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131. Making Moonshine with Hard Science [Kronos $]
... Everyone professes to be amazed. Our party is in power. The Athenians are ablaze with patriotism. They praise Meton all over town. They are certifying my formula in gold letters on a prime wall location! In Meton's name, of course. That will impress the watchtowers and astrological societies-- their President in Gold Letters! He has authorized me to give them all free tickets to the Olympic Games. But not to that barbarian who had the gall to write him, "Meton, stop reinventing the wheel. The Chinese have used your cycle for 100 years, and even the seven intercalations." Not to mention that anonymity from Egypt who sent him a tablet with just the obscenity "F" inscribed on it. Tablet L. The gold letters are staying up, but the opposition is too strong. Meton's calendar will not be adopted after all. They claim that they will check things by the formula from time to time. Why do they do this? For as long as anyone can recollect, the skies have been perfectly regular ...
... to me to constitute a healthy and necessary swing of the scholarly pendulum. Too many archaic American inscriptions have, since the late 19th century, been dismissed as flukes or forgeries; and too many sculptured heads of Caucasoid or Negroid aspect have been called "baby-faces" or "deliberate grotesques." Of the three volumes here chosen for review, Von Wuthenau's is the simplest and most straightforward, Fell's the most complex and difficult. They will therefore be treated in the order: Von Wuthenau, Van Sertima, Fell. If the Chinese were right to maintain that one picture is worth a thousand words, then Von Wuthenau's richly pictorial book comprises a one-volume encyclopedia of prehistory. Following Gordon's prefatory overview of his humanistic schooling and diplomatic experience, the author proceeds to endorse Giambattista Vico's claim that artistic monuments tell more than verbal texts do and to conclude his book with the hope that diffusionist studies may escape the harsh fate of Velikovskyan studies. The pages between consist largely of illustrative plates, many of them in polychrome. Of these, I find the portrait-heads of African ...
133. Sinister Development In Ancient Greece [Science Frontiers Website]
... science? It was all because the Ancient Greeks developed an alphabet that included vowels in addition to the consonants. The Greek language became a full phonetic representation of language. The left side of our brain, it seems, is much more capable than the right in matters phonetic. In contrast, other forms of writing in the ancient world, such as hieroglyphics and vowelless alphabets, are better handled by the right side of the brain. (As an aside, it is interesting that, in the modern world, Japanese and Chinese are better processed by the right side of the brain, while the phonetic representations of language, such as English, are handled better sinistrally.) Back in Ancient Greece, the new alphabet shifted language activities to the left side of the brain. According to J.R. Skoyles, this "unlocked" left-brain competences that had previously been analogous right-brain competences. The newly liberated competences involved rational, analytical, and logical faculties. Thus from the addition of a few vowels sprang Ancient Greece and, in time, modern civilization. ...
134. Science Frontiers #35, SEP-OCT 1984 [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 35: Sep-Oct 1984 Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues Last Issue Next Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Contents Archaeology Ancient Egyptians in Hawaii Sinister Development in Ancient Greece Man the Scavenger A Different Way of Looking At the Universe Astronomy A Quick Quasar Monster Star Lurks Nearby Halley's Comet is Winking At Us Galactic Radiation Belt? Biology Dolphins to the Rescue-- again! Gravity and Going Around in Ellipses Getting the Pouch Right Are Bluebloods More Often Type A? Mind Before Life Caenorhabditis Elegans The Chinese Wild Man Geology An Extraordinary Peat Formation Confusing Seismic Data From the Deep Continental Crust Geophysics Infrared Atmospheric Waves Burning Mass Falls in B.C. Psychology The Immune System As A Sensory Organ Parapsychology: A Lack-of-progress Report Chemistry& Physics Blooms in the Desert? Other Sites of Interest SIS. Catastrophism, archaeoastronomy, ancient history, mythology and astronomy. Lobster. The journal of intelligence and political conspiracy (CIA, FBI, JFK, MI5, NSA, etc) Homeworking.com. Free resource for people thinking about working at home. ABC dating and ...
135. Giant ice block falls in china [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 30: Nov-Dec 1983 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Giant ice block falls in china April 11, 1983. Wuxi, China. In full view of passers-by, a 50-kilogram block of ice hurtled from the sky and splintered on the pavement. The ice was milky white (some say greyish), and apparently of roundish shape before breaking up. Chinese scientists hurried to the scene and were able to preserve specimens. Their study of the meteorological conditions and specimens led them to conclude that the ice was truly meteoric; that is, extraterrestrial. (Wei, Chen; "Giant Ice-Block Falls in East China City," Journal of Meteorology, U.K., 8:188, 1983.) Comment. In the West, such ice falls are automatically attributed to chunks falling from aircraft overhead. From Science Frontiers #30, NOV-DEC 1983.© 1983-2000 William R. Corliss Other Sites of Interest SIS. Catastrophism, archaeoastronomy, ancient history, mythology and astronomy. ...
