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The Armenian Stonehenge (without painting themselves blue)

In Random on November 22, 2012 at 2:47 am

History of Carahunge (borrowed from http://www.carahunge.com/history.html ” 2004 © CARAHUNGE ” All rights reserved)

Around 200km from Yerevan, the capital of the Republic of Armenia, not far from the town of Sisian, there is a Prehistoric Monument consisting of hundreds of Standing Stones on a territorial area of approximately 7 hectares.
Many of these stones have smooth angled holes of 4 to 5cm in diameter, the angles of the holes being directed at different points on the horizon and outer space.

Professor Paris Herouni, a member of the Armenian National Academy of Science and President of the Radiophysics Research Institute in Yerevan, has undertaken a series of scientific expeditions, starting from 1994 (four days each occasion), the timing of these expeditions being at equinox and solstice days. The objective of this research was to investigate and try to solve the mysteries of this Monument.

During these expeditions, the following tasks were achieved:
• 223 Stones were numbered, 84 of which were found to have holes;
• the exact topographical map of the Monument was prepared;
• the latitude, longitude and magnetic deviation of the site was measured; and
• many unique astronomic instruments consisting of one, two or three Stones were identified, and using these, many observations of the Sun, Moon and stars at their rising, setting and culmination moments, were made.

Research to date has established that the name of the Monument was carahunge (“Speaking Stones”). The age of Carahunge has been estimated to be 7500 years or older (VI millennium BC). This was accurately ascertained by taking readings of the motion of the Sun, Moon and stars, using four independent astronomical methods based on the laws of the changes of the Earth’s axis precession and incline.

The period when Carahunge’s activities took place was also calculated, this being a period of more than 5500 years. It was also demonstrated that the main functions of Karahunge were:
1). to serve as the temple of AR (Sun) – The Father and Main God of the Armenians;
2). to provide protection through TIR, the old Armenian God of science;
3). to play the role of a large and sophisticated Observatory (the North and South stone Arms); and
4). to serve as a University.

(The Armenian scientists of old, during the time of Carahunge, could accurately measure latitude; knew that the Earth was ball-shaped; that its radius was equal to 6300km; had an accurate calendar, etc). These scientists also planned and were involved in the implementation of other well known ancient Monuments, such as the Great Pyramid in Egypt (3000 years “younger” than Carahunge); Stonehenge in England (3500 years “younger”); and others. Many of these Monuments retain until now, a link with the original Armenian name, e.g. Stonehenge, which has the same connotation as Carahunge, because “stone” in Armenian is “kar” and “henge” (a word which is absent in English) is the same “hunge” (voice, sound, echo in Armenian).Another example is Callanish in Scotland (Luis island in North Gebrids), because “kal” = “car”, “nish” in Armenian is “sign” and Luis is “light”. The same principle applies to the name given to the standing Stones in Carnac in Brittany (France), in Egypt, etc.Finally, it must be very interesting to our readers that many of the world’s well known ancient Monuments were built in definite and equal latitudinal distances from Karahunge. For example, the latitude difference between Karahunge and Stonehenge is about +10°; Karahunge and the Great Pyramid is about –10°; between Carahunge,Kallanish and the oldest Egyptian observatory and Temple of the Principal God RA (AR), near present Assuan, is ±16°.Armenian scientists of old knew mathematics, geometry, written language, astronomy, philosophy, etc. There were laws and order in existence, and Armenia was a Kingdom with dynasties. Carahunge confirms that Armenia was the first civilization on Earth, propagated knowledge and kindness everywhere and was the cradle of Indo-Europeans and Indo- European languages.

” 2004 © CARAHUNGE ” All rights reserved

Thinking about thinking about thinking

In College, Random on November 18, 2012 at 2:45 am

I’ve just written the penultimate draft of my paper that is due Tuesday. I saved it, and closed Word. I had to.  Final edits tomorrow, of which the ultimate goal is to take my 6.25 pages of 1.5 spaced text (not including abstract and citations) and distill it down to a readable 5 pages. This is the tough because there are so many points that I’m trying to make.  It literally comes down to whether I am wasting words or not.

This paper was about metacognition. Writing a paper on metacognition (loosely defined as thinking about thinking) is the act of thinking about thinking about thinking. This was, so far, the toughest of the papers as we have to avoid other topics that we have written about before, such as visual perception, the preattentive mechanism, and cognition, affordances and mental models. as well as avoiding the topic of the final paper for the semester, working memory.

My brain is fried.  I concentrated on two specific topics in the current paper: learning styles support in gaining facility with Evernote and information foraging support in Evernote once facility is achieved through notebooks and tagging features. After I saved the file and closed word, I grabbed a dram of Macallan because I figured I deserved it after getting through this topic…at least to the point that I have all the content I want to have generated in the flow that I wanted.  I can relax now.

The fact that I am writing this update is so that I’m writing something other than a scientific research treatise, a status update to execs or a motivation note to my employees. I just needed to express myself in a plain manner.  As with any blogger, the act of writing is auto-didactic since I’m figuring things out while I’m writing without a specific purpose at the moment except to write what I’m thinking.

Damn…that’s metacognition…All work and no play makes jack a dull boy

All work and no play makes jack a dull boy…

All work and no play makes jack a dull boy…

🙂