An Introduction to Cosmism Paradigms

A shift is happening within multiple disciplines. This shift in the way we perceive these disciplines is necessary in order for them to progress any farther. We have been stuck for decades in the old paradigm.

A scientific paradigm shift

In the beginning, science had two Choices: Catastrophism - sudden change on the Earth, occurring in mere hours, or Gradualism (Uniformitarianism) - slow change over millions of years.

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

“Catastrophism is the idea that many of Earth’s crustal features (strata layers, erosion, polystrate fossils, etc) formed as a result of past cataclysmic activity. In other words, the Earth’s surface has been scarred by catastrophic natural disasters.”

The dominant paradigm of modern geology is uniformitarianism (also sometimes described as gradualism), in which slow incremental changes, such as erosion, create the Earth's appearance. This view holds that the present is the key to the past, and that all things continue as they were from the beginning of the world."

Orthodox science is antagonistic toward religion, mythology, and philosophy. It is stuck in outdated theories that haven’t progressed much since the days of Einstein.

Cosmism introduces a former age of planetary instability and earthshaking electrical events. It introduces a revolutionary synthesis of historical investigation, and the newly discovered Electric Universe.

David Talbott and Wallace Thornhill claim that cosmic upheaval occurred so recently as to have profoundly affected early human cultures, provoking “incomprehensible” myths, symbols, and commemorative practices. Through a synthesis of ancient testimony, high-energy plasma experiments, and space age discoveries, these two researchers bring the ancient world to life. If their hypothesis is correct, it will surely alter many paths of scientific investigation as well.

Cosmism requires a paradigm shift from gradualism to catastrophism, from an antagonistic ad-hoc scientific paradigm toward religion, mythology, and philosophy to an inclusive scientific paradigm that allows all theories to be considered.


An historical paradigm shift

The Cosmism paradigm changes everything you thought you knew about ancient, pre-historical times and how much ancient mythology we have carried into modern times and religious thinking. It reconstructs the archaeological record showing the huge impact that world scale catastrophes had on both geology, and all life on Earth. It also reconstructs a cosmic drama when planets hung in the sky close to the earth - an epoch of celestial wonder giving rise to time-honored symbols.

These were celestial spectacles and earth-shaking events once remembered around the world. Archaic symbols of these events still surround us, some as icons of the world’s great religions, though the origins of the symbols appear to be lost in obscurity.

Cultural history seems fragmented and contradictory. But there are also levels of deep agreement between the cultures. These “archetypes” allow for a radical reinterpretation of both human and planetary history. Competing regional symbols are aspects of “one story told around the world,” a story both awe inspiring and terrifying. This new paradigm of our history discovers many of the missing fragments to our current historical model.

Perhaps the most compelling discovery comes from the sciences. Independent investigation over the past few decades has confirmed that the celestial formations reconstructed from historical evidence, precisely match the behavior of electric discharge in the plasma laboratory and in remote space. A convergence of historical evidence and plasma science has occurred. The converging research points to planetary instability and intense electrical events in ancient times. A challenge to some of the most cherished assumptions in today’s theoretical sciences.

Cosmism takes an in-depth look at origins of our symbolic archetypes, and offers new answers to questions about the role of the planet gods in pre-historical times. Why did every ancient civilization celebrate a former "Age of the Gods", an age claimed to have ended in earth threatening disaster? What was meant by the lost "Golden Age?" Why did ancient sky worshipers refer to Saturn as "the sun?" Why was Venus worshiped as the "Mother Goddess?" And why did both Old and New World astronomers celebrate the planet Mars as a great warrior whose battles shook the heavens? And a thousand other intriguing "Whys".

Comparative mythologist David Talbott has devoted much of his life to identifying the "archetypes" or common mythic themes of cultures around the world. His research has been the primary catalyst behind the "Saturn theory." Founder and publisher of the ten-issue Pensee magazine series "Immanuel Velikovsky Reconsidered," he is the author of The Saturn Myth (Doubleday, 1980) and the founder of AEON: A Journal of Myth and Science. He is the director of and co-author (with Wallace Thornhill) of Thunderbolts of the Gods and The Electric Universe.


