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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 1836 Laird Scranton 28-Oct-15 23:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 413 OCaptain 28-Oct-15 23:09
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 292 carolb 28-Oct-15 23:12
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 395 Laird Scranton 28-Oct-15 23:51
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 290 Laird Scranton 28-Oct-15 23:42
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 277 carolb 28-Oct-15 23:49
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 260 Laird Scranton 29-Oct-15 00:42
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 328 laughin 29-Oct-15 16:29
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 321 Starbinder 29-Oct-15 17:42
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 264 OCaptain 29-Oct-15 18:08
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 227 laughin 29-Oct-15 18:49
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 248 OCaptain 29-Oct-15 23:13
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 250 laughin 31-Oct-15 15:26
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 277 drrayeye 31-Oct-15 16:49
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 211 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 16:58
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 223 laughin 31-Oct-15 18:24
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 220 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 19:07
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 239 laughin 01-Nov-15 03:12
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 252 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 05:37
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 287 laughin 01-Nov-15 16:16
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 192 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 16:31
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 230 Aine 30-Oct-15 14:06
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 213 laughin 30-Oct-15 14:53
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 290 Aine 30-Oct-15 15:35
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 229 carolb 30-Oct-15 15:36
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 240 laughin 30-Oct-15 18:55
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 259 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 16:44
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 300 Aine 30-Oct-15 17:04
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 251 carolb 30-Oct-15 17:21
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 187 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 18:47
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 236 laughin 30-Oct-15 18:44
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 227 Laird Scranton 29-Oct-15 19:46
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 245 laughin 29-Oct-15 20:48
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 236 Laird Scranton 29-Oct-15 22:07
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 211 carolb 29-Oct-15 22:24
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 232 Starbinder 30-Oct-15 00:46
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 231 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 01:01
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 323 Aine 30-Oct-15 14:11
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 226 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 15:42
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 341 carolb 30-Oct-15 16:32
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 207 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 16:51
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 227 carolb 30-Oct-15 16:57
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 189 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 17:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 313 carolb 30-Oct-15 17:20
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 198 OCaptain 30-Oct-15 20:07
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 190 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 20:37
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 278 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 00:51
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 197 OCaptain 30-Oct-15 20:06
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 242 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 20:34
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 293 carolb 30-Oct-15 20:47
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 188 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 21:09
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 220 carolb 30-Oct-15 23:23
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 211 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 00:49
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 210 carolb 31-Oct-15 01:01
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 180 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 01:10
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 323 carolb 31-Oct-15 01:38
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 179 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 02:56
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 205 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 03:58
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 288 carolb 31-Oct-15 12:01
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 197 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 15:19
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 186 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 15:47
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 244 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 16:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 213 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 18:26
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 250 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 21:48
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 195 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 00:27
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 210 carolb 01-Nov-15 01:00
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 212 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 01:36
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 264 skakos 03-Nov-15 09:51
Conspiracy... 202 skakos 03-Nov-15 11:19
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 187 OCaptain 30-Oct-15 20:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 281 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 20:30
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 180 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 00:56
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 205 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 02:04
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 190 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 12:14
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 201 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 15:41
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 157 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 20:03
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 202 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 21:26
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 195 OCaptain 01-Nov-15 12:10
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 205 drrayeye 01-Nov-15 13:50
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 231 carolb 01-Nov-15 15:11
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 209 drrayeye 01-Nov-15 16:52
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 214 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 16:56
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 257 carolb 01-Nov-15 17:14
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 186 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 18:27
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 196 drrayeye 01-Nov-15 21:57
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 168 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 16:03
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 209 OCaptain 01-Nov-15 19:35
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 294 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 20:34
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 214 Starbinder 30-Oct-15 19:27
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 240 carolb 30-Oct-15 20:01
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 191 laughin 30-Oct-15 20:17
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 216 Starbinder 30-Oct-15 20:24
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 251 carolb 30-Oct-15 20:46
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 260 Starbinder 30-Oct-15 21:14
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 219 carolb 30-Oct-15 23:11
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 195 Starbinder 31-Oct-15 01:05
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 205 Starbinder 02-Nov-15 19:40
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 235 carolb 02-Nov-15 21:21
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 203 Starbinder 06-Nov-15 14:53
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 352 carolb 06-Nov-15 15:16
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 199 Starbinder 06-Nov-15 18:50
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 212 carolb 06-Nov-15 20:10
What about scientism? 216 drrayeye 07-Nov-15 08:19
Re: What about scientism? 220 carolb 07-Nov-15 12:59
Re: What about scientism? 244 OCaptain 07-Nov-15 13:55
Re: What about scientism? 305 carolb 07-Nov-15 17:37
Re: What about scientism? 239 drrayeye 07-Nov-15 19:55
"Blue sky thinking" 226 randompHactor 07-Nov-15 20:15
Re: What about scientism? 225 carolb 07-Nov-15 20:41
Re: What about scientism? 205 drrayeye 07-Nov-15 23:36
Re: What about scientism? 195 carolb 07-Nov-15 23:45
Re: What about scientism? 243 laughin 09-Nov-15 02:51
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 342 laughin 30-Oct-15 15:03
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 304 OCaptain 29-Oct-15 23:20
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 437 Laird Scranton 29-Oct-15 23:51
SUMMARY? 224 skakos 02-Nov-15 21:33
Mod Note > skakos – Switch View 229 Dr. Troglodyte 02-Nov-15 22:33
Re: SUMMARY? 320 Laird Scranton 02-Nov-15 23:22
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 327 Laird Scranton 29-Oct-15 19:32
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 178 Laird Scranton 02-Nov-15 16:53
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 291 drrayeye 02-Nov-15 19:52
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 161 Laird Scranton 02-Nov-15 21:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 274 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 14:44
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 167 drrayeye 03-Nov-15 16:09
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 198 OCaptain 03-Nov-15 18:32
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 193 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 18:46
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 332 laughin 03-Nov-15 19:28
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 168 laughin 03-Nov-15 19:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 227 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 21:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 194 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 04:58
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 210 Ratcho 03-Nov-15 06:18
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 179 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 14:30
Regarding myths... 202 skakos 03-Nov-15 11:46
Re: Regarding myths... 193 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 17:00
Re: off topic... 178 Ratcho 03-Nov-15 20:15
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 259 skakos 04-Nov-15 13:28
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 208 skakos 04-Nov-15 15:07
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 191 skakos 04-Nov-15 15:11
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 317 Laird Scranton 05-Nov-15 01:11
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 203 skakos 05-Nov-15 14:10
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 201 Laird Scranton 05-Nov-15 14:23
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 299 skakos 05-Nov-15 19:32
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 190 Laird Scranton 05-Nov-15 19:42
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 274 Laird Scranton 04-Nov-15 21:23
Cosmic Disconnect 208 laughin 06-Nov-15 15:00
Re: Cosmic Disconnect 165 OCaptain 07-Nov-15 13:49
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 370 skakos 16-Nov-15 12:46
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 293 OCaptain 16-Nov-15 13:54
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 320 skakos 16-Nov-15 15:36
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 386 OCaptain 17-Nov-15 01:23
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 315 skakos 18-Nov-15 18:32
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 340 Ratcho 18-Nov-15 18:45
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 287 OCaptain 19-Nov-15 00:49
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 359 skakos 19-Nov-15 07:24
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 501 skakos 27-Dec-15 22:04


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