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101. An Introduction to the Evidence of the Panchasiddhantika [SIS C&C Review $]
... which are essentially similar to those known at the present day. Thibaut derives various year lengths from the data cited by Varaha Mihira, for instance, and none of them are at all far removed from 365 days 6 hours. Thibaut also claims that quite a high proportion of the material in the more "modern" of these Siddhantas consists essentially of the teachings of Hipparchus (and/or Ptolemy) grafted on to appreciably older Hindu original matter. Neugebauer and Pingree trace not dissimilar Babylonian associations. The only references to the "strange synodic periods" [3 which have so far been identified, and which are of such interest to us, occur in the last 16 stanzas of the 18th (and final) chapter of the Panchasiddhantika (termed the 17th chapter in Neugebauer and Pingree's translation). It is far from clear from where they originate, or even how they fit into the pattern of the Panchasiddhantika as a whole, and it needs to be emphasised that they occupy only two of the 103 pages which comprise the whole translation (and from which ...
102. On the Nature of Cometary Symbolism [Kronos $]
... tell of a comet-like body issuing in serpentine fashion from the sun god, then- after a period of celestial upheaval- wrapping itself around the god to form an enclosure. Mythically, the body of the celestial "serpent" is so closely associated with the circular dwelling of the Saturn-sun as to suggest a crucial symbolic identity: the "tail" of the Venus-comet and the band of the enclosed sun are, if not mythologically synonymous, at least inseparably connected. THE GREAT COMET It is well known that early man had many strange beliefs about comets, associating their appearance with the death of kings, the end of world ages, and universal conflagrations.(1) But since none of these beliefs accord with the modern experience of comets, one is left with three ways of explaining the disparity: 1) The ancients simply made up their ideas about comets without any basis in natural experience. 2) Their traditions combined various actual experiences, perhaps adding purely imaginative elements. 3) The strange mythical imagery attached to comets derives from the dramatic character of ...
103. Letters [SIS C&C Review $]
... of 365.242 days' are datable after the event which many of us think changed the orbits, year lengths etc.? Michael's second paragraph infers that the current year length has been with us for a long time. His observation that the knowledge that the year was 365.242 days in length 'could only have been known to a small band of dedicated astronomers' flies in the face of how the Mayan Priests controlled the fears of the 'great unwashed'. Their whole purpose was to keep track of the cycle of days, linking that strange 260 day calendar into whatever annual cycle then existed. Michael denigrates the purpose of Maya calendrics by inferring that the 'vast majority of Mayans were more concerned with superstitions than with astronomical realities'. I agree that the great unwashed of Maya times were concerned with their process of lucky and unlucky days. It is this point that causes me to wonder how the unlucky days could be aligned with the continuous 260 day count if there were really 365.242 days in the year. Not only the king but the most obtuse peasant farmer would ...
104. TPOD Subject Index [Thunderbolts Website]
... 06, 2004 Asteroid Ida Mar 28, 2006 Asteroid Itokawa Jul 14, 2005 Asteroids That Should Not Be Sep 29, 2004 Big Holes in Little Moons July 20, 2004 Blushing Asteroid July 12, 2004 Craters on Eros Jul 12, 2006 "Doomsday Asteroids" Enchant Astronomers May 11, 2005 Eros: Got Erosion? Apr 07, 2006 When Asteroids Become Comets Atmospheres Jan 24, 2005 Seen Through Titan's Haze Feb 04, 2005 The Atmosphere of Venus Feb 07, 2005 The Electrified Atmosphere of Venus Jan 20, 2005 Titan's Strange Atmosphere Dec 08, 2005 Titans's Winds Aug 17, 2005 Missing Air of Mars Atmospheric Phenomena Nov 23, 2006 A, B, C, D, Electric Solar System Jul 14, 2006 Saturn's Dragon Storm Auroras Sep 08, 2004 Complete the Circuit Aug 15, 2005 Electric Lights on Saturn Mar 02, 2005 The Electric Earth Big Bang Dec 27, 2004 Big Bang a Big Loser in 2005 Feb 14, 2005 Big Bang Distortions Sep 04, 2006 Bullet Cluster Shoots Down Big Bang Sep 14, 2004 Death Star Apr ...
105. Monitor [SIS C&C Review $]
... some bacteria on Earth) and organic molecules never found before in a Martian meteorite. They declared the globules were formed about 3.6 billion years ago, when water was present on the surface of Mars. However there are doubts. Organic molecules are not common in asteroids and meteorites from any known planet- so could it have become contaminated on Earth? The dating of the 'fossils' was queried and it was pointed out that the inclusions approached the limit of size capable of containing genetic material, although microorganisms on Earth live in some strange places and some are almost as small, though those which produce magnetite crystals are much larger. Some chemists say the temperature necessary to form the carbonate globules was far too high to allow life. By the end of the year further studies argued against the structures being microfossils. In 1881and 1961claims were made of 'fossils' in meteorites, both later explained as natural crystals or terrestrial contamination. We await the results of the next Mars investigations with interest. Sun.... Science Frontiers 108, Nov-Dec 1996, p. ...
