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... crassly rough and often dishonest, that only having been trained in recognizing various forms of resistance with which analytical patients react when unwelcome truth is about to reveal itself, could I understand the unique spectacle which I observe now for a full generation" (KRONOS III:2, V& ES, p. 16). If we accept the validity of Velikovsky's psychological premise, then the discrepancy between our present uniformitarian conception of natural history and the experience of global upheavals described by the ancients has resulted from motivated forgetting-- a trauma induced collective amnesia maintained by active psychological repression. The position that humankind collectively has become scotomic to its catastrophic past offers a wholly new foundation for general behavioral science. The accompanying view that buried collective terror continues to motivate present behavior brings the concept of collective amnesia to immediate attention. By analogy to the terms and dynamics of individual psychoanalysis, Velikovsky perceives contemporary humanity to be on a collision course with itself, compelled by repressed experience to recreate world cataclysm-- "this time, I am afraid, in a man-made thermonuclear ...
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52. Chapter 4: DISPLACEMENT AND OBSESSION [Quantavolution Website]
... select. Who names memory, names forgetting. In the earliest human, memory was a desperate structuring of current events to retain on the surface of the mind what was necessary to be human that is, a sense of time, a manipulation of symbols and projections, and the practical means of ordering the environment while relinquishing to the subconscious the impressions so intense that they would catatonize or panic the organism. The sharpness, detail, and durability (in conscious and subconscious form) of remembering is proportional to the gravity of a trauma, that is, to the deepness and adverseness of its effect upon one or all areas of life. Forgetting speeds up with the intensity of the trauma. Thus a severe memory and its forgetting in all or part go hand-in-hand, and they follow upon the heels of the traumatic event. The most intense memories occur without being willed. They emerge encased in dreams and myths. The less intense memories ride upon and cover over the more intense ones. Disorders of recall, of forgetting, otherwise unexplainable, can be interpreted ...
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... hemi-spheres would not disturb the detection of sequences. Future tense arises out of obsessional expectations of the return of an event. For ordinary and minor events, the future is helped to emerge by the transference of analogous major obsessions. The anniversary complex has deep roots in the human mind: an intense private celebration, when congruent with a public consensus, forms the peak type of human memory event. When an anniversary is forgotten, whether private or public, it is because of dread of the reoccurrence. Ordinarily, a deep enough trauma is quite suppressed and is celebrated only unconsciously, with depression or psychosomatism or displacement behavior. Thus any of these neuroses may befall a woman upon the anniversary of the painful death of a dear mother, especially if her age approaches the age of her mother at death. Public trauma can be bifurcated to give a mourning occasion followed by a saturnalian release, or a joyful one, as before Christmas, or at Eastertime, among Christians and Jews, for different reasons, the Judaic mourning and joy in these cases relating to ...
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... is over, there will be a holocaust in which any holocaust created by epidemics or wars will be counted as nothing. NICHOL: Is it not possible to prevent this? VELIKOVSKY: Well, the science of mass psychoanalysis is entirely new. To disclose it before humanity, I had no way of orthodox access, I could not lead mankind little by little to understand itself because it [the inborn catastrophic psyche is common behavior but there are no common dreams, no common memories, and to tell it straight is a great trauma by itself. This will be refuted and people will become mentally sick, and only a small number of people, comparatively, will be able to take it without damage to themselves. NICHOL: Is this why you haven't released some information or some of your books? VELIKOVSKY: Actually, in my experience I was not in haste to produce my other books. I thought that first the dust should settle itself after Ages in Chaos, settle itself in the minds of a generation of time....As much as I ...
