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231. Skeptics Dictionary, skeptic's dictionary,skeptical definitions,strange beliefs, amusing deceptions, dangerous delusions, Robert Todd Carrol,robert todd carroll, Richard Dawkins, richard dawkins, the blind watchmaker,pseudoscience, scientific bigotry,mathematical fallcy,probability and fallacy, intelligent design,evolution and pseudoscience, darwinism and pseudoscience,"> [Alternative Science Website]
... neglects to mention that the theory of synchronicity was proposed not by Jung alone but jointly with Wolfgang Pauli, who was Professor of Theoretical Physics at Princeton, a member of Niels Bohr's team that laid the foundations of Quantum Theory and who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1945. There thus exists a reasonable probability that the originator of synchronicity theory knew somewhat more about science than Carroll does. Asking 'what evidence is there?' for an explanatory theory that has been advanced specifically to account for previously unexplained evidence is a question even Homer Simpson would blush to ask. Occult statistics Carroll says; "Legions of parapsychologists, led by such generals as Charles Tart and Dean Radin, have also appealed to statistical anomalies as proof of ESP." But, "Skeptics are unimpressed with occult statistics that assert improbabilities for what has already happened." Carroll's scientific illiteracy finally comes out into the open here. Even his fellow 'skeptics' in CSICOP would hesitate to assert that science may only cite statistics on probability in connection with events that have not yet happened! Probability ...
232. Venus in Ancient Myth and Language [Aeon Journal $]
... band. In addition to the connotations of the words vin, vansa, and fine, it is interesting to note the relatively large number of ancient Indo-European peoples with a name cognate with that of Venus. Quite common is the name Veneti, the oldest philologically attested name of the Slavs. (58) On the North Adriatic coast there also lived a people known to classical writers as the Veneti, whose name survives in the modern Venice. (59) There was a tribe of the same name in Asia Minor mentioned by Homer. (60) Julius Caesar wrote of a Celtic tribe Veneti, whose name survives in the French city Vannes. (61) The original name of the inhabitants of Ireland --the Feniens --would also appear to be cognate with Venus. Finally, there was a Latin tribe Venetuluni mentioned by Plinus. (62) At least one noted philologist, H. Krahe, has maintained that all of these tribes received their names from some mythical prototype. (63) There is much to be said for this viewpoint. The Vinnilians ...
233. Venus in Ancient Myth and Language: Part Two [Aeon Journal $]
... such was the case. Thus both of these goddesses bore the torch as a prominent attribute. Sumerian poets celebrated Inanna as the "heavenly torch": "The pure torch that flares in the sky, the heavenly light, shining bright like the day, the queen of heaven." (45) Hecate, similarly, was given the epithet of Phosphorus, the "torch-bearer" or "light-bringer", a name elsewhere applied by the Greeks to the planet Venus. (46) Indeed Phosphorus was the name employed by Homer for Venus and thus is the oldest attested name for that planet in the Greek sources. Comparative mythology is not the only source of evidence for identifying the planet Venus as the celestial prototype of the witch. The astronomical lore of several lands compared the planet Venus to a witch. In ancient Babylon, for example, Venus was known as the Witch-star. (47) The ancient Norsemen likewise envisaged the planet Venus as a witch, calling it by the name of nahtfare (" night-rider"), a common name of ...
234. The Poem of Erra [Aeon Journal $]
... the King of the gods so that his counsel be not forthcoming." Is this not a precise parallel to the rumor that Apollo would usurp the prerogative of Zeus? Why Walcott overlooked the Poem of Erra in discussing the Homeric Hymn to Apollo is not easy to say. Certainly the aboriginal Apollo, being a god of war and pestilence, bears a strong resemblance to Erra. (84) Like Apollo, with whom he shares much in common, Heracles was also rumored to have threatened the gods with his arrows. Thus Homer indicted Heracles as follows: "O that hard violent man! that worker of evil! who distressed the Olympian gods with his arrows!" (85) An especially famous episode saw the Greek strongman threaten Helios that he might borrow the latter's celebrated goblet-like ship. It is tempting to compare Heracles' assault of Helios with Erra's assault of Marduk in which he wrested the latter's celestial throne. Is it possible that the solar cup of the Greek Helios was actually that god's throne? Talbott's analysis of the ancient iconography of the ...
235. Discussion & Questions From the Floor [Aeon Journal $]
... no work can really be translated, that words are so deeply embedded in a specific culture and history that they cannot be understood outside of it." "But what of idioms, the meanings that are not contained by literal translations of words? How, if you do not know the original language, can you be sure to render the author's meaning, rather than what you believe, via your own experience, he must have meant?" Back in 1984 I circulated a memo on the correspondence in Nature over just what Homer meant by "wine dark sea." It is by no means obvious or certain. With the idea of "getting into a model and seeing it on its own terms" I have finally read Hamlet's Mill for meaning instead of simply dismissing it on uniformitarian grounds. When one does get into the Hamlet's Mill model, one sees that it does an admirable job of explaining the material. I am not aware of anyone ever discussing Hamlet's Mill on its own terms in the Velikovsky and post-Velikovsky literature. What I do know ...
