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71. Velikovsky And The Media [Pensee]
... From: Pensée Vol. 3 No 3: (Fall 1973) "Immanuel Velikovsky Reconsidered V" Home¦ Issue Contents Velikovsky And The Media Chemical and Engineering News Industrial Research Analog Medical Tribune When, in 1950, Velikovsky's Worlds in Collision became a bestseller, academia seemed to lose its self-control. The scientific community, especially, directed a withering and nearly hysterical scorn at the gullibility of the media and the public for taking seriously such unscientific nonsense. While thousands of reviews of the book were being written and while the public was making it the number one seller in the nation, those scientists calling for open-mindedness and a hard look at Velikovsky's conclusions were few indeed. Science presented a united front against Velikovsky. It is odd, is it not, that now with the increasing respect accorded to Velikovsky by researchers, the general media have paid relatively little heed? Velikovsky's views remain much the same as in 1950; the same newsworthy ingredients are there, only now with this added element: prestigious institutions and leaders among scientists are calling --think how impossible this ...
72. Pensée [SIS C&C Review $]
... From: SIS Review Vol IV No 2/3 (Winter 1979/80) Home¦ Issue Contents Pensée Immanuel Velikovsky Reconsidered ARTICLES BY VELIKOVSKY H. H. HESS AND MY MEMORANDA- Professor Hess was one of those few eminent scientists who worked to try and obtain a hearing for Velikovsky's theories. This article outlines their relationship and is followed by letters and detailed memoranda in which Velikovsky developed implications of his work and proposed experiments to test them. ASH- Invaluable documentation of Velikovsky's attempts to have C14 tests made on Egyptian New Kingdom objects: letters to and from institutions and individual scholars spanning the twenty years from 1953 and culminating in the remarkable story of the British Museum's suppression of the results of its tests on material from Tutankhamen's tomb. VENUS AND HYDROCARBONS- A reply to Dr W. T. Plummer of the University of Massachusetts on the composition of Venus' atmosphere. VENUS' ATMOSPHERE- An extensive discussion in the light of the space probe data. A REPLY TO STIEBING- Examines Dr W. H. Stiebing's criticisms of AGES IN CHAOS ...
73. Assyria and the End of the Late Bronze Age [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... Empire fall? Stratigraphic evidence shows that the Hittite Empire, Ugarit, and the other Late Bronze Age centres of Palestine, Syria, Anatolia and Cyprus were destroyed at the same time. The Hittite archives from Boghazköi appear to describe defence preparations, as if an invasion was imminent, and then are silent. In Greece, too, archaeology has revealed widespread siege preparations at this time. What was happening? Dated at 1200 BC on the conventional chronology, this period comes down to the eighth century in Velikovsky's revision. However, Velikovsky himself then confuses the issue anew by dating the 19th Dynasty of Egypt and the high period of the Hittite Empire to the time of Nebuchadnezzar and the Neo-Babylonians, while identifying Hatti with Babylon. But, if this were the case, the arc of disaster across the Levant would still lack a credible unifying cause. It is important to remember why ancient historians and archaeologists invoked the spectre of "Sea Peoples" in the first place. They were faced with the stratigraphic evidence of the Late Bronze Age civilisations of the Eastern Mediterranean ...
... .(149) These will be discussed in Part 4. The paperback of BB came out in September 1980 with quotes from sixteen reviews of the hardcover, mostly from newspapers. The only reviews quoted that are part of this survey are those from The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, and Science. Because of the wide usage of wire service material, copies of the UPI and AP reviews were obtained. They turned out to be short, general notices. neither of which mentioned Velikovsky. Finally, the excerpting of the Velikovsky chapter from BB by Biblical Archaeology Review(150) in early 1980 (also to be discussed in Part 4) provides a symmetry to this discussion of Sagan's analysis which began with The Humanist's late 1977 excerpting of SCV. THE NEW YORK TIMES Christopher Lehmann-Haupt's review was the first to be seen. He mentioned Velikovsky once in a paragraph indicating the variety of subjects covered in the book. His annoyance at the book was plain. "Broca's Brain" is not the fresh, sustained ...
