It was 1950 when Immanuel Velikovsky first set the world on fire. Literally. And not only the world but the fiefdoms of astronomy and scientism at large. Cue that wrecking ball song by that illuminati chick who sticks her tongue out all the time. Cosmology, geology, archaeology, evolutionary biology, you name it and it’s fairly safe to say that Velikovsky probably took a whack at it.
His book Worlds in Collision would not only start a blaze across the scientific landscape, but it would give rise to a whole generation of thinkers – to a new ‘ism’. Subsequent works like Ages in Chaos, Earth in Upheaval and Mankind in Amnesia only cemented his legacy as the father of modern catastrophic cosmology.
It was 2017 when I found my own earth in upheaval, and in more ways than one. My family and I had just moved back stateside after leaving for new opportunities in Central America and Mexico in 2015. They were glorious times in many ways. All of the cacophony of the Empire fades into the background when you’re climbing up active volcanoes, drinking coffee in the finca it was harvested from or snorkeling in crystal blue cenotes. Nothing says Adventure! like packing up all of your possessions, three kids and the family street dog into an SUV and traversing three countries in two days.
Something about a rapper saying the earth wasn’t round?
But a scant two years later and we would find ourselves packing the kids, dog and suitcases onto a plane in Cancun and then into minivan in Dallas on the long trek back to Nebraska. I would have to trade tropical rain forest and turquoise Caribbean seas for my old desk and the tundra of the Great Plains.
The Empire always strikes back.
Being chained to a desk can have its perks though. If I choose to be optimistic. I was now free to catch up on researching a lot of topics that I had neglected whilst gallivanting around the jungle ruins. And those ruins had sparked inquiries of their own.
My curiosities would eventually lead me to The Thunderbolts Project. Don’t ask me how Mayan ruins got me there. I’m guessing the references to ancient religious iconography and texts led Youtube to recommend their Symbols of an Alien Sky. Oh, how wonderful Youtube recommendation algorithms used to be.
Skynet knows better now.
The Thunderbolts guys are a counterculture all their own. The main gist is that they reject conventional cosmology and believe that the universe is electric. Celestial mechanics and planetary motion are dictated by plasma discharge, ionized gases and the like. This means no need for gravity or for Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.
It was there, through Wal Thornhill, Donald Scott and David Talbott that I first heard about Immanuel Velikovsky and his notorious exploits.
On April 3rd, 1950 Worlds in Collision was unleashed on the public. Originally published by the Macmillan group, who are big in the textbook world, the book became an immediate bestseller on the New York Times charts. Eight other publishing houses had previously rejected the manuscript. It reigned as numero uno for eleven straight weeks.
The public ate it up.
Harper’s Magazine wrote a feature on it that praised it in a positive light. Reader’s Digest wrote a piece on it that would make creationists today proud.
The ivory towers of academia spit it out.
The furor began immediately. Actually, before it was even published. Renowned Harvard astronomer Harlow Shapley, along with others, launched a vehement campaign against the book just prior to its release. They attacked Macmillan and accused them of publishing a pseudoscientific book and marketing as real science. The heresy. A boycott of Macmillan’s textbooks in schools was called for.
Within a couple of months Macmillan transferred the rights over to Doubleday Publishing.
So what was the big deal? What could Velikovsky possibly write that would get so many scientist panties in a twist?
The story goes that Velikovsky, a psychiatrist by trade, had moved to the US from what would become Israel just prior to the outbreak of World War II. His intent was to take a sabbatical and do research for a book he was planning to write about Oedipus. Velikovsky had studied under Sigmund Freud’s pupil, Wilhelm Stekel and he was determined to prove wrong the elder psychiatrist’s claim about Moses’ religious precepts coming from Egypt and to prove that the Exodus was, in fact, a real event that had happened and that Jewish monotheism was unique.