236. SERVANT OF THE SUN GOD [Aeon Journal $]
... 1: "Herakles dürfte Schu auch weniger als Himmelsstützer als vielmehr durch seine Heldentaten geworden sein." 35. (p.49 #7). Immanuel Velikovsky, Worlds in Collision (Pocket Edition, New York, 1977), p. 267, citing Böllenrucher, Gebete und Hymnen an Nergal, p. 8. 36. (p.50 #1). Hesiod, Theogony 930 ff., H. G. Evelyn-White trans. (Loeb Classical Library: Harvard, 1970). 37. (p.50 #2). Homer, The Little Iliad 2, H. G. Evelyn-White trans. (Loeb Classical Library: Harvard, 1970). 38. (p.50 #3). Pindar, Nemean Odes X. 84, Sir John Sandys trans. (Loeb Classical Library: Harvard, 1957). 39. (p.50 #4). Hesiod, Theogony 930 ff. 40. (p.50 #5). Herodotus 4.62. See also A. s. Cook, Zeus (New York, 1965), vole II, p ...
237. EARLY GLASSMAKING AND CHRONOLOGICAL PUZZLES [Aeon Journal $]
... Archaologen um das Alter Olympias (Frankfurt/ M., 1988), forthcoming in AEON. 102. (p.77 #3) P. Fossing, Op. cit., p. 33. 103. (p.77 #4) T. E. Haevernick, "Hallstatt-Tassen" (1958), in Haervernick, Beitrage, op. cit., 104. (p.77 #5) M. C. Calvi, op. cit., p. 2. 105. (p.77 #6) Thus termed by Homer. 106. (p.77 #7) J. Dayton, op. cit., p. 84. 107. (p.77 #8) E. Fossing, op. cit., pp. 24 ff; T. E. Haevernick, "Beitrage zur Geschichte des antiken Glasses III. Mykenisches Glas" (1980), in Haevernick, Beitrage, op. cit., p. 76 108. (p.77 #9) N. Yalouris, "An Unreported Use for Some Mycenaean Glass Paste Beads, ...
238. The 108-year Cyclicism of the Ancient Catastrophes [Aeon Journal $]
... orbit. This may appear to be an incidental detail; in our model and in what we perceive to be ancient cosmology, this orbital relationship becomes extremely important. Step IV. Identifying the Assaulting Planet In Biblical and Talmudic literature, it is related that the following four catastrophes all occurred on the vernal equinox: (a) the Sodom-Gomorrah Catastrophe, (b) the Gideon Midnight Bash, (c) the Exodus Catastrophe and, (d) the Isaiah-Sennacherib event. In addition, a careful analysis of The Iliad, by Homer, indicates that the opening scenes of the Trojan War were also the scenes of a Mars flyby, in the early spring or very late winter, a date in windy March. If one is to follow Occam's razor, i.e., that the simplest answer to a scientific question is usually the best, then we are facing the issue that one planet, and one planet only, was assaulting the Earth at the March 21 location, across many centuries, and across a number of millennia. (What is that number ...
239. Thoth Vol. I, No. 9 March 31, 1997 [Thoth Website]
... eminent medical men is to be accepted --without disease...And there were no wars or feuds between them. Consequently, this manner of life of theirs naturally came to be longed for by men of later times." Like his many counterparts in the ancient world, Kronos was the acknowledged prototype of kings, his rule in heaven providing the standards for rule on earth. Every Greek king thus bore the universal burden of royalty, for the Greeks applied exactly the same test of the just or good ruler as did other peoples. Homer, most famous of the Greek poets, announced as the ideal "a blameless king whose fame goes up to the wide heaven, maintaining right, and the black earth bears wheat and barley and the trees are laden with fruit...and the people prosper." It was the duty of the king, as the First Father's successor, to renew the Golden Age! One additional aspect of the Kronos image draws our attention. It seems that the former ruler of the sky entered later traditions as a renowned terrestrial king. ...
240. RECOLLECTIONS OF A FALLEN SKY - VELIKOVSKY AND CULTURAL AMNESIA : CHAPTER : [Quantavolution Website]
... is illustrated on the one hand by the way the escapees from Egypt interpreted the noises caused by the folding and twisting of strata, noises of the screeching Earth described also by Hesiod- the Israelites heard in them a voice giving ethical commands. Elsewhere on the tortured Earth, other races responded differently: Compare Olympus to Sinai. The Homeric scandals on Olympus occurred at the time of the cataclysms; this was the other reaction. Another example comes from Heraclitus 10, who compared the different descriptions of the Pantheon by Plato and by Homer. We see then, past and present, both reactions to calamity. PLANET GODS The inability to accept the catastrophic past is the source of man's aggression. Astronomy preoccupied all ancient peoples- in Mexico, in Babylonia, and elsewhere. It was the dominant occupation of the sages. The ancients watched the planetary bodies because they were afraid that another disaster would occur. Astrology has its beginning in the deeds of the planets. Many of the liturgies since antiquity are echoing in catastrophic events. Around the world peoples of all ...
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