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Stephen J. Gould and Immanuel Velikovsky: Essays in the Continuing Velikovsky Affair

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In 1950, Immanuel Velikovsky's Worlds in Collusion posited that celestial catastrophes were visited upon the earth in historical times. His ideas created a raging affair that became an enormous embarrassment for the world of modern science. Numerous, highly respected scientists and scholars from many fields acted in such a vicious and reprehensible manner that when the news of their behavior was exposed, the uproar that ensued was reminiscent of the actions taken against Galileo by the Church. The public, both professionals and laypersons, were thoroughly shocked by the blatant dishonesty to which the scientists resorted to denigrate Velikovsky.

In Stephen J. Gould and Immanuel Velikovsky, the antics of Gould, Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov, and several other notables are laid to bear. One is led to wonder why for over 50 years the scientific and scholarly communities have been unable to deal with Velikovsky without resorting to the most callow and shallow of arguments with the ultimate aim of stifling scientific enquiry. If the scientists cannot be trusted, then to whom can the educated public turn? If the press will not deal with their behavior, what can be done?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780963975911
  • Publisher: Ginenthal, Charles Ivy Press Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Pages: 795
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.96 (d)

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