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91. The Domination of Astronomy Over Other Disciplines ... [Kronos $]
... da Vinci, Columbo, and Cesalpino-- or stressing the role of Dalton in modern atomism while neglecting Avogadro). But the political arrangements that will be emphasized here are those in which the units are the departments or disciplines themselves. The political form that we find here is doctrinal monarchy: Urania, or astronomy, has long been enthroned as 'the queen of the sciences'. This monarchical rule by astronomy is not restricted to the so-called 'natural sciences', but extends also to such departments of knowledge as folk lore, linguistics, art history, Egyptology, psychoanalysis, and even philosophy. (All of these, for purposes of this paper, will arbitrarily be called 'sciences', since they are included in the domain over which astronomy is said to be queen.) Let us take a closer look at the background of this monarchical structure within science, this long-established pecking order of the disciplines. Once upon a time there was a young Macedonian named Aristotle who believed that Earth and the objects on it were radically different both in composition and in ...
... From: Kronos Vol. III No. 4 (Summer 1978) Home¦ Issue Contents The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes (Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, 1976; 467 pages, $12.50) Reviewed by Roger W. Wescott Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics Drew University, Madison, N. J. Jaynes' Origin of Consciousness is an exciting and exasperating book. It is exciting because it breaks important new ground and challenges a host of unwarranted assumptions about the development of the human mind since the Upper Paleolithic Period. Yet it is exasperating, not only because Jaynes writes as though no one but he had ever before discussed fundamental transformations in our perceptual and conceptual behavior, but also because his book is marred by flagrant errors of various kinds, most of them philological. His thesis, in brief, is this: Till the Neolithic Period, about 10,000 years ago, people lived exclusively in small hunting bands. In such communities, everyone knew everyone else, and social control was assured ...
93. Velikovsky and the Apparatus of Scholarship [SIS C&C Review $]
... mine at the University of Cleveland. I did not tell him who wrote the material, but simply asked him to give me his opinion of it. A couple of weeks later, he called me up and very kindly, very gently, said: "Bob, did you write this?" I said: "No, John, I didn't. Actually it was written by someone I know. Why?" And then he began a diatribe which would have done credit to Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin.* His denunciation of the linguistics in Ramses lI and His Time was couched in terms similar to the general run of scientific criticism of Velikovsky. I was sobered by this, because this gentleman did not know who wrote the work, he was reading it blind and was presenting a completely objective approach to what he had in front of him. [* Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (who died recently was a well-known American astronomer who, in 1950, published a violent attack on Velikovsky's Worlds in Collision without having first read that book.Throughout the thirty years of the ...
94. Letters [SIS C&C Review $]
... historical chronology depends on it. Second, I concur with Peter James that the Chaldaean/Hittite equation is one of the weakest of the Velikovskian theses. (Luckily, however, it is not at all crucial to the Revised Chronology as a whole.) And finally I follow Bass and Juergens in seeing celestial dynamics as focal for catastrophist theory. In particular, we need better evidence, both theoretical and empirical, for solar energy sources and for planetary orbital stability- or instability. ROGER W. WESCOTT Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics Drew University Madison, New Jersey U.S.A. I found the triple issue of SISR helpful in several ways. First, the Velikovsky paper on recent confirmations of his theory is important, and more material like this should be appearing in SISR and Kronos. Second, the astronomical section is quite useful to a layman like myself. As for the historical part and its revisionist approach to Velikovsky's reconstruction, I am not qualified to judge the matters raised by the various writers. Since responses to these challenges are likely to follow, I ...
95. Monitor [SIS C&C Review $]
... , date unknown The popular view that the Vikings were a blood thirsty group of rapists and pillagers was probably put around by Christian propagandists and self-aggrandising Victorians, suggest some historians. There is little evidence for Norse atrocities and they could have simply been migrants. As such they appear to have colonised America 100 years before Columbus got there. A stone tablet dated 1362 and previously dismissed as a hoax, has been reinstated as genuine. It tells the story of an Indian raid on a Viking settlement in the Midwest. A professor of linguistics says 'There is no possibility of any faking....We cannot close our eyes any more to the fact that there was extensive knowledge of north America well before Columbus'. Meanwhile, back in England, was the defeat of the entire Viking army in 878 really led by a real Alfred the Great? There is much of the mythical surrounding this figure, mighty in battle but also a philosopher-king in an age when literacy was almost unknown. Bronze Age housing estate Newspaper clipping, date unknown The oldest village in Britain, ...
