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71. The Velikovskian Upheaval: A Temporocentric Challenge [Kronos $]
... to hold a people accountable to an ephemeral standard? Moses, during his sojourn in the desert, repeatedly condemned his followers as sinners for not complying to the Truths of God; Velikovsky (1974:14) sees those who ridicule him not as sinners but rather people whose behavior assumes a wide range of suppression--"mostly crassly rough and often dishonest"--against his ideas. He supplants Moses' religious doctrine for ethical standards of civility and honesty. In effect, Velikovsky sees his opponents as the carriers of an original trauma who sustain the same anxiety that humans experienced thousands of years ago, hundreds of generations past, from events which have yet to be repeated. SCIENTIFIC MISDEEDS Academia will never let him get away with it. No matter how many of his predictions prove correct, it will see him dead first. --Charles Fair Thus has Charles Fair (1974:185) condemned Velikovsky. Unfortunately, he is not alone. It is not just that some scientists prefer a natural death instead of the accuracy of predictions, but also gross distortions ...
72. Sagan's Folly Part 1 [Kronos $]
... other cultural sacred writings, and last but not least --the Bible (5)). 4) The depiction of a terrifying experience may be transmuted and not obviously recognizable for what it is. A case in point is the Japanese reaction to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; the survivors produced no "graphic recordings" for an event easier comparable to the localized experience of a cosmic catastrophe. Yet, the flood of Japanese monster movies that have appeared during the past two decades symbolically and "graphically" represent the atomic trauma (See "Theomachy in the Theater," KRONOS I:2, June 1975, pp. 23-32). It is worthwhile to conclude our present discussion with a few more pertinent remarks about "diffusion" and the "commonality of experience". Again Padden: "Historians have not rejected diffusionist claims out of obtusity or fear of new ideas. They have refused to accept the postulation of historical processes and events that are patently lacking in historicity.... the diffusion of culture is a historical question ultimately and ...
73. Thoth Vol. I, No. 22 August 31, 1997 [Thoth Website]
... in the sky, forms that are no longer present. In all mythical systems the gods rule for a time, then depart amid celestial upheaval. Mythically, there was once a founding king, a celestial model of the good king. But neither this charismatic figure, nor his celestial progeny will answer to familiar references in a now-settled sky. Nor will the mythical powers of darkness, in their monstrous dress, find any explanation in our experienced world. Inherent in the myths of the gods is the collective human experience of extraordinary trauma. An idyllic world, a paradisal condition, a Golden Age ruled by a former "great king" (the CREATOR-king, the Universal Monarch), came crashing down in a world-ending disaster: wars of the gods, earthquake, famine, wind and flood, the arrival of universal night. Of this world-ending catastrophe the Great Comet Venus --the departing heart-soul of the creator-king --was remembered as both symbol and agent.---- Donald Savage Headquarters, Washington, DC August 28, 1997 (Phone: 202/358-1547 ...
74. Thoth Vol. I, No. 26 November 15, 1997 [Thoth Website]
... darkness spread. When this came to pass, women with child feared evil; they thought it portentous; they were terrified [lest, perchance, their [unborn children might be changed into mice; each of their children might turn into a mouse. Such fears are rooted in myths and memories the modern world has failed to comprehend. There is an ARCHETYPE of cosmic "darkness," with deeper and broader meaning than could be extracted from any single commemorative occasion. Alone, the symbols can only point ambiguously backwards to unrecognized trauma. But in combination, the symbols will provide a rich profile of the world-ending catastrophe, accessible to any researcher willing to break free from a methodology that sees only fragments and asks the fragments to explain themselves in isolation from the whole. Of course, the planet Venus would seem an unlikely source of sky-darkening clouds (or of sky-clearing "sweeping," for that matter). And yet the remarkable Mesoamerican association of Venus with the eclipse and darkness has been documented by the vigorous research of Ev Cochrane. "Like most ...
75. Thoth Vol. II, No. 12 July 31, 1998 [Thoth Website]
... dressed up as women, did the various culture act it out? i.e., did they have ceremonies or whatever with someone representing the God dressed up as a woman, and if they did, wouldn't that have been cause for much hilarity? Wouldn't it have been just as funny in ancient times as it is now? I mean, it's basic schtick- like a pratfall. Wouldn't such ceremonies have evolved into fun festivals, like the boy king& the feast of fools in medieval times? Might also have mitigated the trauma of the Saturnian breakup& the time of terror. Just an idea. DAVE TALBOTT RESPONDS: Pam is to be congratulated for her insights on the comic element. Originally the archetypal warrior-hero is the servant of the central luminary and is highly active in the "creation". That role is fully documented globally. But it may be hard for some to imagine how such a celestial figure could emerge centuries later as a harlequin, jester, or fool. That is exactly what happened, however. Even the American Indian tricksters ...
