Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Not so Metaphysical, After All

Surfing the net can yield surprising results. Having been skeptical about anything that I could not apprehend through the five senses myself for many years, it was almost a modus vivendi to doubt. To ask for proof, even if seldom receiving any, but heck! I had to support my belief system! Or, shall I say disbelief?
After experiences that I would term as shattering as they negated all that I had been living by, I returned, after 20 years, to asking questions. And I kept at it. Still do. Now, I’m interested in learning all about searching for possibilities, especially since my exposure to things unfathomable to perception (mine) through the accepted five senses has brought me surprising discoveries... I know that I mentioned Winston Wu in a previous post. He simply is using the tactics that I used for debunking anything that didn’t fit in my own concept of the universe. Thankfully, I’m now more accepting that there isn’t just one version of the Universe and that there might be other “realities out there”.  The ultimate Reality, however, might still be beyond our ken.
However, in this post, I want to mention Lloyd Pye, the Hominid and Starchild researcher, who has a very interesting video about climates across the map, and eventually relates it all to the map that we use in the Western World. It’s mind-blowing. It makes it awfully hard to refute the findings, i.e. the accepted concept that the Mercator map (dating back to 1569) is representing the Earth continents correctly. It appears all wrong! Period. I recall that years ago, I did wonder why, if the Equator sits halfway between the Northern and Southern hemispheres, in fact delineating them, the physical representation of this hypothetical line should be so LOW down on the world map. But it was no more than a fleeting thought. (I was young and foolish, in those days.)  
I had seen the Peter map, or its twin, claiming that our Europeo-centric concept was all wrong. However, since this was the period of my ardent socialist days, I eventually relegated it to “Things to Check Out…Later”. This is much later, but never too late. Enough said. I hope that you check this out for yourselves at http://www.petersmap.com/page9.html
Fascinating. Not exactly the most esthetic, or even accurate. But an eye-opener.


Tesaje said...

Can't say I like that projection much at all. It heavily distorts shape and gives short shrift to the poles. A much better projection is the Lambert Azimuthal Equal-Area projection which is used much more in scientific use because it maintains true proportion without eliminating various areas.

All the Peters projection does is distort the earth in a weird way that is more political than rational. Mercator is the common projection but it has not been considered a very good projection for many decades because of the distortions when trying to flatten the globe. It is at least mathematically consistent. Check out : http://www.nationalatlas.gov/articles/mapping/a_projections.html
for more information on map projections and their strengths and weaknesses.

Stargazer said...

Thank you Tesaje. Your comment spurred me into checking the links, which in turn, led me to other relevant information. More than anything, I realized the difficulty in representing a curved surface onto a flat one, particularly when accurately relating its parts to the whole. And you're right. Peter's map seems to have had more political, even socialist implications than accuracy, rectitude,or even esthetics. My search led me to the Winkel-tripel-projection world map created by NASA. In my humble opinion, it appears to serve both the need for accuracy and esthetics. All this to say that I like it better.

NB. This post was meant for my other blog. I mistakenly published to this blog when it has very little to do with boondocking. Sorry.

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