History: We live in interesting times

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ZeroHedge.com [yet again] provides an historic insight into why we are living in interesting times. De-dollarization has been an ongoing theme hidden just below the surface of the mainstream media for more than a year as Russia and China slowly … Continue reading

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de Vries Events

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One of the stranger stories embedded in mainstream mythology is the [roughly] 210 year de Vries Cycle in solar activity which was discovered by reading the proxy tealeaves provided by ΔC14 in tree rings, Be10 levels in ice cores and … Continue reading

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Greenland: Heinsohn’s Phantom Years

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Mainstream historical narratives for 1st millennium Europe are usually based upon some form of splicing and dicing that, somehow, manages to fabricate a 1,000 years worth of history based upon only [about] 300 years worth of archaeological or dendrochronological evidence. … Continue reading

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A Carbon-14 Chronology

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Mainstream Chronologies face major problems whenever they mix the artistry of dendrochronology with the science of radiocarbon dating. These problems initially arise because numerous procedures in dendrochronology are based upon subjective human intervention: Sample selection: which trees should be sampled … Continue reading

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Dendrochronology: Disastrous Data

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Michael Baillie has posted a Tree-ring and Radiocarbon Rebuttal to Gunnar Heinsohn’s 700 Phantom Years hypothesis over at http://www.q-mag.org . http://www.q-mag.org/the-1st-millennium-a-d-chronology-controversy.html http://www.q-mag.org/_media/baillie-dendrochronology-gunnar.pdf Unsurprisingly, Michael Baillie is not impressed and dismisses the Phantom Years as “semantic games with historical documents” and … Continue reading

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Catastrophic Chronology

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I am [again] indebted to the Society for Interdisciplinary Studies for their encyclopaedic knowledge of the Catastrophic canon and [especially] for their comments and observations. Strangely, he does not mention Heribert Illig, the SIS member who came up with the … Continue reading

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Catastrophic Dendrochronology

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Catastrophic Dendrochronology attempts to salvage some semblance of order from the wreckage that is mainstream dendrochronology and mainstream radiocarbon dating. Might that be the objective – to get the tree rings and C14 data to fit the preconceived orthodox chronology? … Continue reading

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The Science of Propaganda

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The science of propaganda has a long history. Propaganda is a form of communication aimed towards influencing the attitude of a population toward some cause or position. Propaganda is information that is not impartial and used primarily to influence an … Continue reading

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Dendrochronology – The MAD Carbon-14 Consensus

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In 1982 Dendrochronology and Radiocarbon Dating reached a Carbon-14 calibration consensus based upon a Bristlecone Pine chronology. Introduction It is now quite generally accepted that “conventional” radiocarbon dates need to be “calibrated” because of temporal variations in the radiocarbon content … Continue reading

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Dendrochronology: Death and Double Counting

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Dendrochronology is stuck in a curious philosophical time warp because it believes “the present is the key to the past”. Principles of Dendrochronology – The Uniformitarian Principle This principle states that physical and biological processes that link current environmental processes … Continue reading

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Dendrochronology: The Plasticine Effect

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The problem with dendrochronologists is that they never know when to stop. Every gap they encounter is a challenge that must be bridged. Every floating chronology is an orphan waiting to be crossmatched. Unfortunately, dendrochronologists haven’t read a Bridge Too … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Missing Oak Trees

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Digging deeper into the opaque world of dendrochronology is a strange “scientific” experience because dendrochronologists tend to be a rather secretive bunch of Chronology Oracles. A Hamburg dendrochronologist responded to my request for recent literature in December, 1994: today sequences … Continue reading

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Lacunar Amnesia in Dendrochronology

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The origins of dendrochronology can be traced back to 1894. A. E. (Andrew Ellicott) Douglass (July 5, 1867, Windsor, Vermont – March 20, 1962, Tucson, Arizona) was an American astronomer. He discovered a correlation between tree rings and the sunspot … Continue reading

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Lacunar Amnesia in Archaeology

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Salzburg is a beautiful city which can even be visually appreciated by archaeologists suffering from Lacunar Amnesia. Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria and the capital of the federal state of Salzburg. Salzburg’s “Old Town” (Altstadt) is internationally renowned … Continue reading

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Lacunar Amnesia in Academia

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A lacuna is [amongst other things] a gap or unfilled space. lacuna 1. An unfilled space; a gap: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/lacuna Lacunar Amnesia is a type of amnesia that leaves a lacuna in the memory. Lacunar amnesia is the loss of memory … Continue reading

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A Not So Funny Thing Happened…

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Evaluating Ewald Ernst’s statement that Rome was engulfed by a “cataclysm” in 234 CE is an intriguing journey that picks its way through the triage of the Settled History of Rome. In reality, the destruction of the aqueducts happened swiftly, … Continue reading

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Friends, Romans, Countrymen…

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Gunnar Heinsohn really rattled the cage of the gentlefolk who inhabit the world of Settled History when he observed that the history of the 1st millennium is only supported by 300 years worth of archaeology. Interestingly, the invention of 700 … Continue reading

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Science: The Eighth Pillar

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An intriguing article in The Unz Review by Robert Bonomo identifies the “seven pillars” of society that create “homo domesticus”. The methodology for creating this exceptionally loyal and obedient modern breed, homo domesticus, can be described as having seven pillars … Continue reading

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Rebranding Einstein

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The Einstein Franchise hit the big time after World War II when Einstein’s portrait appeared on the cover of Time magazine in July 1946. The background imagery of the magazine cover has the equation E = mc2 embossed on a … Continue reading

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The Clockwork Universe

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The philosophical and practical problems associated with Newtonian Gravity are simply stunning: 1) Newtonian Gravity has no mechanism and relies upon a magical action at a distance. 2) Newtonian Gravity somehow travels “instantaneously” throughout the universe. 3) Newtonian Gravity travelling … Continue reading

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