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91. Focus [SIS C&C Review $]
... Vienna, Rix experienced at first hand the horrors of Nazi antisemitism, before finding a haven (like Velikovsky before him) in the reborn Land of Israel. There he watched world events, seeing the massacre of the Jews in World War II, the continuing resistance to the very existence of the State of Israel and the ongoing nuclear arms race as prime symptoms of man's drive to self-destruction- the heritage of his traumatic past. His aim was to lay bare the cultural mechanisms of this process, seeking the missing key, the trauma of the original catastrophes, that might unlock the mysteries of later religions, societies, sexual mores and individual behaviour. Zvi Rix's work was bold; Dr Velikovsky himself considered it of the highest importance. His tragedy lay in the difficulties he experienced in communicating his thoughts to others. Rix leaves behind him some 25 unpublished manuscripts (most of them in German), as well as extensive archives. Several of his themes are explored in a study of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah by Dr Bernard Newgrosh and myself to be ...
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92. Velikovsky and His Heroes [SIS C&C Review $]
... , would surely reply that only when the source of the neurosis is uncovered and freed, can the demon be laid. I quote from Oedipus and Akhnaton which we will return to and which I believe is Velikovsky's most autobiographically revealing work: "The recognition of a complex is almost tantamount to overcoming it." [7 In that knowledge lies power. Applying the same mode of thinking, Velikovsky repeatedly went on the record, as in his closing remarks to the 1974 McMaster Symposium, as equating refusal to face the heritage of trauma from past catastrophe with a subconscious drive to re-enact those horrors in the use of nuclear weaponry [8. We can then see that in uncovering the truth about Amalekites, Velikovsky was not only setting the historical record straight, he was also seeking to quell more current raging demons, the demons of anti-Semitism and the demons of the threat of nuclear war in his own time, through the weapon of psychoanalysis. Velikovsky, the conquistador of the past, sought to exercise that magic power over the modern world too. He would ...
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93. Society News [SIS C&C Review $]
... range of feeling from a belief that we should be grateful to Velikovsky for starting us off along the path of catastrophism to a suggestion that the manner of his initial presentation of his ideas actually blocked acceptance of theories of modern catastrophism. It seemed likely that egotism was a driving force in the man, causing him to ride roughshod over others, but at the same time it enabled him persevere with his theories and to leave a positive legacy. His major role may ultimately have been within his own discipline with his theory of cultural trauma. After lunch Gunnar Heinsohn followed on from his autumn 1993 SIS lecture (see C&CW 1993:2, p. 4), reminding us of how stratigraphic evidence in Mesopotamia indicates that there were four great cultures before the Hellenistic period. However, due to 'pen and paper' dating systems, these were assigned to much earlier periods, leaving the four great periods attested to by Greek history without any apparent physical evidence. In this lecture he proposed to show how, if the four stratigraphic cultures were correctly assigned ...
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... substantiates Heinsohn's theory of ritual re-enactment of cosmic catastrophes in form of blood sacrifices [22. According to Heinsohn, many sacrificial and catastrophe rituals are to be understood as a playful reaction following overwhelming natural disasters. What these catastrophes did not destroy is likely to be destroyed by the survivors themselves as they kill one another out of apocalyptic panic. It was in these traumatic crises, Heinsohn claims, that catastrophe rituals and blood sacrifices were introduced. Just as children try to digest a shocking experience through play, during which they relive the trauma but with everything under their own control, catastrophe myths and rituals are also a means of re-enacting past traumatic events. In this way, people rid themselves of their emotional suffering through participation in catastrophe rituals whose course lies entirely in their own hands. In these mimetic games and dances people changed their former role as passive victims of catastrophe into the role of active participants. In this way, they gained the control of a self-made plot which, on most occasions, resulted in torture, destruction or blood sacrifices. Eliade's and ...
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95. Chapter 6: SYMBOLS AND SPEECH [Quantavolution Website]
... interpersonally also happens intrapersonally. Since, as we have just argued, the brain treats "inner" and "outer" indiscriminately in relevant ways, the brain may actually employ language without discrimination as to the location of its referents. The infant babbles; a year later he utters a "word", that is, a reference that outsiders can comprehend. Whether one is talking to an audience or talking to oneself may be a reference that is learned. It is within the ken of many people to hear a victim of trauma an exhausted survivor, a tired soldier, a mourning widow range back and forth from talking to the outsiders to talking to oneself and to "insiders" of the self. Black (1971) has reviewed recent work which demonstrates that hallucinated words and sounds can affect the EEG [electroencephalogram. The normal production of alpha waves are changed by such experiments, and evoked potentials are altered in hallucinating situations. The conclusion was that the EEG responds in a manner which demonstrates that hallucinatory material is processed as a reality to the nervous ...
