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71. QUANTAVOLUTION: COSMIC HERETICS: Part 1: Chapter 2: THE PRODIGAL ARCHIVE [Quantavolution Website]
... . They would give an example here and another there. Some readers no doubt would be astonished at the behavior of their sacred scientists, but the case was mere basic social psychology. The scientists and their coterie of publicists were behaving very much as might be expected in the face of disturbing theories, like politicians, like administrators, bishops, and all ... ; the roundabout way in which the books were published; and many other intervening and confusing variables concealed the essentially proper progression of V .'s mind, which behaved in ways both psychologically understandable and logically proper. (Often, private motives lead men scientifically astray; here, as sometimes happens, V .'s private motives led him along the path to significant scientific ... . and renowned expert on Babylonian astronomy, but he did not reply for a long time, for years. In fact, I met with Harold Lasswell, who was a psychologist, political scientist and professor of Law at Yale: he was favorable to the issue, which he read, but concerned that the bridge he perceived as building between the natural ...
... , applied anthropological insights into myth and ritual to literature. Their inspiration was Sir James G. Frazer's The Golden Bough, and it is from these two roots-- social psychology and cultural anthropology-- that archetypal and mythic criticism have grown, in such landmark works as Maud Bodkin's Archetypal Patterns in Poetry, Northrop Frye's Anatomy of Criticism and Joseph Campbell's ... , which I prefer to call aesthetic involvement. Virtually all literary criticism must restrict itself to this, as it has done since Aristotle. It is only with the advent of psychological and anthropological criticism that we have considered looking beneath the surface, beneath the conscious, to try to discover whether there are subterranean reasons why man creates art, and why his ... plays themselves and look at some of the larger implications of what I have just said. First, let us explore the relation between individual and collective human nature. Not all psychologists accept the idea of a subconscious or unconscious, but, for the sake of this paper, I will assume that it exists. If we go further and accept Jung's concept ...
73. THE VELIKOVSKY AFFAIR: INTRODUCTION TO THE 2ND EDITION [Quantavolution Website]
... ideas, by designing a new product. So we encounter the first halting steps of the so-called 'hard sciences' to deal with the 'soft' materials of legends, myth, psychology, archaeology, and history. Scientists cannot any longer remain specialists and hope to deal for more than a moment in this marketplace with its changed conditions. I recall the weeks ... saw the publication of Worlds in Collision, was a busy one in my younger life; I had several infants, a new professorship, and a more than passing engagement with psychological operations in the Korean War, then raging. So the scandal over the book's suppression and success left only a faint scratch upon my mind. However, in 1962, when ... events reflect a general scene which, since the first appearance of this volume, has been perhaps more congenial to the temperament of war correspondents than of cloistered scholars. The philosophical psychologist, William James, who once proposed sport as a substitute for warfare, might as well have proposed science and scholarship for the same function. Scientific battles also have their armies ...
74. Myth, Mandala, and the Collective Unconscious [Kronos $]
... serpentine tail. Reinforced by contiguous global calamities, the event left a basic image in collective traditions around the world. (3) Along the same principle, earlier motifs had already developed from events associated chiefly with Saturn and Jupiter (Kronos and Zeus). In psychology, according to Jung's observation and analysis, the cosmic monster motif is one of several archetypal forms which frequently appear in dreams and fantasies of modern individuals, some of whom, such as young children, seem unlikely to have acquired the ideas or images through personal ... Jung, Velikovsky briefly suggests that experiences of cosmic events may have become embedded in the "unconscious or subconscious strata of the mind" and from there continue to influence behavior.(6) This hypothesis implies the inheritance of acquired characteristics and awaits experimental proof that such psychological effects are possible.(') More immediately, the idea has intriguing implications for the theories above since, from the perspective of catastrophism, the similarities between motifs chosen by Freud and by Jung to characterize unconscious content and motifs of the kingship-of-heaven myths suggest that ...
75. Group Mind in Development (Hegel and Freud) [Kronos $]
... and Taboo: I have taken as the basis of my whole position the existence of a collective mind, in which mental processes occur just as they do in the mind of an individual.... without the assumption of a collective mind... social psychology in general cannot exist.... The required continuity in the mental life of successive generations.... seems to be met by the mental inheritance of psychological dispositions.(2) And again, in Moses and Monotheism, Freud writes, " ... must conclude that the mental residue of those primeval times has become a heritage which with each new generation needs only to be awakened, not to be reacquired."(3) Thus, "the primitive mind is, in the fullest meaning of the word, imperishable."(4) The whole structure here is an evident recasting of the Hegelian scheme of the "education" of consciousness through interprojection, duplication, and accumulation of smaller stages within greater by the supersession and retention of the prior, such that essence and ...
