> Superstition abounds in Egypt.
> IMHO the easiest way to spot areas of science that are either
> wrong or have a long way to go. Are areas that have these
> glaring contradictions in them. Or, they have glaring
> contradictions with other forms of science. It's huge to me
> that Egyptologists have this profound contradiction in them.
> 1) They were amazing and show incredible engineering skill, and
> high level mathematics.
> 2) Their writings were religious and spiritual symbolism on
> crack. Not to be taken within context.
> Egyptology answer:
> They should be taken in with the context that you would have if
> you had take the time to spend 10,000 hours studying pot shards
> from 40 different dynasty's. But you didn't, so you don't get
> to know what it means. Go study them first, then you can
> question me on my interpretation of the context.
> This is why the hero's of this field are from the 1800's. Just
> one miserable interpretation of context after another.
I've been toying with the idea recently that the root of the problem and the reason we're all still mired in the 1940's (at best) is that almost every single person has lost sight of exactly what science is.
This is a very similar problem that was faced by our ancestors when the language became too complicated. The language was the metaphysics of their understanding and when it became overly complicated it had to be shed and our confused language arose.
Now the same thing is happening in a sense. Our metaphysics are incredibly simple but no one can understand the meaning of science unless he understands each of the experiments that underlie it and now the complexity of all of the experiments is getting to the point that fewer and fewer understand new science. There are a couple of factors exascerbating this problem greatly and that is "applied science" is lagging many decades behind the cutting edge. This is caused partly by the complexity but primarily by the cuts in science not related to military and by a changed mindsaet of people. Look at Giza itself; no new science has been applied there since 1986 unless you count the muon detectors (I don't). Everywhere we tend to see older philosophy coupled with modern science. Newspapers no longer even attempt to report science and mistake the latest edict from the Cattle Ranchers Association or the global warming crowd as actual science rather than wishes and statistical modeling. Of course the media has had nothing right in decades and people seem not to notice.
I find ascribing every single thing the ancients did to religion and superstition to be an absurdity of the highest order. In the light of modern day Egyptology there was no infrastructure to build pyramids, no purpose, and no means beyond magic, religion, and superstition. Rather than dealing with facts they have hunkered down hoping it all blows over. They are stuck in their ruts looking for ramps and waiting for the storm to pass. I still believe the computer might be a sufficient tool to take Egyptology away from the Egyptologists. A new paradigm can be written without them.