Cosmic Heretics

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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 (1984) is a book by Alfred de Grazia. Writing in the third person about himself and the book, and using “Deg” to refer to himself, de Grazia writes:

“I’ll start, I said, at the time when you met Immanuel Velikovsky, the beginning of 1963, and carry it down to the publication of your Quantavolution Series, that is, the beginning of 1984. Not in chronological order of course. The story will lurch from side to side and pitch and roll.

“Using your iconoclastic word “quantavolution” will help to define the dramatis personae. If a person’s been observed by you amidst the melee provoked by the claim that nature and mankind have been fashioned by disaster, then that person belongs to the cast of characters.

“Deg told me that the cosmic heretics were many, and their number would grow with the acceptance of the heresy. But, he warned me, if the heresy were to fail, I would be guilty of slandering decent citizens by inclusion. In either event, he said, history will be rewritten; it always is.”[1]Alfred de Grazia, Cosmic Heretics (1984) Metron Publications, USA. ISBN 0-940268-08-6.

Table of Contents

  • In Search of Times Past

Part One

  • 1. Royal Incest
  • 2. The Prodigal Archive
  • 3. Cheers and Hisses
  • 4. A Proper Respect for Authority
  • 5. The British Connection

Part Two

  • 6. Holocaust and Amnesia
  • 7. From Venus with Love
  • 8. Homo Schizo Meets God

Part Three

  • 9. New Fashions in Catastrophism
  • 10. ABC’s of Astrophysics
  • 11. Clockwork

Part Four

  • 12. The Third World of Science
  • 13. The Empire Strikes Back
  • 14. The Foibles of Heretics

Part Five

  • 15. The Knowledge Industry
  • 16. Precursors of Quantavolution
  • 17. The Advancement of Science


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1 Alfred de Grazia, Cosmic Heretics (1984) Metron Publications, USA. ISBN 0-940268-08-6.
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