August 12

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

(John 15:13) KJV

The Permian is an induction dumpster fire. Inconvenient sedimentary deposits and evidence of phenomenon which are difficult to rationalize found their way into the Permian.

We continue our tour through a veil of deception called the geological timescale with our guide, Wilson N. Stewart. We think that he’s a Galen Urso type, like Kepler.

Paleobotany and the evolution of plants

We’re studying the periods of geological history as described by Wilson N. Stewart.

This was the text book we used in grad school when we studied for a masters of science in Biology.

Uplift in Appalachian geosyncline. Cooler and drier climates with extensive glaciation in Southern Hemisphere. Rise of Northern Hemisphere Voltziales and diversification of Southern Hemisphere glossopterids. Extinction, arborescent lycopsids, and sphenopsids. Diversification of reptiles.

– Wilson N. Stewart, Paleobotany and the evolution of plants.

There’s a shift in tone here, for the first time Stewart isn’t describing a world-wide flood as something other than a world-wide flood. This isn’t a description of an environment of deposition, it’s what happened to the sediments at a later date.

Part of the Permian is any fossil deposit with a narrative-appropriate fossil assemblage. The Permian is the Permian because it’s the Permian. It’s a microcosm of circular reasoning. Anything which isn’t characteristic of the Permian (a set of circumstances demanded by the needs of the narrative) is assigned to something other than the Permian (we don’t want to upset the narrative). The other part is the widespread evidence of equatorial glaciation. Wait, what? Yes, we said equatorial glaciation. There’s widespread evidence that there was a time when glaciers extended North and South of the equator.

We can never know for sure about someone’s intent, but either way some intelligent people buried gold mines of factual information in an otherwise fictional pseudoscientific paradigm. It’s what we call popular science (SciPop). Here’s a fact (something which is true regardless of what paradigm you believe): the Appalachian mountains formed after the sediments they’re made of were deposited. It’s simple logic and an acknowledgment of cause and effect.

The ultimate act of selfless sacrifice was when Christ went to the cross. It’s too easy for people to dismiss that out of hand, so we went a little closer to the mainstream of the collective consciousness of our time and found an example of selfless sacrifice in Star Wars. If we talk Star Wars, everyone will understand. Several individuals in key places in history built the intellectual Death Star of SciPop with a small thermal exhaust port or two.

Permian – Navigation

1PermianJohn 15:13
2The Galen Urso TypeJohn 10:11
3Cooler and Drier ClimatesJob 6:15-16
4Uplift in Appalachian GeosynclineNahum 1:5
5Extensive Glaciation in Southern HemisphereJob 38:29-30
6Voltziales and GlossopteridsPsalms 147:17
7PaleodoublespeakIsaiah 5:20
SalvationRomans 10:9-10
– Navigate your way around the Permian.


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