In so doing Velikovsky had sought out various Egyptian papyri including one called the Ipuwer Papyrus. The language and events described in these documents seemed to line up very well with the story in the Bible. Some of the events described were in more vivid detail than what the Exodus account explains and talks about the land becoming totally desolated and burned up.
From these studies he became convinced that major catastrophes had happened fairly recently in human history. As he researched he found multiple common threads amongst the various cultures of the world. Histories that are now classified as myth but that he believed were a common conscious recollection of past events codified according to each culture’s worldview.
The flood. The Tower of Babel. Sodom and Gomorrah. The Exodus.
Furthermore, as he was originally looking into the Egyptian timelines of dynasties for his Oedipus work, he became convinced that the chronologies were all wrong. This caused him to look into the dating and calendar systems of various cultures and that also led him to some startling discoveries.
In every major culture’s mapping of the stars and of their motions, which all did with meticulous rigor, detail and accuracy, he noticed that Venus – as a planet – did not exist until a certain date that was not, by these calendar’s reckoning, too far back in human history.
The mythologies of these cultures all alleged that very suddenly and violently – due to gods in the heavens fighting – Venus showed up as a bright and flaming comet in the sky. It was not always the planet with the predictable course through the heavens that we know today.
His mission then turned to a more grandiose one: to explain and sync up the various cataclysmic world events and try to put them in a correct chronological order. He also began to scour the geological and archaeological records to find evidence of past global catastrophes.
In the papyri he believed he found a parallel Egyptian account of the plagues. He attributed the plagues and events to planetary bodies coming into close proximity to Earth. The Exodus events, according to Velikovsky, occurred because the comet Venus was ejected from the planet Jupiter and the giant red spot is the evidence we now see. Venus was then on an orbit and trajectory that brought it into “close” proximity to Earth at fairly regular intervals, each time causing calamity on the land and its inhabitants.
Venus would also cause the sun to stand still in Joshua’s time. The flood was caused by Saturn going into a Nova state. He theorized that Mercury might have been involved in the Tower of Babel’s destruction. From Homer’s account of Greek mythology he concluded that close encounters with Mars had caused widespread chaos in the 8th and 7th centuries BCE. Planets affected the Trojan Wars. The scarring on Mars, he asserted, was not due to meteor strikes or slow glacial movements, but to large plasma discharges caused by coming into close proximity with other electrically charged celestial bodies in the heavens. This also accounted for the craters on the moon and on Earth. Look at the images above and below. Think plasma torches and arc welding.
Oh the panties are starting to twist.
Rather than stick within a siloed discipline as academia is wont to do, Velikovsky ran roughshod across everything he could get his hands on to incorporate an interdiscipline theory of everything. New orbital mechanics. New geological epochs. Astronomy turned upside down. History – much of it false as we know it. Chronologies, timelines, calendars –all wrong.
Even in 2017, reading what Velikovsky wrote, it was so fresh, intoxicating even. I couldn’t put the book down. On Amazon I lined up all of his other works and consumed them in rapid fashion. Now, I was already well versed in conspiracy theories and I knew the .gov was always pulling shenanigans. I was not naïve to the fact that empires of the past had lied. Industries, corporations, foundations – all in cahoots. But for the first time I was beginning to realize that the deception ran much farther and higher than I had previously realized.
I find it interesting on a different level that even within the truther community, most people I speak with today have no clue who the man is. A lot of what we find – or could find – circulating on Youtube and other places either had their start with Velikovsky himself or with someone who picked up where he left off, like Hannes Alfven or the guys from Thunderbolts. I ponder why there is a collective cultural amnesia of the very person who basically coined the term.
Perhaps not surprisingly, even though Velikovsky was so determined to prove the events and historicity of the Bible true, he simultaneously rejected the Most High Elohim of Israel at every turn. Looking into his personal life turns the rabbit hole of his work into a gaping chasm.
