reply to post by undo
undo, that IS compelling....and since I was born under the sign of 'Taurus' (April 22...actually I'm a cusp kid) it is fascinating, on one
...but on another level, I'm just not convinced as to the viability of Astrology.
I will reserve judgement, until I know more.
As to the magical number of '7'...."Seven Seas". "Seven Pleiades". Why seven?
We actually have ONE big ocean, on planet Earth, once you take a look from a great enough distance. I'm sure that with proper optical equipment, as
you view the Pleiades, you will see more than seven stars there...and remember, the Galaxy is three-dimensional, so even IF you see seven stars in a
'cluster' from our current vantage point, you may not assume they are all seven in close proximity.....it's like looking at a row of trees through
a telephoto lens, and assuming they're all grouped together.
Again, why 'seven'?? Why not 'ten'?? After all, we have ten fingers. Why not 'twenty', because one could count fingers and toes, and arrive
at that "magical" number as well.
Or two?? We have two hands....carrying on this, we have four limbs....
You see? It requires a leap of logic to suppose there is a connection, to this number 'seven'.... a thought just occured.... we Humans use a number
system that is base-ten, BECAUSE we have ten fingers. It is simple (to us) but IF a species had, say.....EIGHT fingers, what would they have used?
Computers, of course, are binary....even as they get faster and faster, it is still just a bunch of 0's and 1's....each bit means something to the
computer, but most of us mortals are clueless (hence my siggy)
I'm bringing it back to Home BASE, I promise...some more ancient cultures (see Mayan) saw twelve as a sacred number...why? Six-fingered aliens???
So, what we have is a mixture of twelve 'months' (based on the orbit of the Moon) to define our year. The 'months' are named after variations of
Greek Gods' names....the 'calendar' needed to be codified to aid in planting and harvesting crops, once we Humans became Agrarian. Not sure if
that's the right word, but after Humans began to settle, and stop being Nomadic, they had to know the 'seasons' as we've learned to call them,
when to plant, when to harvest, in order to promote civilization, and permanent cities, etc.
Sorry if I'm sounding dis-jointed, but there IS a coherency here....
It's all about the numbers....WHY 'seven'? Seven IS a Prime number, but so are one, three and five that come before it...
MY proposal, my thoughts are...a species sufficiently advanced technogically to have built 'StarGates' may have used a different numbering system
than base-ten. So, what we see, as Humans is not being able to 'see' the trees because the forest is in the way!!
Maybe this imagined species used the hexadecimal system.....they only had THREE fingers....one digit opposable....kinda sorta like some possible
reptilian evolution, to use an Earth example.
Regardless....it is ALL speculation.
COULD a StarGate exist? Certainly. Given the possiblity of a species that evolved a few centuries...or even a thousand centuries before Humans,
somewhere else in our Galaxy. A species that achieved 'Level II' sentience.....without destroying themselves in the process....plausible.
WOULD they have found US? In this far-flung region of the Galaxy, way out on one of the Spiral Arms....virtually in the Suburbs....???
Makes one wonder....and focus, again on advancing science, and our own technology, so we can build space ships to go exploring!