“I’m deeply disappointed in my species...Think of how stupid the average
and realize half of them are stupider than that.” - George Carlin
The Bergamo Protest
by Michael Armstrong
The idea that Saturn was an early sun for the earth and its inhabitants was introduced
somewhat effectively in modern times by Immanuel Velikovsky, and fairly quickly endorsed and
supported by other scholars. But most scholars and scientists just trashed
it with undisguised disdain and rancor.
Given the stupendous questions that lack sufficient answers, given how truly ignorant we are, given the enormous amount of evidence surrounding
Saturn in ancient times and our own, why not keep an open mind and hold off on preclusive
or negative criticism? Why not stop short of trashing something huge like this paradigm
change and give it some time? Why not just humbly enumerate aspects of it that are
thought to be incompatible with current knowledge, aspects that aren’t
etc., instead of denouncing it as infeasible and indefensible? But no: those
adorable dogmatic defenders of the faith cannot do this with any serious
I remember my experience of being exposed to the Saturnian model back in
1994. I had 40 years of interest in astronomy and knew a fair amount about
basic gravitational celestial mechanics. I also had 40 years of loosely
accumulated hints that there was something special about Saturn in ancient
times. The model didn’t engender a flood of objections in my mind but rather
opened the floodgates for feasible answers to huge questions that had been
building up about the big picture of the human condition on the earth. I
have since believed that the objections could all be overcome with
adjustments and more knowledge, and Immanuel Velikovsky, David Talbott, Dwardu Cardona, Wal Thornhill
et al, have consistently supplied such.
I think back to that time and remember that Irving Wolfe tried to talk me out of my
acceptance. I remember that Victor Clube wouldn’t talk about it. I remember that Vine
Deloria, Charles Ginenthal, Tom van Flandern, Henry Bauer.
et al, thought it was a load of crap. These guys all knew too much that
Back in 2000 CE The province of Lombardy, Italy, was in the mode of hosting at the
University of Milano/Bergamo an annual symposium
consisting of arcane science and scholarship. The 4 day event was organized
by a world class mathematician working at the university who had
developed an interest in planetary catastrophism and the Saturnian scenario, and
had invited many familiar names, such as Halton Arp, Tom van Flandern, Charles
Ginenthal, Victor Clube, Mike Baillie, Robert Schoch, etc., and a bunch of other
people with esoteric ideas. He also invited David Talbott to come and lecture, but I went
in his place to give the basic Saturnian introductory presentation material.
Mel and Amy Acheson were over there attending with me, and we suffered through 3 days of largely
incredibly bad ideas and stupefying material covering a wide range of topics, some of which were
philosophical/theological. No one in the audience
emitted a peep of protest. Of course, some of it was worthwhile, such as Arp’s
findings, but most of it was extreme garbage. On the last day it was my turn up
in Bergamo. We gave our presentations that day in a 15th century building and room
in the high city section.
In contrast to the three previous days, some in that audience found the material
I presented so offensive that they stood up and shouted at
the director and excoriated him for exposing them to this level of falsity, and a fight
just about broke out. Go figure! These people are living in the “Land of Saturn”,
their language is saturated with Saturnian terms, their capitol city was originally
called Saturnia, their first and original temple was the temple of Saturn, their major
holiday festival is known as "the Saturnalia", and they are
immersed in the symbolisms and surrounded by every sort of imaginable connection, yet
making real sense out of it all is the very last thing they want.
At the speaker's banquet, Mike Baillie the dendro-chronologist
from the British Isles looked at me
like I was a detestable insect! Only the
geologist Robert Schoch came up to me afterwards and
expressed an interest in learning more.
I submit that this is an eye-opening incident that speaks to the intense
denial of the human race. Most do NOT want to get in touch with reality, but
want to sleep in their ignorance.