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... their sacred writings as their most precious memory. If humanity is to be cured of the pathological consequences of its collective amnesia, the Jews have an important part to play. This point may be clarified by an analogy with the development of the individual psyche. It was Freud who showed the part played by traumatic experiences in the development of the individual personality. Freud might even be called the "catastrophist" of psychology. Some traumatic experiences have to be undergone by everyone in the process of growing up; for example, the trauma of birth and the trauma of being weaned. These traumatic experiences involve the shock of separation from the mother. In the Bible, the birth trauma, it could be held, is represented by the expulsion truth from Eden (the womb), while the trauma of weaning is represented by the Exodus from Egypt, the first being a mythical event and the second a historical event. The Israelites were chosen by history to show the world how to endure the traumatic separation from Mother Nature which is the necessary step to adulthood ...
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2. On Mankind in Amnesia [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... of their repetition became a probability, even a certainty. And in later ages, in different places and cultures there appears a visionary, a poet: suddenly, he has as if a door opened before him and a light shining through, and he sees the past; but for reasons that we will discuss, for most of mankind the message has submerged into the unconscious mind. This is a phenomenon not discovered by me, but well known: namely, a human being, after suffering a traumatic experience, whether the trauma be psychological or physical, may become affected by amnesia it could be only partial amnesia, dealing with these events alone. The person thus forgets the event which may be exactly the one most decisive in his life and in the development of his character. This phenomenon was already well known in the early years of psychoanalysis. In the manuscript of my book I wrote on the subject as follows: A victim of amnesia may live in the next block without you being aware of his plight. He maybe employed, he may ...
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... ) Home¦ Issue Contents Collective Amnesia In Everyday Life Jerome A. Kroth "To go beyond the reality principle, through the looking glass of dialectical reversal, to the absurd truth."-- N. O. Brown Velikovsky has provided the psychological community with a challenging concept-- collective amnesia. While Freud postulated individual amnesia, and Jung developed the notion of a collective psyche and unconscious, Velikovsky appears to have married these notions into a single construct. It postulates that if the human race ever came up against a trauma which threatened its very existence, the race as a whole would have a tendency to distort, censor, deny, and repress major elements of the experience in the same way that an individual screens out and denies traumata. As the individual has "put these events out of his mind", so, too, does the race behave when threatened with extinction. The concept is important for many reasons. First, it has the roots of both Freudian and Jungian traditions and, as such, offers an opportunity to bring ...
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... to Cultural Amnesia. "In his address, DR VELIKOVSKY elaborated upon his theory of Cultural Amnesia. According to this theory, mankind forgot about unpleasant catastrophic events on the conscious level but remembers on the unconscious level. Furthermore, it would appear that the unconscious memory is transmitted genetically from one generation to the next, a concept already postulated by Freud and Jung but in disagreement with much of the current biological thinking. "If Velikovsky's theory is correct, then it is possible to suggest that every generation lives in a state of trauma induced by the conflict between subconscious memories of past catastrophic events and the refusal of the conscious mind to recognise that these events actually occurred in prehistoric and historic times. Dr Velikovsky believes that the trauma is responsible for mankind's aggressive hostility, a concept of importance to every individual frightened by the prospect of thermo-nuclear war or of the instability which seems to be increasing in society. It is also responsible for the inability and at times the outright refusal of science to recognise the overwhelming evidence pointing to the catastrophic past of the Earth and ...
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... . As we are being split, so we split others; as we are being dismembered, so we dismember others. We tear living things to pieces and devour them. Clearly, this is part of the Strife process, not a divine punishment for what we accidentally started to do. What, then, caused this splitting of the collective mind, this literal inferred that the answer is global cataclysm, or, better, a series of global cataclysms. One of the sections of Mankind in Amnesia is entitled "The Archaic Trauma"; neither Empedocles nor Freud ever discovered the nature of that trauma. The Platonic version of the story, that it was the gods (Zeus and Apollo, in particular) who brought about the division, is basically true: the collective mind sank into unconsciousness, and we split-up components sank into amnesia and pseudo-individuality, as a result of the buffetings that we took from the planetary gods. But it was not punishment, even though the survivors typically interpreted it as punishment,* and even though Plato has Aristophanes describe ...
