Scientific thought as a geological force

this is a copy the same as orgenal Appears in the July 15, 2022 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.

William C Jones

VI Vernadsky: Scientific Thought as a Geological Force

This is the edited text of William C. Jones’ presentation before Session Three, “Principles of Science for Lasting Economic Progress,” of the Shiller Institute Conference June 18-19, “There can be no peace without bankruptcy reorganization of the moribund transatlantic financial system” . Mr. Jones is a former White House correspondent for EIR. He is currently a non-resident scholar at the Chongyang Institute of Financial Studies at Renmin University in China. One subtitle has been added.

Let me begin by quoting from aerospace engineer and former Peenemünder, Krafft Ehricke (1917–1984), a friend and collaborator with Lyndon LaRouche and Helga Sepp LaRouche and a former member of the Schiller Institute’s advisory board:

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Courtesy of Eric Kraft

Astronaut and visionary Erich Krafft (1917-1984), a friend and collaborator with Lyndon LaRouche and Helga Zip-LaRoche.

Ehricke also spoke of what he called the inevitability of an extraterrestrial existence. What kind of “inevitability” was this actually? on one Hand, I think it has to do with human innate curiosity and desire to know more and to Solve puzzles, to investigate the unknown. The moon is near. It looks like you can touch it, if you have long enough arms. But it was also “inevitable” for Ehrike since he owns the moon too Significant natural resources will be important to life here on Earth. Eric was one of the first to seriously discuss and develop the idea of ​​mining on the Moon.

In one of his most penetrating articles, “The Anthropology of Astronautics,” written in 1957, Kraft-Erikke proclaimed the three “fundamental laws of astronautics”:

Vernadsky may be more familiar to you than Krafft Ehricke, or he may not. Apart from Dmitriy Mendeleev, the scientific breakthroughs of Russian scientists were not well known in the West. Few of Vernadsky’s prolific production work has been translated, with the first French edition of his pioneering early works, biosphere, being an early exception. Nevertheless, Vernadsky made significant contributions – in crystallography, mineralogy, hydrology, cosmology, and meteorology, among other fields. He can be considered the founder of the field known as biobiochemistry, that is, the study of how living matter transforms the inorganic universe. There are pictures of work and staff in his biochemistry laboratory in Saint Petersburg in the 1930s. He was the first Russian scientist to push for the development of nuclear energy in Russia around the turn of the last century, shortly after the discovery of atomic energy.

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Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky in 1934.

Vernadsky was also a historian of science, and his vision of scientific work will be of great interest to scientists today, especially his understanding of the new role that science must play in economic development from the era that humanity has now entered. This is how Vernadsky looked at things in 1926:

Vernadsky later called this new era the era we entered, in which science is fundamental, the Noösphere era.

Vernadsky was also a prominent organizer of science. In Russia during the First World War, he took the initiative to organize the Commission for the Study of the Natural Forces of Russia (KEPS), which would bring together existing knowledge of strategic war material and gather new information about Russia’s resources.

But I would like to focus today on the Ukrainian side of Vernadsky, given the events that are taking place in that country today. In particular, I would upset the apple cart for the myth that the present Ukrainian government holds that it has never been a part of Russian culture and history, except perhaps as victims. Pushkin Street is now Stephen King Street. Gagarin Street is now Neil Armstrong Street. Tolstoy war and peace It can no longer be taught in Ukrainian schools because it pays tribute to the Russian army in its fight against Napoleon. What a farce! What a complete impoverishment of culture for young Ukrainians! What a distortion of true history. Unfortunately, we in the West have largely followed suit in our own restrictions on Russian singers and artists.

Vladimir Vernadsky was born in Saint Petersburg, Ukraine. His family roots go back to the Zaporizhzhia Cossack region of Ukraine. His parents were born in Kyiv and speak fluent Ukrainian, which Vladimir himself taught. His mother sang Ukrainian songs at home. Much of his creative and revolutionary work was fed into the study of living matter in Ukraine and its burgeoning natural wealth.

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While Ukrainian culture and language were often banned by the Russian Empire, Vernadsky and many other Russians supported Ukraine’s desire for autonomy and the rights of its culture to develop. In 1918 Vernadsky, then at his summer home in Poltava, Ukraine, on sabbatical leave from Saint Petersburg, due to the Bolshevik Revolution, received an invitation from a Ukrainian colleague to come to Kyiv to help organize the intellectual life of the region. . Ukraine had lost to Russia in the peace treaty that the Bolshevik government had signed with Germany. Thus Ukraine was under German occupation. But Vernadsky had already participated in earlier discussions in Saint Petersburg with his Ukrainian colleagues about the possibility of creating a Ukrainian Academy of Sciences as part of the Saint Petersburg Academy. Vernadsky accepted the invitation.

