Velikovsky the Unsung Genius

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Velikovsky the Unsung Genius

Unread postby jacmac » Wed Nov 04, 2015 7:12 am

I am a big fan of Dr. Velikovsky. My recollection is that he predicted the temperature of Venus to be very high at a time when the accepted view was Venus was similar to earth. Because he did not give a specific temperature he was not given credit when the temp of Venus came in around 700-800 degrees Celsius.
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Re: Velikovsky the Unsung Genius

Unread postby fosborn_ » Fri Nov 06, 2015 4:46 pm

I've gotten a whole new appreciation watching youtube videos about him;

this one gave me an understanding of how he inspired that generation, to look beyond settled science for better answers.
The most exciting phrase to hear in science,
the one that heralds new discoveries,
is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'
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Re: Velikovsky the Unsung Genius

Unread postby comingfrom » Mon Nov 23, 2015 9:47 pm

Er... this is the TPOD forum.
I think you've posted in the wrong forum (maybe a moderator will move it).

But as regards to Immanuel Velikovsky,
I discovered and read his books in about the early eighties, not too long after I left school.

I loved his books, but they also made me so pissed off.
My reasoning was, even if Velikovsky was wrong, we should still have been made aware of him, and his theories.
Because deep down I knew he was at least mostly right, because he presents the evidence in a scholarly fashion.

Then was when I woke to the fact that we are educated to ignorance, by our "advanced" civilization.
And I wondered who else our schooling system kept away from us.

It wasn't until recently, when I came across the Thunderbolts group, and the Electric Universe theory, that I began to hear his name again.
It was pleasing to find others who have heard of him, and give him the credit he deserves.
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Re: Velikovsky the Unsung Genius

Unread postby Lloyd » Wed Nov 25, 2015 8:12 pm

You all are invited to the Catastrophism online conference this Sat. and next Wed. Many of those who expressed interest for the conference, like Fosborn, know of and like Velikovsky's ideas.

Etherpad Conference:
TB Forum:
Sat, Nov 28 & Wed, Dec 2
4 Sessions each day 6 hours apart (You all should be able to find at least one Session you can attend. Eh?)
-- Session: _#1; _#2; _#3; _#4
Pacific---- 8am; 2pm; 8pm; 2am
Central-- 10am; 4pm; 10pm; 4am
Eastern- 11am; 5pm; 11pm; 5am
GMT---- 1600; 2200; 0400; 1000
EastOz---0200; 0800; 1400; 2000
(I expect to be there for Sessions 1, 2 & 3 on both Sat. & Wed.)
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