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81. THE BURNING OF TROY: PART THREE: WORKING OF THE MIND: CHAPTER NINETEEN: THE 'UNCONSCIOUS' AS A LITERARY REVOLT AGAINST SCIENCE* [Quantavolution Website]
... to show how every possible kind of feeling, opinion, attitude, conduct and virtue, is rooted in self-deception or an unconscious lie. Thus, 'everyone is the farthest to himself,' the unconscious is the essential part of the individual, consciousness being only a kind of ciphered formula of the unconscious, 'a more or less fantastic commentary on an unconscious, perhaps unknowable, but felt, text. '" (p. 273) Theodore Thass-Thieneman (1968) reports that the concept of the unconscious was actively at work in linguistics before Freud and quotes Hermann Paul (1880, trans. 1888): "Perhaps the greatest progress by modern psychology consists in the acknowledgment of the fact that a great many psychological processes go on without clear consciousness, and that everything which has been in consciousness remains an effective motive in the unconscious. The acknowledgment of this as a matter of fact is of the greatest importance for linguistics, and it became utilized by Steinthal in great extent. All manifestations of speech are growing out of this dark space of the unconsciousness of ...
82. "Let There Be Light" - A Criticism [Kronos $]
... Thus, in effect, even with these peoples, we see an effort to separate the destructive element of the event from its accompanying creative one. Myths which describe Creation as a form of destruction, comparable to the Battak myth cited above, are few indeed. In our continuing series on the Saturnian phenomenon, we hope to be able to enumerate a few more. Concerning Mullen's contention that Creation and the Deluge were one and the same- see Pensee, Winter 1973, pp. 14-15- we shall also write elsewhere. LINGUISTICS, PHYSICAL LAWS, AND MACROCOSMIC CHANGE To the Editor of KRONOS: As a former student of Noam Chomsky and Morris Halle, I must protest Roger Wescott's interpretation of their theory of linguistic change (KRONOS IV:I, p. 4). Wescott says "... transformational linguists have preferred to formulate diachronic change primarily in terms of alteration of the laws that generate language rather than in terms of alteration of the surface features resulting from those laws." He uses this as an analogy to make more plausible the ...
83. QUANTAVOLUTION: COSMIC HERETICS: Part 5: Chapter 15: THE KNOWLEDGE INDUSTRY [Quantavolution Website]
... their families, and still others lived under miserable and dangerous conditions. Deg made a dozen attempts in search of a teaching and study platform for catastrophe and quantavolution. Recall this was a period when all kinds of new courses were being pressed upon universities and colleges; standards were in general decline. Professors were wringing their hands and burying their files for safekeeping. Yet they consistently rejected the advances (never mind seeking the help) of quantavolutionists who had more respect for the traditional research materials of the culture-- in classics, linguistics, foreign languages, history of science, philosophy, etc. and whose attractiveness to students would have erected massive barriers against the anti-intellectual and book-condemning feelings rampant in student bodies everywhere. A score of teaching heretics had managed to insert V .'s materials into their courses under various pretexts and in several cases could even carry his name in the title or subtitle of a course. The Dartmouth Experimental College at Hanover, N. H., invited V. one time for two days of meetings with a seminar; at least six ...
84. THE VELIKOVSKY AFFAIR: CHAPTER 6: THE SCIENTIFIC RECEPTION SYSTEM [Quantavolution Website]
... a deterrent to the recruitment of ideas. Yet one of the glaring features of the Velikovsky case is the humanistic ignorance of natural scientists. A reading of the Velikovsky record should be part of the proceedings of any group considering the revision of curriculum for students of the natural sciences. Soon a century will have passed since the beginnings of the scientific investigation of myth, folklore, and primitive psychology. It has been many years since a theory of the unconscious has found a place in the instrumentation of social science. The science of linguistics, of symbols, of the sociology of communication, has progressed. It would appear that a more broadly educated or at least philosophically trained scientific class would have been able to perceive the relevance, validity, and unique capabilities of Velikovsky's method to key problems of natural science. But the passage of time has relegated the natural sciences principally to hardware instrumentation. The natural scientists are still dwelling mentally in the hollow rationalistic universe of the 19th century. Indeed such a statement is unfair to the 19th century, which was far richer ...
85. The Origin of Language [Aeon Journal $]
... ..are characterized by invariability and monotony. Dogs have been barking, cats meowing, lions roaring, and donkeys braying in the same fashion since time immemorial." (3) The same is true for primates. And even though their vocal communications show many features characteristic of human language, their cries are limited. They do not invent new calls for new situations. (4) LANGUAGE IS FOR HUMANS Linguist Benjamin Whorf once made the statement that "Speech is the best show man puts on." (5) Indeed, linguistics, the description and analysis of language, is one of the four major branches of anthropology. In contrast with animal cries, human language exhibits infinite variability. The very essence of all language is activity and change. "Even so-called dead languages partake of this changeability, as evidenced by the ingenious combination devised by the Vatican to express the modern concept of 'motorcycle' in Latin-- birota ignifero latice incita ('two-wheeled vehicle driven by fire-bearing juice')." (6) Human language is open. This means that it ...
