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      QUANTAVOLUTION AND CATASTROPHE

      INTRODUCTION TO THE SERIES & Q-C TEST


      PART 1: Introduction to the series

      PART 2: The Q-C Test

      C-Test
      Instructions:

      Fifteen Propositions

      01. Gradualism
      02. Independent Effects.
      03. Terrestrial Isolation.
      04. Gravitational Accumulations.
      05. Elaborative Polymorphism.
      06. Lunar Capture.
      07. Perennial Geological Flux.
      08. Uniformitarianism.
      09. Evolution.
      10. Homo Sapiens Sapiens.
      11. Increasing Consciousness and Self-awareness.
      12. Cultural and Institutional Invention.
      13. Religious Sophistication.
      14. Macrochronism.
      15. Cross-validation of Time and Events.

      Q-Test
      Instructions:


      15 Propositions

      01. Quantavolution.
      02. Holospherics.
      03. Exoterrestrial Genesis.
      04. Solaria Binaria.
      05. Poly-episodic Catastrophes.
      06. Lunar Explosions with Global Fracture.
      07. Disturbed Geological Columns.
      08.Exponential Apocalypses.
      09. Species Mass Changes and Extinction.
      10. Schizoid Humanization.
      11. Mass Amnesia and Sublimation.
      12. Cultural Hologenesis.
      13. Divine Succession.
      14. Microchronism.
      15. Consonant Paradigmatics.


      PART 3: A Comment on the Q-C Test and Its Individual Items

      A ] C-TEST
      B ] Instructions:
      C ] ----
      D ] ----
      Fifteen Propositions
      E ] 01. Gradualism.
      F ] 02. Independent Effects.
      G ] 03. Terrestrial Isolation.
      H ] 04. Gravitational Accumulations.
      I ] 05. Elaborative Polymorphism.
      J ] 06. Lunar Capture.
      K ] 07. Perennial Geological Flux.
      L ] 08. Uniformitarianism.
      M ] 09. Evolution.
      N ] 10. Homo Sapiens Sapiens.
      O ] 11. Increasing Consciousness and Self-awareness.
      P ] 12. Cultural and Institutional Invention.
      Q ] 13. Religious Sophistication.
      R ] 14. Macrochronism.
      S ] 15. Cross-validation of Time and Events.
      T ] SCORE
      U ] Q-TEST
      Fifteen Propositions
      V ] 01. Quantavolution.
      W ] 02. Holospherics.
      X ] 03. Exoterrestrial Genesis.
      Y ] 04. Solaria Binaria.
      Z ] 05. Poly-episodic Catastrophes.
      AA ] 06. Lunar Explosions with Global Fracture.
      BB ] 07. Disturbed Geological Columns.
      CC ] 08. Exponential Apocalypses.
      DD ] 09. Species Mass Changes and Extinction.
      EE ] 10. Schizoid Humanization.
      FF ] 11. Mass Amnesia and Sublimation.
      GG ] 12. Cultural Hologenesis.
      HH ] 13. Divine Succession.
      II ] 14. Microchronism.
      JJ ] 15. Consonant Paradigmatics.
      KK ] SCORE


      PART 4: PROSPECTIVE CHANGES IN THE Q-C TEST

      1. Placebos:
      2. Religious Dimension:
      3. Additional Items:
      4. Merging:
      5. Validation:
      6. Randomizing and Cross-sectioning the Sample:
      7. Extending the number of special disciplines implicated in the results:
      8. Uses:
      a) Abetting theoretical studies.
      b) Discovery of trends in public awareness of science.
      c) Discovering relationship between creationist belief and quantavolutionary
      belief.
      d) Q-C scores as a function of age, occupation, religion, formal schooling.
      e) Discovery of trends in ideology of scientists.
      f) Discovery of deficiencies and contradictions of belief brought on by
      specialization.
      g) Enumerating the varieties of conventional and quantavolutionary thought.
      h) Fostering interdisciplinary communication.


      PART 5: The Scope of Quantavolution

      ENCYCLOPEDIA OF QUANTAVOLUTION AND CATASTROPHE
      
      QUANTAVOLUTION AND CATASTROPHE

      PART ONE

      by ALFRED DE GRAZIA

      INTRODUCTION TO THE SERIES

      Charles Darwin said in 1869 in the "Origin of Species" that "anyone whose
      disposition leads him
      to attach more weight to unexplained difficulties than to the explanation of
      a certain number of
      facts will certainly reject my theory." For a long time it seemed unwise to
      weigh too heavily
      the anomalies. Now the time has arrived when "unexplained difficulties" have
      become indeed too
      many for the Darwinian model of gradual incremental Evolution by natural
      selection to support.
      It should be replaced by a theory of Quantavolution. Or, at least, it should
      be placed up
      against a contrasting model.

