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41. QUANTAVOLUTION: COSMIC HERETICS: Part 2: Chapter 1: HOLOCAUST AND AMNESIA [Quantavolution Website]
... was devoted to the topic of collective amnesia. His own address was subtitled "The Submergence of Terrifying Events in the Racial Memory and Their Later Emergence." There he commented that "the inability to accept the catastrophic past is the source of man's aggression... Warfare has its origin in the same terror." Leaders imitate what they perceive to be the gods in action. Nobel Peace Prizes have been futile. Freud, V .'s predecessor, first developed the theory that each individual desires subconsciously to repeat the catastrophe or trauma, which he believed to be the murder of the father, the Oedipus Complex. In place of collective amnesia from the murder of the father, V. substituted collective amnesia from the trauma of natural disaster. His therapy, like Freud's, was to get the patient to realize the origin of his trauma. With Freud, the aim was not to realize the primordial murder, but to realize the oedipal complex operative in infancy. With V. it could not be this easy; catastrophes do not occur with every generation ...
... or wolf. The fairy tales actually speak of these huge figures, and make them placable, even defeatable. Without wanting to oversimplify great works of art, I suggest that they are in a sense adult fairy tales, and that they perform the same function at a more sophisticated level. They imply a rational and sometimes beneficent order in the huge and otherwise irrational universe. That may be why the enduring narratives of almost every human society are so similar in structure and intent each collectively neurotic society, suffering from the same catastrophic trauma, must produce its own artis- tic delusions, tailored and adapted to individual circumstances, but of common, universal origin. There is, however, a very significant difference between a traumatized individual and a traumatized society. When an individual appears to be psychotic, or neurotic, the aim of society is to cure him, to rid him of his excesses, so that he may become like other men. With a collective neurosis, however, there is no such aim, because the patient-- society-- ...
43. Let There Be Darkness: An Archetypal Analysis of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich [Aeon Journal $]
... to point out that there may be an archetypal basis or primal cause for the experience of war. As postulated by Immanuel Velikovsky and first delineated in Worlds in Collision, past collective traumatic experiences induced by cosmic catastrophes on a global scale may have so affected humankind that it invariably replays those events in the form of self-destructive warfare. This theory was elaborated upon, albeit only in a seminal way, in Velikovsky's posthumously published book Mankind in Amnesia (1982). Though the work serves more as an introduction to the subject of collective trauma, psychoanalysis, and amnesia rather than being the monumental summation its author surely intended it to be, (21) Veli-kovsky's cognizance of the periodicity of war and apocalyptic destruction, his concern for the continued existence of the human race, and his discussion of the survival of archaic themes and archetypal motifs into the twentieth century remain of paramount importance. Lynn E. Rose succinctly stated Veli-kovsky's position in the foreword to Mankind in Amnesia: "The subject that Immanuel Veli-kovsky has chosen is the psychological condition and case history of the human ...
44. RECOLLECTIONS OF A FALLEN SKY - VELIKOVSKY AND CULTURAL AMNESIA : CHAPTER : [Quantavolution Website]
... wolf. The fairy tales actually speak of these huge figures, and make them playable, even defeatable. Without wanting to oversimplify great works of art, I suggest that they are in a sense adult fairy tales, and that they perform the same function at a more sophisticated level. They imply a rational and sometimes beneficent order in the huge and otherwise irrational universe. That may be why the enduring narratives of almost every human society are so similar in structure and intent- each collectively neurotic society, suffering from the same catastrophic trauma, must produce its own artistic delusions, tailored and adapted to individual circumstances, but of common, universal origin. There is, however, a very significant difference between a traumatized individual and a traumatized society. When an individual appears to be psychotic, or neurotic, the aim of society is to cure him, to rid him of his excesses, so that he may become like other men. With a collective neurosis, however, there is no such aim, because the patient, society, is also the judge ...
45. Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi, "Freud's Moses" [Aeon Journal $]
... global cataclysms were responsible not only for the origin of myth and religion, but of countless psychological problems as well. Velikovsky believed that he had provided the decisive element missing in Freud's analysis, namely the historical root-cause of the racial memories. In Mankind in Amnesia, Velikovsky expressed his debt to his teacher and outlined some of their differences: We followed Freud in his early observations that a traumatic experience of psychic or physical nature often results in amnesia. We further followed Freud in his realization that a victim of amnesia either denies the trauma or makes an effort to relive it. When Freud, in a later and deeper penetration into the human soul, discerned the buried racial memories of traumatic experiences of our progenitors, we followed Freud, now with bated breath, once more. But we knew this time he would fail. The great human trauma was not what he imagined it to be-- the killing of the father and the possession of the mother by the grown sons now capable of overpowering the father, the tyrant in the cave...Freud was ...