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... pumping activity show the rapidity with which this phenomenon occurs. Movements can also vary greatly over even short distances: in Israel recently, measured movements were 5-10mm/year in the north, 10mm/year in the south and 25 mm/year on the coastal plain [26. A large number of crustal movements started around 2300BC, as summarised in Table 3. In a number of cases, they caused cultural migrations and discontinuities, when rivers changed course and settlements had to be abandoned. The crustal movements contributed to the overall trauma at this time. The dates clearly cluster around 2300BC. A question arises as to the degree of clustering around 2300BC. The answer lies in the fact that glaciers are located in many places on the Earth; furthermore, water taken from the oceans would also cause crustal vertical movements to occur in many oceanic areas. Changing climatic conditions would also affect lake levels. Uplifts and subsidences could then have started essentially simultaneously at 2300BC on a global basis with the beginning of the glacial growth. Stresses would then be extended throughout the ...
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... order" he describes was the collapsed remains of the Mycenaean order that had persisted into the eighth century and was retained especially long by the Spartans who clustered fearfully in villages rather than committing themselves to a great polis. This order could only be feebly reinstituted by the Homeric crazed heroes. But a new civilization, which developed out of the Homeric age, moved in all directions; it quickly blended new and old forms. The Love Affair was an effort, on the literary front, to establish the new age by mastering the trauma that came with the end of the old age. Notes (Chapter 7: Crazy Heroes of Dark Times) 1. The Cambridge Ancient History (1973), Vol II, Part I, p. 611. We recall the suggestion that Odysseus may have awakened to Nausicaa's spring washing rites. 2. Ibid. 3. Ibid., p. 624. 4. Cf. Velikovsky (1950), p. 214 et passim. 5. The Cambridge Ancient History, loc. cit., 626. 6 ...
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98. Monitor [SIS C&C Review $]
... , pp. 76- 83, National Geographic Oct. 00, p. 123 Although unacceptable some years ago, ideas of life, at least microbial, originating in space, arriving on Earth from other planets via meteorites and impact debris and existing deep in the Earth, are now being taken seriously by astronomers, geologists and biologists. More than 100 simple organic molecules have been found in space and this list now includes simple sugars. One team of scientists is investigating how well bacteria might survive both time in space and the trauma of entering Earth's atmosphere and impact, carried aboard meteoric material. A colony of a simple soil bacterium survived 6 years in orbit on a spacecraft and a bacterium adapted to the pressures around deep sea vents apparently survives high speed impact with chalk and granite quite happily. Higher forms of life, such as species of worms round deep sea vents, survive not only temperatures nearly 50 F above what used to be considered the limit for multicellular organisms but also regularly endure a temperature gradient between their ends of 140 F. Other scientists ...
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... , anger (or all of the above) such as the Germans in particular had experienced from 1918 to 1933. If we seek to explain the cause, then in my opinion disaster and unconscious non-rational responses to it are the key. When an individual or group or society is brutally, suddenly torn out of consciously-understood, controlled comfort, thrust into huge turmoil and fear and cannot understand or condone or tolerate it, then the unconscious can come to the fore and take over the life of a person or a nation. Standard trauma theory today says as much but restricts it to the personal unconscious. It was observed, for example, in Hiroshima survivors, for many Japanese apparently individually developed the same vision of divine destiny. If we expand this to the (more problematical) dimension of the collective unconscious, then this was the situation with Nazi Germany. Having experienced sudden and inexplicable complete disorder and meaninglessness from the end of World War I, it was propelled by the resultant cosmic terror into becoming a hysterical millenarian religious cult when a sufficiently charismatic leader ...
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100. Puzzles of Prehistory [The Velikovskian $]
... , however wanton it may appear to its victims, is always motivated and that its primary motive is usually fear. This analysis helps us make sense of the fact that so many contemporary preliterates exhibit "superstitious" fear --not only of comets and eclipses but even of rainbows and sunsets. The catastrophist explanation of these fears is that, during periods of mutual planetary approach, terrestrial sunlight has been eclipsed by large celestial bodies, comets have devastated the Earth and the atmosphere has taken on a persistently ruddy or polychrome-like glow. THE PAN-HUMAN TRAUMA It is easy for us to recognize irrational elements in protohistoric and preliterate behavior when we do not share the behavior in question, as in the case of human sacrifice or initiatory mutilation. There are, however, similar types of behavior which we do share, if only because they appear to have become human universals. One of these universals is chimeric imagery --a persistent tendency to visualize and (if only half-seriously) verbalize about creatures unknown either among living species or from the fossil record: dragons, unicorns, mermaids and the ...
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