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Clive the flying ostrich: Amateur Polymath | Chief Heretic. Started conversation Nov 6, 2011
Was speaking the the I.P lawyer at work about a book I am reading on The Sun (star) he has a relation who is a published academic astronomer - and so he begins talking about the subject of cosmology, and he brings up Immanuel Velikovsky, and I sound a sceptical note but concede I've not read any of his work.
Knowing of your (on-going) debate with Noggin, I was just wondering if you could summarise for us non-historians, what is the Velicovsky's position and what (IYO) is wrong with it.
I mean, I could google, but I'd like to sound you out first.
Giford Posted Nov 7, 2011
The debate I'm having covers only the 'respectable corner' of Velikovsky's work, his wanting to wipe a few hundred years off of Egyptian history.
It's rooted in his better-known work, the idea that a chunk of Jupiter was ejected into space, barely missed the Earth (causing an axis shift) and became the planet Venus.
Among other teensy problems, it violates the conservation of angular momentum and the conservation of energy.
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