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Cosmic Heretics: A personal history of attempts to establish and resist theories of quantavolution and catastrophe in the natural and human sciences, 1963 to 1983. Paperback – January 17, 2013
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Alfred de Grazia was born in 1919 in Chicago. PhD University of Chicago. He fought in six campaigns in WWII. He taught political science at U. of Minnesota, Brown U., Stanford U., and NYU, and as a guest lecturer in many university in the United States and abroad. He published over twenty books in the field of political science. He met Immanuel Velikovsky in 1963 and published "The Velikovsky Affair." He created the field of Quantavolution and authored eleven books in the field of catastrophism and ancient history. He created the magazine "The American Behavioral Scientist" and was a pioneer in computerized information retrieval in the social sciences, creating the "Universal Reference System" in the 1960s. His 2-million-visitors/y website "www.grazian-archive.com" is another pioneering effort in the field of personal archives. He also wrote poetry, plays and autobiographical works, as well as a three volume History of the United States: "America's History Retold."
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This is the story of De Grazia's involvement in the politics of academic research, analyzing and criticizing the methods of manipulating professional and popular perceptions by the academics who manage the media, who market themselves to protect and magnify their status, and whose lobby has the power to recognise or refute doctrinal deviations, granting or denying funds and tenure. It's a lively story by a neglected American genius whose life has spanned and gone beyond the major events of 20th-century history. It's not a book about the latest research into quantavolution, with which De Grazia deals elsewhere in an encyclopedic body of works.
Cosmic Heretics restates the wholistic theory -- that interplanetary irregularities have changed the Earth and the human mind since within (lost) historical memory, and that such movements of planets and comets have profoundly and catastrophically impacted our environment and our metamorphosis as a species. The politics of dealing with friends and foes of radical research into galactic events and the human mind both entertains and provokes the reader to re-ignite the deep scepticism essential to withholding "belief" from all scientific hypotheses.
(1) The definite impossibility of chronologically retracing history beyond the "Last Great Jolt" (ending the "Apocalypse" 3 cc earlier) some 650 years ago.
(2) The "Substance-related Gravitational Resonance" ruling the Universe, the "Energetic Vortex Universe" disproving all Physics, including its "Laws of Nature" & the sciencies' methods of quantication (theories).
(3) The cerebrological system of individual & swarm behaviour, & thus the dismissal of all philosophical, religious & scientific allegations about social processes.
How unfortunate that this singularly knowledgable & amiable author in this re-edition of Cosmic Heretics has neglected to do his homework, thus impairing - if not even stifling! - Velikovsky's epochal approach to the "Reconstruction of Human & Natural History", & his attempt of deciphering the excitation background of the collective's traumatization & the resulting Irrational Behaviour of humanity.