# Subject: Re: Canopy Theory (Leslie Walker, please note) Date: 12 Nov 91 16:07:06 GMT In ar



From:    William H. Jefferys
Subject: Re: Canopy Theory (Leslie Walker, please note)

From: bill@bessel.as.utexas.edu (William H. Jefferys)
Date: 12 Nov 91 16:07:06 GMT
Organization: McDonald Observatory, University of Texas @ Austin
Message-ID: <61637@ut-emx.uucp>
Newsgroups: talk.origins

In article <68628@rphroy.ph.gmr.com> WHAMILTO@cmsa.gmr.com writes:
#I have some notes on the sl-called canopy theory which I will be glad
#to forward to anyone interested. I will not post them, since that
#would require finding out how to make this !@#\$%^&*()_+ editor
#include a file. You are welcome to post these notes if you think they're
#worth discussing.

At Bill Hamilton's request, I am posting his notes. PLEASE EVERYONE
NOTICE: I DID NOT WRITE THIS AND AM POSTING THIS AS A COURTESY TO
BILL. PLEASE DO NOT ATTRIBUTE THESE OPINIONS TO ME IN ANY RESPONSES

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When you post it, you might remark that I'm only furnishing it
for information. I have some real problems with devising such elaborate
models to try to establish the truth of scripture. We already
know the scripture is true. When we can't square our understanding of
scripture with our understanding of scientific evidence, we should be
careful not to blame either scripture or science. Our understanding
in both areas is incomplete. So the best policy is to just
keep on reading the Bible and trusting God, and just keep on studying
the evidence honestly.

Bill [Hamilton]

---------------------------Forwarded Article Begins-------------------
The canopy theory takes the part in Genesis where God separated the "waters
under the earth" from the "waters above the earth" literally.  It assumes that
the waters above the earth were a canopy of water vapor which protected the
earth from cosmic rays and made possible the long life spans of the pre-flood
people.  If you take the life spans of people before and after the flood, you
find that they roughly follow a second order linear transition curve
(e.g. solution to a differential equation like (in TeX notation)

\ddot x + a \dot x + b x = f(t)

where \ddot x means the second time derivative of
x, \dot x means the first derivative and f(t) is a forcing function).

This transition starts at the flood with people living around 900 years or
so and ends some hundreds of years later with people living considerably
shorter lives (I think the last data point that can be related to a time line
derived from genealogies is Abraham at 136 years).

I've made the plot myself, although I haven't
identified the constants a and b. The canopy theory explanation
for this is that a part of the flood water was supplied by the canopy
condensing into rain.

After the flood, most of the water from the canopy remained in the seas,
leaving life on earth considerably less protected from cosmic rays.  Evidently
the genetic damage caused by the cosmic rays eventually resulted in a much
shorter life span for men.  John Wesley Patton's book, "The Biblical Flood and
the Ice Epoch" theorizes that the body which caused the flood was heavy enough
to cause huge tides and was captured by the earth as a satellite for
approximately a year.  This body also had either a crust of ice or an
atmosphere containing huge amounts of ice crystals.  The ice ended up
showering on earth, causing enough of a reduction in the temperature of
earth's atmosphere to condense the water vapor.  So Patton's model has the ice
age coming immediately after the flood (I have no idea whether this squares
with any known ice core data or not).

Patton's book was originally printed in the 60's by Pacific Meridian.  I don't
know whether it's available now or not.

Bill Hamilton
GM Research Labs



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