The antichton or Counterland was created by Filolao, a disciple of Pithagoras who tried to explain with his existence why the western regions of the Earth werenít scorched by the central blaze and remained in the eternal crepuscule in which they were supposed. The antichton was an invisible planet that introduced itself between that central blaze(called ìwatch tower of Zeusî or ìheart of the Universeî) and the Earth. Aristotles asked himself if the Counterland had not been created to be elevated to more than ten- the sacred number of the Pithagorians- the endowed things of movement in the Universe. Both he and Plato planted the seeds of our culture of a pedantic scorn to science that, transmitted through the centuries, darkened long historical epocs. This is a homenage to all those human beings who, from Pithagoras to Newton, try to separate the branches of the neurotic forest that had arrived to make humanity forget almost all that had been learnt: especially the indissolvable relation between nature and our mind, between the universe and the Earth and the common forces that move all things. Something that, until well introduced in the Renassance, didnít return to fill with health and hope the human minds and the collectives, the observatories and the universities. Itís possible that Science, in a long rage of rationality, may have arrive at banishing equally the heroic balance of those who preceeded the Dark Ages (Letís celebrate the brief Era of Silvestre II, from 999 to 1003), but its already been a while since physics, astronomy, biology and mathematics walk more united than ever to unravel the new mysteries that macro and microuniverse donít stop expounding.

"No man should affirm that it is incredible (...) that in the smelly manure, a diligent hen cannot find a wheat grain, even one pearl or a seed of gold, if it looks for and it digs enough."

(Johannes Kepler, 1571 - 1630)
 
 

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