quote:First, MrHambre has confused uniformitariansm with actualism.
This is a good point, Bill. Being far from a geology expert, I understand that the "old" laws of uniformitarianism is not longer taught, but I always understood the "new" law of uni. as processes, constants, and mechanisms have stayed the same over time.
Just a little side note, creationists rely on the same concepts of actualism that geologists do today. For instance, Walt Brown uses the viscosity of water to explain his hydroplates. However, how do we know the viscosity of water has remained constant throughout the ages? How do we know that the mass of rocks has been constant throughout time, or the chemical reactivity, atomic mass, etc.? Of course we can assume these characteristics of matter and energy stayed the same, but creationists aren't willing to extend the same logic to radioactive decay and marine carbonate sedimentation, or in the case of arkathon in a different thread, to grass using pollen only 5,000 years ago. At times, it reeks of hypocrisy.