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12 years ago
Me
I suspect you are overlooking the key point raised here. Academia can breed overconfidence and that is the problem. Ideas that fit with the prevailing model undergo less scrutiny than those which do not. These are simple human problems found in any investigation. The more certain one is, the bigger mistakes one is open to.
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12 years ago
Me
ninja wrote: > > Regarding enclosure wall weathering : is this approximately > correct? : the vertical fissures are promoted by runoff. The > horizontal projecting hard strata eroded by the processes you > describe. To have produced the latter through runoff would have > required a veritable torrent, but the Sphinx was not built in a > Wadi, and the cachement area is t
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12 years ago
Me
The first thing I note in this image is how slight the weathering is when compared to that on the Sphinx and its enclose. Is that your point? The beauty of Schoch's case is that it begins with geology and then applies the inferred historical case. Rather than starting with theory and picking an erosion system on the basis of what suits your assumptions.
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12 years ago
Me
That is a very interesting point. Not being a geologist I could not guess at how much water would be required and more importantly how long such an effect would need to be effected. How the same erosion pattern could form on the body of the Sphinx is the big flaw for this scenario, not sure how that could happen.
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12 years ago
Me
To the specific question as to why the monuments at Giza were constructed at such a vast scale with no obvious gain (large offices and hotels can of course be used to generate large amounts of cash, unlike -insert thesis here- which Giza was made for.) The answer seems simple and obvious to me-to make foriegners feel very, very small.
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12 years ago
Me
If I were the guardian of Egypt's treasures my first priority would be the maintenance of what is. Any examination of the ground beneath the Sphinx will entail a certain risk to the monument, and technology is constantly improving to lessen that risk.
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12 years ago
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Laird Scranton has done a very thorough job investigating the similarities between Dogon and Egyptian symbolism, and the similarity between the Buddhist Stupa and Dogon granary. His theory is that a truly ancient culture influenced all three.
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12 years ago
Me
I would say it is in the nature of science to find more and deeper levels to each phenomena. Psi suffers from a theoretical bias which insists there are no deeper levels to be found, unlike the nature of gravity, chaos or the sub-atomic.
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12 years ago
Me
I would repeat that this is no conspiracy but a natural equilibrium created by two opposing extremes seeking attention. Media naturally look to these outlandish characters rather than seeking out a more informed but less entertaining speaker.
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12 years ago
Me
Frequently when I see a debate on TV over any parapsychological subject the leading speaker will be James Randi, not a scientist but a stage magician. Equally his common adversary is Uri Gellar, another stage performer. Essentially these two and others like them maintain a circus preventing any serious discussion let alone mention of controlled studies. For the competing groups it is a victory
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12 years ago
Me
Ok I was drawing on specific groups and individuals. Richard Dawkins was specifically to blame for some of the tactics described and I mention specific bad practice from Richard Wiseman. I am always keen to tear apart a faith driven hypothesis, which is why I am opposed to most groups under the banner Skeptics.
