Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Catastrophism, China and Cowper's ("Cooper") CAT

In China, tons of soft-bodied organisms similar to the Burgess Shale fossils have been found.  Jellyfish, sea anemones, comb jellies, arthropods and mud dragons were discovered.  These are known as the Qingjiang biota and are dated to the Cambrian Period (518 MOYA).  To preserve soft tissue you must have rapid burial which points to a fast catastrophic event.  If most of the rocks formed rapidly and the alleged time-gaps between the layers are not real (as paraconformities seem to show), then the geological timescale must be revamped. [1]  Young Earth Science (YES) is a viable option and we should challenge "billions of years." 

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The paleontologists were working in the mountains and came down to the banks of the Danshui River, located in Hubei Province, when they noticed some rocks had an odd pin-striped pattern - a telltale sign of layers of mud deposited rapidly by ancient storms ...

But where did the millions and billions of years come from anyway?  Stephen Toulmin and June Goodfield wrote a significant history of Deep Time in 1965 (The Discovery of Time).  Titus Lucretius Carus (d. ~55 BC) was a Roman poet and philosopher and tackled the age-of-the-earth controversy.  Toulmin & Goodfield epically fail to reveal that Lucretius acclaimed a youthful world. [2] [3]  They also suppose that fossils and ancient volcanoes pose a problem for young earth supporters. [4]  On the contrary, Lagerst├Ątte (extremely well-preserved fossils such as the Qingjiang biota) and massive volcanism are in line with catastrophism. [5]               

Near the beginning of their book, Toulmin & Goodfield rightfully quote hymn writer William Cowper (d. 1800) who wrote:

Some write a narrative of wars, and feats
Of heroes little known ; and call the rant  
A history ...
Some drill and bore
          The solid earth, and from the strata there
Extract a register, by which we learn.
That he who made it and reveal'd its date
To Moses, was mistaken in its age, 
Some, more acute, and more industrious still,  
Contrive creation; travel nature up ...
Great contest follows, and much learned dust
Involves the combatants; each claiming truth,
And truth disclaiming both.

One of my fave Cowper gems is The Retired Cat:

A poet's cat, sedate and grave
As poet well could wish to have,
          Was much addicted to inquire
        For nooks to which she might retire,
        And where, secure as mouse in chink,
        She might repose, or sit and think ...
        Forth skipp'd the cat, not now replete
        As erst with airy self-conceit,
        Nor in her own fond apprehension
        A theme for all the world's attention ...
        Beware of too sublime a sense
Of your own worth and consequence.
          The man who dreams himself so great,
        And his importance of such weight,
        That all around in all that's done
        Must move and act for him alone,
        Will learn in school of tribulation
        The folly of his expectation.

1) YES - Young Earth Science by Jay Hall (IDEAS, Big Spring, TX, 2014), pp. 121-126.
2) The Discovery of Time by Stephen Toulmin and June Goodfield (Harper & Row, NYC, 1965), pp. 47-49.
3) Hall, p. 16.
4) Toulmnin & Goodfield, pp. 141, 142.
5)  Hall, pp. 126, 132, 133.  

*the top graphic has the Chinese word for "fossil"
**MOYA = Millions Of Years Ago