He himself made extensive studies of the history of the academic movement in France, America and Russia. However, his opinion was that in this new age, when scientific thought had become a geological force, a different conception of the Academy was required. It should not just be a gathering of famous scientists coming together to discuss scientific questions, it should serve as a basis for [what we might call] The “Manhattan Project-style” mobilization of the intellectual powers of the entire nation to take the country to a higher level.

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Vernadsky Biochemistry Laboratory staff in the 1930s. Vernadsky is in the second row in the middle.

His proposals envisaged the creation of an independent academy, which would receive full financial support from the government, but faculty that would self-select and empowered to determine its direction and curriculum. Under it will be a national library that will collect all available intellectual material vital to the life of the country, in all languages ​​- books, manuscripts, musical notes, unpublished literary remains of important intellectuals, etc. World business must integrate culture and openness to the world. At the same time, studies on Ukrainian literature and culture should be conducted and a commission appointed to create a dictionary of the Ukrainian language. The library should be open to all and free of charge.

The academy project will also include a national education and research program – an agricultural institute, a chemical laboratory, an institute for biological studies, a meteorological observatory, a museum of minerals and a history museum. Vernadsky also created, as he did in Russia, a study of the productive forces of Ukraine. The government accepted the proposal to create the academy, and the college elected Vernadsky as its first president.

One must bear in mind the instability of the political situation in Ukraine at that time. During the period of organization of the Academy, 1918-1920, there were more than three governments. When the Germans left after their defeat in the West, a radical nationalist government took over in Ukraine, which was later overthrown by the Bolsheviks. In addition, as today, a number of Western countries were hovering around Ukraine, waiting to see who would get the chosen pieces from this country in the heart of the country – France, Britain, Poland and Romania, but the British in particular were dominant, As Vernadsky himself pointed out.

But the Academy experienced this political turmoil as did Ukraine, which later became part of the Soviet Union. Vernadsky also brought in people from the Russian Academy to help organize the Ukrainian Academy, and given the way Ukrainians had been relegated under Imperial Russia to simple “Ukrainian Studies,” the bulk of the educated scholars were Russian. Vernadsky will use it, initially, while preparing Ukrainian aspirants who are beginning to enter the fields of science in education. One can even say that the basis of the Ukrainian nation was laid by an individual who is the first representative of the Russian flag.

If Ukraine can return to this tradition today, it would help undo the damage done to the Anglo-American “divide and rule” policy, which pitted Ukraine against Russia in the NATO proxy war.

Today the Ukrainian Academy lives the same as the National Library of Ukraine, which still bears the name Vernadsky. Vernadsky’s portrait, as far as I know, still bears the 1,000 hryvnia note, the hryvnia, although someone has now suggested replacing it with a portrait of Ukrainian fascist icon Stepan Bandera – another piece of craziness coming from a rather undisturbed country.

For us, the lesson should be a return to our own best traditions, which are also subject to a campaign of “abolition of culture” similar to the one that seriously disrupted the mind of the Ukrainian nation. We had a Manhattan Project-style science program in the 1960s under John F. Kennedy, in which the goal of sending a man to the moon and returning him to Earth became the sole goal of our leaders, our education system, our science system. institutions. This, in turn, has created an enormous sense of optimism among the population. We lost it and suffered a lot because of it. We can read his dismal results every day in our newspapers.

But to achieve that today, we must reject the small-mindedness of our current political leaders. Other countries follow this example, China in particular, certainly, as well as Russia, albeit under repressive conditions created by the West. If we try to cut off trade, restrict the sharing of scientific information, and implement a policy of hypothetical technological apartheid against China and other countries that wish to develop their own scientific capabilities, we are violating everything that has already made America great.

We must return to the Moon, but not as Imperial Colonel Blimp hoping to plant a flag and occupy the Motherland, but as a representative of humanity in action in cooperation with other space-faring nations, including China and Russia – and with a view to making All For mankind is a space-faring species.

China has just produced a geological map for the exploitation of the moon’s resources, thanks to the efforts of the head of the Institute of Geochemistry, Ouyang Ziyuan, the father of China’s Chang’e Lunar Program.

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Painting by Eric Kraft

Nuclear powered charging concept for lunar manufacture.

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painting by Chris Sloan

Fusion-powered Selenopolis, Kraft Erika’s concept of a city on the moon that would establish humanity’s first multi-global civilization.

Here, we have two paintings – one, Cargo Ship on the Moon, drawn by Eric Kraft. And another, based on a drawing by Kraft Eric, who was so sick with leukemia that he didn’t finish it himself, so he sent it to Lyndon LaRouche’s colleague, Chris Sloan, to draw it. This is Selenopolis, the city of craft on the moon. Let’s move on to building it!

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