... From: Horus Vol. 1 No. 3 (Fall 1985) Home¦ Issue Contents Can Psychoanalysis be a Science? An Introduction to Velikovsky David Griffard In 1950 the first of a series of works by Immanuel Velikovsky, Worlds in Collision, revealed the broad outlines of a dramatic new analysis of the myth, legend and history of the ancient world. The book outraged the scientists of the day and caused a similar reaction among scholars of ancient history. According to Velikovsky the record of the past had been misread- partly because of dogmatic views that had developed in science, and partly from uncertainties among historians and archaeologists in the dating of ancient civilizations. His own account explained the seemingly fantastic tales of cataclysm told by our ancestors as attempts to describe actual events in nature, some of which nearly brought an end to life on Earth. To make matters worse, Velikovsky stressed a common element in myths and legends from around the world- that the source of such great calamities lay in the heavens. In Worlds in Collision he pointed to a common ...
76. Dr Immanuel Velikovsky TRIBUTES [SIS C&C Review $]
... From: SIS Review Vol IV No 4 (Spring 1980) Home¦ Issue Contents Dr Immanuel Velikovsky TRIBUTES The last issue of SIS Review carried an extended appreciation of Dr Velikovsky's life and work by his friend and associate, Dr Alfred de Grazia. We are proud to be able to complement his words with the following selection of tributes from scientists, scholars and students of his work throughout the world, collected in the months after his death. We feel that these are ample testimony to the effect of his writings, whose influence is certain to endure far beyond Dr Velikovsky's own lifetime. Immanuel Velikovsky. Photography by C. Leroy Ellebberger "There is no true achievement in acquiring a revolutionary posture. The things I said in my books were not offered as wild guesses; I fortified each statement with extensive references to sources of evidence. I was not concerned with devising revolutions in the various branches of science and the humanities: I was compelled by logic and by evidence to penetrate into so many premises of the house of science.... I ...
77. 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 ...
78. The Velikovsky Affair [Aeon Journal $]
... From: Aeon II:6 (1991) Home¦ Issue Contents The Velikovsky Affair (1) Henry H. Bauer The Velikovsky Affair began in 1950. In April of that year, Worlds in Collision by Immanuel Velikovsky was published by Macmillan, a firm with a high reputation for both its textbooks and its trade books. Worlds in Collision was advertised lavishly and sensationally and it quickly became a best-seller. Most reviews in newspapers and popular magazines followed the lead given by the advertisements: the book was highly original, a tour de force in history and science, a challenge to conventional ideas, a work in the tradition of Galileo, Newton, Darwin, and Einstein. But among the academic community-- in particular among scientists-- the reaction was very different. Velikovsky was called ignorant and incompetent in science and in historical scholarship: his method was tendentious, his data biased, his conclusions impossible. And there followed strong actions congruent with those words of outrage: professors threatened that they would boycott Macmillan textbooks as long as the publisher sponsored ...
79. El-Arish Revisited [Kronos $]
... From: Kronos Vol. XI No. 2 (Winter 1986) Home¦ Issue Contents El-Arish Revisited Sean Mewhinney Late in the last century an unimposing shrine of Ptolemaic times was found at el-Arish, overturned to serve as a cattle-trough. The inscription had suffered accordingly, but some 74 lines yet remained. In this text Velikovsky saw a parallel Egyptian account of Exodus, confirming the plague of darkness and the miraculous parting of the Sea of Passage. He believed that useful historical information could be elicited from it, by means of which the pharaoh of the Exodus and the route taken by the fleeing Israelites might be identified. MY interest was aroused in the el-Arish inscription because, in many respects, it provides an excellent example, not only of how not to analyze a text, but how not to conduct a scholarly debate. This text has been the subject not only of fairly lengthy discussions by Velikovsky in two of his books, but also of attacks and counter-attacks by his critics and defenders. In spite of the fact that a number of important points ...
80. Shapley, Velikovsky And the Scientific Spirit [Pensee]
... From: Pensée Vol. 2 No 2: (May 1972) "Immanuel Velikovsky Reconsidered I" Home¦ Issue Contents Shapley, Velikovsky And the Scientific Spirit Horace Kallen "As you probably suspect, I find little happiness in reading or thinking about Velikovsky. He seems to be one of our most erudite charlatans." Harlow Shapley in a letter (July 2, 1967) to Albert Burgstahler "All professional astronomers consider Velikovsky a fraud. Can't you find a reputable subject for your research paper?" Harlow Shapley in a letter (March 8, 1969) to Katherine Lindeman. Editor's Note: Many writers have commented on the furor provoked by the publication of Velikovsky's Worlds in Collision in 1950. The name of Dr. Harlow Shapley, then director of the Harvard Observatory, has arisen in connection with unethical attempts to suppress the book and defame its author --a charge Shapley has denied. Here Dr. Horace Kallen, a friend of Shapley's in 1950 and himself a figure in the events surrounding Velikovsky's book, attempts to clarify the record. Kallen ...
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