Hexnet Hexagonal Tag Feed: overmind A feed of tagged nodes. https://hexnet.org/blog Thoughts on the hexagonal zodiac <p> <img src='/files/images/hexnet/zodiac-hexagons_0.png' title='A hexagonal arrangement of the zodiac' alt='A hexagonal arrangement of the zodiac' class='image-right'/> I feel something must be said about this astrological "sign shift" business that has set the 'tubes abuzz in recent days. There being twelve astrological signs ("Ophiuchus" notwithstanding) arranged around a central point, the issue is clearly one of both dozenal and hexagonal import. Despite the fact that I'm not all that into astrology (though I've learned enough over the years to inform my general fluency in Western occult symbolism), I feel the hexagonal principles at stake must be defended. </p> <p> First of all, this is of course old news. I don't really understand why it keeps popping up in the media every few years, but this is simply the latest incarnation of a story that we've all been well aware of since classical antiquity, and that certainly should not come as news to anyone, anywhere. "Ophiuchus" has always been there, the twelve signs have never been symmetrically arranged in exact 30-degree sections, axial precession has always been going on, we always knew about it, nobody has ever cared, and nobody cares now. </p> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 17:11:26 +0000 https://hexnet.org/content/thoughts-hexagonal-zodiac https://hexnet.org/content/thoughts-hexagonal-zodiac 2010 crop circle roundup <p> <img src='/files/images/hexnet/mowing-devil.png' title='Strange NEWS out of Hartford-shire.' alt='The Mowing-Devil' class='image-right'/> As the harvest season draws nigh on to a close here in the northern climes, I thought it might be a good time to take a look at the year's HEXAGONAL CROP CIRCLES. </p> <p> Now, I try not to get overly woo-woo here, so let me preface my remarks by assuring you, the gentle reader, that, pending the advent of more compelling evidence, I continue to maintain a strict agnosticism towards the phenomenon of crop formations. But I am comfortable making at least the following two assertions on the subject: </p> <p> 1) There are at least <i>some</i> crop formations from the past thirty years that simply were not made covertly, at night, by a small group of people with boards and crap. Not all of them, maybe not even most of them, but definitely some of them. </p> <p> 2) There is a spectrum of possible explanations for these formations between and beyond the false dichotomy of "pranksters running around fields at night with boards and wires" versus "zOMG ALIENS!" usually put forward by mainstream media and other consensus-reality-builders in our society. </p> <p> Indeed, as an aside, I would like to point out that I find it highly unfortunate that both crop circles and the more well-documented UFO phenomenon have come to be associated, for little reason, with theories of extraterrestrial visitation. In the case of UFOs, the subjects are conflated so completely that you often hear people asking if one "believes in" UFOs, when they actually mean "Do you believe aliens are visiting Earth in nuts-and-bolts spacecraft from other star systems?" Which are obviously two completely different questions. (And how one could possibly "not believe" there are flying objects that are not, in fact, "identified," is itself utterly beyond my comprehension.) In the case of UFOs, at least there are actual apparent flying vehicles involved, so I can understand the conceptual leap. I have never understood at all how extraterrestrial speculation came into the crop circle issue, except by association with UFO culture, and a general lack of imagination as to the different ways intelligence may manifest itself in this universe. I mean, it <i>could</i> be extraterrestrials. It would be interesting if it were. But this is certainly not by default assumption, nor is it even remotely high on my list of plausible explanations. </p> Wed, 22 Sep 2010 05:08:44 +0000 https://hexnet.org/content/2010-crop-circle-roundup https://hexnet.org/content/2010-crop-circle-roundup The PAH world as Hexagonal Overmind, etc. <p> <img src='/files/images/hexnet/ah-7.png' title='Coronene' alt='Coronene' class='image-right'/> I have been reading about the <a class="ex" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PAH_world_hypothesis">PAH world hypothesis</a>, and have come to see it as an intriguing indicator of the potentially hexagonal origins of life on earth. </p> <p> Essentially, it is conjectured that, since <a class="ex" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polycyclic_aromatic_hydrocarbon">polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons</a> are among the most common spaceborne molecules in the known universe, they would have likely been a constituent in the primordial seas of Earth, where they could have provided some sort of scaffolding or template on which early biological polymers such as RNA could assemble, thus solving a frequently-raised objection to the <a class="ex" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RNA_world_hypothesis">RNA world hypothesis</a> that RNA is too fragile and transient to survive long outside of an extant cell or similar protective environment. By providing a structural backbone on which reasonably complex RNA strands and such could self-assemble, the PAH world would have given early pre-cellular life a fighting chance of finding its way into protective lipid bubbles, weird mineral formations, or what have you, where given enough replicative iterations it presumably developed into proper cellular life as we know it. </p> Wed, 30 Jun 2010 01:01:59 +0000 https://hexnet.org/content/pah-world-hexagonal-overmind-etc https://hexnet.org/content/pah-world-hexagonal-overmind-etc