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I was taught that, when exploring potential answers to a scientific question, you might reasonably have to dismiss a factor as coincidence. If a second seemingly coincidental situation arises, you should see that as a warning flag. At the third coincidence, it's time to seriously consider whether you've taken a flawed approach.

Velikovsky's Venus scenario unfolds in stages, each of which presents its own questions for evaluation. My first approach to each of these questions has always been to ask whether Velikovsky could be flatly wrong in his outlook. In many cases we could argue that he might be, but to see it that way often required me to dismiss point after point as mere coincidence.

In the way that I was instructed to think about scientific inquiry, viable solutions don't rest on us dismissing multiple coincidences. Too many coincidences in the solution to a problem implies a flawed outlook on the problem.

When we flip our point of view on these questions and ask whether there could be a perspective from which Velikovsky's outlook makes sense, in nearly every case it turns out that there is one. Most often it requires us to set aside one or more of our own predispositions regarding what must be true. When I hear myself responding, "It MUST be true", it triggers a cue to ask in all sincerity, "WHY must it be true?". Most often I find that the predisposition rests on an assumption that, in the end, can't actually be demonstrated.

- Laird



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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 465 Laird Scranton 28-Oct-15 23:51
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 318 Laird Scranton 29-Oct-15 00:42
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 300 laughin 31-Oct-15 15:26
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 335 drrayeye 31-Oct-15 16:49
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 257 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 16:58
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 295 laughin 01-Nov-15 03:12
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 312 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 05:37
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 251 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 16:31
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 276 Aine 30-Oct-15 14:06
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 307 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 16:44
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 233 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 18:47
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 287 Laird Scranton 29-Oct-15 19:46
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 281 Laird Scranton 29-Oct-15 22:07
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 285 carolb 29-Oct-15 22:24
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 289 Starbinder 30-Oct-15 00:46
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 279 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 01:01
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 280 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 15:42
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 256 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 16:51
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 254 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 17:02
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 229 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 20:37
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 330 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 00:51
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 286 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 20:34
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 233 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 21:09
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 258 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 00:49
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 259 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 01:36
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 307 skakos 03-Nov-15 09:51
Conspiracy... 250 skakos 03-Nov-15 11:19
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 235 OCaptain 30-Oct-15 20:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 336 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 20:30
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 224 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 00:56
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 244 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 12:14
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 251 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 21:26
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 254 OCaptain 01-Nov-15 12:10
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 264 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 16:56
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 240 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 18:27
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 246 drrayeye 01-Nov-15 21:57
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 217 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 16:03
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 263 OCaptain 01-Nov-15 19:35
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 352 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 20:34
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 260 Starbinder 30-Oct-15 19:27
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 312 carolb 30-Oct-15 20:01
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 235 laughin 30-Oct-15 20:17
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 276 Starbinder 30-Oct-15 20:24
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 307 carolb 30-Oct-15 20:46
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 311 Starbinder 30-Oct-15 21:14
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 258 Starbinder 02-Nov-15 19:40
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 284 carolb 02-Nov-15 21:21
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 251 Starbinder 06-Nov-15 14:53
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 408 carolb 06-Nov-15 15:16
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 242 Starbinder 06-Nov-15 18:50
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 255 carolb 06-Nov-15 20:10
What about scientism? 294 drrayeye 07-Nov-15 08:19
Re: What about scientism? 276 carolb 07-Nov-15 12:59
Re: What about scientism? 319 OCaptain 07-Nov-15 13:55
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Re: What about scientism? 289 drrayeye 07-Nov-15 19:55
"Blue sky thinking" 280 randompHactor 07-Nov-15 20:15
Re: What about scientism? 272 carolb 07-Nov-15 20:41
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 391 laughin 30-Oct-15 15:03
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 356 OCaptain 29-Oct-15 23:20
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 525 Laird Scranton 29-Oct-15 23:51
SUMMARY? 268 skakos 02-Nov-15 21:33
Mod Note > skakos – Switch View 288 Dr. Troglodyte 02-Nov-15 22:33
Re: SUMMARY? 378 Laird Scranton 02-Nov-15 23:22
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 387 Laird Scranton 29-Oct-15 19:32
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 238 Laird Scranton 02-Nov-15 16:53
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 367 drrayeye 02-Nov-15 19:52
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 203 Laird Scranton 02-Nov-15 21:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 320 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 14:44
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 213 drrayeye 03-Nov-15 16:09
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 254 OCaptain 03-Nov-15 18:32
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 250 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 18:46
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 393 laughin 03-Nov-15 19:28
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 273 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 21:02
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 270 Ratcho 03-Nov-15 06:18
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 238 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 14:30
Regarding myths... 249 skakos 03-Nov-15 11:46
Re: Regarding myths... 239 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 17:00
Re: off topic... 223 Ratcho 03-Nov-15 20:15
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 374 Laird Scranton 05-Nov-15 01:11
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 260 Laird Scranton 05-Nov-15 14:23
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 250 Laird Scranton 05-Nov-15 19:42
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 345 Laird Scranton 04-Nov-15 21:23
Cosmic Disconnect 268 laughin 06-Nov-15 15:00
Re: Cosmic Disconnect 224 OCaptain 07-Nov-15 13:49
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 428 skakos 16-Nov-15 12:46
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 342 OCaptain 16-Nov-15 13:54
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 384 skakos 16-Nov-15 15:36
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 445 OCaptain 17-Nov-15 01:23
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 378 skakos 18-Nov-15 18:32
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 388 Ratcho 18-Nov-15 18:45
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 332 OCaptain 19-Nov-15 00:49
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 408 skakos 19-Nov-15 07:24
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 555 skakos 27-Dec-15 22:04


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