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12 years ago
Me
Olver X, I agree with the literal meaning of your statement, but not with their meaning in this instance. Sceptics, or more precisely pseudosceptics are a political group. Their methods and arguments are often in opposition to the scientific method. Arbitrary levels of significance are set well above the normal statistical level(Wiseman's special), meta analysis is endorsed or ignored depending
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12 years ago
Me
Greg_Taylor wrote: > Mack also quotes Margaret Mead: > > "People still ask each other, 'Do you believe in UFOs?' I > think this is a silly question, born of confusion. Belief has > to do with matters of faith. It has nothing to do with the kind > of knowledge that is based on scientific inquiry...When we want > to understand something strange, something previously unkn
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12 years ago
Me
If you would examine the thread Zahi Hawass conceals the truth, much of the subject has gone over to the extremist, frankly lunatic fringe. Physical evidence is deemed a non-essential. The Hall of Records is an article of faith. Whatever cultures may lie undiscovered in prehistory I fear will stay there as no serious archaeologist dare attract the support of Cayce's believers. The new echo sou
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12 years ago
Me
Forgive me for answering a long complex statement with a short answer; Simplification. Modern society lacks the time and more importantly the patience to really examine any facet of life in any serious detail. Everything is reduced to something which can be seen at a glance. An instant hit with minimum effort. But most issues cannot be expressed in this way. Popular media is simplifying and dum
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12 years ago
Me
To really muddy the waters one could theorise that something sets off a reaction in each girls brain, who provide similar interpretations due to living similar lives with the same influences. At the outset though I automaticaly reject the idea of fairies as impossible and ask what would a child mistake for a fairy? If they had reported Batman outside one could think of a man in a long black or bl
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12 years ago
Me
How do the sounds heard during a bizarre episode (for want of a better term) compare to those of patients undergoing neurosergery? Would this help inform whether these are internal or external phenomena? I know this is the solution we don't want to find, but I instictively head for those first. On the Sasquatch front, if it is an ape, then you might expect it to smell of sulfour naturally. Gori
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12 years ago
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Greg_Taylor wrote: > > I find it interesting to note how quickly the topic is > dismissed as being not worthy of discussion, as it's "nutball" > territory, when it obviously has impacted upon us greatly. >> Kind regards, > Greg > The problem is that some people can consider one 'out there' topic at a time, but mix in two together and human credulity is stre
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12 years ago
Me
But for our DNA to be vaguely silmilar to alien, i.e. share a planned origin point it would need to be part of a billions of years old plan. I don't see a logical gain from this.
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12 years ago
Me
On the subject of why make a hybrid, I could well imagine a scientist unbounded by law being tempted to see what bizarre creatures he could make, or for a survivor group trying to extend their legacy by crossbreeding with locals. But the hybrid theory has a fundamental flaw. All life on Earth is made from the same essential stuff, the same mix of carbon atoms, we share half a genome with a bana
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8 years ago
Me
It should be a simple matter to use either a set of computations/ computer simulation or a physical board (even Cardboard) in the location of the proposed wall to show if your client would be left in the shade by the new wall. Which way does the proposed wall face? More importantly how did the skinny dipping go?
Forum: Misc.
8 years ago
Me
Glad you got through the operation. Sorry to comment so late but I rarely look at the misc board. Rob
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8 years ago
Me
Do these people think Batman was based on real events?
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8 years ago
Me
I have listened to several Big Finish Productions. In each case the weak link was the script. Usually they are rewriting one or more Doctor Who plots. They also introduce fantasy elements to contradict the original versions science fiction premise. If you are familiar with the comics Gary Russell and Nick Briggs were responsible for in Dr Who Magazine, that is what they do on audio. I stopp
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8 years ago
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Actually I was directly referring to the Whoremake. Childish, superficial, self contradictory and nonsensical. I love Dr Who with a passion. The remake reinforces all of the popular lies about the original programme. It's a sign that they had run out of ideas that the BBC has been producing so many remakes. And dancing with minor celebs and endless game shows. It's the Whoremake that get
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8 years ago
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If a woman is spending money on overpriced clothes it is probably her way of seeking reassurance. These items have no intrinsic value, beyond keeping warm. Part of the appeal is status. Not everyone can afford these luxuries. Women often believe that men will see them in these items and consider them more attractive. This is true only if the men are homosexual, camp and know where the item
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8 years ago
Me
You've been watching the BBC I presume?
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8 years ago
Me
Steve Englehart's depiction of the Joker was delusional. In the classic "the Laughing Fish." The Joker mutates Gothams fish with Joker faces, then demands that the patent office accept his patent of his own face so that he gets a payment for every catch brought in.
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8 years ago
Me
No, they voted for one keenly enough though. Revered in India, elected in Texas.
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8 years ago
Me
This thread has it all wrong. The movies are only a spin-off. For me the best Batman is Denny O'Neil's, especially when drawn by Neal Adams. Then there is always the superb Steve Englehart Batman with Marshall Rogers art, or do you prefer Alan Moore, or Frank Miller? There again, there is the question of which character using the name of the Batman is best? The original Earth-2 Batman?
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