The Still Misunderstood Sheer Genius of Immanuel Velikovsky
The work of Immanuel Velikovsky is the cornerstone of David Talbott’s The Thunderbolts Project™. Yet as can be seen in the following video about David Talbot, not even Velikovsky’s best student understood his genius. When I first discovered the work of David Talbot and his Thunderbolts Project, I would not have thought him capable of this level of disrespect. Now, years later what I see is David Talbot’s haughty arrogance. Velikovsky was and still is the key to understanding the history of our solar system.
Pride cometh before the fall
David Talbot and the Electric Universe school of thought have now convinced themselves that Proto-Saturn and Earth (then one of Proto-Saturn’s satellites) were “captured” by the Sun in the not too distant past at a time anterior to the dissolution of the Polar Configuration of the planets and the explosion of Proto-Saturn. Earth’s own ice core temperature records are proof enough for me that this cannot be true. How can you add a yellow dwarf to the equation and see so little temperature change? Thus after a brief love affair with David Talbot and the Electric Universe school of thought, I once again turn instinctively to Immanuel Velikovsky for an answer to one of mankind’s most important questions, When did Proto-Saturn explode? What a pitiful thing it is that once we achieve a little intellectual recognition that we so easily morph into gods many.
In the following “Wal Thornhill: Velikovsky’s Astrophysics | EU2017” video, Wallace Thornhill provides a good overview of Velikovsky’s work. He does so with a genuine reverence, something I would expect from my intellectual leaders.
Immanuel Velikovsky was a pioneer. He made mistakes. If you want to honor him, study the works of his protégé David Talbott. Second only to David Talbott following in the footsteps of Immanuel Velikovsky is the work of Jno Cook. These three men are like a time machine. Without them we would know nothing about our Solar System’s past, not to mention the real history of our planet. Nothing. Yet to this day none of them has garnered the respect they so richly deserve. I own original editions (as well as what I call “working copies”) of all of his work, some of which are signed.
…following the publication of his first book, Worlds in Collision, in 1950. Colleges and universities threatened to boycott the textbook division of the publisher, Macmillan & Co., which led to the transfer of the publishing rights to Doubleday & Co., even though the book had reached the number one spot on the best-sellers list. The book was eventually banned from a number of academic institutions, and several people lost their jobs because of it.
The Immanuel Velikovsky Archive
Most if not all of my links to the works of Immanuel Velikovsky are to this library. It is indispensable for anyone wanting to learn about this man. While I recommend you start with David Talbott’s work, any serious student of Immanuel Velikovsky will routinely access this library to learn about the real history of our planet and solar system.
This archive is being maintained by a team of historians to ensure the integrity and preservation of Immanuel Velikovsky’s unpublished writings; it is strictly non-profit and its sole purpose is the advancement of education and scholarship.
[This table is an index of the entire contents of the VArchive.org website.]
Days and Years, an autobiography giving an account of Velikovsky’s life from the earliest years until 1958. Before the Day Breaks, the story of Velikovsky’s discussions with Einstein on the role of electromagnetism in the universe. In the Beginning, the story of the catastrophes that preceded those described in Worlds in Collision. The Dark Age of Greece, a critical examination of the mysterious gap of close to five centuries thought to follow the Mycenaean civilization. The Assyrian Conquest, a volume in the Ages in Chaos series, covering the period from the end of the Amarna Period to the time of Ramses II. Collected Essays, comprising articles and fragmentary manuscripts such as Shamir, The Secret of Baalbek, Sinai and Olympus, Test of Time, The Orbit and the ‘Observer’ editorials. The Psychoanalytic Papers from the years between the two world wars when Velikovsky was a practicing psychoanalyst. Correspondence selections from Velikovsky’s scholarly correspondence spanning more than fifty years.
More Federn correspondence from 1957-58
Lectures including an audio recording of Velikovsky’s talk at Eastern Baptist College in Wayne, Pennsylvania and transcripts from the 1974 AAAS Symposium. Velikovsky: Bonds of the Past, a film by Henry Zemel, available for viewing in either Windows Media Player format or RealPlayer format.
There are a couple of YouTube channels that are more or less reading these papers. The Greg Jay channel is one of them. I recommended him at first, but he seems to be getting stranger with each passing day. If you would like to listen to some of Velikovsky’s papers, you could use your computer to read them from this library or try some of Greg Jay’s older videos.
The Immanuel Velikovsky Encyclopedia
This is a Wikipedia-like resource, but editors must be approved in advance of making contributions. I would describe it as an anthology of Velikovsky criticism. If you want to invest in books about Immanuel Velikovsky (as opposed to his own writings), I would read about such books here before making the investment in time and money.
