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.
Humans have built culture in response to celestially-induced earth catastrophes. Religion, theater, mythic storytelling, athletics, literature have all encoded or sublimated the memories of these seminal events. If we look carefully we can see the origin of these rituals and how they changed over time to make a new story, helping reinterpret what were once-bewildering experiences and calming our very real fears that the cosmos would come unchained again. We still practice these rituals, but they are watered-down versions. These rituals continue to satisfy us because they have become archetypal responses to old collective memories, rituals that were extremely important for humanity to perform, but for which the deeper meaning has now been forgotten.
The sublimation of these memories has helped humanity turn away from the fears of the past, to construct a uniformitarian narrative that the earth and the solar system have always abided as a stable and secure backdrop for humanity, and will always be so. We have become so successful at this therapeutic but sly process that we have completely fooled ourselves as to the true history of our planet, our solar system, and our journey as human beings.