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  •  As an archaeologist I concur. (5+ / 0-)

    For too long archaeologists refused to engage all of the crackpots out there, so they just started talking about how "the establishment doesn't want you to know"

    Now we have ancient Aliens TV show that presents the ideas of complete morons as evidence. I have friends asking me about it.

    We have to engage these people in a polite non-condescending manner. Just present the evidence. We'll never convince the faithful, but we'll prevent them from picking up new followers.

    "If you don't sin, then Jesus died for nothing!" (on a sign at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans)

    by ranger995 on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 12:57:35 PM PST

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    •  seems like a lot of folks (1+ / 0-)
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      here don't have any faith. Bill Nye will be smitten with the words from god that will awaken people to evolution. Of course on the night before the debate he will have a portentous dream. A glowing man in a gown will deliver the talking points that Bill needs to win.

      Have ye no faith? Zounds!

      A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

      by onionjim on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 01:22:05 PM PST

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    •  I absolutely HATE those shows (2+ / 0-)
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      Failure in Shear, ranger995

      WE don't know how some things were done. That doesn't mean they were impossible. Or that they didn't have tech that we haven't found.

      We didn't know how to read hieroglyphics until the Rosetta Stone was found. We didn't know how the statues on Easter island were moved for ages, until somebody asked and actually looked at things closely. Hell, just look at some of the cathedrals in Europe, or the coliseum, or the roads of the Romans. We still use some of them, and they're as strong, or stronger, than anything we build today.

      The ancients were probably a hell of a lot more tech savvy and way smarter than we give them credit for. Just because we don't do something doesn't mean it couldn't be done at all.

      •  The sad part about much of this is that we (2+ / 0-)
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        actually have a lot of evidence that tells us how many of these things were done.

        Take, for example, the Great Pyramid of Giza, built for the Pharaoh Khufu. Archaeologists have excavated the quarries where the limestone blocks were built. They have found the  kitchens with huge ovens for baking bread to feed the workers. They have found the copper chisels used by the masons to shape the stones, they even know the chief architects name, Hemiunu. Yet, most people have no knowledge of this information.

        This is the problem I am talking about. It is the fault of archaeologists that this information is not common public knowledge. Participating in debates with the yahoos would provide a forum for educating people, while at the same time debunking the "aline theorists"

        That is why I advocate for engaging rather than ignoring.

        "If you don't sin, then Jesus died for nothing!" (on a sign at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans)

        by ranger995 on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 05:53:00 PM PST

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