Immanuel Velikovsky Encyclopedia is about the author, Immanuel Velikovsky, and the people and controversy that has resulted from his works. It does not set out to judge whether Velikovsky and his critics were right or wrong, but to document with sources, who said what, and why, and where, and when. There is no doubt that some scientists have labeled some of Velikovsky’s work, pseudoscience or worse, but also others who have acknowledged that Velikovsky made predictions that have turned out to be correct.
The Velikovsky Encyclopedia is not endorsed by the Estate of Velikovsky, nor any other publication, Society, organisation, or individual.
The Immanuel Velikovsky Encyclopedia aims to be an objective resource documenting the so-called Velikovsky Affair, with a strong focus on sourced facts. Some text has been sourced from Wikipedia, but The Velikovsky Encyclopedia is more strict with citations, balance and context.
The site is edited by a group of editors who have chosen to remain anonymous, so that their identify does not distract from the content of the site. Critics and proponents alike are each accused of bias, misunderstanding, misrepresentation, and worse; let the facts speak for themselves. Editors are assigned by invitation only.
If you wish to contact the editors of the Immanuel Velikovsky Encyclopedia, please send an email to admin[at]velikovsky.info together with your full name, and background interest. Acceptable Contributors will be assigned a username based on their real name.
Immanuel Velikovsky Papers
Princeton University has been entrusted with the original papers of Immanuel Velikovsky. This is an interesting website to visit, but it is intended for scholars to request access to his original document for the purpose of doing research. It is not to be confused with the Immanuel Velikovsky archive discussed in the previous section.
FROM https://rbsc.princeton.edu/collections/immanuel-velikovsky-papers (accessed December 6, 2017)
The papers are voluminous: published and unpublished manuscripts with related subject files, an autobiographical manuscript, lectures, personal and professional correspondence, legal documents, works of others, 63 microfilm, magnetic film reels, photographs, and miscellaneous papers including clippings and magazine articles. Included are original signed letters from Albert Einstein; several Velikovsky letters, manuscripts, and notes annotated by Einstein; one original signed note card from Sigmund Freud; and a signed letter from C. G. Jung and one from Eugen Bleuler. In addition, the collection contains T. O. Thackrey’s file of correspondence regarding Professor Harlow Shapley’s criticism of Worlds in Collision and of Velikovsky himself, several folders of original letters from Horace Kallen, a large file of correspondence primarily related to professional and scientific reactions to Velikovsky’s theories, and a number of offprints of early (1931-1937) Velikovsky articles.
The Vetted Immanuel Velikovsky YouTube Playlist
All of these are professional quality videos. If you are not familiar with the work of Immanuel Velikovsky, they are a great introduction to and overview of his work. Even if you are familiar with his work, the Historically Interesting videos are fun to watch. I spent days vetting this list. I would spare you the time of doing the same. There are a lot of Immanuel Velikovsky junk videos on YouTube. If you would prefer to watch all of the videos in the list below, all of them are included in the following playlist.Th
The Vetted Immanuel Velikovsky Playlist
This playlist is just a convenient collection of the individual vetted YouTube videos listed below.
Please note that when the same video was available on multiple channels, as is almost always the case, I chose the one with the oldest posting date thinking it is least likely to be deleted from YouTube.
PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF OTHER YOUTUBE VIDEOS SHOULD BE ADDED TO THIS LIST
“The Immanuel Velikovsky Theories That Outraged Mainstream Scientists [FULL VIDEO]”
“Challenging Truths (Camera Three – 1964”
SPECIAL NOTICE: BBC has blocked this YouTube on copyrights basis
This is very regretful because this video is of significant historical interest. And I cannot find access to it on the Internet. The following notes are copied from a velikovksy.info page on the missing video. If you can find a link to this video online, PLEASE notify me
“For all the faults one can find in the film if he looks hard enough, it does an adequate job of summarizing Worlds in Collision, in a brief space. And some of Velikovsky’s most strikingly vindicated advance claims (concerning Jupiter and Venus) are cited, interspersed with comments pro and con by supporters and opponents. The film’s editorial position was obviously and admirably intended to be neutral–a neutrality for which the BBC undoubtedly came under fire from certain quarters.”
“Worlds in Collision”
“Bonds of the Past – CBC Documentary 1972”
Ancient-Astronauts Arguments interview of Laird Scranton
Runtime 37:19 (total)
SPECIAL NOTE: Another lost video. I do not have the time to research what happened to this one…