86. Vox Popvli [Aeon Journal $]
... ironically" in view of the fact that oralists, who also reject manualism, do so on the grounds that a shift from pre-sapient manualism to sapient oralism implies an abrupt switch in communicative behavior. As committed gradualists, the oralists prefer the view that speech evolved directly from the call systems of the great apes without making a sensory detour from the visual to the auditory channel, which they consider too drastic a change to be plausible. Since I, as an anthropologist, have taught almost as many courses on human evolution as on linguistics, I would now like to comment on Strickling's more recent article on the origin of man. (4) In this, I support his introductory statement that "the only thing certain about man's possible ancestry is that nothing is certain." And I believe (without being as certain about it as he seems rather surprisingly to be) that, as he states, "The creation of man, as in all of the biosphere, was accomplished in quantum jumps." In his discussion of the fossil hominoid Australopithecus, ...
87. Darwin's Dangerous Idea: A Critique [Aeon Journal $]
... is a dangerous idea." [5 Further, it cannot be stressed enough that Dennett himself is indeed a dyed-in-the-wool, diehard Darwinian: "To put it bluntly but fairly, anyone today who doubts that the variety of life on this planet was produced by a process of evolution is simply ignorant-- inexcusably ignorant." [6 The dangerous aspect of Darwin's idea, according to Dennett, is its impact on almost all other "evolutionary" (read developmental) ideas, whether in such chosen fields as societal advances, linguistics, or economics. Or-- whee and whoopee!-- whether the idea's impact effectively operates under a conceptual blanket covering all the physical sciences, including architectural and engineering design processes and technology, as well as the aggregate body of disciplines comprising the arts and the humanities. In short, he identifies and associates Darwin's ideological impact with the entire gamut of human intellectual enterprise. Dennett then gleefully proceeds to ameliorate this perceived danger by instituting numerous argumentative buffer zones to make his justifications legitimate and enlighten our otherwise potentially misaligned and ...
88. Paradise -- The Lost Frontier: Early Voyages to the Forbidden Isles [Aeon Journal $]
... was Columbus who brought the first horses to the New World. Orthodox historians ignored reports that the earliest Spanish colonists on Hispaniola contracted malaria after landing; and they ignored similar reports about diseases which inflicted the men of Ponce de Leon upon entering the Florida swamps. According to the dogma of isolationism, Old World diseases were unknown in the New World until after the arrival of Columbus. The net result of all this historical revision that took place in the 17th through the 19th centuries was the impression that all the evidence from history, linguistics, botany, biology, and epidemiology supported the paradigm of New World isolation prior to Columbus. This erroneous paradigm led to further distortions of reality: Old World artifacts found in New World archaeological sites dating centuries before Columbus were routinely ignored or branded as fakes. Orthodox scholars accepted the paradigm as it had been revised by their predecessors as though it were the Gospel truth. In effect, the paradigm was infused into traditional academic training on the basis of faith in much the same way that a religious belief might be incorporated into ...
89. Anomalistics - a New Field of Interdisciplinary Studies [Catastrophism Geology $]
... From: Catastrophist Geology Year 3 No. 2 (Dec 1978) Home¦ Issue Contents Anomalistics- a New Field of Interdisciplinary Studies Roger W ..Wescott Dept. of Anthropology& Linguistics, Drew University Madison, USA. Anomalistics is the study of all kinds of phenomena that do not fit the pictures of reality provided by common sense or by the established sciences. Although the term is my coinage, 1 the area of investigation which it designates is at least sixty years old. The precursory genius of anornalistics, as I define it, was the British geneticist John B. Haldane. Fond of commenting on "the inexhaustible queerness of things", he is widely quoted as having observed that "the universe is not only stranger than we imagine but stranger than we ran imagine." Thef irst investigator, however, who made anomalies the primaryfocusof his activities was the American journalist Charles Hoy Fort. Fort, whom we may fairly regard as the founder of anomalistics, made the f irst massive compilation of oddities from the world press. Another American journalist, ...
90. Quantavolution and Solaria Binaria [SIS Internet Digest $]
... of plant and animal species extincted with the famous dinosaurs. The stratigraphy of much of the Earth changed. The atmosphere changed. The motions of the Earth changed, how much we do not yet know. As a matter of fact, we know very little yet about the events and changes that took place when the dinosaurs felt the disastrous effects of falling bodies from outer space. But name me a field of learning, and I will give you a suitable subject for a dissertation in that field on a problem of quantavolution. Linguistics, for another instance, finds every language loaded with ancient words of disaster and electricity and punishing gods. A study by Hugh Crosthwaite tells us that about 15% of the words of Hebrew, Latin, Greek, and Egyptian are connected in some fashion with electricity. Quantavolution is not a theory that I can express mathematically. It is a cognitive theory, or perhaps only a heuristic theory. I can write it in signs, as if it were a formula. This might help to remember it. Q= C ...
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