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ANDREW J. GALAMBOS
(1924 - 1997)

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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).

Ideology

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 unknown.

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 world today.

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 website.

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.

First, and 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.

The visitor 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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