Kiritimati, an atoll in the Pacific ocean, is part of the Republic of Kiribati. Formerly known as the Christmas Islands, the atoll was first sighted on Christmas Eve in 1777 by the English navigator Captain James Cook, hence its corrupted name pronounced in the Gilbertese language
Kiritimati * (1) is situated squarely on the Equator, and it is internationally significant for many reasons. Besides being the largest land area of any atoll in the world, Kiritimati atoll is uniquely located on the longitude that separates geographically the West from the East. The atoll  sits on the 180º line of longitude in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and is the imaginary line known as the International Date Line * (2) which separates two consecutive calendar days. 

In this capacity it is also the first inhabited place on Earth to experience the New Year each year. As a consequence, the atoll is considered the point of reference par excellence in Celestial navigation (known as Astronavigation.) 

It is no wonder that in the early 1950s, the atoll was Wernher von Braun's first choice for a launching site for manned spacecraft. 

For the purpose of our subject matter,  lets hypothesize that an individual is straddling the exact spot on the dividing line i.e. (which I name the Kiritimati line   ) having one foot in the West and the other in the East .

This individual could then boast to be standing simultaneously in the West and in the East and could switch instantaneously with an amazing ease from one side to the other. Since each side technically belongs to either the realm of the Eastern world or the Western world, this individual then would be naturally awe-inspired at a feat, where these two different parallel universes * (3) virtually meet and share virtually many similarities. 

Is there then a probability for the existence of a parallel universe mimicking or diverging from our own? Is this a theory which could be eminently testable even if it contained unobservable entities within it?  I think there is a way to put this to a test in the field of historical linguistics, where the reader can be the judge of the investigated results. 

This test has to with etymologies of words in languages with a long written history.  As we all know, etymology makes use of philology, the study of how words change from culture to culture over time. The following is a succinct history of this field known as Comparative Linguistics


In 1786, Sir William Jones, an English judge stationed in India, had the revelation that Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit, the ancient language of India, had sprung from a common source. Jones also proposed that the Celtic and Germanic languages, along with Old Persian,  probably belonged to the same language family. William Jones, though fluent in the Classical Arabic language, purposely excluded it from his proposal, because to him it was not relevant.  We now know that this mega-language family,  called Indo-European, encompasses most of the languages of Europe and extends into southwestern Asia. His comparative approach became one of the key tools of subsequent linguistic analysis. 

Indo-European etymologists apply the methods of comparative linguistics to reconstruct information about languages that are too old for any direct information (such as writing) to be known. The problem is that these etymologists only analyze what they thought are related languages using a technique known as the comparative method, which allegedly helped them in making inferences about their shared parent language and its vocabulary. 

In my opinion,  following this path they ended up with convoluted results  befitting a pseudo science.  This series is an attempt to expose these contradictions and to set the record straight.

Although scientists in different fields may have different vocabularies and perspectives, they all share a way of thinking which is essential to scientific knowledge: All exhibit "what-if" thinking. 

This kind of thinking in hypothetical situations keeps a scientist open-minded.  it prevents him/her from ignoring or not collecting data which may result in exculpatory evidence. This kind of attitude keeps scientist thoroughly prepared, and prevents them from ignoring alternative theories of the evidence which will surely arise in the counter evidences. This investigation will attempt to prove that adversarial system of evidences relies on thinking in hypothetical, examining each possibility, and looking at all the angles, because we expect proof beyond a reasonable doubt. 

In the quest to uncover and dispute many of the Indo-European conclusions, a problem arose: which selected words were to begin this investigation? This was quickly solved by simply randomly picking up key words, often introduced by the members themselves in their messages.  For example, lately our forum spoke of  a recent rush of "harassment" incidents in Cairo. This prompted  the idea to deal with buzz words such as "harass", and to investigate their potential connection with the Arabic Language. 

On West side is the English word and on the East side of the hypothetical "Kiritimati dividing line" is its Classical Arabic equivalent in a parallel linguistic universe. 

The reader will be invited to discriminate between the real world and the other world of science fiction and decide for himself or herself, which is which. 
 

Ishinan 


 


FOOTNOTES


 It is not a perfectly straight line and has been moved slightly over the years to accommodate needs of varied countries in the Pacific Ocean. Since the planet is divided into 24 time zones and there must be a place where a day begins, thus the International Date Line. Travel west across it (gain a day), travel east across it (lose a day). In the Eastern Hemisphere, left of the International Date Line (the date) is always one day ahead of the date (or day) in the Western Hemisphere. 

(1) The "ti" combination is pronounced "s"; thus "kee-rees-mass". 

(2) A more fantasy-oriented example is from the 1960s fantasy/horror soap opera Dark Shadows. This enormously popular half-hour gothic soap opera  aired on ABC-TV from 1966 until 1971, introduced the concept of "parallel time" when the main character, Barnabas, witnesses unexplainable changes in a closed off part of  the west wing of his family's The Collin's mansion. During one of these changes, he becomes trapped for a time in a parallel universe.  The use of parallel universes as narrative tropes  constantly reshuffled story lines and characters, enabling many of the show's most popular actors to play different types of characters within different settings.
 


 
 

 

 


 
 
 
 

 

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