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Worlds in Collision
By Immanuel Velikovsky
As Interpreted By Bob Barefoot

Part 2: Dr. Immanuel Velikovsky

Undated Photo of Dr. VelikovskyDr. Immanuel Velikovsky was a meticulous scientist who postulated his theories on hundreds of facts. The reigning scientific leaders of his day rained down scorn on his theories without providing any alternative explanation for the events described. They then maliciously attacked Velikovsky and belittled him at every turn.

Immanuel Velikovsky was in good company because the greatest men of all time were at one time condemned and belittled by their peers.

  • In 1808, Dalton, the father of the atomic theory was belittled and lost his job in the university for teaching children the atomic theory.
  • In 1846, Dr Semmelweis was put into a mental institution for trying to get doctors to wash their hands before surgery.
  • Albert Einstein, who was unquestionably the most famous scientist of the twentieth century, had to withstand more efforts by the establishment attempting to disprove his theory of relativity than has ever been made to disprove any other theory in the history of science.

The efforts to disprove Einstein was demonstrably shown by one of his opponent's publications entitled One Hundred Against Einstein, to which he remarked that “if they were right, one would be enough". Max Planck, a father of modern physics and Nobel Prize winner in 1903, stated that "An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents; it rarely happens that Saul becomes Paul. What does happen is that its opponents gradually die out and that the growing generation is familiarized with the idea from the beginning".

Velikovsky, agreeing with Max Planck, said it best, “Innovation is a twofold threat to the scientific hierarchy. First, it threatens their oracle authority. Secondly, it evokes the deeper fear that their whole laboriously constructed authoritarian edifice may soon collapse". He also said, "Resistance to innovation is clearly demonstrated, not by the ignorant masses, but by professionals with a vested interest in tradition and the monopoly of learning".

Albert Einstein had worked with Velikovsky the last two years of his life, and was planning a to create a research program to prove his theories. Einstein, who died with Velikovsky's book, “Worlds in Collision" open on his desk, said it best when referring to Velikovsky's critics, "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."

And so despite the uphill battle, road blocks and mine fields maintained by the scientific hierarchy of the day in an attempt to defend their prestigious status quo, science managed to progress. It "progressed" to the point where, by the 1950's, the scientific establishment arrogantly announced to the world that "in this atomic age, all there is to know has already been learned and all future advancements would be simply rearrangements of current knowledge."

The old adage, "The more we know, the less we know" was certainly not believed by this incredibly arrogant group of scientists. It was this same group of scientists who attacked Velikovsky"s book, "Worlds in Collision, " first published in 1954. This group wrote hundreds of articles condemning Velikovsky's theories, but never provided any proof that he was wrong. They never provided any alternative theories to explain the events in history.

Undated Photo of Dr. VelikovskyThere are many geological phenomena that cannot be explained by Velikovsky's critics, but are readily explainable with Velikovsky's theories.

For example, geologists cannot explain how a 50 foot coal seam was formed. Geologists know that coal was formed by trees and vegetation being compressed by sediment They know that it takes 10 feet of vegetation to make one foot of peat. They know that it takes ten feet of peat to make one foot of coal. Therefore extrapolating, a 50 foot coal seam would have required 5,000 feet of trees and vegetation, which these same geologists say is impossible.

However, Velikovsky explains that when a 1000 foot tsunami hits the forests, it uproots a large number of trees, which float to the surface in huge piles that are at some point deposited on newly formed beaches. After this sequence is repeated a few times, thousands of feet of trees and vegetation would be lying on the beach, ready for burial by the incoming sediments. They have become ready to be processed into coal.

Another example of logical explanation is regarding Atlantis, which geologists say is a myth. And yet geologists describe the glaciers covering North America and Europe as being 6000 feet high, which would have lowed the oceans 700 feet and resulted in a large island, Atlantis, southwest of Gibraltar.

Today, the internet is the great equalizer. It allows anyone to postulate any theory, but they are doing it before the court of public opinion, and not with arrogant scientists. Dr. Immanuel Velikovsky was one of the greatest thinkers and scientists of the 20th century. Millions have read his books, and millions believe his theories.

Dr. Velikovsky wrote several books, including:

  • Worlds in Collision
  • Earth in Upheaval
  • Ages in Chaos
  • Peoples of the Sea
  • Stargazers and Gravediggers
  • Mankind in Amnesia

I have them all. I read them all. All are spellbinding.

In summary, I would like to thank Dr. Velikovsky for opening my eyes. I know that God is thanking him for opening the eyes of millions.

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