      Quantavolution theory maintains that the world from its beginnings,
      including the world of life
      and humanity, has changed largely by quantum leaps, rather than by tiny
      increments over great
      stretches of time. The over two million words of this collection of works by
      the author and
      collaborators present the full range of ideas and phenomena that pertain to
      this theory. It may
      be well to warn promptly against claiming any relationship to quantum field
      theory in physics,
      although dire consequences to gravitation concepts may inhere, because of
      the seeming all-
      sufficiency of new electromagnetic theory. Such a global change of
      perspective requires a search
      for new evidence, a reformulation of old evidence, a reconsideration of
      anomalies, changes in
      meanings of words and phrases, explorations of etymologies of words and
      concepts, and a
      reexamination of assumptions, often when they are so accepted as to be trite
      and so trite as to
      be ignored -- removed, indeed, from our very cognitive structures.

      For example, there is an immense idea that persists in the literature to the
      effect that the
      Moon was torn from the Earth; this story is told not only by scientists such
      as George Darwin
      and George Fisher but also by myths of various cultures. Invariably, if a
      discussion of the
      matter is allowed at all, the posited event is positioned in time billions
      of years ago in the
      conventionally agreed upon youth of the Earth. Such an event, if it were to
      be treated seriously
      in an encyclopedia, would invade hundreds of articles with its causes and
      effects, changing
      practically every discipline in ways great and small. This set of works does
      not treat this idea
      alone as the true theory; but it considers it properly so serious as to
      warrant consideration
      under many headings.

      Such theories of "quantavolution" play a part in all discussions as to the
      origin of the other
      bodies of the solar system; one needs to explain the considerations that
      have led serious
      scholars to ask whether and how the planets originated from the Sun or, if
      not, then from one or
      another of themselves (such as Jupiter). Furthermore, the universal belief
      of ancient cultures
      and legends, that the gods were born, and were members of the same family,
      would begin to stir
      our interest.

      In many cultures, there is said to have been an original chaos or world
      vapor and a catastrophic
      event from which the father of the gods was born and from him (or her) was
      born the succession
      of gods. Why "born" instead of having always been in existence? It is not
      enough to say that
      these phrases are only analogies with the birth of animals in nature, or
      only fairy tales based
      on the analogies. Why should this be? Many analogies cover realities: might
      this be such a case?
      When one says, "Babies are born like puppies," one certainly is not denying
      that babies are
      born. And why were all of these gods identified, if of any importance, with
      the planets and
      other sky bodies? Most, if not all, cultures, have insisted that the planets
      and other sky
      bodies are divinities. Does this not lend support to the hypothesis of a
      true succession of
      birth throes in the heavens? Would this be evidence of a marvellous early
      philosophical
      synthesis connecting the birth of the cosmos to that of the members of an
      earthly family? No
      matter if the alarming thought should arise: the members of the solar system
      arose somehow from
      one another in a series of catastrophes that somehow early humankind had
      some knowledge or
      theory about.

      This is the kind of reasoning that unsettles many scientists and ordinary
      people who are content
      to rest with their ordinary perspectives on the universe; it is a
      "whistle-blower" on the
      prevailing paradigm of the sciences and the humanities, calling back the
      play to the line of
      scrimmage.

      The catastrophes responsible for the development of the theory of
      quantavolution were immensely
      greater than these, to be sure, but the elemental forces at work, the
      chemistry, the
      electricity, the psychic reactions are typical and homologous. As with a
      host of experiences of
      the past and present, the individual person must learn about catastrophes of
      the world --past,
      present, and future -- from the testimony of the rocks, the skies, the
      fossils, the carvings,
      the ruins, and then from recorded history and logical thought.

      The theory of Quantavolution deals with the behavior of substances of the
      real world so far as
      one can sense them. It proposes that change in nature and life occur largely
      as the result of
      catastrophic events; the events originate in the skies, which contain forces
      that are
      immeasurably greater than any in man or Earth and that are especially
      electrical. There are
      numerous "catastrophists" who have contributed to Q.. It is vital to
      appreciate that in
      Quantavolution, the word "catastrophe" loses its completely bad connotation;
      for what the world
      is today is an effect of catastrophe or, better, of Quantavolution, whose
      goodness and badness
      are intertwined and to be judged by the philosophy of good and bad
      consequences.

      The underlying philosophy of Quantavolution inclines toward a
      phenomenological instrumentalism.
      It regards a "truth" as a fitting and useful part of a system of such truths
      that constitute as
      a whole a possible tolerable outlook upon existence. The terms pragmatism,
      logical positivism,
      and operationism come to mind when reaching out for related perspectives. As
      with
      catastrophists, many philosophers might be cited. Among them would be Plato,
      Ockham, Bruno,
      Locke, Berkeley, Vico, Husserl, Freud, Dewey, Mead, Wittgenstein, and
      Bridgman. The day may not
      be far off when a new philosopher will draw upon the applicable
      contributions of such thinkers
      and the fast-growing body of quantavolutionary literature to produce a new
      philosophy of
      science.
      
      QUANTAVOLUTION AND CATASTROPHE

      PART TWO

      by ALFRED DE GRAZIA

      THE Q-C TEST

      [Note: this letter was attached to the first experimental copies of the Q-C
      Test, July 1997.]

      ARE YOU CONVENTIONAL OR QUANTAVOLUTIONARY IN YOUR SCIENTIFIC OUTLOOK??

      TEST YOURSELF HERE!!!

