This is such an intriguing paper I reviewed it again today, I have a few selected quotes:
Such an intriguing possibility motivates us to study the stone’s design, not so much from the usual perspective of Maya
calendar intricacies, but rather from the point of view of an unexpected New World capability for prophetic prediction of
actual historical events, similar to those in the Bible, but in the context of mathematical precision, in contrast to the
same, well-known, Old World capability, in the context of poetic expression.
As you can see, the Western bias is ever present. (maybe the ‘new’ world isn’t so new)
However, he then goes on to make a monumental goof…
The basic form of the design of concentric circles and their division into eight major parts, surrounding five special nodes, can be seen in the epitrochoid pattern of the motions of the planet Venus and the sun, generated from the fixed point of view of the Earth, a pattern that has been known from the earliest ages of history.
Now, all of us here are quite aware of the epitrochoidal pattern which can easily be created using the amazing Tychosium. However he makes a glaring false assumption, saying, “the fixed point of view of the earth”. To wit, firstly a non-heliocentric reference is required and then secondly ascribing a stationary earth to said system!
We know clearly, by utilizing the Tychosium, that such a shape would never materialize without a slow 1.6 k/hr movement of earth around it’s PVP orbit! Instead, we would only see one particular pattern traced repeatedly, one on top of the other.
And yet, he comes so near to the truth, but cannot get out of his own way!
… it requires eight orbits of the Sun (really the Earth) to generate this pattern, …
With the truth directly in front of him, he cannot escape the confines of the Western dogma and realize that, just perhaps, the Aztec might have known a thing or two!
With the shortsightedness of a westerner’s limited understanding of cyclical time, they never fail to draw the conclusion that ancient cultures have erred in their calendrical depictions. Or to make matters worse, they try to cram our notion of yearly time onto a representation of a vastly larger cycle.
I believe the Toltec Sunstone represents the entire great year!