Its hard to discuss my perspective on this stuff with you guys, because based on your responses, you demonstrate you don’t really understand what specifically I’m amazed by.
So just for the record, I’m not amazed by the ancient Greek and Roman work. All of that stuff with the amazing concrete formed architecture, and the artful sculpture and stone work in limestone and marble, is brilliant work. But none of that work confuses me in terms of what the work itself reveals about their goal and what planning and project efficiency hurdles they had to contend with to achieve it.
Like the Parthenon pillars for example. It makes sense that they did them in several separate puck shaped parts and stacked them. That totally speaks to efficiency of process. It creates the impact of an impressively huge column, and it does the job of supporting the structure, achieved in a reasonably logical way in smaller manageable parts. There’s no mystery there. The physical results tell the entire story of their intention, the process, and the challenges and it all makes sense.
And people from ancient times could carve beautiful detailed hyper realistic sculpture just as they can today, and using many of the same kinds of tools. And they can polish that material to a high shine as well. Nothing about that confuses me or elicits any idea’s about ancient advanced civilization.
And yet, there is lots of megalithic work around the world that does amaze me in stark contrast to the ancient roman and greek work. Specifically, in the youtube I posted about the Barabar Caves there is a prime example of what I’m talking about. That French group did what I’m hoping is going to happen in many sites around the world. They did a 3D scan of the inside geometry of those caves, and what they revealed was that along the 13 meter long wall sections of the finished polished surfaces, the variance off of perfect parallel flatness there were deviations from 2-8 mm through 40 ft. And that’s on some of the hardest material. That’s the stuff that amazes me. They could have done that job 5 times worse in half the time and the difference would barely be noticeable. That 'unnecessary' level of perfection speaks volumes about their capabilities.
But aside from the consideration of how difficult that might have been, what I’m most curious about is the 'why'. If I conservatively limit myself to the consideration of a ‘reasonably substantiated level of tech of the mainstream idea of those people at that time’, then the question of 'why' they would make the goal of creating that level of unnecessary perfection and precision on the hardest and most difficult material to work with is completely impossible to understand without inventing a hypothetically crazy society driven by unparalleled OCD. And that idea simply fails the Occam's Razor test every time. And as a result, it forces me to consider the advantage of technology not found in the archaeological record to substantiate that work, because it can ONLY make sense if it was achieved well within the scope of their abilities. In other words they had something that made those particular goals of that particular project reasonably and logically possible, because it was relatively easy for them. It’s a conclusion I have to make about them, for that work to make sense. And the fact I have to invoke a far older advanced civilization is the ultimate act of RESPECT for historians and archaeologists, because it implies a tacit approval of them as authorities of the study of that younger and less advanced civilization they attempt to attribute that work to.
A key point is this. I don't have to invoke AAC. I can postulate on how it might be possible for unadvanced civilizations to achieve alot of that work, but for it to make sense, I CHOOSE to invoke that older advanced civ, because the alternative requires invoking these crazy hypothetical OCD cults that swing tiny jewel hammers for 20 years to make one cave to avoid chipping off a piece that might destroy the perfection of that 2-8mm tolerance goal. Occam's razor forces my hand in the comparison of those two invoking options. Invoking Ancient Advanced Civ is further enabled by the many seeming stone softened polygonal megalithic works around the world, which describes to me, a ridiculous level of inefficiency of design, if I'm to believe they hand carved each unique stone to fit to the same level of impossible tolerances. I simply don't accept they would do that near impossible amount of carve lift and check with massive stones over and over and no one considered the advantage of a repeating pattern. Its another occam's razor loser to me.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02-Mar-20 05:28 by Open mind.