Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Episode #170: The Velikovsky Heresies - Part 2

For part two of our deep dive into The Velikovsky Heresies by Laird Scranton, we talk about the mechanics of the solar system, of circular orbits, of retrograde motion. We talk about the "n-body problem" of physics and how the motions of all the bodies in the solar system is, over the long term, an exercise in chaos mathematics.

We read about how Velikovsky was in communication with Einstein before his death, and that Einstein was skeptical at first but was impressed when one of Velikovsky's predictions proved to be accurate. We read about ancient records comparing Venus to comets and supernova that were visible in the daytime, and about the strange properties of the core of Jupiter.

Much thanks to our friends over at Inner Traditions for allowing us to read large excerpts from one of their publications. Make sure to visit their online store and purchase a copy of The Velikovsky Heresies for yourself, or you can get it from Amazon.

Thanks to Henry Hablak for the awesome show art!


  1. Enjoying the agricultural updates, very much

  2. At about 1:30 there is discussion Stellarium. Has anyone considered taking the pre 800 BCE eclipse data and modeling a different Earth orbit to see if all those eclipse data points may fit a different orbit for the Earth? Think of the implications of it did!

    Chris Pugh

  3. As much as I've read about orbital mechanics, without having the mathematics tools to check & confirm the theories... it is clear that many theories and ideas have occurred to people studying various areas of the natural world, without being based on math, but intuition. This is true also of "disciplines" such as music, which can be investigated with mathematical analysis, but which CLEARLY also respond to the intuitive study of art and craft. In any case, it would be nice if Scientists could remember how many times "SCIENCE" has got it wrong.
    Not just a little wrong, but Massively, Screamingly, Disastrously wrong.
    Let's hope that Scientists will finally acknowledge that humans of the deep past were even ten thousand years ago, smart enough to make precise and consistent observations of the natural world, even if they didn't have the clarity of understanding we think we have now.


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