96. Comalcalco: A Case for Early Pre-Columbian Contact and Influence? [SIS C&C Review $]
... pre-Indo-European) culture' [23. Focusing her research strictly on European evidence but including all Neolithic and subsequent cultures, Gimbutas covered an extremely large area extending from the Near East and south-eastern Europe, through central Europe and the Mediterranean, to western and northern Europe. According to Gimbutas, as the Old European peaceful, sedentary culture, with highly developed and long-standing traditions in agriculture, sculpture and architecture, became threatened and ultimately overtaken by a very different Neolithic people originating in the Volga basin of South Russia which, by means of linguistics and mythology, has been identified as the proto Indo-European culture, the Goddess religion and its symbols 'survived as an undercurrent in many areas'. The outcome of the clash of Old European with alien Indo-European religious forms 'was not a replacement of one culture by another, but a gradual hybridization of two different symbolic systems'. Although the Goddess religion went underground and also strange thematic hybridisation occurred, much of the Creator Goddess symbolism survived in the classic civilisations of Greece and Rome, amongst their artisans. The question of whether the ...
97. Avaris and El-Arish (Forum) [Kronos $]
... only held by the majority of Biblical scholars, but can actually be ascertained through a comparison of the texts. I have supplied my reasons why, in these instances, I have favored the particular texts I did. It is now up to Danino to tell me on what grounds he has chosen the opposite view. I should, however, advise Danino that the proper study of Biblical matters is best conducted through a comparison of all the extant versions, including extra-Biblical and non-Biblical sources. Conclusions should take the discoveries of archaeology, linguistics, and whatever else touches upon the subject into consideration. A Biblical scholar who bases his opinions strictly on the Douay version of the Old Testament risks being branded an orthodox Catholic in matters where religious bias is best left behind. What then can be said of a scholar whose Biblical opinions are based solely on the Masoretic Text? Children were also sacrificed to Baal Hammon in the country of my origin.(51) As in the Valley of Hinnom outside Jerusalem, no archaeological remains of child sacrifice have yet been unearthed in ...
98. Letters [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... first letter; so do "cat" and "candle".... As to the Indo European root for "come", quoted from Partridge as" gwen -", I am sure Partridge knows better. It should be* g w em- and- as my SISR paper showed- lies behind both venire and baino also. The would-be theoriser should really think twice before indulging in heady speculations of this kind: they cannot be supported by any firm evidence or deduced from any of the insights won by linguistics or Egyptology (which usually speak strongly against them). They are rarely of any more value than fringe pyramidology, the flat-earth theory or the idea that Nikola Tesla was an extra-terrestrial. Very little reading will show how solid the current scheme of language development and relationships are, and the firm evidence they are built on, and enable the speculator to check the validity of his proposals, putting these exciting but baseless flights of fancy in their proper context. Malcolm Lowery, London On Titan Dear Sir, With reference to J ...
99. On The Symposium Trail [Pensee]
... histories, he said. The man expected to be Velikovsky's opponent was Dr. Gerald E. Kadish, associate professor of history at State University of New York (Binghamton), and editor, Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt. Curiously, Kadish restricted himself to voicing agreement with Rivkin, and outlining the means by which a New Kingdom chronology can be constructed, together with their difficulties --an outline with which Velikovsky, in later discussion, offered full agreement. After reviewing various sources of information --annals, king lists, linguistics, genealogies, reliefs and drawings, radiocarbon dates, etc.--Kadish concluded: "I do not say these things as ways of presenting to you authorities who must be accepted. I give them to you as attempts to show the kinds of elaborate and detailed study of ancient Egyptian materials which must be gone into.... If Velikovsky's work alerts students and scholars to the need to be hesitant about everything they think they know for sure, then it's a job well done." If there was any specific commentary ...
100. Monitor [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... ' of Merenptah. He concentrates in particular on the last three lines and the hieroglyphic vultures which represent the Egyptian letter 'a'. He claims that two of these birds are different from the others and cannot represent vultures (= 'a'), and thus, among other conclusions, we cannot be sure Israel is referred to. Perhaps his case is overstated, because stone-cut signs do vary quite considerably, even in individual heiroglyphic texts. Indo-European Origins? source: Scientific American March 1990, pp. 82-89 New ideas on the linguistics of the Indo-European languages have led to the conclusion that the original people came from the Caucasus-Anatolia region, about 6000 years ago. Subsequent migrations would have given rise to the Hittites, the Greeks, the Europeans, the Slavs, and to Iranian and Sanskrit. The reconstructed proto-language indicates that the environment of these original people was mountainous, and certainly not the plains of central Europe or the steppes north of the Black Sea- places previously suggested for Indo-European origins. Wheeled vehicles and chariots facilitated their migrations. The art of deception ...
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