From Discrete Dichotomies to Plural Paradoxes: Re-viewing Stratigraphical Time, Temporality and Change

Bowden, Alistair (2017) From Discrete Dichotomies to Plural Paradoxes: Re-viewing Stratigraphical Time, Temporality and Change. KronoScope, 17 (2). pp. 182-208. ISSN 1567-715x

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Abstract

Stratigraphical time, temporality and change have frequently been studied and theorized through dichotomy, that is two opposed, “either/or” views. Linear versus cyclical and the principles of uniformitarianism versus catastrophism are classic examples. This paper aims to look beyond these simple tensions. It utilizes sequence stratigraphy as a lens to re-view established dichotomies and to explore the potential for a more paradoxical “both/and” interpretation. The main finding is that the two opposed linear versus cyclical views can be reconceived as one synthesized sinusoidal view; other dichotomies are re-viewed which allow for spatiotemporal explanation and prediction.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sinusoidal; catastrophism; time; uniformitarianism; cyclical; linear; dichotomy; temporality; paradox; change
Subjects: F900 Others in Physical Sciences
G900 Others in Mathematical and Computing Sciences
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2017 13:51
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2017 06:59
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/32229

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