|Posted by dog-upb on April 27, 2009 at 11:39 PM|
No vestige of a beginning -- no prospect of an end.
Geologists are engaged on the business of reconstructing the earth's past and determining the agents of geological change. The only documentary evidence of the earth's origins and ancient past, and of the agents that had caused change, available to Hutton was the book of Genesis, and he had skeptically put it aside, along with miracles. But what if the processes that are presently observable were to be taken as the key to the past? How far might geological enquiry go with the assumption that what is now going on is all that has ever gone on -- that the modern world presents an exhaustive catalogue of the processes that have shaped the world, and are continuing to shape it?
Taken from Science in the Scottish Enlightenment
Categories: Nat Sci 3