A standard representation of the last glacial maxim
The Highly Important and Influential Book, Earth in Upheaval by Immanuel Velikovsky can be read Here
"So the language of Science became the object of Science, and what had begun as perception unmediated by concepts became conception unmediated by percepts" -S. Tyler
In the above quote, anthropologist Stephen A Tyler shares some great wisdom. Essentially, as Science became more compartmentalized, politicised, and attuned to the modern Academic system of grant promises and dreams of Scientific Fame - Scientific writing, peer reviewed journals, became an arena who's war was waged under the guise of rhetoric. Increasingly, people had to talk the walk - the politics of the system became it's main focus. So, what had begun as viewing the natural world, studying and formulated hypothesis which leads to conceptions (understanding), became controlled, pre-disposed understandings of the world instead. Essentially, science produced a paradigm in which most Scientists saw what they viewed instead of viewing what they saw.
So what of the Ice Age theory, and its genesis?
As poor of a source as it is, I will quote Wikipedia for a standard definition of the Ice Age:
t of the Pleistocene epoch, because the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets still exist.An ice age, or more precisely, a glacial age, is a period of long-term reduction in the temperatureof the Earth's surface and atmosphere, resulting in the presence or expansion of continental ice sheets, polar ice sheets and alpine glaciers. Within a long-term ice age, individual pulses of cold climate are termed "glacial periods" (or alternatively "glacials" or "glaciations" or colloquially as "ice age"), and intermittent warm periods are called "interglacials". Glaciologically, ice age implies the presence of extensive ice sheets in the northern and southern hemispheres. By this definition, we are still in the ice age that began 2.6 million years ago at the star
Conventional Ice Age theory looks out into the world and sees Ice at our polar caps, evidence of ice carved landscapes around the globe and assumes the current caps must have stretched out far closer to the equatorial bulge. This assumption then has to explain cooling and warming of the earth, all of which are generalized theories based off one simple underlying value; The Doctrine of Uniformity.
Contextual History and Underlying Values
The idea of Uniformity can be said to have its birth out of the Chaos that reigned in Europe throughout the 18th and 19th Centuries. The French Revolution had sparked social upheaval. Lamarck, famous for his idea that Girrafes developed elongated necks because of stretching them over generations to reach tree tops - was a strong proponent of this idea. At the time, the Natural Sciences were coming into fruition, and as a reaction against the prevailing paradigm of the day - that of the Church and Catastrophism - Larmarck, Lyell and later Darwin took on this perspective to explain all natural phenomenon. Uniformity was born out of Chaos.
Uniformity implies that the operations in existence within the natural world today have always been so. We see the slow ebb and flow of earth changes, and we assume it was always like this. Mountains rise over eons, the oceans quietly eat away the land, all of this occurs in a peaceful, quiet, and extensive time period. Does it really, though?
What has always interested myself, is the underlying reasons for why groups of people believe what they do, and more specifically why they are completely unaware of why they believe. Paradigm became engrained into the minds of its students through the unconscious patterning of human behaviour.
All cultural phenomena are victim to specific contextual paradigms which acts as a knowledge-filter when viewing reality. This means that the overall worldview of the place we are born into, plays a major factor in the way we understand the world around us, not only be supplying us with language, customs, and presuppositions, but by acting as a blocking mechanism when other versions of reality attempt to stream in.....
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