The bend

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In those archaic times it must have become clear to the bustling indigenous people who had settled in the rough area around Kerloquet that the geometric play of horizontal and vertical lines mentally triggered an attractive dynamic, which could be transferred to their own thought processes and thus, through the mental effort involved, unconsciously stimulated the brain cells to new activities. In the same way, when Homo Sapiens, in a much earlier period of history, instead of eating raw vegetables and uncooked meat, discovering the use of fire, began to eat boiled and fried foods, so that the body’s internal forces were reversed and released for the development of the brain – says a scientific theory. 

Fire – a development boost for mankind @ Georges Scherrer

Our ancestor thought imperceptibly not only in curves, straight lines and diagonals, but also in lines that could be redirected. The dynamics of the stripes and patterns placed in the field were followed by the dynamics of thinking. A thinking, which until then had found its figurative expression in buildings as closed formations, broke up in a straight line and at the same time got changeable and flexible.

Passageway through a dense forest @ Georges Scherrer

Six thousand years ago, when the inhabitants of Quibéron Bay set out for a walk through the menhir fields, they entered a strange world. No forest, in which the individual tree could no longer be identified because of all the trunks, took them up.

The visitor walked forward as if through a forest of stones.

Rather, they entered, coming from the west, from the sea, from where, as can be assumed today, the settlement area was located, a district in which each menhir stood in a clearly defined place like a tamed giant or domesticized dwarf.

Rails and track tangle @ Georges Scherrer

The visitor walked forward as if through a forest of stones, in which, in contrast to the natural forest, each trunk clearly rose to the heights for itself. The visitor stepped forward, accompanied by those who already knew the place. Did they talk to each other or did they remain silent, deeply impressed, even intimidated by the gigantic building? This question will also remain open forever.

What words were known on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean six thousand years ago?

With which words and sentences could one have spoken with each other? What rhetoric was characteristic of the Carnac of that time? We, today, have a considerable vocabulary to describe and share what we see and feel. This variety of words has evolved over time. We know the word ‘diagonal’. What words were known on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean six thousand years ago?

When a curious group of guests or travelers first walked through the imposing rows of the massive stone framework at the time of the construction of Carnac, they encountered extremely large and thus impressive structures in front of them and to their sides, which partially concealed the stone structures behind them.

Arrival in Carnac @ Georges Scherrer

Some careful observer will have discovered that, when he moved, took a step backwards or forward, stopped in his stride or went back a little, a new artifact appeared behind others.

Like a leisurely herd of cows chewing the cud …

like a leisurely herd of cows chewing the cudWhile the interested intellectual worker physically maneuvered around in the dignified, resting alignments, lying lazily like a leisurely herd of cows chewing the cud, he discovered, that movement came into the quasi-three-dimensional reviving sight of the in itself lifeless stones.

Confusion in the Menhir Grove @ Georges Scherrer

The initially forward and sideways drawn lines dissolved in their stiff clarity, when the earthly citizen, incited in his curiosity, looked across the stone rows, although each stone was still standing in the same place. Today we know that this change of perspective can be described with the term diagonal.

Landmark on the right @ Georges Scherrer

Ah! These are noble terms: diagonal, change of perspective! Very many current, semi-educated people already surrender when they have to deal with such words. You almost have to have studied at a university to be able to interpret these expressions physically and rhetorically correctly, they say.

Did such considerations occupy the Stone Age man? Did they know how to work with such terms?

Some menhirs particularly stand out @ Georges Scherrer

The walk-through Carnac and the observations made during it reveal even more insights. Some stones form groups. Others impress especially by their shape.

A few steps further – and this image corrects itself.

The observer has the feeling that one of the stones stands between the others because of its posture, as if it were standing alone in the alignments. A few steps further – and this image corrects itself.

Invitation to play with perspectives @ Georges Scherrer

For six thousand years the diagonal remained a fixed element in the thinking of man. It is less than a hundred years ago that a physicist cleverly questioned this structure and took away the stability of this geometrical form by the vehicle of the relativity theory. He put the structure in relation to space and time.

With massively increasing speed, space and time no longer run parallel.

The thinker and mathematician approached the problem as a philosopher. He made references to the position from which the viewer observes a phenomenon, for example that of Carnac. As soon as the curious spectator shifts his position, other references to the reality in front of him arise.

The physicist went one step further by relating this diagonal to time. Time is movement, speed.

Beams of light meet @ Georges Scherrer

The scientist confronted the diagonal with the speed of light. Bild Strahl der Taschenlampe He stated that the diagonal becomes a danger as soon as man approaches the speed with which the light moves. With massively increasing speed, space and time no longer run parallel to each other. Space and time get along without difficulty and without interfering as long as they remain in the leisurely trot of human behavior .

Einstein’s light barrier @ Georges Scherrer

The physicist has checked the relation of the geometrical forms to the highly accelerated speed about one hundred years ago on the basis of extended considerations and cognition and has drawn his conclusions. He stated: The dimensions of space and time get in each other’s way as soon as a speed is reached that is in the range of light.

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