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The practice of turning a criticism of a hypothesis into a negation seems to be a favourite with self-styled ‘experts’.

There seems to be a failure to consider that we’re dealing with people, and that people sometimes do strange things - they also make mistakes. Clearly, when such occurs, it might be difficult to prove certain hypotheses.

The stand is that if people in the past failed to do what such ‘experts’ expect them to have done then they couldn’t have done what they actually did! Unfortunately, this stand is taken not only by archaeologists and other academics but also by some people on this forum.

Admittedly, the criticism here makes the OCT hypothesis appear to be strange, but people do stranger things than that (in the view of others / outsiders).

The physical context falls within the purview of 'hard' science, the intellectual context lies in the purview of 'soft' science. People may not like it, but that's the way it is.

The hard science approach to OCT might be that it's wrong (because it's the wrong way up), the soft science approach is likely to be, 'why might this have been done?' or 'what might be the consequences of this having happened?' Archaeologists pick and choose when they wish to adopt one approach or the other.

This may reflect where archaeology sits within most universities: it's often in the humanities, but it relies much on hard science, though its interpretation is frequently drawn from soft science. Some institutions have history overlapping the social sciences (it's taught in both), but there would probably be a stronger case for archaeology to be so positioned.

Perhaps archaeo-astronomy might also benefit from this!

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O C T allegation. . . clarification? 2584 PB Bytes 11-Jan-19 00:21
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 380 cladking 11-Jan-19 14:57
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 457 gjb 11-Jan-19 16:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 478 Scott Creighton 11-Jan-19 17:12
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 455 PB Bytes 11-Jan-19 17:22
clarification of the OCT 296 hendrik dirker 26-Jun-19 11:17
Re: clarification of the OCT 191 rulebook54 29-Jun-19 11:46
what story? 171 hendrik dirker 02-Jul-19 14:00
Re: clarification of the OCT 160 Spiros 29-Jun-19 15:17
stars = mountains = pyramids 178 hendrik dirker 30-Jun-19 06:53
Re: stars = mountains = pyramids 182 hendrik dirker 02-Jul-19 10:13
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 411 Lee McGiffen 15-Jan-19 11:53
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 507 Scott Creighton 15-Jan-19 14:12
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 350 Spiros 18-Jan-19 18:01
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 357 PB Bytes 18-Jan-19 21:04
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 396 Scott Creighton 18-Jan-19 22:20
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 420 Martin Stower 18-Jan-19 23:30
Different dates 399 Morten 19-Jan-19 11:23
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Re: Different dates 391 Morten 19-Jan-19 13:43
Re: Different dates 381 Martin Stower 19-Jan-19 17:50
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Re: Different dates 299 Scott Creighton 19-Jan-19 22:39
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Re: Different dates 381 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 12:14
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Re: Different dates 336 Martin Stower 20-Jan-19 14:32
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 344 Spiros 19-Jan-19 02:05
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 421 R Avry Wilson 16-Jan-19 19:20
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 368 PB Bytes 18-Jan-19 01:58
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 362 R Avry Wilson 19-Jan-19 19:06
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 321 PB Bytes 19-Jan-19 19:24
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 319 R Avry Wilson 19-Jan-19 23:17
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 312 PB Bytes 20-Jan-19 00:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 354 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 14:04
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 321 Martin Stower 20-Jan-19 14:40
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 275 PB Bytes 20-Jan-19 17:23
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 425 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 17:42
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 327 R Avry Wilson 22-Jan-19 05:13
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 364 Thanos5150 23-Jan-19 16:35
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 318 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 10:45
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 370 Morten 21-Jan-19 12:24
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 335 Morten 22-Jan-19 02:17
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 258 DUNE 24-Jan-19 09:54
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 322 Gary Osborn 23-Jan-19 22:57
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 294 molder 24-Jan-19 22:40
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Thanks Dennis N/T 276 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 13:05
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 262 DUNE 21-Jan-19 11:52
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 260 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 11:57
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 274 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 12:04
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