The Power of Routine Observation

The sun’s position as it becomes visible as a bright red-orange ball on clear mornings changes every day. I can tell because, over the past few months, at sunrise I have had to move from the spot where I work at my computer  to avoid being blinded by the light.  Within the last couple of weeks, I’ve been forced to pull the shades around 7:15 a.m., instead, because I cannot avoid the brilliant light just by shifting my position. Knowing what I’ve come to know through routine observation, I can plan bits of my day.

I mention this because I think I know understand how ancient people came to understand, far better than I, that the positions of celestial bodies coincided with changes in their routines.

About John Swinburn

"Love not what you are but what you may become."― Miguel de Cervantes
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