In this epochal book, Immanuel Velikovsky, one of the great scientists of modern times, puts the complete histories of our Earth and of humanity on a new basis. Immanuel Velikovsky was a Russian independent scholar who wrote a number of . Earth in Upheaval () dealt with geological evidence for global natural. 5 Feb Immanuel Velikovsky’s third book on catastrophism in geology.

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In other words, we can get down to his main thesis, which is that the Earth experienced dramatic events from heavenly bodies particularly in the second millennium BC.

Immanuel Velikovsky

Alfred de Grazia dedicated a issue of his journal, American Behavioral Scientistto Velikovsky, which was published in an expanded version as a book, The Velikovsky Affair — Scientism Versus Science, in The book was inspired by Freud’s Moses and Monotheism and explored the possibility that Pharaoh Akhenaton was the legendary Oedipus. Velikovsky was almost certainly correct in his assertion that ancient texts hold clues to catastrophic events in the relatively recent past, within the span of human civilization, which involve the effects of comets, meteorites and cometary dust During this time, he had about a dozen papers published in medical and psychoanalytic journals.

Another theorist of the same ilk as Erich von Daniken. Paris Allier rated it it was amazing Jan 30, It was claimed, starting with early reviewers, that Velikovsky’s usage of material for proof is often very selective. Myths of the Space Age, Dodd Mead.

He also proposed a revised chronology for ancient EgyptGreeceIsrael and other cultures of the ancient Near East. His model for a ‘revised chronology’, based on a new series of links between Egyptian and Israelite history, proved to be disastrously extreme. The major difficulty with these methods is that they tend to focus on facile comparisons of names and dynasties, which gloss over the detailed archaeological evidence from the ground, or mundane information about everyday life in these periods which show clearly that the proposed chronologies are bullshit.


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EARTH IN UPHEAVAL by Immanuel Velikovsky | Kirkus Reviews

Or just the field of DNA science which was unknown at that time. It gives example after example from all over the world demonstrating how the science does not support a long gradual process for producing the world we find today. He was also published in Freud’s Imagoincluding a precocious analysis of Freud’s on dreams. The entire body of work could be said to stem from an attempt to solve the following upheavxl In short, comparative mythology was not a valid way to perform research into astrophysicsas it neglected such small matters as the conservation of angular momentum.


Velikovsky was also keen to namedrop his acquaintance with Einstein. After this period, he began to receive more requests to speak. The Velikovsky Affair Aeon2 675— Fire and brimstone coming from the sky!

Earlier, he played a role in the founding of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem earfh Israel, and was a respected psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

The scientific press, in general, denied Velikovsky a forum to rebut his critics. A popular notion is that the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne did not exist.

His books are densely argued, show some extensive reading on his part, albeit often misdirected, and to a very limited extent he did address a few genuine problems in relation to mainstream scholarship, although he ended up rather wildly going off at tangents, and mainstream scholarship has moved on since he was writing in the s. Despite all this utter bullshitVelikovsky’s legacy lives to this day: Evlikovsky, later scrutiny of his use of sources by specialists in cuneiformEgyptology, etc.


It was not until the s that a very detailed critique of Worlds in Collision was made in terms of its use of mythical and literary sources when Bob Forrest published a highly critical examination of them see below. This page was last modified on 18 Octoberat Retelling the Near East’s Ancient History. Upon taking his medical degree, Velikovsky left Russia for Berlin. Velikovsky spent a significant part of Earth in Upheaval criticising continental drift, then a relatively new theory, which he realised that, if true, could explain some of the geological phenomena he put down to catastrophes ironically adopting the sort of pooh-poohing attitude which many would have adopted towards his own ideas.

Imjanuel many of his readers would have been left wondering how he was going to complete his reconstruction, although he had earlier put forward a brief outline in his Theses for the Reconstruction of Ancient History.

While Veljkovsky continues to have followers including the notorious internet kook Ted Holdenhis teachings can be quite easily rejected on their face for a number of reasons.