Flashes in the Dark.
Games of lights in the night stimulate the imagination of sceptics too, but are only natural phenomena.
«Imagine that you are near a marsh in the night; you see something that makes you think that an UFO has just knock down. A weak blue light flickers and then disappears suddenly. A bit lately you see the same light in a different place. That is due to the methane. Methane is produced during decomposition of plants and sometimes it emits a blue light well visible in the night.»
Carla Bongarzoni, Delfino Insolera, William L. Ramsey, Scienze A, Bologna 1983, 159
Symbology of Numbers.
For the ancients the astronomical observation was of essential importance because with the diffusion of agriculture the stars were the calendar to regulate agricultural activities. Therefore we must not be surprised if the astronomical knowledge permeated the ancient civilizations; symbology of numbers is soaked in that too. For example, the number three symbolizes sunrise, culmination and sunset, the number four stands for the two solstices and equinoxes, and the four cardinal points too (cardinal points are connected to the sun course), the number six, that is twice three, symbolizes the cycle (sunrise comes after sunset and the cycle continues again), the number twelve represents lunations in a year. And we could go on with many other examples, but at any rate I want to emphasize that symbology is only association of concepts; numbers haven't any mysterious power.
Not all of our deeds are natural; let's get a look at what the Greek philosopher Plato wrote about lullaby.
«Women learnt this method from experience: when they want their children to sleep, they don't keep them quiet, but move them dandling in their arms and don't remain in silence, but sing some melody.»
Plato, Leggi, VII, 790d