Mankind Without Amnesia

Mankind Without Amnesia

Carl Jung introduced into conscious thinking the concept of the collective unconscious.

Collective unconscious, a term coined by Carl Jung, refers to structures of the unconscious mind which are shared among beings of the same species.

Jung linked the collective unconscious to ‘what Freud called “archaic remnants” – mental forms whose presence cannot be explained by anything in the individual’s own life and which seem to be aboriginal, innate, and inherited shapes of the human mind’.

Carl Gustav Jung (26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961), often referred to as C. G. Jung, was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology.

His work has been influential not only in psychiatry but also in philosophy, anthropology, archaeology, literature, and religious studies.

Jung created some of the best known psychological concepts, including the archetype, the collective unconscious, the complex, and extraversion and introversion.

Sigmund Freud wrote about “the repression of the forgotten and primeval past”.

If we consider mankind as a whole and substitute it for a single human individual, we discover that it, too, has developed delusions which are inaccessible to logical criticism and which contradict reality.

If, in spite of this, they are able to exert an extraordinary power over men, investigation leads us to the same explanation as in the case of the single individual.

They owe their power to the element of historical truth which they have brought up from the repression of the forgotten and primeval past.

Constructions in Analysis – 1937 – Sigmund Freud
Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 19 (4), 377-87 – 1938 – Translator: James Strachey

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Sigmund Freud (6 May 1856 – 23 September 1939) was an Austrian neurologist and the father of psychoanalysis, a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst.

The “repression of the forgotten and primeval past” into our collective unconscious has allowed academics [and many other assorted authoritarian despots] to manufacture and implant their preferred versions of historical truth into the conscious minds of their victims.

Uniformitarianism is the principle or assumption that the same natural laws and processes that operate in the universe now have always operated in the universe in the past and apply everywhere in the universe.

It has included the gradualistic concept that “the present is the key to the past” and is functioning at the same rates.

Uniformitarianism has been a key first principle of geology and virtually all fields of science, but naturalism’s modern geologists, while accepting that geology has occurred across deep time, no longer hold to a strict gradualism.

Adam and Eve, according to the creation myths of the Abrahamic religions, were the first man and woman.

The story of Adam and Eve is central to the belief that God created human beings to live in a paradise on earth, although they fell away from that state and formed the present world full of suffering and injustice.

It provides the basis for the belief that humanity is in essence a single family, with everyone descended from a single pair of original ancestors.

It also provides much of the scriptural basis for the doctrines of the fall of man and original Sin, important beliefs in Christianity, although not generally shared by Judaism or Islam.

However, these smug, self-assured academics [and other assorted authoritarian despots] had a rude awakening when Immanuel Velikovsky challenged their consensus version of historical truth by diagnosing their collective amnesia and reviving the academic heresies called Catastrophism and the Scientific Method.

The theme of Mankind in Amnesia is the psychological aspect of that one theory which unfolds itself in so many directions, as far apart as the theory of evolution, origin of religion, and celestial mechanics – implying the participation of electricity and magnetism besides gravitation and inertia.

This psychological aspect is called upon to answer several questions stemming from mankind’s past experience, namely, the grandiose events which took place not only in pre-human and prehistoric times, but in historical times as veil.

I coined in Worlds in Collision the term collective amnesia; in general I do not coin new terms and this is practically not a term, but a formulation of the situation in which humanity finds itself as a consequence of the catastrophes which took place in historical times.

On Mankind in Amnesia – Lecture by Immanuel Velikovsky
University of the New World – Valais, Switzerland – Summer 1971

Aside from several important facts discovered in the study of cosmic upheavals, which are not illuminated here and only enumerated at the end of this paper, and which are discussed at length in a work of research entitled Worlds In Collision now being prepared for publication, the following facts are incompatible with the theory of gravitation….

Cosmos Without Gravitation – Immanuel Velikovsky – 1946

Catastrophism is the theory that the Earth has been affected in the past by sudden, short-lived, violent events, possibly worldwide in scope.

The scientific method is a body of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge.

To be termed scientific, a method of inquiry is commonly based on empirical or measurable evidence subject to specific principles of reasoning.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the scientific method as “a method or procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17th century, consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses.”

Immanuel Velikovsky (1895-1979) was a Russian-Jewish independent scholar, best known as the author of a number of controversial books reinterpreting the events of ancient history, in particular the US bestseller Worlds in Collision, published in 1950.

Earlier, he played a role in the founding of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, and was a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.

His books use comparative mythology and ancient literary sources (including the Old Testament) to argue that Earth suffered catastrophic close contacts with other planets (principally Venus and Mars) in ancient times.

Velikovsky’s academic heresies revived old versions of historical truth that were recorded in the Collective Conscious of “those who were affected” by ancient catastrophic events.

And it can be observed in the literature from classical times and the early Christian centuries and later – the process can be followed of the events that had occurred in earlier ages falling into oblivion.

