.
In more recent times we have turned our gaze to inspect the planets in our solar system, finding evidence of catastrophic events. We see that many planets are wracked by various bombardments to their surfaces and infer that this happened millions of years ago. We also find evidence of similar impacts on Earth, but far fewer, perhaps because our active biosphere and its regenerative abilities have covered up evidence of long ago strikes. We conveniently locate these events in the far distant past, same as we do for the other planets, noting that any possible recurrence is statistically improbable.
This admission of long ago Earth catastrophes caused by asteroids and comets is noteworthy, as this is the first crack in the dam of the uniformitarians. If today’s establishment science can accept these exo terrestrial impacts conveniently placed in the long ago past, we are getting closer to the day that geology can accept that more recent cataclysmic events have occurred.
This tug of war with catastrophists is accelerating. The more geological information being uncovered, the greater the number of anomalies found. Add in the problem with various radioactive dating methods being flawed or unreliable, and trouble looms.
Earth catastrophes can also be characterized as quantavolution events, another key concept in the Planet Amnesia narrative. This term coined by Alfred de Grazia points not just to the actual physical destruction, but to the whole paradigm shift that happens when such an event occurs. What normally gets left out with all the attention on the initial devastation, are the after affects. This includes physical changes, but more importantly for us humans, what kind of Earth environment remained to support us? Add to this the changes to our individual psychology and supporting social structures, and you get an idea of what quantavolution means.
As with many other fields of science, geology is suffering from an old paradigm that is outdated. It is more concerned these days with practical matters such as mineral extraction by industry. There is not much support from academia to take a fresh look at the underpinnings of this science. These rock hounds are slow to change.
All kinds of evidence for a catastrophic Earth past are being ignored. Since the old paradigm doesn’t accept recent exo terrestrial influence, it can’t imagine change occurring on the scale possible under such a scenario. It can perhaps begin to imagine devastation and subsequent fallout from an asteroid or comet strike, but it can’t imagine cosmic electric forces at work. Nor can it envision a highly charged electrical environment caused by a close celestial body that sets off Earth upheavals though its electrical discharging. Vitrification of rock, massive compression shocks pressing the earth down, tsuanami forces unleashed by the rebound, mountains being shoved off their roots, miles wide plasma firestorms incinerating everything in its path, cosmic scale arc-lightning machining the planet’s surface, carving out canyons and basins and ejecting the rocky debris into the atmosphere, some of it reaching escape velocity and heading out into space, the rest of it raining back on Earth.
These catastrophists sure have an imagination! And I bet they believe that craters weren’t formed by asteroids plowing into a planet’s surface, but by this same electrical machining. Probably think the Grand Canyon and the Great Lakes were made in the same way!
Such events likely happened to Earth, not once, but multiple times, each time a bit different. It sounds incredible, and it is. There is plenty of evidence for these events not only having occurred in the last 12,000 years on Earth, but on other planets as well. Our solar system has experienced an unbelievable amount of upheaval, but who knows about it? Not many!
The current paradigm has us safely ensconced on our little blue planet where time passes slowly, thankful that our environs have been pretty much stable for millions of years and likely for millions more. Nothing happening here, just move along…