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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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More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 1989 Laird Scranton 28-Oct-15 23:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 465 OCaptain 28-Oct-15 23:09
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 317 carolb 28-Oct-15 23:12
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 437 Laird Scranton 28-Oct-15 23:51
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 317 Laird Scranton 28-Oct-15 23:42
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 306 carolb 28-Oct-15 23:49
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 299 Laird Scranton 29-Oct-15 00:42
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 354 laughin 29-Oct-15 16:29
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 351 Starbinder 29-Oct-15 17:42
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 292 OCaptain 29-Oct-15 18:08
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 273 OCaptain 29-Oct-15 23:13
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 282 laughin 31-Oct-15 15:26
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 314 drrayeye 31-Oct-15 16:49
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 237 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 16:58
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 250 laughin 31-Oct-15 18:24
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 244 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 19:07
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 277 laughin 01-Nov-15 03:12
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 284 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 05:37
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 326 laughin 01-Nov-15 16:16
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 233 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 16:31
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 255 Aine 30-Oct-15 14:06
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 240 laughin 30-Oct-15 14:53
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 328 Aine 30-Oct-15 15:35
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 254 carolb 30-Oct-15 15:36
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 265 laughin 30-Oct-15 18:55
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 287 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 16:44
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 336 Aine 30-Oct-15 17:04
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 289 carolb 30-Oct-15 17:21
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 215 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 18:47
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 264 laughin 30-Oct-15 18:44
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 266 Laird Scranton 29-Oct-15 19:46
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 272 laughin 29-Oct-15 20:48
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 264 Laird Scranton 29-Oct-15 22:07
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 266 carolb 29-Oct-15 22:24
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 272 Starbinder 30-Oct-15 00:46
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 258 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 01:01
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 362 Aine 30-Oct-15 14:11
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 262 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 15:42
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 400 carolb 30-Oct-15 16:32
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 237 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 16:51
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 266 carolb 30-Oct-15 16:57
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 233 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 17:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 342 carolb 30-Oct-15 17:20
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 224 OCaptain 30-Oct-15 20:07
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 210 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 20:37
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 309 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 00:51
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 223 OCaptain 30-Oct-15 20:06
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 268 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 20:34
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 324 carolb 30-Oct-15 20:47
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 216 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 21:09
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 244 carolb 30-Oct-15 23:23
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 241 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 00:49
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 239 carolb 31-Oct-15 01:01
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 206 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 01:10
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 350 carolb 31-Oct-15 01:38
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 212 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 02:56
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 242 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 03:58
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 321 carolb 31-Oct-15 12:01
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 223 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 15:19
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 215 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 15:47
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 268 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 16:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 250 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 18:26
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 278 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 21:48
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 219 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 00:27
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 239 carolb 01-Nov-15 01:00
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 238 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 01:36
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 291 skakos 03-Nov-15 09:51
Conspiracy... 225 skakos 03-Nov-15 11:19
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 215 OCaptain 30-Oct-15 20:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 317 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 20:30
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 207 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 00:56
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 246 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 02:04
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 227 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 12:14
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 239 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 15:41
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 182 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 20:03
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 232 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 21:26
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 235 OCaptain 01-Nov-15 12:10
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 245 drrayeye 01-Nov-15 13:50
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 270 carolb 01-Nov-15 15:11
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 248 drrayeye 01-Nov-15 16:52
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 247 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 16:56
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 284 carolb 01-Nov-15 17:14
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 223 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 18:27
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 226 drrayeye 01-Nov-15 21:57
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 201 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 16:03
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 245 OCaptain 01-Nov-15 19:35
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 332 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 20:34
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 242 Starbinder 30-Oct-15 19:27
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 294 carolb 30-Oct-15 20:01
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 217 laughin 30-Oct-15 20:17
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 260 Starbinder 30-Oct-15 20:24
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 289 carolb 30-Oct-15 20:46
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 294 Starbinder 30-Oct-15 21:14
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 244 carolb 30-Oct-15 23:11
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 226 Starbinder 31-Oct-15 01:05
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 236 Starbinder 02-Nov-15 19:40
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 262 carolb 02-Nov-15 21:21
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 232 Starbinder 06-Nov-15 14:53
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 392 carolb 06-Nov-15 15:16
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 225 Starbinder 06-Nov-15 18:50
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 238 carolb 06-Nov-15 20:10
What about scientism? 263 drrayeye 07-Nov-15 08:19
Re: What about scientism? 259 carolb 07-Nov-15 12:59
Re: What about scientism? 297 OCaptain 07-Nov-15 13:55
Re: What about scientism? 353 carolb 07-Nov-15 17:37
Re: What about scientism? 268 drrayeye 07-Nov-15 19:55
"Blue sky thinking" 261 randompHactor 07-Nov-15 20:15
Re: What about scientism? 255 carolb 07-Nov-15 20:41
Re: What about scientism? 240 drrayeye 07-Nov-15 23:36
Re: What about scientism? 239 carolb 07-Nov-15 23:45
Re: What about scientism? 277 laughin 09-Nov-15 02:51
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 371 laughin 30-Oct-15 15:03
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 339 OCaptain 29-Oct-15 23:20
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 493 Laird Scranton 29-Oct-15 23:51
SUMMARY? 249 skakos 02-Nov-15 21:33
Mod Note > skakos – Switch View 268 Dr. Troglodyte 02-Nov-15 22:33
Re: SUMMARY? 360 Laird Scranton 02-Nov-15 23:22
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 368 Laird Scranton 29-Oct-15 19:32
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 211 Laird Scranton 02-Nov-15 16:53
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 346 drrayeye 02-Nov-15 19:52
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 184 Laird Scranton 02-Nov-15 21:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 303 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 14:44
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 193 drrayeye 03-Nov-15 16:09
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 235 OCaptain 03-Nov-15 18:32
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 232 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 18:46
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 374 laughin 03-Nov-15 19:28
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 207 laughin 03-Nov-15 19:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 255 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 21:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 225 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 04:58
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 248 Ratcho 03-Nov-15 06:18
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 217 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 14:30
Regarding myths... 228 skakos 03-Nov-15 11:46
Re: Regarding myths... 221 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 17:00
Re: off topic... 204 Ratcho 03-Nov-15 20:15
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 299 skakos 04-Nov-15 13:28
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 246 skakos 04-Nov-15 15:07
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 221 skakos 04-Nov-15 15:11
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 356 Laird Scranton 05-Nov-15 01:11
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 238 skakos 05-Nov-15 14:10
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 240 Laird Scranton 05-Nov-15 14:23
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 335 skakos 05-Nov-15 19:32
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 231 Laird Scranton 05-Nov-15 19:42
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 326 Laird Scranton 04-Nov-15 21:23
Cosmic Disconnect 252 laughin 06-Nov-15 15:00
Re: Cosmic Disconnect 207 OCaptain 07-Nov-15 13:49
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 407 skakos 16-Nov-15 12:46
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 324 OCaptain 16-Nov-15 13:54
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 363 skakos 16-Nov-15 15:36
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 427 OCaptain 17-Nov-15 01:23
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 359 skakos 18-Nov-15 18:32
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 366 Ratcho 18-Nov-15 18:45
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 314 OCaptain 19-Nov-15 00:49
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 393 skakos 19-Nov-15 07:24
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 531 skakos 27-Dec-15 22:04


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