In the last several decades research across many disciplines has begun to raise academic estimation of the technological, intellectual and spiritual stature of ancient humanity. In Stellar Geography we shall try and add a little more to the weight of evidence calling for a new model, and in so doing will challenge many established mainstream views. Publication of controversial of ideas has always been fraught with peril of one sort or another; even more than a few credentialed and esteemed scholars have suffered undeserved personal and-or professional disgrace and destruction in the shameful kangaroo courts of their peers.
That mess aside, we feel it is now time, after a mere twenty-five years of hesitation and waffling, to boldly place our meager findings before the interested public; on one hand out of a sense of intellectual duty, on the other out of the desire to attract wider investigative interest - perhaps enough ('Many hands make the work light') to determine beyond doubt whether or not the central argument or premise of Stellar Geography is valid. Even so and either way... does it really matter?
Among other things, Stellar Geography proposes:
That most, if not all, of the familiar images of the ancient constellations are, in fact, images of large scale geographic features of the terrestrial sphere systematically projected onto the visible stars of the celestial sphere.
That such an undertaking presupposes accurate global surveys of both sky and earth.
That since many ancient constellations can be traced to the very beginning of the historic period, initial surveys of earth and sky that allowed projection of the former onto the latter must have been accomplished in the prehistoric era.
And that, therefore, the ancient map of the celestial sphere has all along (from prehistoric origination to present day) contained and concealed, within the images of the constellations, a full blown map of the earth, a world map possibly comparable to those of any modern atlas.
If these few propositions are shown to be the case, then our ancestors must be accorded a scientific and psychological sophistication comparable to or surpassing our own, an accord that would contradict long standing assumptions stipulating, in principle, a rather primitive level of prehistoric science, technology and culture in general. Conventional models based upon such unwarranted and clearly biased assumptions would be seriously challenged and their fundamental modification if not abandonment would be demanded. Eventual reexamination, redefinition and reinterpretation of currently accepted assumptions, evidence and conclusions would be unavoidable. Such a massive fracturing of currently accepted doctrine would necessitate academic retrenchment on a scale costing fortunes in 'face’ – a cost that, historically, tenured opinion has been unwilling to pay until all other options have been exhausted.
We cannot claim that all forty-eight constellations can be paired with corresponding geographic features, but a great majority can - a percentage that seemingly rules out the possibility of chance occurrence. Indeed, on purely statistical grounds, the apparent systematic pairing of so many earth-sky images demonstrated in this manuscript strongly challenges established notions as to the limits of scientific and technical capabilities in the prehistoric era, and makes a compelling case for the existence of a vast and sophisticated Paleo-science and technology, one that needs only to be recognized... and retrieved.
The first three chapters of Stellar Geography briefly discuss general considerations of the terrestrial and celestial spheres, and the specific alignment of the two that enables recognition of terrestrial geography as the source of celestial iconography. They provide the context necessary for readers, while perusing the images and related materials, to form their own judgments as to whether or not the images of the constellations are, in fact, systematic projections of large scale geographic features (or rather, symbolic images of them) onto the stars of the celestial sphere.
But at bottom, Stellar Geography is a picture book, a book of paired or corresponding images - those of the constellations with the geographic features those images represent; its principle message lies not in argument but in its images. The similitude between pairs is self- evident to sight and common sense. Quite simply, they stand on their own, mute, utterly without need of rational support or argument of any kind, simply 'facts on the ground' impervious to the machinations of reason and logic, science and mathematics, 'expert' proclamations. Familiar (the 'usual suspects') conceptual tools (weapons) cannot contradict or disprove what one can plainly see. But neither can they support or prove true the premise that terrestrial geography is the source celestial iconography; for this we must wait until definitive evidence is found, if ever, and the brilliance of other minds.
Mean time we have only the images to rely on, and it is hoped that the reader will not allow the constant noise of superfluous rationalization to intrude on their silent and wordless argument, their resonance in the eye of the mind. It is still a truism that 'a picture is worth a thousand words.'
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