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Immanuel Velikovsky called this book the “fulfillment of his oath of Hippocrates – to serve humanity.” In this book he returns to his roots as a psychologist and. Drawing on the works of Freud and Jung, and on historical records, Velikovsky maintains the theory that mankind’s self-destructive tendencies are an expression . Mankind in Amnesia by Immanuel Velikovsky, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Mankind in Amnesia by Immanuel Velikovsky. Velikovsky returns to his roots as a psychologist and psychoanalytical therapist, with humanity as a whole as his patient. After an extremely revealing overview of the foundations of the various psychoanalytical systems, he makes the step into aknesia psychology and reopens the case of Worlds in Collision from a totally different point of view: Published December 1st by Doubleday Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Mankind in Amnesiaplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Pseudoscience is an examination of events, happenings or phenomenon through a perspective which lacks sufficient supporting evidence, which is not verifiable to the extent required for it to be categorised as scientific, and which lacks clear and convincing proof.

In essence, it fails to satisfy even the minimal conditions that the scientific community asks for before accepting any theory or explanation. Mabkind comparing the accounts mentioned in the earliest works of literature, the scriptures of various religions, and the myths and legends prevalent in various parts of the world, he tries to understand the world of antiquity and reconstruct events that, supposedly, actually happened, but which gradually got lost in folklore and metaphors used in all of the above works.

Just like a victim of a trauma, who tends to repress memories of the event by pretending as if the event never happened, the trauma of mankiind events has taken the form of repressed memories in the velikkovsky collective, passing down from generation to generation.

Additionally, the last such cataclysm happened before effective means of recording information had developed. As a result, the knowledge of the happenings could only be passed down orally and thus took the form of legends over the centuries.

To begin with, Velikovsky must be commended for the amount of research he has done. He quotes from the Old and New Testament and from the writings of Plato with equal ease; he delves into ancient Egyptian mythology as comfortably as ancient Greek mythology.

It is but obvious that rigorous research is a prerequisite for the kind of hypotheses that he puts forward, especially since it is predestined to receive intense opposition. Therefore, the principal issue with the book is not in misrepresentation of facts, but in their misinterpretation.


Velikovsky starts off with a few pertinent ideas. For example, he says Plato was able to understand the violent past that mankind had suffered, and repeatedly tried to give such signs through his writings. However, his disciple Aristotle could never agree with his teacher and tried to spread uniformitarianism, for example, by giving the idea of Celestial Spheres, according to which the stars and planets were so placed that no collision among them was even theoretically possible — thus being diametrically opposed to the supposed ideas of his predecessor.

Again, he quotes from the journals of Darwin where he noted observing collections of bones of dead animals of a wide range of species – both extinct and extant — spread over large areas. This was clearly an indication that it was one single sudden event that led to their deaths, and very unlike the mass extinction events that took place over millions of years – for example the Permian-Triassic extinction event.

However, in his zeal, Velikovsky ends up presenting such crude examples and tries to find forced patterns in such areas where, quite clearly, none exist, that the quality of the narrative nosedives into absurdity, almost amnesiac of the quality of the previous chapters. He quotes Darkness by Lord Byron and says it is the spontaneous outpour of the repressed memories present in every human, Lord Byron in this case.

He says psychiatry was capable of preventing the World Wars as the leaders were only falling prey to their darkest inner fears and repeating the mistakes mankind had made in the past. This is such a simplistic and reductionist interpretation, that even I will reduce my arguments against it. I do not know. Velikovsky tries to find literal meanings in metaphorical accounts, and does this so often that it loses its novelty value.

It stays consistent within its boundaries but the moment it steps out to be scrutinised, it stands absolutely no chance. His ideas are radical and revolutionary. But they cannot stand if there is not enough proof to support them. Jun 19, Kerie rated it did not like it. As much as I liked Velikovsky’s other stuff, this was dry, dull and boring; chock mankinnd of human supremacy and psychobabble and scientific gabbling.

Definitely not what I expected and not recommended. The overall idea might have some merit; the book was too boring to read far enough to find out. Oct 14, Bharat Iyengar rated it did not like it. It is boring and immmanuel of pseudo- un scientific crap. I would not advise it to any sane individual or those who intend to progress towards sanity: While some of it is dated it gives some good insights on the schools of psychology and how so much of research never sees the light of day.

Oct 02, Clivemichael rated it liked it Shelves: Some entertaining conjecture mixed with historical evidence stretches credibility in places. Dane Bernhardt rated it it was ok May 13, Velukovsky Cullen rated it it was amazing Apr 04, Carol Stewart-High rated it really liked it Feb 08, Paul Sawtell rated it it was ok Jun 23, Smallludwig rated it it was amazing Dec 14, Christopher Daniel rated it liked it Jun 07, Shuuya rated it really liked it Oct 08, Evelyn rated it really liked it May 19, William Carneal rated it really liked it Apr 04, Paul Swearingen rated it it was amazing Jul 16, Brian Carnell rated it did not like it May 04, Bob Alexander rated it liked it Jul 11, Jeffrey Keenan rated it really liked it Feb 23, Peter Lancett rated it it was amazing Feb 17, Vincent Anderson rated it it was amazing May 03, Paris Allier rated it really liked it Jan immanueel, Tim rated it it was amazing Aug 30, Darkhavens rated it liked it Mar 28, Matt rated it it was amazing May 21, Kaye Bewley rated it it was amazing Feb 07, Joe Devon rated it it was ok Apr 24, imkanuel Katie Daniels rated it it was amazing Jan 19, Alex Granados rated it liked it Jun 05, There are ajnesia discussion topics on this book yet.


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Velikovsky is not amnrsia much the first of the new catastrophists. He also proposed a revised chronology for ancient Egypt, Greece, Israel and other cultures of the ancient Near East.

The revised chronology aimed at explaining the so-called “dark age” of the eastern Mediterranean mankinx. In general, Velikovsky’s theories have been vigorously rejected or ignored by the academic community. Nonetheless, his books often sold well and gained an enthusiastic support in lay circles, often fuelled by claims of unfair treatment for Velikovsky by orthodox academia. The controversy surrounding his work and its reception is often referred to as “the Velikovsky affair”.

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