The Wiki tells us that he was a Russian Jew who also lived in the British Mandate of Palestine (future Israel) and the US. He was a contemporary and friend of Albert Einstein. Uh Oh. Are the spook sensors going off yet?
We are told that he came from a prosperous Lithuanian Jewish family, went to the University of Edinburgh and the University of Moscow, among others. It is when we look at his father that we start to see some more enlightening connections. Immanuel, like his father Simon, was an ardent Zionist. In the dedication to his book Ages in Chaos he writes:
“This work is dedicated to my late father. I want to say in a few sentences who Simon Yehiel Velikovsky was. From the day when, at the age of thirteen, he left the home of his parents and went on foot to one of the old centers of talmudic learning in Russia, to the day when, in December 1937, at the age of seventy-eight, he ended his years in the land of Israel, he devoted his life, his fortune, his peace of mind, all that he had, to the realization of what was once an idea, the renaissance of the Jewish people in its ancient land. He contributed to the revival of the language of the Bible and the development of modern Hebrew by publishing (with Dr. I. Klausner as editor) collective works on Hebrew philology, and to the revival of Jewish scientific thought by publishing, through his foundation, Scripta Universitatis, to which scientists of many countries contributed and thus laid the groundwork for the Hebrew University at Jerusalem. He was first to redeem the land in Negeb, the home of the patriarchs, and he organized a co-operative settlement there which he called Ruhama; today it is the largest agricultural development in northern Negeb. I do not know whom I have to thank for intellectual preparedness for this reconstruction of ancient history if not my late father, Simon.”
What is fascinating is that it was almost like The Powers That Should Not Be pitted Velikovsky and Einstein (total spook) against each other. It seems there was a left hand vs. right hand purpose.
There are competing unverified claims that at the time of Einstein’s death a copy of Helena Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine OR Velikovsky’s World’s in Collision was left open on his desk. I say unverified because the claims are hotly contested in the various corners of the interwebs and each claim is said to have been debunked. What I find more interesting is that both claims seem to originate with each of the authors’ families.
As Noel so masterfully highlighted in his article about Epstein and Maxwell, perhaps The Powers That Should Not Be also played the long game with this whole scenario just because they love to mess with us. Perhaps Velikovsky was paraded around as the anti-Einstein on purpose, to be used for agendas unknown to us but unfolding at precisely the right times.
You see, Velikovsky didn’t stop publishing. And the controversies didn’t stop. Things actually came to a head in the 70s with “The Velikovsky Affair”. Renowned astronomer Carl Sagan published several written critiques and the American Association for the Advancement of Science even hosted a meeting of the minds with Velikovsky, Sagan and others in an open forum. Sagan continued the attack on his PBS television series Cosmos. Lip service was paid by Sagan in that he tsk tsked the scientific community for shamefully trying to outright suppress Velikovsky’s ideas, but it was a hollow gesture given his own scathing rhetoric. I wonder about the release of Star Wars in 1977 as it pertains to this unfolding cosmological drama? Probably just a coincidence. Probably.
By the 1980s, even though Velikovsky published a couple more books, the fight had basically been fought and academia had declared Einstein, Relativity, Gravity, Big Bang Cosmology and Carl Sagan as the victors. Peer Review. Immanuel Velikovsky had attempted to bulldoze the entire foundations of scientism as we know it but apparently had failed.
As 2017 waxed on Velikovsky’s ideas swirled in my head. It truly had opened up a new vein of understanding for me. About that time I heard a couple of odd tidbits again. Quips heard on a news program in the background or ESPN in the break room.
Some rapper thinks the earth is flat.
There’s an NBA basketball star that has publicly stated he believes in flat earth.
A still small voice in my head: You’ve looked into every other conspiracy and gone down every other rabbit hole. Why are you afraid to follow this trail?
Nonsense. I’m not afraid. Honest.
That voice again: What does Genesis 1 say? What does it really say?
Next Youtube Recommendation: Mark Sargent’s Flat Earth Clues.