> But if this is the best, what does that say for
> our so-called modern progressive world?
I know this is just a rhetorical question but want to comment anyway.
The world and knowledge are not what I thought they were ten years ago. What I've found is almost all knowledge is actually only true from a specific perspective or isn't true at all. We aren't communicating but we almost always think we are. Each listener gets a different understanding and replies to that understanding which is then misunderstood by all. Reality exists but we all see it from a different anvgle and we all think we are right. Every religion is the only way to heaven. Every belief is the only means of depicting reality. People get stuck into patterns of thought and behavior just as Egyptology survives in the 19th century with adherents in the 21st. The status quo is always sacrosanct to most people most of the time.
> I expect an Egyptologist to be on top of the
> latest studies.
I suspect this is pretty much state of the art. The simple fact is that evidence that fits the paradigm doesn't come along very often so they have to make the most of it when it does.
> But it seems their job is just to
> memorize the opinions of the popular authorities.
There is an incredible amount of appeal to authority in Egyptology et al.
> It is a dangerous path to travel, to accept their
Indeed! I would never advise anyone to accept any Egyptological assumption or belief built on the assumptions that the great pyramids are tombs dragged up ramps by superstitious people who never changed.
If an individual is able to function without any beliefs it might be better. If you must have a belief about the reason the pyramids were built then I'd suggest that believing they built them because they found they could. Hillary climbed Everest because he could. The Egyptians built great pyramids progressively taller because they could. This just means we have a belief about why.
The how is pretty much already answered; they pulled the stones straight up the side one step at a time.
Of course we still need to flesh out both the why and how.
It just seems that Egyptological opinion on most things related to the great pyramids is becoming less and less relevant as time marches past them and they are parsing the PT.
> For the one huge reason that the
> entire time frame of mankind's history in Europe,
> Asia and Africa is based on their assumptions.
> These conclusions form the skeleton for all of
> Mesopotamia and Europe basically throwing us into
> a dark age that precludes any possibility of
> learning the truth which would be enlightening to
> civilization today. Truth is essential if we are
> to progress as a society.
I couldn't agree more and you're way ahead of me in this area.
Mankind must progress or we will regress. A technological regression is still a regression and must end badly. It would proibably proceed very badly for most individuals as well.