Laird Scranton

Laird Scranton is an independent researcher of ancient cosmology and language.  His studies in comparative cosmology have served help synchronize aspects of ancient African, Egyptian, Vedic, Chinese, Polynesian and other world cosmologies, and have led to an alternate approach to reading Egyptian hieroglyphic words.  His degree is in English from Vassar College. (Cont. Below)

He became interested in Dogon mythology and symbolism in the early 1990s. He has studied ancient myth, language, and cosmology since 1997 and has been a lecturer at Colgate University. He also appears in John Anthony West’s Magical Egypt DVD series. He lives in Albany, New York.   His writings include books and articles published or taught by Colgate University, Temple University and the University of Chicago.

Laird Scranton's Latest Book

The Velikovsky Heresies: Worlds in Collision and Ancient Catastrophes Revisited

From the Back Cover


The Velikovsky Heresies: Worlds in Collision and Ancient Catastrophes Revisited Surrounded by controversy even before its publication in 1950, Immanuel Velikovsky’s Worlds in Collision introduced the provocative theory that Venus began as a brilliant comet ejected by Jupiter around 1600 BCE, wreaking chaos on Mars and Earth as it roamed through our solar system prior to settling into its current orbit. Immediately dismissed without any investigation and subject to vicious attacks, Velikovsky’s theory is now poised for reexamination in light of recent astronomical and archaeological findings.

Exploring the key points of Velikovsky’s theories, Laird Scranton presents evidence from recent space probe missions to show that Venus still exhibits comet-like properties, such as its atmospheric composition, and could be a young planet. Reviewing the widespread comet-like descriptions of Venus from 1500 BCE to 750 BCE as well as Velikovsky’s observation that no records of Venus exist prior to 1600 BCE, Scranton reveals recently translated ancient texts from China, Korea, and Japan that further uphold Velikovsky’s theories. Examining evidence of major geomagnetic and climate-change events around 1500 BCE and 750 BCE, corresponding with close passes of the comet Venus and its impact with Mars, the author offers scientific explanations for many disputed aspects of Velikovsky’s theories, such as how Venus transformed from a comet into an orbiting planet. By updating this unresolved controversy with new scientific evidence, Scranton helps us to understand how it was that Worlds in Collision was the one book found open on Albert Einstein’s desk at the time of his death.

Laird Scranton Video

  • Laird Scranton | Velikovsky: Ancient Catastrophes

    Velikovsky Ancient Catastrophes. Laird Scranton joins Dr. Rita Louise on Just Energy Radio where they discuss the controversial work of Immanuel Velikovsky and his book Worlds In Collision.

  • Laird Scranton | Symbols of the Dogon

    Laird Scranton is the author of “The Science of the Dogon: Decoding the African Mystery Tradition” and “Sacred Symbols of the Dogon: The Key to Advanced Science in the Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs”. He’s got a new book coming out in October called” The Cosmological Origins of Myth and Symbol: From the Dogon and Ancient Egypt to India, Tibet, and China”. Laird has done extensive research on the intriguing Dogon people of North West Africa, their symbols, myths and mysterious origins of their knowledge. Topics Discussed: Dogon, Mali, Religious Tradition, Beta Israel, Ethiopian Jews, Comparative Cosmology, Written Language, Signature of the Parent Tradition, 15-20 Sub Languages, Ama, Amen, Serpent, Walter Van Beek, Symbolism of the Stupa, Sirius, Sbat, Cosmology of the Dogon, Binary Star System, Freemasonic Symbols, Astrological Symbols, Buddhism, Zep Tepi, Göbleki Tepe, Hebrew and Egyptian Hieroglyphs. Don’t miss our second hour with Laird Scranton for more about the Dogon People, their Scientific Knowledge, the Cosmological Plan of the Teachers, Symbols and Myth. We discuss Genetic Engineering of seeds and Humans, what ancient cultures say about Prophecy, Catastrophe, and the Return of these “Teachers”. What is the relationship to the Myths about the Fish, Jesus, the “Mer-people” or fish people and the symbolism of the Dog, Sirius the Dog Star? We also go into the Symbolism of the Crop Circles, languages that are Vowels, Gematria and more about “The Cosmological Origins of Myth and Symbol”.

  • Laird Scranton at CPAK 2008

    Laird Scranton at CPAK 2008. The Dogon, an outwardly primitive African tribe from modern-day Mali, preserve a detailed cosmology in ancient form, cast in the themes, symbols and storylines of the classic world mythologies, and couched in the clearest of modern terms, yet expressed using ancient Egyptian words. The cosmology is founded on an aligned ritual shrine that takes the same form and evokes the same symbolism as a Buddhist stupa, and culminates in a religious tradition that expresses itself through many of the signature rituals of Judaism, such as the wearing of skull caps and prayer shawls, the practice of circumcision, and the celebration of a Jubilee year.  This presentation is an introduction to a pivotal culture that appears to stand at the very crossroads of ancient knowledge.