First, there were people who knew; I should caution that there is no such thing as a collective amnesia such that those who were affected by the events, those who suffered through than, did not know – of course they knew, and they described them.

So if it be asked, who are my precursors, those who preceded me, I would answer: It starts with Isaiah.

He lived in the time of the catastrophes, and he described them.

He described them so that he could not have described them more clearly than he did.

Everything is there.

What is going on in the sky, what is going on on earth, what is going on with the sea, what is going on with the mountains, what is going on with the people, the migrations of entire nations, earthquakes – everything is described – nevertheless, we read it, and we think that it is only a political description, some metaphors.

On Mankind in Amnesia – Lecture by Immanuel Velikovsky
University of the New World – Valais, Switzerland – Summer 1971

Collective conscious or collective conscience (French: conscience collective) is the set of shared beliefs, ideas and moral attitudes which operate as a unifying force within society.

The term was introduced by the French sociologist Émile Durkheim in his Division of Labour in Society in 1893.

In The Division of Labour, Durkheim argued that in traditional/primitive societies (those based around clan, family or tribal relationships) totemic religion played an important role in uniting members through the creation of a common consciousness (conscience collective in the original French).

In societies of this type, the contents of an individual’s consciousness are largely shared in common with all other members of their society, creating a mechanical solidarity through mutual likeness.

David Émile Durkheim (1858-1917) was a French sociologist, social psychologist and philosopher.

He formally established the academic discipline and – with Karl Marx and Max Weber – is commonly cited as the principal architect of modern social science and father of sociology.

No doubt if the catastrophe I have described really occurred in the human period, as my contention is, the fact must have impressed the imagination of the survivors, and it is not unnatural to find it reflected in many scattered traditions.

The Glacial Nightmare and The Flood – Sir Henry Hoyle Howorth – 1892

The historical truth narrated by the Collective Conscious frequently reference floods.

A flood myth or deluge myth is a narrative in which a great flood, usually sent by a deity or deities, destroys civilization, often in an act of divine retribution.

Parallels are often drawn between the flood waters of these myths and the primeval waters found in certain creation myths, as the flood waters are described as a measure for the cleansing of humanity, in preparation for rebirth.

Most flood myths also contain a culture hero, who “represents the human craving for life”.

The flood myth motif is widespread among many cultures as seen in the Mesopotamian flood stories, the Hindu religious books from India called Puranas, Deucalion in Greek mythology, the Genesis flood narrative, and in the lore of the K’iche’ and Maya peoples in Mesoamerica, the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa tribe of Native Americans in North America, the Muisca people, and Cañari Confederation, in South America.

The Mi’kmaq (also Micmac, L’nu and Mi’kmaw) are a First Nations band, indigenous to Canada’s Maritime Provinces and the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec.

There is one myth explaining that the Mi’kmaq once believed that evil and wickedness among men is what causes them to kill each other.

This causes great sorrow to the creator-sun-god, who weeps tears that become rains sufficient to trigger a deluge.

The people attempt to survive the flood by traveling in bark canoes, but only a single old man and woman survive to populate the earth.’kmaq

The Cañari (in Kichwa: Kañari) are an indigenous ethnic group traditionally inhabiting the territory of the modern provinces of Azuay and Cañar in Ecuador.

Scholars have found that the Cañari had an oral tradition of a massive flood as part of their creation stories, similar to those of the Bible and Gilgamesh.

According to myth, it was said that a giant flood occurred in which everyone perished except two brothers who had perched on top of a high mountain.

After the flood, both brothers returned to their hut.

They found it had been repaired and stocked with prepared food. Every day when they returned to the hut, they found prepared food.

This went on a few days until Urcocari (male hill), one of the brothers, decided to stay around.

He learned that a woman with a macaw face had made the food.

He took her as his wife, and they repopulated the world.

These world-wide floods and deluges are usually classified by mainstream academics as myths and metaphors because they are “incompatible” with their version of the historical truth.

A world-wide deluge, such as described in Genesis, is incompatible with modern understanding of the natural history and especially geology and paleontology.

Therefore, it seems worthwhile to examine these floods and deluges further.

To be continued.

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2 Responses to Mankind Without Amnesia

  1. andrewfitts says:

    Will we ever understand our predicament? Thanks for the discussion on amnesia.

    These memories were partially forgotten and partially recorded in myth, as you say. It is interesting to follow this process of sublimation and see how different cultures created different interpretations.

    Here’s a little known, short video of Irving Wolfe shot in 1980 by Wal Thornhill talking about this sublimation process, recognizing that such memory gets encoded in all the narrative and symbolic arts.

  2. rishrac says:

    Nobody has a clue as to how the pryamids were built. With modern measuring technology, it is even more impressive. Different ancient building sites around the world with huge blocks that fit so fine that you can’t tell where one starts and the other begins. I thought that we were more advanced with building. Our bricks are all the same size and shape. Turns out those different shapes in the blocks are nearly earthquake proof. Amnesia, we have.

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