7667Re: [sl] textbook on archaeoastronomy
- May 14, 2013Hi Dan, many belated congratulations on your retirement! When did that happen?
Your paper sounds fascinating and I applaud your efforts to educate the rest of us about these obscure yet relevant pieces of the mystic puzzle. Can youshare the measurements with us (whether in millions of parasangs or whole units)? I am curious what the correspondences are.
As for my prime project, I am just utterly fascinated by the way these numbers do not play nice with the human mind. You might be interested to know that I meditate on the gaps between primes. This is one of the few things that holds my focus these days: they defy order but still inspire a sense of underlying pattern -- maybe even a meta-order...they give hint to the order that higher, more conscious, levels of order are founded upon. I guess I overlay our interest in atomism on this list on to these atoms of the natural numbers. In this way, I meditate on the apparent order of prime numbers much as I previously meditated on the order of the cube (though I certainly haven't found any unbroken pattern to the primes!). So my interest in primes is partially an extension of my interest in the cube. The solitude of primes is quite breathtaking. At any rate, I would be grateful to learn the title of the book you mentioned.
Cheers, Dan. Nice to hear from you again.
I think there is a bit of magic left in this list yet...so thank you for that!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Dan Washburn" <danw@...> wrote:
> Hi, Chris
> Good to hear from you.
> I have finally retired so will have more time to correspond.
> I am currently working on a paper called 'Shi'ur Qomah in the Light of
> Neuropsychological Research'. Shi'ur Qomah is a brief Jewish Mystical text
> dating somewhere from the first century through the 8th. It describes the
> Body of God in detail giving measurements in millions of parasangs (Persian
> miles). Along with the measurements it gives secret divine names for each
> of the limbs. These names are unintelligible, prompting several scholars to
> speculate that they derive from glossolalia.
> I have been trying to get myself up to speed on glossolalia research,
> particularly the research on altered states of consciousness in relation to
> speaking in tongues, since I believe that the Shi'ur Qomah was really a
> method of meditation designed to elicit an altered state.
> I'm having a ball with it and think my paper will be a classic in
> understanding the development of Jewish Mysticism.
> I'm glad you are still working on your valuable cube research. I would
> love to take a look when you are ready.
> Wasn't aware of your prime number project. What are you up to? I have a
> book around somewhere that claims to reveal a message from the eternal in
> the prime number system. It might be helpful.
> Kind Regards,
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> Subject: [sl] textbook on archaeoastronomy
> Greetings sacredlandscapers,
> This 2010 textbook does not appear to be listed in our archives: "The Power
> of Stars: How Celestial Observations Have Shaped Civilization" by Bryan
> The author has put together a textbook for university courses on
> archaeoastronomy, so this may be something close to your hearts, Dan, Barry,
> et al. It is far from perfect, obviously, but it is a useful starting point.
> As an example, I found the chapter on Celestial Architecture to be too
> brief, particularly because we have delved into many of those subtopics in
> more depth on this list. However, the chapter on the Archaeoastronomy of
> Modern Civilization was more novel.
> Check it out.
> Hoping you are all experiencing a pleasant transition between seasons. I,
> for one, am supremely looking forward to summer!
> * * *
> Such a shame to see this landscape list go fallow. Is anyone working on
> anything at the moment, or has anyone had any recent experiences to share,
> that might re-fertilize discussion? I recently vacationed in Thailand and
> was dumbstruck by the spirituality of the population. Very moving and
> As for me, I got a good start on my final chapter to my book on cubes (the
> chapter speaks to Hindu and Buddhist traditions) but my life got flipped
> upside down pretty much as I mentally settled into the chapter. So that's on
> hold until life gets calmer for me. Likewise, I am still working on my prime
> number project but haven't made much headway over the past year due to
> personal experiences.
> How about you? What's the story, morning glory?
> Kind regards,
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