Poll

Magazine survey on Velikovsky’s theories

A poll in the March 1973 issues of Industrial Research magazine (now R&D Magazine), and published in June 1973, found:[1]Industrial Research magazine, March 1973. Includes the article “Velikovsky” by Pensée contributor, Fred Jueneman[2]”Rara Avis”, Pensée, Vol. 3 No 3: (Fall 1973). See also “Support for Velikovsky” in the same issue

1. Do you yourself believe in Velikovsky’s theory of catastrophic upheavals in man’s past?

:*19% – “Yes”

:*62% – “To some extent”

:*19% – “No”

2. Radical new ideas on how things are put together, whether within the atom or the cosmos, seem to come mainly from universities. Do these citadels of learning have a “lock” on such papers submitted to the scientific journals?

:*61% – “Yes”

:*39% – “No”

3. “Are the technical journals basically too conservative?”

:*71% – “Yes”

:*29% – “No”

4. Are they largely controlled by a hierarchal group that rejects papers which don’t fit into the paradigm mold of current theory?

:*77% – “yes”

:*23% – “no”

5. Since over 50% of the huge volume of papers subitted are rejected by the science journals, do you think a significant number of meritorious contributions are thus “lost” to the scientific community?

:*69% – “yes”

:*31% – “no”

6. *Velikovsky, among others, has never been allowed to publish in the “respectable” journals. Does this represent a basic flaw in the concept and functioning of these journals?”

:*64% – “Yes”

:*12% – “No”

:*24% – “I’m not sure”

7. Being a multidisciplinarian, Velikovsky, like the husband in the kitched, is considered an interloper. Does scholar almost have to get a Nobel Prize, before he can switch fields with his peers’ approval?

:*58% – “yes”

:*42% – “no”

In his book, The Age of Velikovsky, author C.J. Ransom commented, “A poll of scientists and engineers conducted by Industrial Research indicated that of those replying, over 80% thought that Velikovsky’s work deserved more attention.”[3]C.J. Ransom, The Age of Velikovsky, 1976, Dell Publishing Co., Inc., “Chapter VIII: The Modern Affair: Changing Attitudes”

References

References   [ + ]

1. Industrial Research magazine, March 1973. Includes the article “Velikovsky” by Pensée contributor, Fred Jueneman
2. ”Rara Avis”, Pensée, Vol. 3 No 3: (Fall 1973). See also “Support for Velikovsky” in the same issue
3. C.J. Ransom, The Age of Velikovsky, 1976, Dell Publishing Co., Inc., “Chapter VIII: The Modern Affair: Changing Attitudes”