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... Egypt. History as altered by Velikovsky fits together: each nation has links to its neighbours. The same is not true when the conventional historical timescale is applied to these same happenings. Immanuel Velikovsky's third difficulty arises in his treatment of the human state. The story he tells begins with the Earth suffering a major catastrophe whose devastating consequences facilitate the escape of the Hebrew people from bondage in Egypt --The Biblical Exodus story. Velikovsky, writing as a psychiatrist, concludes that such an upheaval must leave the human race in a state of trauma. The intensity of the event, Velikovsky believes, forces humans to deny the catastrophe driving human behaviour. Worse, Velikovsky maintains that the cosmic disaster-induced trauma predisposes mankind to warfare. During the Twentieth century wars pose a dangerous consequence. If worst comes to worst a global war might accomplish what several cosmic "collisions" between the Earth and now distant planets failed to do. As stake is the survival of the Earth's inhabitants and even the planetary environment itself. Because restoring mankind to mental stability is mandatory Velikovsky wrote down his ...
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56. GODS FIRE: [Quantavolution Website]
... mosaism and Yahwism. If the mental process were to be divided into phases, in the first phase a perception occurred: the sight and force is then accorded life, that is, anthropomorphization. The reality of the comet passes and the memory remains, but not a memory of a comet as such; rather the memory of a divine intervention, of a god who can be controlled by sacrifices and subservience. Memory always has a function and, to have this function, especially in terrible instances, must be distorted. The trauma of anthropomorphic natural force can be managed; a great natural force cannot, and hence must be denied. Thus, the Romans had gods with human qualities and permitted themselves psychologically to associate these gods with planets- as in the case of Mars- but in only one case, cited by Pliny, was an actual comet consciously named and admitted to the pantheon as a god, that of Augustus Caesar. THE GENTILE EXODUS The experience of Exodus was critical in the history of the Jews; further, a long chain of ...
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57. Catastrophism and Anthropology [SIS C&C Review $]
... Gunnar Heinsohn further developed this line of thought, trying to bolster this assumption psychologically. 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 since they kill one another out of apocalyptic panic. It was in these traumatic crises, Heinsohn claims, that catastrophe games and blood sacrifices were introduced. Just as children try to digest a shocking experience through play, during which they actually relive this trauma but thereby have everything under their own control, catastrophe games and rituals are also a means of re-enacting foregone traumatic events. In this way, people rid themselves of the emotional suffering inside them through the participation in the catastrophe games whose course, however, lay entirely in their own hands. In these mimetic games 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 killing, destruction or blood ...
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... , cause amnesia in the individual; and further, as years passed, he realized that the victim of traumatic experience, whether still on is 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 ...
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59. Quantalism: The Big Picture [Aeon Journal $]
... they are distinctive and hence quantal. (The technical term used for intergrading and non-quantal speech-sounds is allophones. The corresponding term for contrastive and quantal speech sounds is phonemes.) Despite its supposed nobility, the lion is not averse to cannibalism. Lions often kill and eat alien cubs. Catastrophism and Animal Behavior Velikovsky's intellectual ecumenism was well exemplified, I believe, by the fact that he offered behavioral as well as physical evidence for ancient catastrophes. In Mankind in Amnesia, he detailed the psychopathology involved in mankind's self-repressive denial of collective trauma. [12 To the best of my knowledge, however, neither he nor most of his ideological heirs have given any attention to those pathologies of animal behavior which may reasonably be attributed to these same global disruptions. If only briefly, I should like to do so now. My assumption is that the catastrophes which led to distortions in human behavior had a similar effect on animal behavior, and that the more animals resembled us, the greater that effect was. Consequently, l shall deal only with two groups of animals ...
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... from individual psychology to mankind as a whole, Dr. Velikovsky follows in the footsteps of Freud of Moses and Monotheism. It is a jump which even Freud made with some hesitancy. In the chapter of Moses and Monotheism entitled "The Analogy," he "invites the reader to take the step of supposing that something occurred in the life of the human species similar to what occurs in the life of the individuals." [10 To proceed from the traumatic experience of the individual, to the suggestion of a collectively experienced trauma and a collective repression of painful memory is a considerable jump, with massive implications for both history and, as well, for social psychology. One wonders, for example, to what extent the memories of the Nazi death camps or the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have undergone what could truly be called repression. it can't be doubted that many individuals have dealt with these agonizing memories by utilizing this mechanism of defence, but to presume that a massive act of repression can occur, an act of repression so complete that it ...
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