Gaston Vogel: nature doesn’t care really

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Les temps changent et nous changeons dans le temps





You don’t have to be a scientist to realize that the fundamental law that governs nature is that of permanent mutation.

The earth is so made that it is subject to the mobility of all components and that thus at any moment, a phenomenon that one believed to be forever extinguished, can be remanifused, without any warning sign, with increased violence.

Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, a mysterious snowmelt and so many other similar crises are there to demonstrate it ad nauseam.

For the next 50 years, the eruption of Eifel volcanoes is predicted.

At the end of the 18th century, the Eifel, which was diesel-free at the time, experienced the worst floods in the past 1,000 years.

The law of mutation, already perfectly known by the ancient Greek philosophers, condensed, in the Heraclitian formula of the Panta Rhei was ignored and opposed by the Church which wanted immobility.


Hence the foolish lawsuit brought to Galileo, which had shown that contrary to the religious rigmarole in progress until then, the ground is not motionless, but quite mobile and that it turns around the sun.

For the Chinese, there was never a problem with this.

They had learned early on, that there is no definitive acquisition, and that any moment has passed.

They had written the law of permanent transfer in the very famous Yi King.

The Gréngs seem to want to return to the absurd theories of immobility and retain nature in its often chaotic impulses.

They did not understand that nature does what it wants and it does, as Claude Lévi-Strauss said, in total indifference.




August 22, 2019.



Hatred and fanaticism make certain geniuses of nonsense, more and more numerous at the Forum, write such stupid monstrosities that we cannot help contradicting them.

They want to rewrite history and wipe out with stupid jargon the criminal facts of the Catholic Church – and these facts are many, let us remember for a moment what the Inquisition that raged for eight centuries was like.

Du Goulag before the letter.

Now one of them is contesting the trial of Galileo.

I was happy to send his all-out nonsense.

To refresh a memory he does not want, here are some useful details for him to find the path of intellectual honesty.

  1. A) With Galileo begins the agony of the Church. This great scientist struck a fatal blow to obscurantism. Towards the end of the 16th century, he launched the most profound and radical scientific revolution in human thought since the discovery of the cosmos by Greek thought. All the considerations based on value, perfection, harmony, meaning and purpose were going to disappear in the infinite space of the new universe, open, indefinite and even infinite which unify and govern the same universal laws.


Gravely ill, Galileo was to incur, in 1632, at the age of seventy years the wrath of the Inquisition for having preached “crazy ideas, philosophically false and completely heretical”.

But already from 19.02.1616 the theses of Galileo had been submitted for the approval of the Holy Office, namely:

« The sun is the center of the universe and therefore motionless.


The earth is not the center of the universe and therefore it is mobile. »


On February 24, 1616 the holy fathers had made up their minds on what they were going to call imbecile and absurd and completely contrary to Holy Scripture.

On February 25, 1616, proceedings were instituted against Galileo, who was summoned to a private audience by the Cardinal Inquisitor Bellarmine, who summoned the scientist to renounce his theories on pain of the worst punishments. It seems that Galileo promised to calm down and obey.

The persecution was going to rebound following the publication on 02.22.1632 of the Dialogue on the two main systems of the world, in which it attacked the Aristotelian doctrine. He was sent to Rome by the Inquisition, arrested on February 13, 1633 and examined in June: « June 16, during a meeting of the congregation, His Holiness Urban II ordered to interrogate under threat of torture Galileo on his intentions; if he were to maintain his doctrine, he would be sentenced to a custodial sentence by the plenary assembly of the Holy Office, all after prior abjuration ».


On 22.06, the judgment was rendered. Galileo was found guilty of heresy. For solving one of the essential puzzles of astronomy, he was sentenced to indefinite detention, and to recite the seven penance psalms every week for three years. He had to swear to denounce anything he thought was heresy. His Dialogue was blacklisted.

We will have to wait until 11.09.1822 to see the Holy Office finally authorize the publication of scientific works dealing with the immobility of the sun and the Earth’s rotations.

It was not until October 31, 1992 that the Vatican finally agreed to rehabilitate Galileo, it is true mezzo voce. The pope mitigates the affair by evoking « the tragic mutual misunderstanding between the scientist of Pisa and the judges of the Inquisition. »

At the very moment when the Holy Institution threatened Galileo with the stake, the Jesuits and in particular the Flemish Ferdinand Verbiest, eminent mathematician and astronomer, demonstrated to the Middle Empire the superiority of European astronomy (thanks to the new discoveries of Galileo) and thus strengthened the position of missionaries in China. Odious duplicity.

  1. B) In his book entitled « The Somnambulists », Koestler writes: “Thanks to such phobias, obstinations, refusals, condemnations, the sciences remained in hibernation until the 15th century and yet:« There was only one no Aristarchus at Copernicus; than a step from Hippocrates to Paracelsus; than one step from Archimedes to Galilee. »


Aristarchus of Samos, who lived from 310 to 230 BCE, taught a simple truth that the Church was not ready to accept 1800 years later: the Earth revolves around the sun which remains in a fixed position.


Whitehead notes at the start of his book “Science in the Modern World” that in the year 1500 AD Europe had less knowledge than Archimedes who died in 212 BC.


These are details that should not be lost sight of when measuring the overall intensity of the so-called civilizing effect of Christianity.




August 27, 2019.


Gaston VOGEL



P.S.: For the sources, you will want to refer to my book “Le pâturage – L’an deux mille”, published by PHI in 2000.


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