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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 1774 Laird Scranton 28-Oct-15 23:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 400 OCaptain 28-Oct-15 23:09
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 279 carolb 28-Oct-15 23:12
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 380 Laird Scranton 28-Oct-15 23:51
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 278 Laird Scranton 28-Oct-15 23:42
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 262 carolb 28-Oct-15 23:49
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 250 Laird Scranton 29-Oct-15 00:42
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 316 laughin 29-Oct-15 16:29
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 307 Starbinder 29-Oct-15 17:42
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 249 OCaptain 29-Oct-15 18:08
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 215 laughin 29-Oct-15 18:49
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 232 OCaptain 29-Oct-15 23:13
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 236 laughin 31-Oct-15 15:26
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 264 drrayeye 31-Oct-15 16:49
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 199 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 16:58
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 208 laughin 31-Oct-15 18:24
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 205 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 19:07
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 226 laughin 01-Nov-15 03:12
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 236 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 05:37
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 277 laughin 01-Nov-15 16:16
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 180 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 16:31
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 216 Aine 30-Oct-15 14:06
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 198 laughin 30-Oct-15 14:53
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 278 Aine 30-Oct-15 15:35
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 219 carolb 30-Oct-15 15:36
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 227 laughin 30-Oct-15 18:55
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 242 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 16:44
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 282 Aine 30-Oct-15 17:04
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 235 carolb 30-Oct-15 17:21
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 171 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 18:47
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 220 laughin 30-Oct-15 18:44
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 213 Laird Scranton 29-Oct-15 19:46
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 233 laughin 29-Oct-15 20:48
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 221 Laird Scranton 29-Oct-15 22:07
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 197 carolb 29-Oct-15 22:24
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 217 Starbinder 30-Oct-15 00:46
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 220 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 01:01
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 305 Aine 30-Oct-15 14:11
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 211 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 15:42
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 324 carolb 30-Oct-15 16:32
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 193 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 16:51
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 213 carolb 30-Oct-15 16:57
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 176 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 17:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 296 carolb 30-Oct-15 17:20
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 183 OCaptain 30-Oct-15 20:07
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 174 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 20:37
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 265 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 00:51
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 183 OCaptain 30-Oct-15 20:06
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 228 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 20:34
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 275 carolb 30-Oct-15 20:47
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 175 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 21:09
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 211 carolb 30-Oct-15 23:23
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 199 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 00:49
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 198 carolb 31-Oct-15 01:01
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 165 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 01:10
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 306 carolb 31-Oct-15 01:38
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 166 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 02:56
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 194 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 03:58
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 272 carolb 31-Oct-15 12:01
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 184 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 15:19
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 172 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 15:47
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 224 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 16:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 203 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 18:26
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 235 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 21:48
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 183 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 00:27
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 195 carolb 01-Nov-15 01:00
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 196 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 01:36
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 254 skakos 03-Nov-15 09:51
Conspiracy... 188 skakos 03-Nov-15 11:19
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 174 OCaptain 30-Oct-15 20:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 264 Laird Scranton 30-Oct-15 20:30
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 166 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 00:56
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 186 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 02:04
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 177 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 12:14
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 189 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 15:41
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 147 OCaptain 31-Oct-15 20:03
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 191 Laird Scranton 31-Oct-15 21:26
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 180 OCaptain 01-Nov-15 12:10
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 194 drrayeye 01-Nov-15 13:50
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 215 carolb 01-Nov-15 15:11
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 195 drrayeye 01-Nov-15 16:52
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 201 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 16:56
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 243 carolb 01-Nov-15 17:14
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 175 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 18:27
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 186 drrayeye 01-Nov-15 21:57
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 157 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 16:03
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 195 OCaptain 01-Nov-15 19:35
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 276 Laird Scranton 01-Nov-15 20:34
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 202 Starbinder 30-Oct-15 19:27
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 227 carolb 30-Oct-15 20:01
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 176 laughin 30-Oct-15 20:17
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 204 Starbinder 30-Oct-15 20:24
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 235 carolb 30-Oct-15 20:46
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 241 Starbinder 30-Oct-15 21:14
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 205 carolb 30-Oct-15 23:11
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 181 Starbinder 31-Oct-15 01:05
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 192 Starbinder 02-Nov-15 19:40
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 222 carolb 02-Nov-15 21:21
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 187 Starbinder 06-Nov-15 14:53
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 339 carolb 06-Nov-15 15:16
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 184 Starbinder 06-Nov-15 18:50
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 200 carolb 06-Nov-15 20:10
What about scientism? 201 drrayeye 07-Nov-15 08:19
Re: What about scientism? 209 carolb 07-Nov-15 12:59
Re: What about scientism? 224 OCaptain 07-Nov-15 13:55
Re: What about scientism? 293 carolb 07-Nov-15 17:37
Re: What about scientism? 221 drrayeye 07-Nov-15 19:55
"Blue sky thinking" 213 randompHactor 07-Nov-15 20:15
Re: What about scientism? 212 carolb 07-Nov-15 20:41
Re: What about scientism? 190 drrayeye 07-Nov-15 23:36
Re: What about scientism? 182 carolb 07-Nov-15 23:45
Re: What about scientism? 230 laughin 09-Nov-15 02:51
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 325 laughin 30-Oct-15 15:03
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 286 OCaptain 29-Oct-15 23:20
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 422 Laird Scranton 29-Oct-15 23:51
SUMMARY? 211 skakos 02-Nov-15 21:33
Mod Note > skakos – Switch View 215 Dr. Troglodyte 02-Nov-15 22:33
Re: SUMMARY? 307 Laird Scranton 02-Nov-15 23:22
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 313 Laird Scranton 29-Oct-15 19:32
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 166 Laird Scranton 02-Nov-15 16:53
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 275 drrayeye 02-Nov-15 19:52
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 147 Laird Scranton 02-Nov-15 21:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 258 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 14:44
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 158 drrayeye 03-Nov-15 16:09
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 187 OCaptain 03-Nov-15 18:32
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 179 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 18:46
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 315 laughin 03-Nov-15 19:28
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 154 laughin 03-Nov-15 19:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 212 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 21:02
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 179 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 04:58
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 196 Ratcho 03-Nov-15 06:18
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 166 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 14:30
Regarding myths... 189 skakos 03-Nov-15 11:46
Re: Regarding myths... 181 Laird Scranton 03-Nov-15 17:00
Re: off topic... 168 Ratcho 03-Nov-15 20:15
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 243 skakos 04-Nov-15 13:28
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 191 skakos 04-Nov-15 15:07
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 176 skakos 04-Nov-15 15:11
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 586 skakos 04-Nov-15 22:22
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 299 Laird Scranton 05-Nov-15 01:11
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 196 skakos 05-Nov-15 14:10
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 188 Laird Scranton 05-Nov-15 14:23
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 280 skakos 05-Nov-15 19:32
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 175 Laird Scranton 05-Nov-15 19:42
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 262 Laird Scranton 04-Nov-15 21:23
Cosmic Disconnect 199 laughin 06-Nov-15 15:00
Re: Cosmic Disconnect 155 OCaptain 07-Nov-15 13:49
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 352 skakos 16-Nov-15 12:46
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 282 OCaptain 16-Nov-15 13:54
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 307 skakos 16-Nov-15 15:36
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 370 OCaptain 17-Nov-15 01:23
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 298 skakos 18-Nov-15 18:32
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 319 Ratcho 18-Nov-15 18:45
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 280 OCaptain 19-Nov-15 00:49
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 338 skakos 19-Nov-15 07:24
Re: More comet evidence in support of Velikovsky 484 skakos 27-Dec-15 22:04


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