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Re: Clausen: AN EVALUATION OF THE USE OF GROWTH LINES IN GEOCHRONOMETRY, GEOPHYSICS, AND PALEOECOLOGY (Origins 1:58-66)
Number 2 of Origins put in its appearance yesterday, and I have been reading it as I walk to work. I note your lament that no one has yet picked Number 1 to pieces. Under such circumstances an editor naturally begins to wonder whether anybody has read the product of his labors. Such, I opine, is not the situation with Origins. Perhaps, in response to your lament, I should set about doing a bit of nit picking on Number 2, but as far as I have read I have found nothing to take exception to. In fact, as you may imagine, I was happily pleased that Dr. Clausen worked a good bit of astronomy into his article. In that area I can check him out, and what he writes reflects the present state of the discipline accurately and lucidly. Keep up the good work.
Raymond F. Cottrell
Review & Herald Publishing Assn.
Re: Brand: A PHILOSOPHIC RATIONALE FOR A CREATION-FLOOD MODEL (Origins 1:73-83)
I found Dr. Brand’s application of Kuhn’s paradigm concept to the conflict between the creation-flood model and the uniformitarian model very interesting. I question, however, the view of the creation-flood model as a “new” paradigm challenging the established uniformitarian paradigm. Historically the creation- flood paradigm is much older and the situation is rather more like the creation- flood paradigm being the old established paradigm now almost completely defeated by the revolutionary uniformitarian paradigm. And creationists find themselves not in the position of advocating a revolution to a new paradigm but rather attempting to show that the nearly won revolution by uniformitarians was unwarranted, like a deposed ruler using guerrilla warfare and minor skirmishes to keep alive the fight while stirring up popular support for a counter- revolution.
In practice I admit that it makes little difference. Creationists were so thoroughly defeated and in fact had a paradigm so slightly developed that they could but poorly defend it. So for all practical purposes we might as well view the counter-revolution as a new revolution.
Terry L. Anderson
Assistant Professor of Physics
Walla Walla College,
College Place, Washington