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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 1900 Laird Scranton 28-Oct-15 23:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 428 OCaptain 28-Oct-15 23:09
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 300 carolb 28-Oct-15 23:12
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 411 Laird Scranton 28-Oct-15 23:51
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 298 Laird Scranton 28-Oct-15 23:42
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 289 carolb 28-Oct-15 23:49
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 268 Laird Scranton 29-Oct-15 00:42
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 337 laughin 29-Oct-15 16:29
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 330 Starbinder 29-Oct-15 17:42
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 272 OCaptain 29-Oct-15 18:08
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 236 laughin 29-Oct-15 18:49
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 256 OCaptain 29-Oct-15 23:13
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 260 laughin 31-Oct-15 15:26
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 288 drrayeye 31-Oct-15 16:49
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 219 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 16:58
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 234 laughin 31-Oct-15 18:24
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 229 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 19:07
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 248 laughin 01-Nov-15 03:12
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 264 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 05:37
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 303 laughin 01-Nov-15 16:16
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 201 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 16:31
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 238 Aine 30-Oct-15 14:06
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 221 laughin 30-Oct-15 14:53
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 298 Aine 30-Oct-15 15:35
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 237 carolb 30-Oct-15 15:36
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 249 laughin 30-Oct-15 18:55
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 268 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 16:44
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 315 Aine 30-Oct-15 17:04
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 259 carolb 30-Oct-15 17:21
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 197 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 18:47
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 244 laughin 30-Oct-15 18:44
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 235 Laird Scranton 29-Oct-15 19:46
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 254 laughin 29-Oct-15 20:48
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 245 Laird Scranton 29-Oct-15 22:07
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 234 carolb 29-Oct-15 22:24
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 245 Starbinder 30-Oct-15 00:46
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 240 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 01:01
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 334 Aine 30-Oct-15 14:11
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 237 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 15:42
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 351 carolb 30-Oct-15 16:32
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 216 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 16:51
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 236 carolb 30-Oct-15 16:57
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 201 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 17:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 321 carolb 30-Oct-15 17:20
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 206 OCaptain 30-Oct-15 20:07
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 196 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 20:37
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 288 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 00:51
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 206 OCaptain 30-Oct-15 20:06
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 250 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 20:34
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 302 carolb 30-Oct-15 20:47
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 196 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 21:09
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 228 carolb 30-Oct-15 23:23
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 220 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 00:49
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 219 carolb 31-Oct-15 01:01
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 187 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 01:10
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 333 carolb 31-Oct-15 01:38
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 192 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 02:56
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 213 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 03:58
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 299 carolb 31-Oct-15 12:01
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 207 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 15:19
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 194 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 15:47
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 252 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 16:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 223 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 18:26
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 258 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 21:48
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 203 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 00:27
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 220 carolb 01-Nov-15 01:00
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 222 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 01:36
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 274 skakos 03-Nov-15 09:51
Conspiracy... 210 skakos 03-Nov-15 11:19
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 197 OCaptain 30-Oct-15 20:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 293 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 20:30
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 188 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 00:56
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 214 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 02:04
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 198 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 12:14
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 210 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 15:41
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 165 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 20:03
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 211 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 21:26
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 205 OCaptain 01-Nov-15 12:10
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 213 drrayeye 01-Nov-15 13:50
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 238 carolb 01-Nov-15 15:11
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 217 drrayeye 01-Nov-15 16:52
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 224 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 16:56
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 265 carolb 01-Nov-15 17:14
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 196 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 18:27
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 205 drrayeye 01-Nov-15 21:57
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 178 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 16:03
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 216 OCaptain 01-Nov-15 19:35
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 302 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 20:34
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 223 Starbinder 30-Oct-15 19:27
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 255 carolb 30-Oct-15 20:01
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 200 laughin 30-Oct-15 20:17
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 229 Starbinder 30-Oct-15 20:24
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 260 carolb 30-Oct-15 20:46
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 271 Starbinder 30-Oct-15 21:14
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 227 carolb 30-Oct-15 23:11
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 207 Starbinder 31-Oct-15 01:05
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 214 Starbinder 02-Nov-15 19:40
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 244 carolb 02-Nov-15 21:21
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 214 Starbinder 06-Nov-15 14:53
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 359 carolb 06-Nov-15 15:16
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 207 Starbinder 06-Nov-15 18:50
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 220 carolb 06-Nov-15 20:10
What about scientism? 227 drrayeye 07-Nov-15 08:19
Re: What about scientism? 230 carolb 07-Nov-15 12:59
Re: What about scientism? 263 OCaptain 07-Nov-15 13:55
Re: What about scientism? 317 carolb 07-Nov-15 17:37
Re: What about scientism? 248 drrayeye 07-Nov-15 19:55
"Blue sky thinking" 244 randompHactor 07-Nov-15 20:15
Re: What about scientism? 235 carolb 07-Nov-15 20:41
Re: What about scientism? 216 drrayeye 07-Nov-15 23:36
Re: What about scientism? 206 carolb 07-Nov-15 23:45
Re: What about scientism? 250 laughin 09-Nov-15 02:51
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 353 laughin 30-Oct-15 15:03
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 321 OCaptain 29-Oct-15 23:20
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 460 Laird Scranton 29-Oct-15 23:51
SUMMARY? 232 skakos 02-Nov-15 21:33
Mod Note > skakos – Switch View 237 Dr. Troglodyte 02-Nov-15 22:33
Re: SUMMARY? 331 Laird Scranton 02-Nov-15 23:22
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 339 Laird Scranton 29-Oct-15 19:32
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 187 Laird Scranton 02-Nov-15 16:53
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 318 drrayeye 02-Nov-15 19:52
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 169 Laird Scranton 02-Nov-15 21:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 286 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 14:44
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 176 drrayeye 03-Nov-15 16:09
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 206 OCaptain 03-Nov-15 18:32
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 201 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 18:46
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 354 laughin 03-Nov-15 19:28
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 177 laughin 03-Nov-15 19:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 235 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 21:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 203 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 04:58
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 218 Ratcho 03-Nov-15 06:18
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 189 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 14:30
Regarding myths... 210 skakos 03-Nov-15 11:46
Re: Regarding myths... 201 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 17:00
Re: off topic... 186 Ratcho 03-Nov-15 20:15
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 269 skakos 04-Nov-15 13:28
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 216 skakos 04-Nov-15 15:07
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 201 skakos 04-Nov-15 15:11
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Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 335 Laird Scranton 05-Nov-15 01:11
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 209 skakos 05-Nov-15 14:10
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 209 Laird Scranton 05-Nov-15 14:23
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 307 skakos 05-Nov-15 19:32
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 197 Laird Scranton 05-Nov-15 19:42
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 298 Laird Scranton 04-Nov-15 21:23
Cosmic Disconnect 216 laughin 06-Nov-15 15:00
Re: Cosmic Disconnect 173 OCaptain 07-Nov-15 13:49
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 389 skakos 16-Nov-15 12:46
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 304 OCaptain 16-Nov-15 13:54
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 332 skakos 16-Nov-15 15:36
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 401 OCaptain 17-Nov-15 01:23
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 328 skakos 18-Nov-15 18:32
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 349 Ratcho 18-Nov-15 18:45
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 292 OCaptain 19-Nov-15 00:49
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 373 skakos 19-Nov-15 07:24
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 512 skakos 27-Dec-15 22:04


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