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Titus, The 'debunking' web sites I have found, most of which have been quoted by Archae, et. al., having to do with archaeology and related fields, have basically all used ridicule, scorn, sarcasm, name-calling and character assassination to attack views which are commonly known as alternative. For a good example of this, follow the criticisms on the GHMB launched against the host, Graham Hancock, for his views on the evidence for a pre-Ice Age high civilization. Get the book, "Forbidden Archaeology's Impact", by Michael Cremo, if you want to read some high-brow criticism, and see how the 'big boys' debunk! In this book, Cremo shows how, in their own words, some of the top archaeologists try to debunk him: "Pure humbug and does not deserve to be taken seriously by anyone but a fool." "A must for anyone interested in keeping up with goofy, popular anthropology; it is a veritable cornucopia of dreck."
These are from Richard Leakey and Jonathan Marks, in order of quote. They do not attempt to give any kind of scientific answer to the questions posed by the work they denigrate, and such is the case for the debunkers as well on their websites. Richard Dawkins has written a whole book on the basis of debunking of alternative theory of human origins, picking on the weakest arguments(creationisms) in his opinion, and basically lumping it all together into the famous 'Bushistic' statement, "If you're not with us, you're with the enemy"(because there's only two sides, as he sees it). To Dawkins, alternative views are not worthy of consideration, even from reputable scientists.
I'll tell you something I believe, though: the establishment is running out of gas in this effort, and more and more scientists are not listening to this cacophany of name-calling and shrill invective, preferring to let the science lead them to discovery, rather than thinking they already know it all.
What is behind the debunking fury? Perhaps these establishment icons fear this:" To have modern human beings........appearing a great deal earlier, in fact at a time when even simple primates did not exist as possible ancestors, would be devastating not only to the accepted pattern. It would be devastating to the whole theory of evolution."- W.W. Howells, Physical Anthropologist. The quoted statements above are taken from "Forbidden Archaeology".
The simple fact is that the discipline won't live by its own maxim to modify its theories when new evidence becomes available. Instead, it seeks to undermine by coming out with statements like "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence", thus setting up the establishment, which is challenged, as the arbiter of what is acceptable evidence. It's like what happens in 'whistle-blower' cases. The deck is stacked. Luckily, there's still free speech and the cyber-world we live in makes the acquisition and evaluation of information available to many more than previously has been the case. The very popularization of science has led many with differing perspectives on scientific problems to investigate for themselves, whether the alternative viewpoints have merit.
Thomas Jefferson called for "the diffusion of knowledge among the people. No other sure foundation can be devised for the preservation of freedom and happiness."
The National Academy of Sciences 1998 booklet comments on the teaching of science: "this process of public scrutiny is an essential part of science. It works to eliminate personal bias and subjectivity because others must be able to determine whether a proposed explanation is consistant with available evidence." It does not say the truth resides in the opinions of the most highly placed and visible academics in the field.
Finally, Titus, I hope you and many others can see that the explanation for who we are and how we got here hasn't been answered by anybody, definitively, yet, and we are doing ourselves and those who follow after us a disservice if we ignore or dismiss alternative views on the basis of thinking we've already "got it right". Cheers, Rick

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debunking alternative theories 338 Titus Livius 02-Jul-09 19:10
Re: debunking alternative theories 257 cladking 02-Jul-09 19:55
Re: debunking alternative theories 210 drew 02-Jul-09 23:11
Re: debunking alternative theories 219 Scott Creighton 02-Jul-09 23:52
Re: debunking alternative theories 209 survivalcell 03-Jul-09 00:01
Re: debunking alternative theories 220 cladking 03-Jul-09 01:37
Re: debunking alternative theories 225 survivalcell 03-Jul-09 18:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 216 cladking 04-Jul-09 00:07
Re: debunking alternative theories 293 Susan Doris 04-Jul-09 07:14
Re: debunking alternative theories 245 cladking 04-Jul-09 07:26
Re: debunking alternative theories 282 Susan Doris 04-Jul-09 07:31
Re: debunking alternative theories 244 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 07:31
Re: debunking alternative theories 219 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:10
Re: debunking alternative theories 258 cladking 03-Jul-09 22:56
Re: debunking alternative theories 206 papalou 05-Jul-09 22:27
Re: debunking alternative theories 255 Susan Doris 06-Jul-09 06:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 303 carolb 06-Jul-09 18:13
Re: debunking alternative theories 232 Susan Doris 06-Jul-09 20:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 232 papalou 06-Jul-09 23:29
