Uniformitarianism and Catastrophism

  • Clark R. Chapman
  • David Morrison

Abstract

We humans are curious about our world. Long before we had evolved the scientific method of thinking, people wondered about the forces shaping their lives. In the absence of science, our forebears—and some technologically primitive peoples today—turned to magic, or to pantheons of nature-gods, as the operative forces of Nature. In the last few centuries, civilization has developed a scientific understanding about why some things are as they are and behave as they do. But much is still to be learned. How, in the modern age, do we deal with our intense need to know, when science fails us? How do we deal with the as-yet-unknown?

Keywords

Europe Amid Uranium Sedimentation Ghost 

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© Clark R. Chapman and David Morrison 1989

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  • Clark R. Chapman
  • David Morrison

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