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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Something That Crossed My Mind

Oh, yes....




h/t Mark Shea

Okay.  And then there is this:









I actually quibble with one thing he says. The Mayans (and others who used this and similar calendars) did think that the world was destroyed and reborn at the end of every Great Year. (Although the term "great year" is Chaldean, it was also used by the Greeks and by some people in the Renaissance.) The notion is that when everything in the universe is aligned once more as it was in the beginning, everything will reboot. Socrates will be born again, be denounced again, and will again drink the hemlock when everything is aligned the same was as before. This is curiously consonant with the beliefs of determinists, who substitute something they call "physical causes" for the alignment of the stars.  But more on that later.

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