Re: debunking alternative theories 295 carolb 07-Jul-09 16:43
Re: debunking alternative theories 216 NetWorkAngel 07-Jul-09 16:51
Re: debunking alternative theories 205 Bobajot 08-Jul-09 03:49
Re: debunking alternative theories 161 Andy McCallum 02-Jul-09 22:40
Re: debunking alternative theories 216 Archae Solenhofen 02-Jul-09 23:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 208 Scott Creighton 03-Jul-09 00:03
Re: debunking alternative theories 247 Archae Solenhofen 03-Jul-09 03:17
Re: debunking alternative theories 248 Scott Creighton 03-Jul-09 10:23
Re: debunking alternative theories 234 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:20
Scott 246 Warwick 03-Jul-09 17:54
Re: debunking alternative theories 252 Archae Solenhofen 03-Jul-09 18:13
Re: debunking alternative theories 253 cladking 03-Jul-09 23:08
Re: debunking alternative theories 232 Archae Solenhofen 03-Jul-09 23:59
Re: debunking alternative theories 249 cladking 04-Jul-09 01:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 247 Archae Solenhofen 04-Jul-09 18:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 251 cladking 04-Jul-09 18:54
Re: debunking alternative theories 220 papalou 05-Jul-09 22:47
The coiled serpent 221 Morph 06-Jul-09 13:58
Re: debunking alternative theories 241 Susan Doris 06-Jul-09 07:03
Re: debunking alternative theories 229 cladking 06-Jul-09 21:46
Re: debunking alternative theories 269 Susan Doris 07-Jul-09 07:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 237 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:16
Re: debunking alternative theories 273 Archae Solenhofen 03-Jul-09 18:47
Re: debunking alternative theories 236 Morph 02-Jul-09 23:22
Re: debunking alternative theories 233 drew 02-Jul-09 23:25
Re: debunking alternative theories 235 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:48
Re: debunking alternative theories 211 Warwick 03-Jul-09 18:08
Re: debunking alternative theories 270 richarddullum 03-Jul-09 05:50
Re: debunking alternative theories 233 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:38
Re: debunking alternative theories 235 cladking 03-Jul-09 23:36
Re: debunking alternative theories 249 Titus Livius 04-Jul-09 11:57
Re: debunking alternative theories 268 cladking 04-Jul-09 19:14
Re: debunking alternative theories 218 Titus Livius 05-Jul-09 10:22
Re: debunking alternative theories 230 cladking 05-Jul-09 20:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 264 Susan Doris 03-Jul-09 07:36
Re: debunking alternative theories 292 Susan Doris 03-Jul-09 07:43
Re: debunking alternative theories 215 Scott Creighton 03-Jul-09 10:58
Re: debunking alternative theories 221 Essan 03-Jul-09 08:52
Re: debunking alternative theories 214 Laird Scranton 03-Jul-09 15:05
Re: debunking alternative theories 241 Warwick 03-Jul-09 17:47
more scholarly feedback 180 Warwick 03-Jul-09 18:00
Re: more scholarly feedback 220 cladking 03-Jul-09 23:45
Re: debunking alternative theories 343 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 18:42
actually.. 241 Warwick 03-Jul-09 19:08
Re: actually.. 209 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 19:17
Re: actually.. 211 Warwick 03-Jul-09 19:39
Re: actually.. 264 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 19:43
Re: actually.. 256 Warwick 03-Jul-09 19:50
Re: actually.. 202 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 19:56
Re: actually.. 216 Warwick 03-Jul-09 20:13
Re: actually.. 200 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 20:33
Posturing.. 231 Warwick 03-Jul-09 20:46
Re: Posturing.. 248 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 20:54
Re: Posturing.. 230 Warwick 03-Jul-09 21:01
Re:Opinion Alert! 237 Sirfiroth 04-Jul-09 06:03
Re:Opinion Alert! 251 Warwick 04-Jul-09 17:58
Re:Opinion Alert! 206 Sirfiroth 04-Jul-09 19:49
Re:Opinion Alert! 206 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 20:03
Re:Opinion Alert! 228 Warwick 05-Jul-09 18:45
Re:Opinion Alert! 234 Sirfiroth 05-Jul-09 20:21
Re:Opinion Alert! 290 Warwick 05-Jul-09 21:05
Re: Posturing.. 260 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 08:15
Re: Posturing.. 210 Warwick 04-Jul-09 18:10
Re: Posturing.. 225 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 18:33
Re: Posturing.. 222 Warwick 04-Jul-09 19:09
Re: Posturing.. 267 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 19:27
Re: Posturing.. 225 cladking 04-Jul-09 20:01
Re: actually.. 299 Warwick 03-Jul-09 20:15
Re: debunking alternative theories 240 drew 04-Jul-09 03:24
Titus 236 Warwick 03-Jul-09 20:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 207 Diomede 05-Jul-09 22:39
Re: debunking alternative theories 279 Susan Doris 06-Jul-09 06:49
Re: debunking alternative theories 237 Laird Scranton 06-Jul-09 14:56
Re: debunking alternative theories 244 Titus Livius 06-Jul-09 18:39
Re: debunking alternative theories 283 Laird Scranton 06-Jul-09 20:40
Re: debunking alternative theories 257 bookwise 06-Jul-09 15:24
Re: debunking alternative theories 232 Laird Scranton 06-Jul-09 15:47
Re: debunking alternative theories 209 Diomede 06-Jul-09 20:11
Re: debunking alternative theories 214 bookwise 06-Jul-09 20:49
Re: debunking alternative theories 261 Susan Doris 07-Jul-09 07:38
Re: debunking alternative theories 252 Titus Livius 08-Jul-09 18:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 201 Warwick 08-Jul-09 19:03


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