Cognitive Echo is one of the original and most interesting phenomena which I’ve discussed from the start of this blog (see COGNITIVE ECHO OR SYNCHRONICITY; COGNITIVE ECHO II OR HUMMINGBIRD; LILACS OUT OF DEAD BRAIN or COGNITIVE ECHO III ). This is a kind of phenomena which I believe reveals digital or (if you would prefer) intelligently predetermined structure of our world. I’ve illustrated it and discussed it through various physical manifestations which occur quite regularly in our lives, but cognitive echo can happen sometimes in quite subtle ways. Here is an example.
“Perhaps the most famous story attributed to Archimedes’ defensive genius – his use of sunlight reflected off parabolic mirrors to burn approaching Roman ships – is most likely apocryphal.”
Actually, the whole history of ancient world is more or less apocryphal, but I believe that the most apocryphal part of this claim is that the mirrors were parabolic. It is much more likely that Archimedes used plain mirrors arranged into an array. The early references to that can be found in Tzetzes, 11th Century historian who discussed the technicalities. But, this is not what I wanted to show you here. Further we read:
“Proof that Archimedes achieved such a feat is lacking, but the legend lingered long enough for Leonardo [Da Vinci] to try it himself.”
I am not aware of Leonardo Da Vinci trying to reproduce burning mirrors of Archimedes (think about it – the first beamed weapon was used in 214 BC!), but the strangeness is here: the same issue of NGH contains an article with massive reference to Athanasius Kircher and his role in translation of Egyptian hieroglyphs (Javier Martínez Babón, The Hieroglyphics Puzzle, p.18).
Athanasius Kircher, a German Jesuit of XVIII Century, among other achievements, like being called Father of Egyptology, had actually demonstrated the feasibility of Archimedes’ burning mirrors. He used an array of plain mirrors to kindle a pile of wet wood. Neither article mentions that historical fact.
I find it more than just ironic and even less coincidental, that both men were featured in the same magazine. And so I am asking myself – is it a sort of cognitive echo which occurs on a bit different plane, a plane of thought, perhaps? What else Father of Egyptology and Father of Beamed Weaponry (and Mechanics, and Space Geometry) have in common?
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