Degree XXV — Question Set 4


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Lecture for Degree XXV
Global Warming


1. Perhaps we are not, on the whole, much wiser than those simple men of the old time. For what do we know of effect and cause except that one thing regularly or habitually follows another? — Albert Pike

a. How confident are you that the relative motion of the Earth and the Sun is the most significant cause of seasonal variations on Earth?
b. Can you be equally confident in the statistical correlations by which certain foods are said to prevent or reduce the incidence of particular diseases?
c. Write a short essay on "Cause and Effect" with particular reference to "greenhouse" gases.

2. ...naturally and necessarily, time was divided, first into days, then into moons or months, and finally into years; and with these divisions and the movements of the Heavenly bodies that marked them, were associated and connected all men's physical enjoyments and privations. — Albert Pike

a. What's the time where you are now?
b. Suppose your constitution was such that you could live on the planet Venus, which rotates on its axis once every 243 Earth says and completes an orbit around the Sun in about 225 Earth days. How do you think this would affcet your ideas about time?
c. How would you attempt to measure time on the Sun?
d. Discuss the proposition that each individual consciousness has its own "time".

3. a. What evidence can you find in this lecture that reveals ancient knowledge of the precession of the equinoxes?
3. b. Discuss the possible use of "stone circles" and other megalithic artefacts as:

  1. astronomical observatories;
  2. calendars;
  3. temples or places of worship;
  4. aids for teaching cosmology;
  5. venues for theatrical performances.