A mental paradigm shift

There is a theory that humans have blocked out the Doomsday events or world wide catastrophes that have struck planet Earth a number of times in our history.

But how could such massive physical events be forgotten by nearly everyone?

Some say that the spoken mythology and imagery handed down or left by ancient civilizations do record those world ending, sky falling on our heads events.

We are taught past events through a certain paradigm. Man recorded these events using what we today call mythological stories. Eventually these stories were written off as fairy tales by orthodox science. Today they are completely ignored by all except comparative mythologists.

We must return to a correct knowledge of past events. But the mind is a powerful thing, and to reconstruct these events is very uncomfortable. Our cognitive dissonance kicks in re-triggering the reason for our collective amnesia of these events. If these terrifying catastrophic events happened in the past, surely they could happen again in the future.

A major paradigm shift is required in order to unlock these treasures of knowledge, providing us with a correct knowledge of man's past. This is a new paradigm where cosmology and psychology come together, understanding Man's collective amnesia in order to reconstruct the true history of Man's past, the Earth's past and the history of our solar system. To know and understand the history of our past is to understand future events.


A spiritual paradigm shift

Elder Orson Pratt’s Opinion Reflects the Attitude of Early Church Leaders

He was a scientist, scholar, astronomer and mathematician who explicitly expressed his preference for Catastrophism over Gradualism or Uniformity. His concept may be indicative of Joseph Smith’s beliefs and teachings as well.

“Many geological speculations have been put forth to account for the great changes that have happened in the surface strata of the earth. But it is not our intention to examine the probability or improbability of those conjectures; but merely to give some few facts from divine revelation to show that the present geological conditions of our globe, are not, in their general characteristics, the result of slow and gradual changes [Gradualism]; but the effects of sudden convulsions and catastrophes [Catastrophism] under the control and superintendence of the All-powerful Being who formed all things.” (The Seer, Vol. II, No. 4, April, 1854.)

Orthodox science is antagonistic toward religion. It rejects myths and scripture as fanciful inventions. And it denies historicity of the Bible and the Book of Mormon. It stubbornly embraces gradualism and natural selection (evolution). It invents ad hoc theories to explain anomalous phenomena.

Catastrophism has everything to do with religion. It accepts myths and cultural traditions as eyewitness accounts of the past. It recognizes the historicity of Old Testament accounts. It gives meaning to ancient symbolism and metaphor. It explains temple symbolism. It aids in understanding otherwise peculiar statements made by Joseph Smith.

Catastrophism alone provides a scientific framework, based in the best and latest research data, that also supports concepts presented in scripture and revealed in the restored gospel.

Through a Cosmism paradigm we find a scientific basis for scriptural events and conditions. We discover an elaborate system of icons and verbal or written imagery common to all ancient civilizations. And we learn the catastrophe-based symbolism of prophetic language.

Joseph Smith was a catastrophist

    “… then will appear one grand sign of the Son of Man in heaven.  But what will the world do?  They will say it is a planet, a comet, &c.”

                (History of the Church, Vol. 5.)

    “When these stars return to the place where they were taken from, it will cause the earth to reel to and fro.  Not that the planets will come squarely against each other, in such case both planets would be broken to pieces.  But in there rolling motion they will come together where they were taken from which will cause the earth to ‘reel to and fro.’”

                (Homer M. Brown quoted Joseph Smith)

The Saints should adopt the catastrophist philosophy, just as their founding prophet did, in order to better understand him, the scriptures, temple symbolism and ritual - the entire restored gospel.

The religious or spiritual course of this study is informed and directed by the views of Joseph Smith. It is based on a novel interpretation of ancient cosmological history. And is not the standard paradigm of ancient history, of prophecy or of the Restored Gospel to which you are accustomed

A major paradigm shift toward the relevance of cosmism, the acceptance of religion and mythology in our science institutions, and that there is to some degree, a highly intelligent designer(s), and engineer(s) involved in at least some of the creations of the universe.