76. Letters [Kronos $]
... at some point far down the line.. .". He then documents allusions to a vast c. 1500 B.C. cosmic catastrophe in the originological texts of widely-separated religions and links these to Velikovsky's work on planetary contacts. From this, Myers deduces a general psychology of religion, "sin", and scapegoating: general catastrophe strengthens the concept of an all-powerful "God", who must continue to be seen as essentially beneficent lest life become altogether too terrifying... But, to sustain this belief in the face ... can be completely effective only with catastrophes small enough and remote enough, e.g., the 1915-1916 killing of more than one million Armenians by the Turks, a holocaust which has now disappeared almost completely from western history and social science writing. Because of its geographic and psychological centrality-- relatively few western intellectuals are Armenian, many Jewish-- the Jewish holocaust can only become part of the collective amnesia through a gradual victim reduction. More important, therefore, has been the largely successful attempt to blame the "guilty" victims ...
77. Sigmund Freud and Moses the Lawgiver [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... Michelangelo ? s statue of Moses, selected out of all the work produced by Michelangelo and from all the other creations of the plastic arts. Later it was Moses the law-giver, whose historic figure exercised a compelling effect on the spiritual vision of the creator of depth psychology. Is this accidental? A man may accidentally meet another twice at the same spot, but it is not accidental when an old man returns to the place where once, in the full vigor of his manhood, a figure held him enthralled. What compelled ... ? I decided to put it away [the work, but it haunted me like an unlaid ghost.? (1) Something profoundly personal is hinted at in such a confession. Freud ? s work on Moses, the Egyptian, is not a psychoanalytical or psychological study. But we shall proceed in the manner of Freud when delivering over the author of a literary work to the tribunal of psychoanalysis. Unless one follows the traditions which have been handed down, a reconstruction of the personality of Moses is not possible on the ...
78. Psychology Anomalies by Subjects [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers Catalog of Anomalies (Subjects) Strange reports* Bizarre biology* Anomalous archaeology From New Scientist, Nature, Scientific American, etc Archaeology Astronomy Biology Geology Geophysics Mathematics Psychology Physics Catalog of Anomalies (Subjects) Overview Astronomy Biology Chemistry/Physics Geology Geophysics Logic/mathemitics Archeology Psychology Miscellaneous phenomena Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online Science Frontiers: The Book Sourcebook Project P PSYCHOLOGY Catalog of Anomalies (Psychology Subjects) Within each of these fields, catalog sections that are already in print are given alphanumerical labels. For example, ... Alpha-Rhythm Visual Perception Color Blindness Deafness Fatigue Sleep Physical Size (Breast Size) Luminosity Auras [PLG PPC CANCER AND THE MIND Cancer Onset Cancer Remission PPD DEATH Willed Death Suicide Twin Effect Birthday Phenomenon PPE PREGNANCY False Pregnancy Couvade Labor Onset Birth Defects PPG GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS (PSYCHOLOGICAL "FORCES) Hypnotism Faith and Prayer Healing Charms, Snakestones, Elixirs Imaging and Visualization Touch Therapy (Laying-on-of-Hands Placebos Stress and Depression Will Power Media Suggestion Yoga Meditation Voodoo, Curses, Hexes Belief Systems (Christian Science) Prophecy Homeopathy Acupuncture Mental Exaltation Unknown (" ...
79. The Role of Collective Amnesia in Retarding the Acceptance of Correct Ideas in Science [Kronos $]
... alike. This is, in my view, the main cause of the emotional outbursts that have followed Worlds in Collision. The idea of a great fear living in man since the days of the great catastrophes presented itself early to me- I was a student of psychology before I became a student of history, natural history, and folklore; and I was aware that there is some "blocking", in the psychoanalytic sense, to see obvious things. Why have students of mythology failed to discover why the gods of the ... satellites through his telescope, he recognized a structure similar to that described by Copernicus: a sun encircled by planets. But his open defense of the Copernican theory caused a storm of opposition. What was so unacceptable in the heliocentric system? Most generally it threatened humankind's psychological need for the feeling of security, itself most probably based on a deep hidden insecurity. A moving Earth is a less secure place than an unmoveable one. Additionally, mankind was denied the central role in the universe. This not only was injurious to his ...
80. An Empirical Approach to Collective AmnesiaA [Kronos $]
... afraid, in a man-made thermonuclear holocaust" (KRONOS III:2, p. 16). Velikovsky's psychological model and terminology naturally follow his specialization as a psychoanalyst. Traditional concepts-- e.g., repression, resistance, repetition-compulsion-- are adapted to collective psychology and the task of overcoming collective amnesia is said to be "not unlike that of overcoming amnesia in a single person" (W in C, p. 300). Within the history of the psychoanalytic movement, the primary challenge has been against the objectivity ... (C) 1981 by David Griffard [* This work is an elaboration of ideas presented, in part, at the 1980 Princeton Symposium Velikovsky: The Decade Ahead, sponsored by KRONOS.The scenarios of interplanetary chaos presented in Worlds in Collision stem primarily from Velikovsky's psychological analysis that historical reality underlies ancient legendary, mythical themes of theomachy and natural catastrophe. This meaning has been lost "because of some characteristic process that later caused entire nations, together with their literate men, to read into these traditions allegories or metaphors where actually ...
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