136. Soil Temperatures Forecast Rainfall Patterns [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 30: Nov-Dec 1983 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Soil Temperatures Forecast Rainfall Patterns Dig a hole about 40 inches deep, take the soil temperature at that depth, and you can predict future wet and dry periods months ahead of time. To illustrate, warm spring soils are usually followed by rainy summers; cold soils precede dry summers most of the time. At first, American scientists doubted this Chinese discovery, but their re-search soon proved that the correlation is even stronger in the United States. The best explanation so far is that soil temperatures affect atmospheric convection and modify weather patterns locally. (Anonymous; "Digging for a Forecast," Science Digest, 91:30, September 1983.) From Science Frontiers #30, NOV-DEC 1983.© 1983-2000 William R. Corliss Other Sites of Interest SIS. Catastrophism, archaeoastronomy, ancient history, mythology and astronomy. Lobster. The journal of intelligence and political conspiracy (CIA, FBI, JFK, MI5, ...
137. Catastrophism And Planetary History [Kronos $]
... interpretation that required him to describe the emergence of our species as a simultaneous event around the globe, identified five river systems as nearly contemporaneous places of origin. Even restricting our view to coincide with Teilhard's we almost always retreat immediately to the traditional view of human endeavors originating in their most significant form in the Tigris-Euphrates valley system thus continuing the outmoded and narrow articulation of our history as predominantly western European. Some historians attempt to dodge the question by suggesting that "history" does not begin until there are written records and while the Chinese and Mayans claim some credit in this department, again the development of historical knowledge is understood as the struggles and triumphs of western peoples. In surveying the written records little consideration is given to petroglyphs and pictographs of non-western peoples because of the inability of western scholars to decipher them. The added difficulty with non-western, non-literate representations of history is that these people, for the most part, only recorded in pictures those incidents that impressed them and, lacking a chronology, they are virtually useless in attaching them to any recognized time-scale ...
138. On the Crab Supernova of 1054 [Kronos $]
... Christian physician of Bagdad, while residing in Constantinople. Writing in Arabic, he says: "One of the well-known epidemics of our own time is that which occurred when the spectacular star appeared in Gemini in the year 446 H. (12 April 1054- 1 April 1055 A.D.)." For clarification, due to differing constellation definition and precession of the equinoxes, what appears in Taurus today appeared closer to Gemini in 1054. Thus, we have unambiguous, independent sightings of an extraordinary celestial event from three cultures- Chinese, Japanese and Arabic. It is clear from the contexts that the records of these sightings are indigenous to the exclusion of a diffusionary explanation. With regard to certain pictographs and petroglyphs in the American Southwest, purported to record the Crab Supernova, this is another matter. It is possible that Sagan may have overstated the validity of these drawings which appear at several sites and show the juxtaposition of a crescent object above a star-like object. The orientation of the crescent with respect to the "star" is not uniform from site ...
139. The Twelfth Planet: by Zecharia Sitchin [Kronos $]
... areas bordering the Mesopotamian plain." For culture, being- unlike civilization- a human universal, has an antiquity of millions of years and an uncertain birthplace. If we postulate Australopithecus as the earliest hominid genus, culture probably began in Africa; but if we accept Ramapithecus as his confamilial predecessor, culture probably began in India. Sitchin's linguistics seems at least as amateurish as his anthropology, biology, and astronomy. On p. 370, for example, he maintains that "all the ancient languages... including early Chinese... stemmed from one primeval source- Sumerian". Sumerian, of course, is the virtual archetype of what linguistic taxonomists call a language-isolate, meaning a language that does not fall into any of the well-known language-families or exhibit clear cognation with any known language. Even if Sitchin is referring to written rather than to spoken language, it is unlikely that his contention can be persuasively defended, since Sumerian ideograms were preceded by the Azilian and Tartarian signaries of Europe as well as by a variety of script-like notational systems between ...
140. Science Frontiers #24, NOV-DEC 1982 [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 24: Nov-Dec 1982 Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues Last Issue Next Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Contents Archaeology Africa Not Man's Origin! Early Chinese Voyages to Australia The Calico Site Revisited Astronomy Mysterious "thing" in Orbit Around Saturn The Spin We're In Islands of Hope for Life Eternal A Hint of Extraterrestrial Oceans Biology Why Cancer? Mice Transmit Human Gene Sequences to Their Progeny Biological Regeneration: Two Anomalies Geology Seismic Ghost Slithers Under California Powerful Earth Current Enters North America From the Pacific The Polyna Mystery Geophysics Balls of Fire Enter Room Through Metal Screens Massive Freak Wave Psychology The Cinema of the Mind Other Sites of Interest SIS. Catastrophism, archaeoastronomy, ancient history, mythology and astronomy. Lobster. The journal of intelligence and political conspiracy (CIA, FBI, JFK, MI5, NSA, etc) Homeworking.com. Free resource for people thinking about working at home. ABC dating and personals. For people looking for relationships. Place your ad free. ...
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