ANDREW J. GALAMBOS
In the lexicon of the English language, the
joining of the word,
"Volition", to the word, "Science"
and in the process creating a new and unique theory, was promulgated by
Andrew J. Galambos (1924 - 1997) during the active years
(from the early 1960's to the late 1970's) of the operation of his Free Enterprise Institute (FEI).
Interestingly enough, the suggestion for selecting "Volition" as
both a title to as well as the
main descriptor of the science was not the original idea of the innovator
himself but, rather, that of his then collaborative associate Jay Stuart Snelson (a more
definitive discussion of Snelson's collaboration and subsequent contribution to the work of Galambos will
be presented under Snelson's foundation stone entry).
In arriving at his social science conclusions through the
formulation of his Theory of Volition, and with a background in physics, Galambos employed the tools of the
scientific method including semantic precision used so effectively in the physical sciences
to render observable rather than imagined cause and effect explanations of nature that, in
turn, have provided mankind with so many positive products of both mind and
matter to elevate the standard of living to heights previously
His work became a natural continuation of the great
scientific revolution that began in the 16th century with the
establishment of Copernicus' heliocentric model based on the observed
motions of celestial objects rather than the imagined position
of earth as the center of the universe.
Galambos, however as a true
innovator of social cause and effect study, is among the first to employ the
tools of the physical sciences, especially the
scientific method, to the task
of explaining the false beliefs of the social sciences in order to provide
alternative and effective solutions to the myriad problems that plague our
As one of the foundation concepts of his innovation, Galambos viewed all human knowledge as
falling into three ideological categories: 1) Physical Science (which he preferred to
label, "Natural Science"); 2) Biological Science (which he felt was a
derivative or subset of Natural Science, yet distinct), and; 3) Volitional Science, the
science he promulgated through two of his most important FEI lectures:
V-50 and V-201 (the "V" designating "Volition" as suggested by Jay Snelson) as derivatives of his original courses F-100 and F-201 (the "F"
designating "Freedom" as the acronym descriptor).
Galambos viewed the
historical socially relevant and willing choices (volition) of humans
through their imagined beliefs as the sum and substance of what has been in error since the dawn
of time. The application of the scientific method to explain and correct the
negative social science cause and effect results of the modern age,
previously thought not possible by other great past and then present
freethinkers, was a unique and profound accomplishment.
As an astrophysicist, he theorized
that by applying
the scientific method, with its discipline of observing and
skeptically challenging cause and
effect social results, coupled with semantic precision, would lead to a
better understanding of our place in the universe and a subsequent increase
of material conveniences of the modern age to make life more
productive, more protected, more free and more enjoyable.
From this website author's perspective, the ideas
of Galambos cannot be overstated. His contribution to the understanding of
how the human species can advance in positive human thought,
understanding and action, through his ideology of Volitional Science, based
on the scientific method, represents one of the three foundation stones of the "Pathways" analogy of this
Further References and Links
Andrew J. Galambos was a revered as well as controversial
figure within the presentation arena of his own theory of "volitional science" scene
as he held forth with his ideology through his pay-for-lectures at his
Free Enterprise Institute. In the research undertaken by the author of this website, in search
of the many posthumous sources related to both the man and his work, that
reverence and controversy emerges in the links to follow.
most importantly, the visitor is encouraged to become familiar with
Galambos' work through
the publication of an eBook being undertaken by
Frederic G. Marks, a
lifelong friend, student, confidant, and legal counselor when Galambos lived and
now has taken the role of posthumous chronicler of Galambos' monumental work
in an effort to preserve this great social science innovator's legacy. This
is the seminal and most definitive explanation of both Galambos as a
man and Galambos as an innovator.
In addition, since Galambos promulgated
his new ideology verbally through a large number of lectures during the
operation of his Free Enterprise Institute
and subsequently never published in written form as was his intention (with the exception of the
publishing of the transcription of one of his lecture series (V-50) by his
trustees), the visitor here also is invited to visit the website maintained
by his trustees. Certain products are offered with certain qualifications
which would give an interested party access to his presentations for self evaluation.
now is invited to probe and investigate these many references to follow in order to arrive
at an independent appraisal of Galambos and his work. The intent of this
website is not to draw a conclusion that serves as the hallmark of his
accomplishments but, rather, to provide the wide array of opinion and
insight provided by those who knew the man, attended his many lectures,
worked directly within his frame of reference and even maintained a personal
and/or business relationship while he lived. Your host and creator of this
website is one of those individuals.
It is important to note
that, like many brilliant minds of the past, Galambos' legacy derives from
both accolades of achievement and derision from the opinion of those who
encountered his ideology from afar without understanding his personal frame
of reference molded by the influence of parents, social mores, environment,
historical events, physical science education and personal conduct. He was both genius in thought and
human in conduct -- both of which define his everlasting legacy.
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