Plate Tectonics: A Paradigm Under Threat

Comments by Henry Bauer, editor of the Journal of Scientific Exploration


Editorial, JSE 14:3, 2000, p. 305

    Even recently accepted theories may quickly become too dogmatically held. I had thought that plate tectonics, for example, which just a few decades ago justified Wegener's heresy, remained the generally accepted scientific wisdom, but to my surprise, there exists a group of dissenting geologists who publish a newsletter with discussions of the geological phenomena for which plate tectonics does not provide a satisfactory explanation. David Pratt reviews the situation in this issue of the Journal of Scientific Exploration.

Editorial essay: What's an editor to do?, JSE 16:2, 2002, pp. 267-8

    So far as is humanly possible, I don't judge a manuscript before I've read it ... I also don't prejudge manuscripts according to who the author is (unless, of course, I am already familiar with the work that author produces). ... On an Internet discussion-group featuring geology, the article about plate tectonics we had published (Journal of Scientific Exploration, 14, 2000, 307-52), by David Pratt, was criticized because of Pratt's views about Theosophy as revealed on a Web-site; my invitation to participants in that news group was that they send, for publication in the Journal, critiques of the contents of the article instead of ad hominem remarks. To date, no such critique has been received. (Pratt's manuscript had received mixed reviews, and I solicited more than the usual number of informed opinions before accepting it for publication. Those who had advised against publication were invited to have some or all of their comments published together with the article itself, but declined the opportunity.) ...

    For my part I expect others not to reject my opinions on other subjects just because I hold the belief, to them absurd, that Loch Ness Monsters are real animals. Similarly, I don't reject a manuscript just because its author is a Theosophist, a creation scientist, or holds any other beliefs that I happen not to share.

Plate tectonics: a paradigm under threat

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