106. Astronomy and Chronology [Pensee]
... of Eusebius and Africanus differ especially with respect to the duration of the dynasties; they are both at variance with the royal successions as quoted by Josephus from Manetho (3). Besides these discrepancies, the main confusion arises from the fact that it is not easy to determine which of the kings known from monumental inscriptions are meant by Manetho. The list is "so terribly mangled by copyists that it would be most unsafe to trust its data" unless it is confirmed by other evidence (4). Sequences of kings with strange names never found on monuments fill the various versions of Manetho. There is reason to think that the copyists mutilated a list that had come from the hand of its author in an already chaotic and untrustworthy state. "The chronology of Manetho" is "a late, careless and uncritical compilation, which can be proven wrong from the contemporary monuments in the vast majority of cases, where such monuments have survived" (5). Despite the fact that Manetho's lists were discredited by the documentary evidence of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth ...
107. Psychoceramics [Aeon Journal $]
... a fundamental discovery.) Only in the biological sciences have we seen anything more than developmental advances in this time slot. However, all the changes we have otherwise witnessed and which have affected our view of the world have been cosmetic overlays of a rather baneful philosophy-- a philosophic worldview which has been intensifying over at least the last century and a half and is ripe for a revolutionary change. (The one notable exception which may have far-reaching consequences-- that of chaos theory-- was first proposed under the rubric strange attractor (4) in 1963. Chaos theory has the potential to upset the status quo applecart if it's allowed to progress without deceptive interference. More on this later.) Further, most of these changes have been orchestrated in a deft and subtle manner within given paradigms, la science philosopher Thomas Kuhn, sometimes even unwittingly, by the very community that by definition should have had a purely objective and a genuinely open mind about how science and society should be served. It has been described on occasion as "institutionalized skepticism ...
108. The Dating of the El-Amarna Letters [SIS C&C Review $]
... the conventional chronology, have suggested that Jehoram of Israel did not exist as a separate entity from his southern namesake. Writing in the 1927 edition of the Cambridge Ancient History (6), S. A. Cook discussed the similarities in the names and policies of the two Jehorams: "The coincidence of these traditions may tempt the conjecture that there was only one Jehoram over a single kingdom, and that we have the Judaean and Ephraemite versions." And the "ghost" Jehoram hypothesis has been re-argued more recently by John Strange of Copenhagen, in a paper read at the annual meeting of the Collegium Biblicum in January 1973. Strange believes that "the Deuteronomist deliberately used every ambiguity in his sources and created a 'ghost' in Israel" (7). But neither Strange nor Cook argued that some of Ahab's years and deeds had been attributed to this "ghost" Jehoram. Some scholars (8) have gone even further and suggested that the Syrian wars attributed to Jehoram in the Bible really refer to events in the days of Jehoahaz of Israel ...
109. Science Frontiers 1977-1978 [Catastrophism Geology $]
... encircle the southern end of Africa. In the United States, the centers of the circles fall in a northwesterly trend in Arizona; northeasterly in the Appalachians. These circular structures may have been created about 4 billion years ago by intense meteorite bombardment similar to and perhaps identical with the bombardment that marked the surfaces of the moon and other inner planets. (Saul, John M.; "Circular Structures of Large Scale and Great Age on the Earth's Surface", Nature, 271:345-349, 1978). ECHO SOUNDER OUTLINES STRANGE PATCHES OVER UNDERWATER PEAKS February 11, 1977, on the S.S. Remuera, in the South Pacific (00 0 24'S, 88 0 06'W). The echo sounder clearly showed an undulating sea floor with sharp peaks, some 600 fathoms below the ship. The peaks were recorded distinctly but above several faint, elongated, flame-like patches were noted. These patches were interpreted as changes in water density due, perhaps, to volcanic or hydrothermal activity. (Howard, K. E.; "Soundings in a Volcanic Area ...
110. GODS FIRE: [Quantavolution Website]
... heaven. In most of this construction is to be seen a cultural heritage going back long before Moses and deriving from many gentile nations. Yahweh, himself an old god in many ways, puts old things together to make new ones. But when it comes to mirroring himself, Yahweh is avant-garde. There is no throne in the Tabernacle. He is not carried about as a beautifully enthroned image, as Arabs carried their palladium and Europeans carry their saints and the Son of God. He has a "Mercy Seat"- strange contradictory words of the King James translation- the lid of the Ark-box a "vehicle" is the more literal translation- where he makes himself visible from time to time. That invisibility had drawbacks is indicated by the Revolt of the Golden Calf when, before Moses' designs can be implemented, a great many Israelites melt their gold and fashion an animal form whom they immediately term their god. (See figure 7.) This is usually regarded as Baal, but "what Baal?" is the question, for ...
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