Equal night and day time

After Auntie Dawn hinted to look up Galileo after my Think Piece on The Moon, I began to understand something else I had been considering, namely why the night is the same length as the day twice a year.  Coincidentally, my piece last week about The Moon was at the autumn version of this “Equinox” as it is called.  I am going to cheat a bit and, by the magic of blogging, set this post to be published at the Spring Equinox. Continue reading “Equal night and day time”

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What is The Sea?

This is the third of Fred’s Think Pieces, or at least the third of those he had started that is easiest to finish on his behalf.

I realise that most piggies will never encounter the Sea.  This is a shame as our name in other languages is closely related to our history as ship pigs.  ‘Little Sea Pigs’ is what the term translates as in Dutch and in German and a few other languages as well.  The Guinea in guinea pig refers to a country on the north coast of South America, and other languages, like French, call us Pigs of the Indies, meaning the West Indies.  History books tell us that sailors brought us back to England as pets.

So even if you never see the Sea you should know a little bit about it, and give some Thought to its true nature. Continue reading “What is The Sea?”

Why is the Wind?

This is the second of Fred’s Philosphicals, his Think Pieces, which was unfinished when he died.

Why is the Wind?  This is the subject of my second Think Piece, and I must admit it is the one that intrigues me most.  Mummy is quite correct to identify the Wind Experiments as one of Princeling Fred’s Great Works.

By observation, we can feel that the wind is a movement of air.  Exactly what air is I am not going to explore further but state that I am considering it to be a thin fluid, like water but much much thinner, so we can see through it and can’t actually see it unless there are clouds travelling in it.  In fact the clouds could be considered to be a bit like pond weed or muddy water travelling in a river.  I am lucky enough to live by a river, so I have used the technical process of Analogy and applied it to my Wind Thinking. Continue reading “Why is the Wind?”

Moon Thinking

Before I start talking about the Moon I’d like to state a few thoughts about Thinking.  Thinking does not come entirely naturally to guinea pigs, often because we lack the stimulus of Observation, which is essential to any Natural Philosopher.  There are Philosophers who Think thoughts that are purely about Ideas, and this may be something that pigs in Hutches and in The Wild do during long winter nights when it is all dark and quiet (well I assume it is).  This is also how the tradition of Storytelling came about.  Those of us in Cages generally get to see more of the natural world at all hours of the day and night and therefore have greater opportunity for Observation. Continue reading “Moon Thinking”

New Philosophy page

Mummy has made me a whole new page and a post category for my Thinking.  You know I’m the Philosopher, that’s my nickname.  Well, because Auntie Dawn suggested it, I’m going to write about some of my Thinkings from time to time.  I hope you enjoy it.

The new page is under “Chez George”.