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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? 2365 Poster Boy 11-Jan-19 00:21
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 432 Scott Creighton 11-Jan-19 09:41
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 305 Poster Boy 11-Jan-19 14:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 289 cladking 11-Jan-19 14:57
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 362 gjb 11-Jan-19 16:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 377 Scott Creighton 11-Jan-19 17:12
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 348 Poster Boy 11-Jan-19 17:22
clarification of the OCT 172 hendrik dirker 26-Jun-19 11:17
Re: clarification of the OCT 105 rulebook54 29-Jun-19 11:46
what story? 94 hendrik dirker 02-Jul-19 14:00
Re: clarification of the OCT 79 Spiros 29-Jun-19 15:17
stars = mountains = pyramids 102 hendrik dirker 30-Jun-19 06:53
Re: stars = mountains = pyramids 102 hendrik dirker 02-Jul-19 10:13
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 323 Lee McGiffen 15-Jan-19 11:53
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 411 Scott Creighton 15-Jan-19 14:12
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 260 Spiros 18-Jan-19 18:01
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 247 Poster Boy 18-Jan-19 21:04
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 277 Scott Creighton 18-Jan-19 22:20
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 276 Martin Stower 18-Jan-19 23:30
Different dates 300 Morten 19-Jan-19 11:23
Re: Different dates 298 Scott Creighton 19-Jan-19 11:42
Re: Different dates 285 Morten 19-Jan-19 13:43
Re: Different dates 293 Martin Stower 19-Jan-19 17:50
Re: Different dates 225 Morten 19-Jan-19 19:12
Re: Different dates 219 Scott Creighton 19-Jan-19 22:39
Re: Different dates 273 Morten 19-Jan-19 23:08
Re: Different dates 235 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 11:22
Re: Different dates 277 Morten 20-Jan-19 11:48
Re: Different dates 295 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 12:14
Re: Different dates 189 Morten 20-Jan-19 14:09
Re: Different dates 235 Martin Stower 20-Jan-19 14:32
an evolving theory... 182 hendrik dirker 09-Jun-19 08:12
evolving... 150 hendrik dirker 22-Jun-19 10:42
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 235 Spiros 19-Jan-19 02:05
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 316 R Avry Wilson 16-Jan-19 19:20
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 235 engbren 16-Jan-19 22:47
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 261 Poster Boy 18-Jan-19 01:58
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 270 R Avry Wilson 19-Jan-19 19:06
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 226 Poster Boy 19-Jan-19 19:24
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 222 Poster Boy 19-Jan-19 20:06
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 203 R Avry Wilson 19-Jan-19 23:17
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 222 Poster Boy 20-Jan-19 00:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 269 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 14:04
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 223 Martin Stower 20-Jan-19 14:40
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 197 Poster Boy 20-Jan-19 17:23
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 301 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 17:42
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 187 Warwick 20-Jan-19 18:41
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 190 Poster Boy 20-Jan-19 19:04
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 236 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 19:32
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 208 Poster Boy 20-Jan-19 23:55
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 240 R Avry Wilson 20-Jan-19 19:19
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 209 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 19:27
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 216 R Avry Wilson 20-Jan-19 20:28
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 252 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 20:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 215 R Avry Wilson 21-Jan-19 07:15
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 208 DUNE 21-Jan-19 10:29
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 199 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 11:23
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 265 Spiros 21-Jan-19 13:28
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 207 DUNE 21-Jan-19 15:57
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 230 R Avry Wilson 22-Jan-19 05:13
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 220 Scott Creighton 22-Jan-19 10:29
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 215 R Avry Wilson 23-Jan-19 05:29
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 223 Scott Creighton 23-Jan-19 08:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 276 Thanos5150 23-Jan-19 16:35
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 217 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 10:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 219 Morten 21-Jan-19 11:31
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 222 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 11:49
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 257 Morten 21-Jan-19 12:24
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 280 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 12:56
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 222 Morten 22-Jan-19 02:17
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 217 Scott Creighton 22-Jan-19 10:53
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 238 Martin Stower 22-Jan-19 14:06
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 199 Morten 23-Jan-19 11:44
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 230 Scott Creighton 23-Jan-19 22:18
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 208 Morten 24-Jan-19 01:57
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 195 Scott Creighton 24-Jan-19 08:51
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 184 Morten 24-Jan-19 09:03
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 176 DUNE 24-Jan-19 09:54
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 197 Scott Creighton 24-Jan-19 12:17
unbridalled speculation 157 hendrik dirker 11-Jul-19 20:56
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 209 Gary Osborn 24-Jan-19 01:02
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 193 Spiros 24-Jan-19 01:06
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 226 Gary Osborn 23-Jan-19 22:57
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 209 Scott Creighton 23-Jan-19 23:22
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 193 Gary Osborn 23-Jan-19 23:31
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 195 DUNE 24-Jan-19 11:15
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 222 Gary Osborn 24-Jan-19 12:46
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 221 DUNE 24-Jan-19 13:20
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 306 Scott Creighton 24-Jan-19 14:03
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 251 Scott Creighton 24-Jan-19 15:34
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 300 Scott Creighton 24-Jan-19 15:47
Centre (+ addendum) 202 hendrik dirker 11-Jun-19 03:32
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 204 molder 24-Jan-19 22:40
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 226 DUNE 21-Jan-19 13:03
Thanks Dennis N/T 179 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 13:05
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 179 DUNE 21-Jan-19 11:52
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 184 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 11:57
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 198 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 12:04
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 235 Martin Stower 23-Jan-19 17:58
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 204 Thanos5150 21-Jan-19 17:16
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 221 Warwick 21-Jan-19 17:21
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 222 Martin Stower 21-Jan-19 21:52
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 298 Warwick 21-Jan-19 22:08
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 269 Thanos5150 21-Jan-19 22:57
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Re: Why are we here? 102 Warwick 24-Jun-19 19:38
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 206 Spiros 26-Jan-19 16:48
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 238 Scott Creighton 26-Jan-19 17:29
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 235 Spiros 26-Jan-19 20:35
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 219 xRay 26-Jan-19 23:49
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 209 Scott Creighton 27-Jan-19 12:12
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 207 xRay 27-Jan-19 13:08
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 201 Scott Creighton 27-Jan-19 13:15
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 204 Spiros 27-Jan-19 15:50
what if.. 196 Spiros 26-Jan-19 19:11
Re: what if.. 186 Spiros 26-Jan-19 20:54
Re: what if.. 270 Sirfiroth 27-Jan-19 21:28
From I to IV dynasty 241 Spiros 26-Jan-19 22:06
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 85 Spiros 30-Jun-19 18:31
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 92 Spiros 30-Jun-19 20:18
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 81 Sirfiroth 01-Jul-19 04:03
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 81 Spiros 01-Jul-19 12:26
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 66 Sirfiroth 01-Jul-19 15:56
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 71 Spiros 01-Jul-19 16:08
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 68 Warwick 01-Jul-19 16:42
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 65 Sirfiroth 02-Jul-19 12:53
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 72 Spiros 02-Jul-19 13:05
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 79 Sirfiroth 02-Jul-19 23:23
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 73 Spiros 01-Jul-19 17:38
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 89 Warwick 01-Jul-19 17:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 75 Spiros 06-Jul-19 20:11
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