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Article seems to be either vague, or something we've covered under a different term. Pink mowse.pngGodotThe Peyote God awaits 15:03, 21 September 2011 (UTC)

Um... is this what catastrophism is?[edit]

Wikipedia and Conservapedia seem to agree that catastrophism refers to geological/paleontological hypotheses that posit major geographical features and evolutionary history stem from individual events, such as the Chicxulub impact. Because such explanations can sound so much like creation myths, they sometimes have a hard time catching on (c.f. the desperation in the early part of the century to hold to a steady-state universe). Conservapedia seems to be purposefully conflating the ordinary definition of uniformitarianism with a field-specific one that holds to gradual explanations wherever reasonable (a distinction all but killed at this point by scientists' greater ability to differentiate the two); such "non-uniformitarians," of course, are still uniformitarians in the broader sense, since volcanoes, meteors, etc. are no different on a fundamental level then and now. Sake Fueled (talk) 04:24, 13 October 2011 (UTC)

Agreed. The religious aspect is only one brand of catastrophism. The other major brand seems to be a form of science woo a la Robert W. Felix. I don't really know enough about the history/etymology of the term and genre to do a good re-write, though. Nebuchadnezzar (talk) 04:30, 13 October 2011 (UTC)

Delete Request[edit]

This has not been edited since it was first discussed. As a religious concept, I've never heard of it, and as a psuedo-scientific theory, I think we address it better elsewhere. Vote here!

Is anyone going to do anything with this?[edit]

As the above has no comments and is unsigned, I want to finish this once and for all. I'd rather not just swoop in and delete, nor will I just demand all of you do something. So, just one final vote to determine what to do. The Heidelberg Kid (talk) 17:13, 5 August 2012 (UTC)


Redirect to Global flood[edit]

  1. I've yet to hear any reference to "catastrophism" except as a euphemism for the Deluge. The Heidelberg Kid (talk) 17:13, 5 August 2012 (UTC)

Keep and expand[edit]

  1. ТyBother me 13:15, 1 October 2012 (UTC)


Multiple meanings[edit]

I thought it had to do with Immanuel Velikovsky's intergalatic billiards?-- (talk) 18:22, 5 September 2016 (UTC)