      Dear Student of Cosmic Affairs:

      It appears that the time may be right for a test to distinguish more or less
      conventional and
      evolutionary scientists and scholars from what, for lack of better, can be
      called
      quantavolutionary scientists and scholars.

      I have accordingly devised a test in two parts of 15 items each, to
      determine the relative
      position of a person in regard to these two paradigms. Your apparent
      interest in 'C'& 'Q'
      sugests that your self-analysis would be most helpful in observing trends in
      science.

      I would be much obliged if you would take a few minutes to circle the 30
      items of the C-Q Test
      and remand it to me by e-mail, or otherwise. Although it would be wonderful
      to obtain a number
      of individualized replies to publish on http://www.grazian-archive.com

      I shall withhold your identity if you say so, and merely incorporate the
      results in the
      statistical analysis.

      In either event, I would welcome your comments. I shall be improving the
      test and perhaps
      merging the two parts with several additional "placebo" items before being
      done with it. Ought I
      to proceed with a public discussion of the test and its cumulative findings?

      Sincerely, Alfred de Grazia

      Mail: Aldegrazia@ aol. com
      P. O. BOX 1213,
      Princeton, NJ 08542,
      USA


      C-TEST

      To gauge agreement of individuals with the Paradigm of Conventional Science

      Based on Fifteeen Primary Propositions of Conventional Science respecting
      natural and human
      history, and the degree of adherence of an individual to them.

      Instructions:

      There follow fifteen statements of major theses, principles, or propositions
      of Conventional
      Science, each one of which is preceded by a short name. Please react to each
      principle by
      scoring it from one (1) for firm disagreement to (5) for firm agreement.
      Draw a circle around
      the number or check your answer. Use number three (3) when you are without
      any belief or
      knowledge or commitment one way or another regarding the statement.

      Thus, for instance, a score of 15 for the test means that you disagree
      totally with the
      principles of Conventional Science. A score of 75 means that you are in full
      agreement with the
      principles of the version of Conventional Science expressed here. Actually,
      you would most
      likely be termed fully Conventional only if you agreed with all fifteen of
      the propositions.

      There is no time limit for completing the test, of course. Please answer
      every statement. When
      finished, add up and insert your total score where indicated.

      Fifteen Propositions

      1. Gradualism.

      The world has changed almost entirely by small-scale, incremental
      transactions of small or large
      scope from earliest to present times.

      1 2 3 4 5

      2. Independent Effects.

      Changes in one field of scientific observation normally are weakly
      discernible in other areas
      and transfer into them slowly.

      1 2 3 4 5

      3. Terrestrial Isolation.

      From earliest times, Earth has developed its physical and vital forms from
      internal sources of
      materials and energy.

      1 2 3 4 5

      4. Gravitational Accumulations.

      The solar system originated in gravitational condensations from a gigantic
      dust cloud
      surrounding a young Sun.

      1 2 3 4 5

      5. Elaborative Polymorphism.

      Great variations of all inorganic and organic forms occurred by lawful,
      regular processes of
      nature.

      1 2 3 4 5

      6. Lunar Capture.

      The Moon formed during the condensation of gases and dust that originated
      the solar system and
      came within the gravitational grasp of the Earth.

      1 2 3 4 5

      7. Perennial Geological Flux.

      In due course, the Earth's surface has been altered by the gradual limited
      and calculable play
      of natural forces: waters, winds, pressures, and heat.

      1 2 3 4 5

      8. Uniformitarianism.

      Inorganic and organic nature have transmuted, with minor exceptions, at low,
      uniform rates for
      all of Earth history.

      1 2 3 4 5

      9. Evolution.

      The present species of life have unexceptionally developed from ever earlier
      forms that
      themselves originated by environmental adaptation in isolation and
      occasional successive
      chemical mutations.

      1 2 3 4 5

      10. Homo Sapiens Sapiens.

      In the course of evolution, natural selection, working at every vital level,
      eventuated in a
      being of high intelligence, capable of deliberate, rational decisions.

      1 2 3 4 5

      11. Increasing Consciousness and Self-awareness.

      Gradually humans developed a sense of history that let them order their
      lives presently and for
      their future, and learned to exercise advanced faculties for pleasure.

      1 2 3 4 5

      12. Cultural and Institutional Invention.

      Bit by bit, cultural traits were evolved in all of the various aspects of
      life, and could be
      placed ever higher upon a ladder of complexity and utility.

      1 2 3 4 5

      13. Religious Sophistication.

      From primitive fear and ignorance, gods were imagined, and afforded
      sacrifices, but eventually
      higher religions, with a benign, single god and simple rites, prevailed.

      1 2 3 4 5

      14. Macrochronism.

      The evolution of the solar system, Earth, and life forms, took up about five
      billion years, of
      which the last several million were required to produce human beings with
      their advanced
      societies.

      1 2 3 4 5

      15. Cross-validation of Time and Events.

      Dozens of distinct measures and correlations have mutually supported
      macrochronism and, with
      evolution theory, have proven the singular correctness of the historical
      path of science.

      1 2 3 4 5

      TOTAL SCORE =

      AVERAGE SCORE =TOTAL/ 15=




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