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81. Velikovsky And Cultural Amnesia [Pensee]
... with no subsequent intervention necessary; but this was too radical for the L.G.S. When Lyell, a young Whig lawyer, then proposed the subtler argument that diluvial theories were mythological and impeded science, the L.G.S. elected him president and Stroke congratulated him. And when Agassiz in 1839 presented his theory of the ice ages with catastrophic explanations, it was too late; the data for catastrophism were immediately taken over by the uniformitarian Gestalt. 3) Dr. Irving Wolfe (department of English studies, University of Montreal). "Shakespeare and Velikovsky: Catastrophic Theory and the Springs of Art." Concentrating on two plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Antony and Cleopatra, Wolfe attempted to trace the Shakespearean patterns of encounters between lovers back to patterns of encounters between planets as anthropomorphized and allegorized in Greco-Roman mythology. In Midsummer Night's Dream the quarrel between Oberon and Titania is described as resulting in the flooding of banks, contageous mists, and disruptions of the seasons; the tribe is threatened, and in order to assure survival, the right pairs must be gotten ...
82. Thoth Vol. I, No. 19 July 16, 1997 [Thoth Website]
... victorious sun at his enemies, the stars," writes Brundage. Perhaps there is more here than the reader will immediately recognize. A torch or flame in the sky, only a minor variation on the "smoking star," belongs to the universal comet myth --item three in our list of the five most common comet glyphs. Moreover, as I intend to demonstrate, one of the repeated themes in the myth of the prototypical comet is that it appears as a divine weapon hurled against rebelling powers. Consider the lines of Shakespeare, in Henry VI --I.I.1: Comets, importing change of times and states Brandish your crystal tresses in the sky And with them scourge the bad revolting stars. That have consented unto Henry's death. The motifs are: death of the king, celestial rebellion, and appearance of the comet as both a sign of world change (passing of world ages) and a weapon launched against the rebels. Similarly, the Aztec dragon Xiuhcoatl, the flaming serpent, appears as the "fire stick" wielded by the celestial hero Huitzilopochtli ...
83. Thoth Vol. I, No. 20 August 3, 1997 [Thoth Website]
... remain unexplained, despite decades of microscopic examination by the best experts. One conclusion is inescapable, even if interpretations will differ: the Mesoamerican symbolism of the planet Venus --in that planet's guise as serpent-dragon or chaos-monster --is a compendium of globally-recognized comet symbols, representing in one mythical form all five of the most frequently employed cometary glyphs! Yet in more than forty years since Velikovsky's _Worlds in Collision_, no mainstream scholar has even acknowledged this stunning fact. Of course, no comet admitted by modern science has ever justified the lines of Shakespeare previously cited, or the Aztec image of a comet-like "weapon" in the form of a fiery dragon. But our appreciation for the symbolism changes dramatically once we entertain a new possibility --that in earlier times mankind experienced a far more spectacular and devastating comet than ever experienced in more recent times, a cometary archetype that could fully account for the later symbols. It was said of the great fire serpent Xiuhcoatl that it spewed forth comets. That is exactly the language we should expect if Xiuhcoatl was not just a comet, ...
84. Velikovsky and Catastrophism: A Hidden Agenda? [SIS C&C Review $]
... From: SIS Chronology& Catastrophism Review 1992 (Vol XIV) Home¦ Issue Contents Velikovsky and Catastrophism: A Hidden Agenda? by Irving Wolfe A graduate of McGill University, Montreal, where he obtained a BA in English and Philosophy and an MA in English, Irving Wolfe completed his PhD at Bristol University before returning to the University of Montreal where he is currently Professor of English. He teaches Shakespeare, modern drama and theatre and is also active in the Society for Literature and Science. Formerly a Contributing Editor of Kronos, he is Co-Founder and President of Canadian SIS and one of the organisers of its Annual Seminars- held since 1982. His articles have appeared in SIS Review, Kronos, Canadian SIS and Aeon. Paper presented at the conference 'The Interaction of Scientific and Judaic Cultures: An International Symposium', Montreal, Canada, June 3-5, 1990. The ideas of Immanuel Velikovsky may have their origin not in the debates of 20th-century American science, but may derive from an earlier time and place, which are central and eastern Europe from ...
85. The SIS, its history and achievements: a personal perspective [SIS C&C Review $]
... was quite smitten with us! He used to attend the meetings of the Americans and he reckoned that over here we were so friendly and so gushy he just couldn't keep away, which was very good because we needed that sort of contact. Irving Wolfe, who will be talking here, came over on a couple of occasions to give us his interpretations of the Shakespearean classics in catastrophist terms. He's here, so I say what I've told other people- it was quite a tour de force- you came away reckoning that Shakespeare was a predecessor of Velikovsky. And Irving's probably right, too! Meanwhile, elsewhere in the world there were a number of notable developments. In 1975 Lewis Greenberg and Warner Sizemore started to publish the journal Kronos. For some reason they were regarded by our Editors as competition and we by them likewise, which is rather sad because we were all trying to do the same thing. Also in 1975 there was apparently the centenary of Lyell's discovery of uniformity. A celebration was held in London and a Dutch geologist called Johann ...