76. Thoth Vol. IV, No 3 Feb 15, 2000 [Thoth Website]
... Instead, academics lashed out with unprecedented fury at someone who would cross their jealously guarded disciplinary boundaries and open doors that they were unaware existed. The overwhelming desire "not to know" certain things seems to afflict us all. That is particularly true where the safety of our tiny blue spaceship Earth is concerned. It could be that much of modern science is subconsciously aimed at making us feel safe by pushing cataclysmic events into remote times or deep space. Velikovsky suggested that the human race behaves collectively like the victim of a dreadful trauma. The result is a kind of localized amnesia and an unwillingness to confront the painful memory. But until we face and accept our true past we will continue to behave neurotically. Here may lie the key to understanding our insane destructive behaviour toward ourselves and the planet as an unconscious identification with, and re-enactment of, the power of the old planetary gods. Only understanding can bring true healing. Clearly, astronomers can point to powerful theoretical reasons why the solar system cannot have had a chaotic recent history. However, astronomy ...
77. Thoth Vol. VI, No. 5 Aug 30, 2002 [Thoth Website]
... description of reality, astronomers have chosen to hedge the fundamental law with a thicket of ironic "opinions" and "points of view" that are not empirical: There might be appropriately configured halos of unseen "dark" matter outside the galaxies that produce the observed velocities. This avoids the necessity of questioning fundamentals. But it turns the basic description of reality into an imaginative fantasy that is explanatory but neither verifiable nor falsifiable. Modern theories, with appropriate adjustments, can explain everything and anything, just as psychoanalysis, with childhood trauma, the dark matter of the mind, can explain any behavior. However, the point of science is not merely to explain but to find out which explanation is actually the case. For that, you need more than one explanation from which to choose. This object might be a black hole; that object might be dark matter. Having disallowed competition from fundamentally different theories, there's no way to tell if those objects might be something else. Verification alone is inadequate: You need to search for alternatives and to test ...
78. Collective Amnesia: A Brief History of the Concept [Kronos $]
... meanings implicit in the poetic language of the ancients" who authored the myths.(9) Vico never uses the term coined by Velikovsky (i.e., "collective amnesia"), but his ideas on man's failure to understand the human and natural history buried in myth come very close to Velikovsky's theory about mankind's repressed archaic memory, the reason for which, in turn, finds reinforcement in Vico's concept of imaginative universals. Whereas Velikovsky contends that any conscious recollection of the global cataclysms he describes has been thwarted by the psychological trauma induced by the events themselves, Vico maintains that many of man's key myths are the result of his primal ancestor's awe when confronted by fearful natural phenomena such as thunder.(10) And if both Vico and Velikovsky are correct, the great catastrophes depicted by the latter would be a far more logical trigger for the collective repression indicated in their studies than localized natural phenomena related to ordinary floods, storms, and vulcanism.(11) Unlike Vico's New Science, Donnelly's Ragnarok: The Age of Fire and Gravel (1883 ...
... Coyote, and the attackee is not helpless in the face of its wrath, but an infinitely-superior Roadrunner endowed with prodigious speed, knowledge, and cleverness which render him impervious to all the Coyote's plots and boringly successful at evading danger. It hardly needs pointing out that, if Velikovsky is correct, our ancestors would have greatly liked to have been endowed with such powers when actual catastrophes occurred. The structure of this cartoon series is like a dream sequence after a terrifying experience. It can be interpreted as a safe re-living of horrible trauma, for it is the Coyote who is figuratively destroyed on each occasion, not the Roadrunner, as if the planets suffered when they attacked man and not vice versa;(39) and yet the Coyote rebounds effortlessly from each apparently-total annihilation to undertake his next plot and be defeated again. This makes the Roadrunner megacycle endless. The catastrophist would explain this sequence by saying that, because we have repressed ancestral memories of the Velikovskian catastrophes deep in our collective subconscious, catastrophes wherein we suffered tremendously at the hands of aroused planetary ...
80. Aster and Disaster: The Golden Age - II [Kronos $]
... "classic" five senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch constitute a mere fraction of the receptive capacities found in the animal kingdom.(53) It remains uncertain why sensory acuity is so spottily distributed. I think it quite conceivable, however, that during relatively undisturbed epochs- such as the Golden Age- most species enjoyed substantial exercise of the 25 or more senses now detectable in the biosphere. I further opine that, during the gross planetary disturbances that terminated this epoch of felicity, wide-spread sensory trauma led to wide-spread sensory disability, which, in turn, became genetically heritable. Most species, on this assumption, would then have retained full acuity only in those senses which they required for individual and collective survival. During the period of disturbance, sudden restoration of the full sensory panoply of each species would probably have constituted "sensory overload" and resulted in further traumatization, if not total disorientation; and it might do so even today. THE NOBLE SAVAGE One of the few subjects on which archaeologists and mythologists agree is ...
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