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... in German in which he will discuss his theories and his book. The cited magazines described Velikovsky's book in glowing terms [141, 209, 217, 218, 271, 284]: a major synthesis of many disciplines, reflecting a thorough knowledge of such fields as anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, classical literature, folklore, geology, paleontology, physics, psychology, religion, world history; massive documentation from many texts- Old Testament, Talmud, Egyptian papyri- and from diverse traditions and legends: of Arabia, Babylonia, China, Finland, Greece, Iceland, India, Japan, Mexico, the Pacific Islands, Persia, Peru, Rome ...
22. On Comets and Kings [Journals] [Aeon]
... Earth, thereby overthrowing the prevailing Aristotelian view that comets were an atmospheric phenomenon and establishing the scientific investigation of comets on a solid footing. Tycho associated the appearance of a comet with destructive winds, floods, earthquakes, famine, pestilence, war, and the death of kings. (17) A glance at any of the encyclopedias of folklore will confirm the archetypal nature of the mythology surrounding comets. Funk and Wagnall's encyclopedia, for example, included the following description under the heading of comet: "Not only in antiquity, but through the centuries among all peoples, comets have aroused in man a feeling of terror and foreboding. These mysterious visitors in the heavens have been ...
23. Thundergods and Thunderbolts [Journals] [Aeon]
... Thor waged deadly combat with the Midgard serpent so, too, did Perkunas battle the Veles serpent. The Slavic Perun offers an obvious cognate of Perkunas. Of the former god, it is known that his name came to signify a thunderbolt: "In Slavic, perunu designates both thunderbolt' and thunder-god'."  Russian folklore describes Perun as a great dragon-slayer.  Parjanya, a thundergod of ancient India, offers yet another cognate to the Baltic Perkunas. The Rig Veda paints a terrifying picture of the god: "He smites the trees apart, he slays the demons: all life fears him who wields the mighty weapon." [23 ...
24. The Legend. Part 1 (Oedipus and Akhnaton) [Velikovsky]
... , of the Middle Ages, and of modern times as well. The story seized the human imagination, and its grip has not weakened even after almost three millennia. Sigmund Freud explained the Oedipus legend as having grown out of the unconscious desire of a son to possess his mother and to dispose of his father by murder. From the folklore of primitive peoples Sir James Frazer gathered together many instances that Freud used to substantiate his theory: in the Stone Age the grown-up sons of the cave man, the undisputed despot in the cave, usually murdered him in order to possess his wives, their mothers. In the neurotic make-up of modern man the Oedipus complex, according to ...
25. Velikovsky at Harvard [Journals] [Pensee]
... articles, but also ignored my replies to critics. It became an emotional crisis for me. But despite years of neglect, I survived, as you see." The capacity audience in Lowell Lecture Hall, obviously sympathetic toward Velikovsky, listened attentively as, in a slow and deliberate manner, he described how he "pitted history against folklore, folklore against geology, geology and paleontology against astronomy. I found that my thesis can be sustained." Antiquated Textbooks That thesis came under severe attack in 1950; but today, he observed, it is not his book, but the textbooks that "are mostly outmoded. Those of 1950 are antiquated." An astronomer could ...
26. The Scientific Mafia [Journals] [Pensee]
... earth must have a magnetosphere much stronger, and extending much further into space, than anyone else believed possible. He did predict that Jupiter would be found to be a radio source, long before the astonished radio-astronomers found it so. And there is much more like that. According to Velikovsky, there were all over the world, as folklore alleges, rains of burning pitch. This, among other things, led him to assert in 1950 that the clouds of Venus must be very rich in petroleum gas. All contemporary knowledge of the chemistry of the planet's clouds was flatly against it. Yet it has turned out to be so. If you think this is a bit ...
... created the same (Venus) legend or myth. Sagan chose diffusion and coincidence while Velikovsky, of course, chose common-observation. Sagan states, "Velikovsky is clearly opting for the common-observation hypothesis, but he seems to dismiss the diffusion hypothesis far too casually; for example, he says (p . 303) How could unusual motifs of folklore reach isolated islands, where the aborigines do not have any means of crossing the sea? ' I am not sure which islands and which aborigines Velikovsky refers to here, but it is apparent that the inhabitants of an island had to have gotten there somehow. I do not think that Velikovsky believes in a separate creation in the Gilbert ...
28. On the Recent Discoveries Concerning Jupiter and Venus [Books] [de Grazia books]
... of the American Philosophical Society and the material in Velikovsky's book that she purportedly discredited. The reader may judge for himself who is guilty of faulty scholarship and purposeful misrepresentation. THE CRITICISM: I Gaposchkin: The thesis of the book is scientific, but the evidence is drawn from an immense mass of biblical evidence and Hebrew tradition, myth and folklore, classical literature and the works of the Church fathers. A critic is faced .. . with the herculean labour of laying a finger on the flaws in an argument that ranges over the greater part of ancient literature. [But] when one examines [Velikovsky's] sources, his argument falls to pieces...He has ...
29. Origins of the Red Dragon Symbol? [Journals] [SIS Internet Digest]
... . As well as focussing on the abrupt climatic disturbances evident in the tree-ring record for these dates, he also stressed the importance of local research being undertaken in Wales in the light of this. This is exactly what we have been doing, and nothing highlights the recording of the mid-sixth century event' better than the many references from Welsh folklore and literature. With regard to Myrddin (who was known as Lailoken in Scotland), in Geoffrey of Monmouth's "Vita Merlini" (Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 1973, p. 227) we have this interesting piece about the Battle of Arfderydd: "In that fight the sky began to split above me, and ...
30. The Cyclic Nature of Ancient Catastrophes [Journals] [Catastrophism & Ancient History]
... What were the celestial mechanics or dynamics which controlled, or dictated, such an astronomical scenario? Our answer is contained in encapsulated form in the model below. If these answers to the above questions are defensible, perhaps there is a new interpretation for (a ) the cosmic architectures of ancient times, (b ) the cosmic fears and folklores of our ancestors, (c ) the cosmic attitudes of the prophets of the ancient Jews, (d ) the cosmic religions ofancient peoples, and (e ) the cosmic-driven interest of the ancients in mathematics, as seen for example at Stonehenge. Orbital Precession In celestial mechanics there is a term describing the motion for the shift of ...
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