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... than one of the 13 different types of paranormal phenomena included in the survey. But do survey statistics prove that such paranormal phenomena are truly objective? The real nature of paranormal experiences, according to Ross and Joshi, lies in the close ties these paranormal phenomena have with dissociative phenomena (i.e., automatic writing), hypnotic phenomena, and childhood traumas. They theorize: "A model is proposed in which paranormal experiences are conceptualized as an aspect of normal dissociation. Like dissociation in general, paranormal experiences can be triggered by trauma, especially childhood physical or sexual abuse. Such experiences discriminate individuals with childhood trauma histories from those without at high levels of significance." (Ross, Colin A., and Joshi, Shaun; Paranormal Experiences in the General Population," Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 180:357, 1992.) Comment. Perhaps psychiatrists Ross and Joshi hold that those experiencing paranormal phenomena are "treatable." Clearly, they think that the whole of the paranormal is subjective. On a different tack, one must ask ...
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... concept of "A Collective Amnesia" was first propounded as a serious working hypothesis in Worlds in Collision.(1) It was conceived in an effort to reasonably explain Mankind's inability to consciously remember its catastrophic experiences resulting from the Earth's participation in a series of disastrous cosmic perturbations. The subject of a collective amnesia is still a basically unexplored area of psychology requiring penetrating research far beyond the immediate scope of the present paper. The following essay is therefore primarily intended as a fascinating and provocative case study of two fictional accounts involving psychological trauma and the principle of collective amnesia. The material offered here has been gleaned from the writings of Isaac Asimov, a masterful science-fiction author and often harsh critic of Immanuel Velikovsky. Pebble in the Sky(2) "Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the first was made.. ." With these words of Robert Browning running through his mind and the quietude of old age upon him, sixty-two year old Joseph Schwartz is suddenly propelled, via a ...
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... Amnesia, was completed from his writings by his wife, Elisheva, and her assistant, Jan Sammer. To those of us who were associates of Velikovsky much of the content is familiar, but he has included several topics which are welcome surprises. His inference of a link between modern happenings- the hippie movement, the student revolts of the 1960s, the drug culture, the back-to-nature groups, the Vietnam War, the Moon Landing, the Watergate Scandal, the Jonestown Massacre, the omnipresent spectre of nuclear holocaust- and the trauma arising from ancient global catastrophes gives the reader a glimpse of Velikovsky's psychoanalytic technique in action. Of his books this one bears the clearest stamp of his original professional expertise. In support of his thesis Velikovsky includes a brief analysis of some scientists who have opposed, beyond reason, attempts to return to consciousness what he believes to be human knowledge of the catastrophes. The continuing outpouring of superficial and vitriolic criticisms of Velikovsky's work by otherwise thorough scientists becomes more understandable viewed as a symptom of men who are victims of amnesia. Accumulating ...
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... every sphere of life. In individuals, instinct serves for habit, the distinction generally being that instinct is untrained. Habit and custom are inculcated by training or imitation. Not only is habit pervasive of normal activities of individuals and groups. It is also characteristic of many psychopathologies, where it is called obsession. The origin of habit and custom lay in the primeval fears of the self-aware human, and the discipline that such fears subconsciously and later consciously impressed upon him. First came schizophrenic obsession. The more intense a blow or trauma to the body (mind), the more intensely and frequently it is autoinflicted neurologically afterwards. An obsession is an auto-inflicted reiteration of some or all of the initial reaction to a trauma. An obsession discharges quantas of the stored force of the trauma, which originally could be tolerated short of death only by it redistribution (i. e., memorizing) in successively less related circuitries contacting the affected area. Some effect of a trauma also are discharged through interfering circuitries, some of which were developed in primeval man analogously ...
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10. Chapter 2: THE SEARCH FOR LOST INSTINCT [Quantavolution Website]
... not cry when they are born. They lay stunned for a moment, and then gradually pick themselves up, pull themselves together, receive some licks, and crawl or stumble around. The mothers of apes drop their young almost disdainfully and hardly attend to them at first; the orangutan mother is more considerate, more human. Perhaps babies cry because they are already more frightened than animals. A famous psychoanalyst, Otto Rank, found the mental state of the baby deplorable, and traced the major behaviors of later life to the trauma of birth. Some conscientious mothers even followed his line of reasoning to the point of giving birth by caesarean operation, thus assisting the baby's birth and relieving its pain of passage from womb to open air. I do not know that the effects of their altruism have ever been reported. Dr. Rank, passing over the possibly similar plight of calves, babes of monkeys, and puppies, ascribed the most marvelous effects to the human birthing experience. He sees "in the birth trauma the ultimate biological basis of the psychical ...
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