I have been invited to give a talk at the 2017 Electric Universe conference. A synopsis:
An exploration into Immanuel Velikovsky’s cultural or collective amnesia theory, understood as a repressive defense against fearful catastrophic memories, a type of collective PTSD. Alongside amnesia is the more healthy sublimation process as described by Irving Wolfe and Alfred deGrazia; not the repression of memory, but the re-working of disturbing memory into something less harmful, creating a new narrative that has a positive spin and sometimes a new outcome.
One of the biggest schisms among catastrophists is the disagreement on the identification of celestial culprits that caused earth catastrophes. Barring solar outbursts and exploding supernovas, this means planets, comets or a class of rocky bodies careening through the earth’s atmosphere called bolides. Astronomers regard bolides as flaming meteors, while Geologists classify bolides as anything from meteors to asteroids, as long as they impact the earth’s surface.
Homo Schizo or Homo Schizotypus is a term that Alfred de Grazia appreciated and used to describe the current human species, feeling it more apt than Homo Sapiens. He wrote about this phenomenon in two books, Homo Schizo I and Homo Schizo II.
Sapiens in Latin means “the wise one,” Schizo in Latin means “to split apart.” De Grazia thought that the condition of being split apart from oneself, as in being of split personality, was the greater hallmark of a human being.