reply to post by ExScientiaVeritas
Unfortunately, it's a pretty well known fact that us human beings make very poor data gathering machines. We are constantly influenced by things
(both knowingly and unknowingly). Sometimes our very mood can affect how we see things, or think about them.
For example, one morning you'll get up, see and hear the birds singing. If you are well rested and feel good, you may enjoy what you are seeing and
However, if you wake up from a restless night, with a hang over or sick, you might very well instead look at those birds and wish you had a shot
Our brains are easily fooled all the time. We look at "optical illusions" and see things that are not really there, not because there is something
wrong with our eyes, but because our brains are having a hard time analyzing the data that the eyes are giving it.
We look at random things, and our brains try very, very hard to put some sort of order or pattern that we recognize in them. We call that Matrixing.
Machines that we build, or in animate objects we use, don't suffer from this. They don't lie (unless we made them to do that). They don't suffer
from mood swings, hang overs, or getting sick. They record everything they are made to record, unlike us humans who can drive past the same building
every day for 20 years and never notice what color the window shutters are.........
Sun dials, monolithic structures, etc that are used to mark the position of the sun would show any differences that are not suppose to be there
(unless they themselves get moved, due to earthquakes, high velocity winds, or little kids who think your sundial is a cool thing to lean on!).
You on the other and (and your wife), were in a moving car, observing something with your eyes. Was the sun always there? Are you 100% sure? Is it
recorded somewhere in you?
Could it be that both of you may have thought something was wrong, but only because you might be mis-remembering something?
I would lean to that last part. As to why both you and your wife noticed this independently of each other: is it possible that recently you were both
discussing something that involved the sun? The weather? The earth?
I don't know how long you have been married, and I have NO scientific evidence to back up what I'm about to say. But I can tell you now: I've been
married so long, that I can tell when my wife is craving chocolate while she's at work.....because suddenly, 20 miles away, I'll suddenly start
craving chocolate myself.......and I don't even LIKE chocolate!
As for the sun feeling hotter:
Again, this might be simply about perception. I've gone outside on days that were 98 deg F, and it wasn't the sun feeling hot on me, but the air.
Where as just last week, while it was only 80 deg F outside, the sun's rays felt hot to me.
Today, it's windy....and the suns rays do not feel hot to me at all.
While we do react to temperatures with our skin......we don't record it. Thermometers do that. People will feel different things, depending on
A person with a fever will feel cold and even shake from the chills, even though you might be standing next to them in shorts, sweating a lot.
Someone else could be out in the snow, with no coat on, while their friend is bundled up like they are ready to go to the North Pole.
Again, it's really about perception.