Friday, February 12, 2010

Adam’s Blog [stardate 155,123.557] - Location by the Numbers

Before the Curse, I had an innate sense of distance and direction. Now many of my kids have a great propensity for getting Lost. Since Eve is the sunshine of my life, I think I will name the direction of the sunrise “East” in her honor. I will name the direction of the sunset “West” since many of my foolish children do Wicked things at night [cf. 1 Thes. 5:7]. I will call the direction towards the star Polaris “North” and the opposite way “South.”

Ants are very wise creatures. They can travel in a zigzag path searching for food, yet take the straightest path home [1]:
Ants also go around trees and come back to the same place:

When I walked and sailed around the world back when I was 400, always travelling in the same direction, I came back to the same spot on earth. When I made my raft I told Seth to go for wood [gopher wood]. When Eve begged me to stay home I adamantly refused. Eve was upset till evening. Nor-Wiszh traveled the globe from pole to pole, thus proving that the earth is a sphere. Eve and I now live in NEH (No Eden Here). Here is a map of a nearby town:
All the streets run East/West and North/South. I used this same concept to map the entire globe. I think I will call it “latlong.”
Smell the beauty! Teach the wonder! Join me next time for more ruminations from the first human mind.
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“The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course” (Eccl. 1:6, NIV).
“Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?” (Job 12:12, NIV).
** After the Fall, did Adam see stars? **
** Never put Descartes before De Horst **

1) The Math Instinct by Keith Devlin, (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2005, New York, NY), pp. 39-42.