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Notes on this issue:
The radioactive decay of an atom--an event as fundamental to theoretical physics as it is mysterious. Nothing illustrates the mystery more clearly than the characterization of radioactive decay as "random." But now that characterization is being challenged by a number of researchers perhaps most effectively by Drs. John Lynde Anderson and George W. Spangler (p.31) The decay "constant" may not be constant at all, if these two physicists are correct, and the enigma of an apparently random, "uncaused" phenomenon (radioactivity) may yield to an understanding of causes and effects. One important result of this work will quite possibly be the reassessment of all dating methods which utilize radioactive clocks. (With the paper by Anderson and Spangler we initiate a series of articles analyzing the assumptions which underlie the radioactive dating methods, and assessing the role of these methods in testing catastrophist theories.)
• Ralph Juergens (p. 21)proposes a novel and tantalizing hypothesis for the origin of lunar sinuous rilles: they were gouged out by interplanetary thunderbolts - electrical discharges that, in at least one instance, constituted the aggression of Ares. The features of these odd lunar formations fit his hypothesis strikingly well, claims Juergens.
• Vine Deloria, Jr. (of God is Red fame) offers a refreshing analysis of the relation between myth and history (p. 45). Assiduously avoiding the usual academic jargon, and steering clear of the transcendentalization and mystification of myth, Deloria wonders aloud: what if many ancient stories represent simply the way people wrote about the events that affected their lives?
• Dr. William Mullen (p. 34) undertakes an analysis of archaeology and folklore of the early Mesoamericans, concluding that some decidedly catastrophic events affected their lives. "Among the many results of Velikovsky's rigorous pursuit of his historical method," according to Mullen, "is that the narratives which cultures have always insisted to be central to them are at last shown to begin in history as well as to end in it."
• Israel M. Isaacson opens this issue (p. 5) with an amassing of archaeological evidence from several sites--all supporting Velikovsky's revised chronology. It seems only a matter of time before conventional archaeologists and ancient historians--heretofore all but oblivious to the revision are forced to give it due consideration.
• Velikovsky has indicated that, for the Winter, 1974-75 issue of Pensee, he will supply a written answer to the ten criticisms Carl Sagan set forth at the AAAS symposium last February. Sagan's criticisms were directed at the thesis of Worlds in Collision, and were briefly enumerated in Pensee (Spring, 1974, p. 37-38).
PENSEE Journal IX