46. Cultural Amnesia [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... , cause amnesia in the individual; and further, as years passed, he realized that the victim of traumatic experience, whether still on his conscious mind, or submerged in oblivion, urges the victim to live once more through the traumatic experience, and sometimes, more often than not, making somebody else the victim. But Freud thought that man was reliving the regularly-repeated drama of the murder of the father by his grown-up sons which occurred in the caves of the Stone Age. Freud believed that an indelible vestige of this prehistoric trauma lurks deep within the human mind, and as years passed he came to the thought that possessed all his thinking. Racial memory of some traumatic experiences dominates man and society to the extent that the human race in his diagnosis, lives in delusion. But he did not know the true traumatic nature of the historical past, namely, the outburst of wantonness in nature itself, and so he insisted that each individual relives the catastrophes of the past, which he believed to be the murder of the father, the Oedipus complex ...
47. Empedocles, Healer of the Mind (Part I) [Kronos $]
... . Other papers from that seminar will be appearing in the pages of KRONOS as well.- LMG ABSTRACT Empedocles of Akragas lived only a few centuries after the last of the interplanetary near-collisions proposed by Velikovsky. There are indications in his writings that he may have been dealing with the concept of collective mind. This paper explores those indications, and argues that Empedocles was indeed a precursor both of Freud and of Velikovsky, not only with respect to the idea of collective mind, but also with respect to the idea of an ancient trauma that has affected the behavior of the human species. (Empedocles was explicitly acknowledged by Freud as having anticipated Freud's own concepts of Eros and Thanatos.)____ There seem to be only two places in The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (ed. Strachey) where Freud refers to character Aristophanes Empedocles by name. Both of these references are from the last few years of Freud's life, and are due to Freud's having read about Empedocles in Capelle's Die Vorsokratiker, which was published in ...
48. HOMO SCHIZO I: Chapter 4: THE GESTALT OF CREATION [Quantavolution Website]
... deviant (i. e., have too much or too little of the key ingredients), H. whereupon said deviants (e. g., officially labeled "schizophrenics") must fashion "mixes" of mechanisms and displacements, which, though great in number, represent and resemble in every case the peculiarity of the culture wherein they emerge. A MIND SPLIT BY MINUTE DELAYS The gestalt brought forth the prototype human instantly (which explains our use of the world "creation"). Whether by mutation or by trauma, the central event was a splitting of the mind in an essentially schizophrenic reaction. The split mind "recognized its other self." That is, it was forced into a basic, irreversible delusion that it had to deal with an inner person. Self-awareness began. It was an awful feeling. A permanent blockage (or suppression) was laid down before all instinctual behavior, creating a constant anxiety. The "anxious animal" could no longer act with instinctive ease although it could act more intelligently and with greater versatility ...
49. HOMO SCHIZO I: Chapter 6: SCHIZOID INSTITUTIONS [Quantavolution Website]
... behavior of the gods when they created mankind. They tore apart the elements of nature to fashion this new creature. They drenched the world; they fired it; they tore up the earth; and they stormed the atmosphere. The human creature was made from the elements in a time of great stress. He was born to great fear and abject servility to his makers. He was born with a compulsion to repeat his birth throes. The birth of every infant, as in the theory of Otto Rank, is the primal trauma of the person; the birth of mankind is the primeval trauma of humanity. SUBLIMATION I explain in an accompanying volume my doubt that the word 'sublimation' is scientifically useful. It refers always to a displacement; hence what is said about the one is to be said about the other. Therefore, while I retain the word in these passages, the word 'displacement' can be read into them equally well. The gestalt of creation inaugurated for the new person a kind of incessant civil and foreign conflict, one in which ...
50. HOMO SCHIZO I: Chapter 7: PSYCHOPATHOLOGY OF HISTORY [Quantavolution Website]
... , but voluntary, would require the multiple identification process of homo schizo. Worship of gods implies care and attention to the projected demands and needs of the controllers upon whom one's sense of self-control depends. The first medical therapies, it may be conjectured, were reiterative rites and celebrations, such as dramatization of big dreams, orgiastic feasting, cannibalism, self-mutilation, mud baths if it was believed that we were fashioned from the primordial ooze; blind staring of catatonia; emitting sounds evocative of pandemonia; and hypnosis. Recapitulation of collective trauma, of natural disasters and defeats, was foisted upon the group as a mode of therapeutic control. All of these are found today in highly altered forms as mental and physical healing. Then might proceed the infinitely varied and slightly less 'mad' corpus of homeopathic medicine. Displacements occur by gestalts far removed spatially from resembling gestalts in the brain. The essential methodology is still reiterative, but one large step removed to the imitative by means of extended analogies-- exploring the overlapping discs of the neuron nets for discovery of what ...
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