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151. Thoth Vol. I, No. 14 May 21, 1997 [Thoth Website]
... the Road; But not the Master-knot of Human Fate. Omar Khayam, Rubaiyat quatrain XXXI Submitted by Pam Hanna---- EDITORIAL SECTION Michael Armstrong (email@example.com) In the second issue of THOTH we published a brief quote showing that Johnathan Swift had a knowledge of the ancient Saturn myth. Swift shows in various other passages that he was aware of remembered catastrophes involving Mars and Venus as well. The quote from Omar Khayam above suggests that this author, too, had a knowledge of Saturn's place in the ancient celestial scheme. (Ancient Arabic tradition connected Saturn with the "seventh heaven" at the celestial pole.) It seems that memories abound of an ancient sky so different from our own that only a fundamental reappraisal of cosmic history will get to the bottom of things. One culture after another claimed that the planets themselves were once active in the heavens, directly affecting the fate of the world. That these memories have persisted into modern times, shaping our language and literature, is a remarkable testimony to the impact of ancient events ...
152. Perception and Ancient Astronomy [Horus $]
... partial conceptions of the dynamic physical universe. A general scientific conception currently is far from complete and theories with widely different visualizations of the extraterrestrial world compete for acceptance in the mind's eye. What you see is not necessarily what you get. The' picture fluctuates with every new discovery; one or another physical model gains or loses support and the whole vacillates in clarity and form, somewhat like a poorly tuned television image with more than one station on the same channel. As a result, modern urban people lose contact with the celestial environment in two ways: 1) they can't see it clearly if they look and 2) the disembodied, supra-sensory visions supplied by modern astronomy are not what they would see if the night-sky were perfectly visible. This causes no difficulty for the science of astronomy itself, but it obscures for others the critical role of the starry sky, as seen with the un-aided eye, in the development of civilized thought and behavior. In the last issue it was shown how, generalizing from experiments in behavioral science, both human and ...
... From: Kronos Vol. IX No. 1 (Fall 1983) Home¦ Issue Contents The Nature and Origin of Comets and the Evolution of Celestial Bodies (Part I) J. M. McCANNEY Copyright (c) 1981& 1983 by J. M. McCanney ABSTRACT: This paper provides an alternate theory for comet behavior and shows comets to be planetary, lunar, and asteroidal bodies in their formative stages. It demonstrates that tail matter is attracted towards an asteroidal comet nucleus by strong electrical forces. Additionally, two charging mechanisms are identified, both of which produce a net negative charge on the comet nucleus. This is supported by data from recent space probes. Comet wandering, sunward spikes, a shrinkage of the coma as the comet approaches the Sun, curved tails, the gathering and maintenance of meteoroid streams, spiralling of tail material, and the rapid orbital circularization of large newly captured comets are also discussed. Earlier papers(1, 2, 3) used similar concepts to predict the existence of strong electrical fields in the vicinity of ...
154. Index of Authors [Uncategorised]
... Leroy Ellenberger, The New Solar System: Selected Criticisms C. Leroy Ellenberger, Tisserand and a Trojan to the Rescue C. Leroy Ellenberger, Venus: Volcanism and Hot-Fudge C. Leroy Ellenberger, Venus's Greenhouse: Premature Sufficiency? C. Leroy Ellenberger, Venus's Internal Heat: An Update C. Leroy Ellenberger, Worlds in Collision in Macmillan's Catalogues C. LEROY ELLENBERGER, ERIC W. CREW and PETER WARLOW, Reversals of the Earth? C. Prasada Rao, Coldwater Carbonate Sedimentation C. S. Sherrerd, Gyroscopic Precession and Celestial Axis Displacement C. Warren Hunt, Anhydride Theory: A New Theory of How Petroleum and Coal are Generated C.E. Bowen, Venus: A Battle Star? C.J. Ransom, How Stable Is the Solar System? C.L. Prasher, Assyrians and Babylonian Chronologies for 8th- 6th Centuries BC Cándido Manuel García Cruz, Benoît De Maillet (1656-1738): A Forerunner of the Theory of the Desiccation of the Mediterranean Sea Carl Olof Jonsson, Additional Notes on Assyro-Babylonian Chronology Carl Olof Jonsson, Nebuchadrezzar and Neriglissar Carl Olof Jonsson, ...
155. Kronos, Minos, and the Celestial Labyrinth [Kronos $]
... From: Kronos Vol. IX No. 2 (Winter 1984) Home¦ Issue Contents Kronos, Minos, and the Celestial Labyrinth Ev Cochrane INTRODUCTION Editor's Note: This paper was originally read at the September 1983 Haliburton seminar sponsored by the Canadian Society for Interdisciplinary Studies.- LMG A central theme running throughout the writings of Immanuel Velikovsky is the intimate association between myth and history. Beginning with the Exodus account and Athena's birth in Worlds in Collision, continuing with the Oedipus legend in Oedipus and Akhnaton, and throughout the Ages in Chaos series, Velikovsky sought to find in myth a key to history. While other scholars have also considered myth to be a reflection of history, Velikovsky's originality lies in the identification of planetary agents as the fundamental protagonists of ancient myth. Thus, according to him, it was the celestial fireworks associated with Athena as the planet Venus that inspired several of the greatest of Greek myths. There can be little doubt that Velikovsky's acumen in this area will one day revolutionize the study of ancient religion and history. I too believe ...
