Originally Posted by Rohirrim
I keep seeing posts about the Venus thing, but didn't catch the original discussion. What's it about?
gaffe apparently believes in Velikovsky, who believed that Venus is in fact a giant comet ejected from Jupiter a few thousands of years ago, and which played pinball around the inner solar system (and was responsible for the events described in Exodus and other parts of the OT) before settling down into its current orbit.
One of Velikovsky's funniest beliefs is that the oil present in the Middle East was shed by Venus on one of its passes by earth, and also that Venus provided the manna that fell from the heavens onto the Israelites. He seems to think that hydrocarbons and carbohydrates are similar.
Sagan did a takedown of Velikovsky in one of this books.