In some rather eye-watering leaps of imagination, Velikovsky uses wait for it comparative mythology to painstakingly argue his case that these Biblical events were real, and happened not just in the Near East but all over the world, and are described in the legends, religions, and writings of other cultures too. Following a canny previewing in Reader's Digest and Harper's Magazine which piqued the curiosity of the biblically -aware US public, his book Worlds in Collision became a best-seller. Although even the writings of conventional historians can sometimes reflect the concerns of their own time, Ages in Chaos now reads as a product of a time when the Holocaust and the formation of the state of Israel were a very recent memory. Cynics will suggest difficulty assembling evidence to support it, which may well be the main reason. See ,] Dr.
[However, Rose & Vaughan's "sequence of orbits" is incorrect, in a narrow sense, because Velikovsky actually believed, according to material deleted from. Since then sceptical scholars have shown Velikovsky's historical perspective of cataclysmic events to be wrong.
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However, his basic premise of. Velikovsky identifies Athena with the planet Venus, though the Greeks didn't. I conclude that Velikovsky was fundamentally wrong in both his.
Instead, he is indifferent to the established beliefs of astronomers and physicists, and seems to assume that someday they will find the evidence to support his ideas.
The statements of these scientists indicate that none of them saw any value in Velikovsky's theories, and that Velikovsky's reputation sometimes impeded acceptance of their own work, or at least was an irritant when they described their work to the public. The next challenge to the status quo came in the s from Immanuel Velikovsky, the wayward polymath whose work outraged scientists in many fields other than ancient history.
Gans showed. Imagine we're on earth 3, years ago when an object about the same size as our planet is coming at us from outer space!
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affirming the consequent: even wrong theories can give correct predictions. Velikovsky's idea that oil came from comets was ridiculed in
His claims are based on assuming cosmological facts must conform to mythology.
Of peculiar breadth in scope, his ideas centred around reinterpretation of events in the Old Testament as historical fact, but with God seemingly replaced by a catastrophist scenario of "interplanetary billiards", involving near-collisions between the Earth, Venusand Mars.
Recent revisionists such as Peter James and David Rohl have also argued for a sizeable lowering of the dates for much of ancient Egyptian history. The general methodology is to claim that "dark ages" in the historical record are imaginary, and arise from bogus falsely-inflated dynasty lists and the like, which contain made-up centuries containing rulers who never existed. As Stephen Jay Gould pointed out in his essay Velikovsky in Collisionwhile Velikovsky's objections were shared at the time by some orthodox geologists i.