86. My Challenge to Conventional Views in Science [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... , that became not just a law, but a principle that grew to a statute of faith in the natural sciences, as if the reasoning that what we do not observe in our time could not have happened in the past can in any measure claim to be philosophically or scientifically true. Obviously, a motive is at play that makes appear as scientific principle what is but wishful thinking. For over a century after Copernicus man did not wish to believe that he lives on an Earth that travels, and Francis Bacon and William Shakespeare were not persuaded by that firebrand, Giordano Bruno, of the truth of the Copemican doctrine. Even much less man wishes to face the fact that he travels on a rock in space on a path that proved to be accident-prone. The victory of Darwin ? s evolution by natural selection over a six-day creation less than six thousand years ago made it appear that evolution, the only instrument of which is competition, is the ultimate truth. But by competition for survival or for means of existence, never could such different forms ...
87. Ice Cores and Chronology [SIS C&C Review $]
... The tree rings primarily give us an excellent climatic record and enable buildings and boats to be dated by matching tree rings like fingerprints to long sequences. What the tree rings do show us (and the sequences now go back over thousands of years) are climatic events. Very narrow tree rings show bad growing conditions, drought and frost, and these periods can be linked very accurately to volcanic eruptions, which will be discussed below. It will be seen from the above that archaeologists seem to be quite incapable of objective thought. Shakespeare put it very nicely: 'There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.' (Hamlet). Ice Cores Over the last two decades a new and exciting tool has appeared which offers a possibility of firm dating. Like most good things in life this was a spin off from war- actually the Cold War. The Americans wanted to know what atomic weapons the Russians were testing in Siberia and, for that matter, what the Chinese were up to as well. It so happens that when ...
88. The Polar Sun [The Saturn Myth] [Books]
... though turning the heavens, he himself remained motionless. According to the general tradition, the god stood at the stationary cosmic centre, imparting movement to the celestial bodies which revolved about him. A fact which conventional interpretation cannot explain is that the very terms which ancient astronomers apply to the celestial pole are applied also to Saturn. Consider the image of the pole: I am constant as the northern star, Of whose true-fix'd and resting quality. There is no fellow in the firmament. So declared Shakespeare's Caesar. Many centuries before Shakespeare, Hipparchus spoke of "a certain star remaining ever at the same place. And this star is the pivot of the Cosmos." Among the Chinese, the pole star is the "star of the Pivot," (12) to the Polynesians it is the "Immovable One." (13) The Pawnee call it "the star that stands still"; this star, they say, "is different from other stars, because it never moves." (14) To the Hindus, the star ...
89. CHAOS AND CREATION: CHAPTER 10: VENUS AND MARS [Quantavolution Website]
... Accordingly reduced by about 30%, the mean of Thira 14C dates would approximate 1050 B. C. This would appear then to be an acceptable date. We conclude that Near East indications lend support to the probability of a Thira-type explosion, with cosmic relatedness, around 1050 B. C. Yet the Thira disaster was only a minor feature of 700 years' rule by the "goddess of love." Few writers have sought to trace out the effects of Venusia to this day. Prof. Wolfe has found them in Shakespeare [59. Profs. Greenberg and Sizemore have found them in the traditions and practices of Judaism and Christianity [60; the instructed student can find them indeed everywhere. To this day, the social institutions, religious practices, symbolism, literature, music, sexual practices, and expectations of humanity-- not to mention the very ground beneath our feet-- reflect the centuries under sway of the great comet. MARTIA In a passage that is perilously close to the truth, E. Richardson writes of the ancient Etruscans ...
90. THE LATELY TORTURED EARTH: PART VII: DIMENSIONS OF QUANTAVOLUTION: 30.Intensity, Scope and Suddenness [Quantavolution Website]
... Quantavolution.Org E-MAIL: email@example.com TABLE OF CONTENTS THE LATELY TORTURED EARTH: Part VII: Dimensions of Quantavolution by Alfred de Grazia CHAPTER THIRTY INTENSITY, SCOPE AND SUDDENNESS The eye of the poet, quotes Ager from Shakespeare, "in a fine frenzy rolling, doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven." "So," says Ager, "ultimately must the eye of the geologist, in seeking the nature of the control. One always seems to come back to climate as the primary explanation of the sort of phenomena I have been discussing, but for the ultimate control, sooner or later, we must face the possibility of an extra-terrestrial cause..." [1 Meanwhile, the Soviet geochemist, Y. P. Trusov, is writing that "the fundamental motive cause of geochemical processes is the contradiction between internal -physico-chemical -and external -macroplanetary, nuclear, and cosmic -factors active in the earth's crust." [2 We shall see more and more of such intimations of the Earth's exoterrestrial transactions, until the earth sciences ...
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