156. Discussion [Aeon Journal $]
... chaos in the solar system has a theoretical basis with all the stops pulled out (with predictability into the past and future in total uncertainty), the article adds arbitrarily and without a shred of supporting evidence, "this does not mean that we will see catastrophic events, such as Venus crossing the orbit of the Earth." After making this totally unsupported statement which completely contradicts the entire theme of the article, the author in the same sentence states that (reversing his stance 180 degrees again) "the traditional tools of celestial mechanics...cannot predict such events (celestial orbits) because the workings are, in the end, chaotic." The authors of this article have done a major disservice to everyone. They have attempted to make a splash with a gee-whiz article on a new and untested concept, "Chaos Theory" as applied to astronomy. The computer simulations are in question more than anything else because they used a 32 day interval of integration, which means simply that the "chaotic effects" that were calculated are most probably nothing more ...
... From: Pensée Vol. 2 No 3: (Fall 1972) "Immanuel Velikovsky Reconsidered II" Home¦ Issue Contents Reconciling Celestial Mechanics and Velikovskian Catastrophism Ralph Juergens Copyright 1972 by Ralph E. Juergens Ralph Juergens, a civil engineer living in Flagstaff, Arizona, was formerly associate editor of a McGraw-Hill technical publication. The hypothesis he sets forth here is his own and is not necessarily held by Dr. Velikovsky. ABSTRACT: The interplanetary medium is capable of confining the electric fields of charged celestial bodies within space-charge sheaths of limited dimensions. This phenomenon explains the success of gravitational theory in describing and predicting orbital motions in the present, relatively stable Solar System. Disruption of space-charge sheaths during close encounters between electrified planetary bodies may account for the catastrophic electromagnetic effects observed and reported by the survivors of near-collisions in ancient times. The known characteristics of the interplanetary medium suggest not only that the sun and the planets are electrically charged, but that the sun itself is the focus of a cosmic electric discharge --the probable source of all its radiant energy. I Physical ...
158. The Demands of the Saturnian Configuration Theory [Aeon Journal $]
... been published in Chronology& Catastrophism Review. The full version appears for the first time below. Part I The Polar Saturn 1. INTRODUCTION For those who are not familiar with the Saturnian configuration, the theory, bizarre in the extreme, can be reduced to its simplest form by positing that the planets Saturn, Venus, Mars, and Earth were once much closer to each other. More than that, they were strung out in a linear conformation, in the order given above, which Frederic Jueneman once jocularly described as a celestial shish-kebab. In other words, the planets in question were strung out, one "below" the other rather than circling around each other. This would have meant that the planets composing this unheard-of configuration were all sharing the same axis of rotation. What this also means is that, from Earth, man would have seen the planet Mars centered on Venus which, in its turn, would have appeared centered on Saturn. I will make no apologies here for the fact that this theory was constructed on the basis of the ...
159. San Francisco, February 25, 1974 [Pensee]
... the discussions of... the evolution of the moon into a state of... excitement that has totally rejuvenated the entire subject." Velikovsky, a few moments later, had an opportunity to challenge this: I would like to ask Professor Mulholland whether he knows who was the first to claim --in time --the heat [of the moon.... I would like to ask, also, whether there is an explanation for the mascons on the moon [other than that they result from encounters with other massive celestial bodies. And besides, do you consider these two observations as fundamental theories? Mulholland: I regret to say I do not in fact know who might have [been the first to predict these findings... and I blushingly admit that [Dr. Velikovsky has put his finger on a weak point in my statement, because what I gave as a response a moment ago were observations and determinations rather than theoretical suggestions. PETER HUBER, Professor of Mathematical Statistics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland: ...
160. Suns and Planets in Neolithic Rock Art [Maverick Science Website]
... the minds of non-conformists, for whom the known is still the unknown, and who often went back to begin where others passed by, sure of their way. The truth of today was the heresy of yesterday." I. Velikovsky In Worlds in Collision, Immanuel Velikovsky claimed that the planets only recently settled upon their present orbits; that, in fact, great cataclysms have distinguished the recent history of the solar system. All agree that if true this thesis would have profound implications for various branches of natural science, particularly celestial mechanics and cosmology. Few agree, however, as to what constitutes valid evidence of the sort of events Velikovsky described. Velikovsky himself, together with many of his supporters, suggested that "advance claims" regarding the state of various planets (such as the inordinate heat of Venus or radio-noises emanating from Jupiter, both anticipated by Velikovsky prior to their discovery) constituted prima facie evidence in support of the thesis. His critics, however, countered that correct predictions do not always constitute verification of the underlying thesis, while some ...
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