New Views over Megalithia

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Re: New Views over Megalithia

Postby Mick Harper » 9:29 am

Let us not forget that the stealing of the Stone of Scone by Scottish students in 1950 gave birth to Scottish Nationalism. Spooky.
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Re: New Views over Megalithia

Postby TisILeclerc » 10:27 pm

The SNP was formed a long time before the 1950s.

Anyway here's some more on the Egyptian standing stones. There are things buried beneath them and the whole area has been computer modelled to constellations and stars in around Four to Six thousand BC.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FPN3V7arFI
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Re: New Views over Megalithia

Postby Boreades » 10:53 pm

Nice video, thanks.

Have we mentioned Nabta Playa before?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nabta_Playa

Due south of Alexandria. Hmm...

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Re: New Views over Megalithia

Postby TisILeclerc » 8:22 am

Nice map Borry.

Yes, go back a page and there are a few links to the sand castle.

It's interesting that it's due south of Alexandria but it's also very close to the Tropic of Cancer.

22.51° north, 30.73° east compared with 23°26′N 25°0′E for the Tropic of Cancer. Although that Tropic does move as the Mexicans have noted on their road signs.

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Carretera 83 (Vía Corta) Zaragoza-Victoria, km 27+800. Of all crossings of the Tropic of Cancer with Mexican federal highways, this is the only place where the latitude is marked with precision and where the annual drift between the years 2005 and 2010 can be appreciated.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropic_of_Cancer

More linear than circular. I wonder where it was when this stone circle was built?
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Re: New Views over Megalithia

Postby Boreades » 6:54 pm

I can't make head or tail of this. Can anyone explain what it means?

THEORETICAL SAMPLING OF SIMULATED POPULATIONS AT WEST KENNET AVENUE, WILSHIRE, ENGLAND: TRANSCENDING THE INDIVIDUALISTIC FALLACY IN ARCHAEOASTRONOMY BY CONSIDERING MONUMENT DESIGN AND LANDSCAPE PHENOMENOLOGY AS COUPLED SYSTEMS


There's more...

The dominant methodology in archaeoastronomy is the statistical testing of regional groups of monuments. Such tests for the null hypothesis cannot be used for unique monuments like Stonehenge and Avebury monument complexes in England, nor do they raise inquiry to the level of the meaning of these or even regional groups of monuments. To interpret the collective representations of the ancient monument builders an additional method for archaeoastronomy is to treat monument design and landscape context as a terrain of choices and, together with skyscape, as coupled systems. Competing models of meaning can then be tested by theoretically sampling these domains.


For some strange reason, it reminds me of the Sokal affair

The Sokal affair, also called the Sokal hoax, was a scholarly publishing sting perpetrated by Alan Sokal, a physics professor at New York University and University College London. In 1996, Sokal submitted an article to Social Text, an academic journal of postmodern cultural studies. The submission was an experiment to test the journal's intellectual rigor and, specifically, to investigate whether "a leading North American journal of cultural studies—whose editorial collective includes such luminaries as Fredric Jameson and Andrew Ross—[would] publish an article liberally salted with nonsense if (a) it sounded good and (b) it flattered the editors' ideological preconceptions".

The article, "Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity", was published in the Social Text spring/summer 1996 "Science Wars" issue. It proposed that quantum gravity is a social and linguistic construct. At that time, the journal did not practice academic peer review and it did not submit the article for outside expert review by a physicist. Three weeks after its publication in May 1996, Sokal revealed in Lingua Franca that the article was a hoax.


But surely that can't be the case here? The author appears to be a "serious academic".

Lionel Sims is Emeritus Head of Anthropology at the University of East London, Vice President of the European Society for Astronomy in Culture (SEAC), member of the Avebury Sacred Sites Forum, part time lecturer for the Worker's Educational Association.


Refs:
https://www.academia.edu/22251902/THEOR ... card=title

https://wiki2.org/en/Sokal_affair+Newton

Footnote:
Am I confusing "Avebury Sacred Sites Forum" with the Sacred Sites website?
https://sacredsites.com/europe/england/avebury.html
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Re: New Views over Megalithia

Postby Mick Harper » 8:40 pm

I fully sympathise, Borry, but we have to distinguish between the two purposes of academese. Far and away its most useful attribute is to say nothing without revealing the trite set of truisms and can-never-be-provens contained in the paper. The other, much rarer use, is to disguise a position that is quite radical without scaring the sleeping horses. Thus

THEORETICAL SAMPLING OF SIMULATED POPULATIONS

sounds like at least one made-up number too far but could be applied to our own Megalithic Empire model by taking the present rural population and making various adjustments to take into account purely modern and non-agricultural additions -- I am assuming 'populations' refers to people and not statistics. Similarly

TRANSCENDING THE INDIVIDUALISTIC FALLACY IN ARCHAEOASTRONOMY BY CONSIDERING MONUMENT DESIGN AND LANDSCAPE PHENOMENOLOGY AS COUPLED SYSTEMS

might appear gobblededooky but we ourselves hold that Stonehenge and Avebury are coupled whilst 'normal' stone circles are to be considered, not individually, but as a system. And so on. The scattergun listing of the author's titles is also revealing but not necessarily damning. I am myself a one-time part-time lecturer for the WEA but I wouldn't put it on my resumé if I was a head of a university department however emeritus. This by the way might indicate a case of Old Turk Syndrome i.e. someone who can afford to kick over the traces. Unless I wanted to signal my left-wing credentials but that hardly seems appropriate in this context.

We need to know more but I am loath to set Hatty loose on the paper itself as she has just returned from a holiday and needs a rest.
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