> I'd say cladking's use of the word "Bumpkins" must
> be pretty appropriate given the number of
> Egyptologists who apparently can't even give the
> AEs credit for knowing the shortest distance
> between two points with a heavy load in tow, hence
> this thread.
Indeed!!! This is also why I often say in reality it is we who are the bumpkins. Despite the extensive evidence and despite their leaving us stepped pyramids as a primer for understanding architecture and cultural context nobody even proposed pulling stones straight up for nearly 5000 years!!! We think we are God's answer to genius.
> That, and the fact that your "deeply religious"
> remark about the AEs probably best translates as
> "superstitious bumpkins who had no idea how
> preposterous their own creation myths were even
> after pulling them out of their own ears" or
> perhaps "they were too stupid to notice that their
> pantheon was none other than that of their infidel
> neighbors, repackaged like a greatest hits
> Yes, quite "noble" of you and Egyptology to hold
> them in such "high" regard while making a living
> off them, or at least making a hobby out of them.
The term "hobby" is very apt. Egyptologists are so avid in learning ever more about the people and how their superstitions arose that it simply never occurred to them that maybe superstition is a liability and they should be investigating how the pyramids were built.
It's been two centuries of chain and gang hobby horsing.
Egyptologists aren't blind and stupid. Homo Omnisciencis are. It's a good thing they're wrong because if reality included things like "survival of the fittest" and ancient superstition the human race would have become extinct when it was forgotten how to build pyramids.