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You rarely see stars like this! No wonder it feels overwhelming. Perhaps you've read some books on astronomy or have gone to a planetarium show. " If you're viewing the sky from someplace outside Sydney, or Auckland, or Capetown, or Rio de Janeiro, you might identify the Southern Cross, or Dorado, or Sextans. But if you were living in another culture or at another time in history, your inner vision of that cosmic landscape above your head would have been different. The imaginative landscape is composed of more than just sensory perception.
The ability to detect regular patterns and rhythms is essential to survival. Humans, too, are animals, and naturally attuned to the rhythms of nature. Add to that the extraordinary evolutionary development of our brain and a concomitant ability to think and reason in subtle abstract fashion, and you have an animal that can do a truly remarkable job of detecting regular patterns in nature. Some thirty thousand years ago the Cro-Magnon peoples in France and central Europe were tallying numbers on stones, sticks, and pieces of bone.
The only problem with this romanticsounding scenario is that it's not true. Archaeological evidence reveals that Stonehenge was finished at least two thousand years before the classical Druidic period of the Celtic people in Britain. Another problem with Stonehenge and astronomy is of more recent vintage. After Hawkins published his first and most famous book on Stonehenge, numerous astronomers and historians attacked the validity of many of his conclusions. Several of the astronomical alignments Hawkins claimed turn out to be far from precise.