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The practice of turning a criticism of a hypothesis into a negation seems to be a favourite with self-styled ‘experts’.

There seems to be a failure to consider that we’re dealing with people, and that people sometimes do strange things - they also make mistakes. Clearly, when such occurs, it might be difficult to prove certain hypotheses.

The stand is that if people in the past failed to do what such ‘experts’ expect them to have done then they couldn’t have done what they actually did! Unfortunately, this stand is taken not only by archaeologists and other academics but also by some people on this forum.

Admittedly, the criticism here makes the OCT hypothesis appear to be strange, but people do stranger things than that (in the view of others / outsiders).

The physical context falls within the purview of 'hard' science, the intellectual context lies in the purview of 'soft' science. People may not like it, but that's the way it is.

The hard science approach to OCT might be that it's wrong (because it's the wrong way up), the soft science approach is likely to be, 'why might this have been done?' or 'what might be the consequences of this having happened?' Archaeologists pick and choose when they wish to adopt one approach or the other.

This may reflect where archaeology sits within most universities: it's often in the humanities, but it relies much on hard science, though its interpretation is frequently drawn from soft science. Some institutions have history overlapping the social sciences (it's taught in both), but there would probably be a stronger case for archaeology to be so positioned.

Perhaps archaeo-astronomy might also benefit from this!

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O C T allegation. . . clarification? 3008 PB Bytes 11-Jan-19 00:21
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 751 Scott Creighton 11-Jan-19 09:41
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 536 cladking 11-Jan-19 14:57
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 600 gjb 11-Jan-19 16:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 640 Scott Creighton 11-Jan-19 17:12
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 592 PB Bytes 11-Jan-19 17:22
clarification of the OCT 447 hendrik dirker 26-Jun-19 11:17
Re: clarification of the OCT 327 rulebook54 29-Jun-19 11:46
what story? 285 hendrik dirker 02-Jul-19 14:00
Re: clarification of the OCT 276 Spiros 29-Jun-19 15:17
stars = mountains = pyramids 318 hendrik dirker 30-Jun-19 06:53
Re: stars = mountains = pyramids 298 hendrik dirker 02-Jul-19 10:13
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 536 Lee McGiffen 15-Jan-19 11:53
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 658 Scott Creighton 15-Jan-19 14:12
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 499 Spiros 18-Jan-19 18:01
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 490 PB Bytes 18-Jan-19 21:04
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 523 Scott Creighton 18-Jan-19 22:20
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 592 Martin Stower 18-Jan-19 23:30
Different dates 515 Morten 19-Jan-19 11:23
Re: Different dates 525 Scott Creighton 19-Jan-19 11:42
Re: Different dates 511 Morten 19-Jan-19 13:43
Re: Different dates 508 Martin Stower 19-Jan-19 17:50
Re: Different dates 434 Morten 19-Jan-19 19:12
Re: Different dates 430 Scott Creighton 19-Jan-19 22:39
Re: Different dates 474 Morten 19-Jan-19 23:08
Re: Different dates 476 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 11:22
Re: Different dates 533 Morten 20-Jan-19 11:48
Re: Different dates 512 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 12:14
Re: Different dates 428 Morten 20-Jan-19 14:09
Re: Different dates 464 Martin Stower 20-Jan-19 14:32
an evolving theory... 401 hendrik dirker 09-Jun-19 08:12
evolving... 356 hendrik dirker 22-Jun-19 10:42
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 472 Spiros 19-Jan-19 02:05
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 542 R Avry Wilson 16-Jan-19 19:20
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 453 engbren 16-Jan-19 22:47
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 494 PB Bytes 18-Jan-19 01:58
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 489 R Avry Wilson 19-Jan-19 19:06
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 469 PB Bytes 19-Jan-19 19:24
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 444 PB Bytes 19-Jan-19 20:06
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 441 R Avry Wilson 19-Jan-19 23:17
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 432 PB Bytes 20-Jan-19 00:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 537 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 14:04
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 447 Martin Stower 20-Jan-19 14:40
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 397 PB Bytes 20-Jan-19 17:23
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 552 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 17:42
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 392 Warwick 20-Jan-19 18:41
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 400 PB Bytes 20-Jan-19 19:04
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 448 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 19:32
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 417 PB Bytes 20-Jan-19 23:55
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 473 R Avry Wilson 20-Jan-19 19:19
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 406 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 19:27
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 424 R Avry Wilson 20-Jan-19 20:28
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 450 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 20:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 429 R Avry Wilson 21-Jan-19 07:15
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 446 DUNE 21-Jan-19 10:29
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 405 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 11:23
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 511 Spiros 21-Jan-19 13:28
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 409 DUNE 21-Jan-19 15:57
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 464 R Avry Wilson 22-Jan-19 05:13
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 410 Scott Creighton 22-Jan-19 10:29
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 457 R Avry Wilson 23-Jan-19 05:29
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 455 Scott Creighton 23-Jan-19 08:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 498 Thanos5150 23-Jan-19 16:35
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 445 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 10:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 463 Morten 21-Jan-19 11:31
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 452 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 11:49
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 504 Morten 21-Jan-19 12:24
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 497 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 12:56
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 476 Morten 22-Jan-19 02:17
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 438 Scott Creighton 22-Jan-19 10:53
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 488 Martin Stower 22-Jan-19 14:06
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 442 Morten 23-Jan-19 11:44
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 467 Scott Creighton 23-Jan-19 22:18
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 453 Morten 24-Jan-19 01:57
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 395 Scott Creighton 24-Jan-19 08:51
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 426 Morten 24-Jan-19 09:03
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 383 DUNE 24-Jan-19 09:54
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 409 Scott Creighton 24-Jan-19 12:17
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 442 Gary Osborn 24-Jan-19 01:02
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 397 Spiros 24-Jan-19 01:06
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 457 Gary Osborn 23-Jan-19 22:57
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 423 Scott Creighton 23-Jan-19 23:22
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 392 Gary Osborn 23-Jan-19 23:31
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 419 DUNE 24-Jan-19 11:15
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 463 Gary Osborn 24-Jan-19 12:46
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 445 DUNE 24-Jan-19 13:20
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 555 Scott Creighton 24-Jan-19 14:03
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 438 DUNE 24-Jan-19 14:52
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 472 Scott Creighton 24-Jan-19 15:34
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 531 Scott Creighton 24-Jan-19 15:47
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 422 molder 24-Jan-19 22:40
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 438 DUNE 21-Jan-19 13:03
Thanks Dennis N/T 392 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 13:05
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 391 DUNE 21-Jan-19 11:52
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 393 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 11:57
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 398 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 12:04
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 458 Martin Stower 23-Jan-19 17:58
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 426 Thanos5150 21-Jan-19 17:16
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 444 Warwick 21-Jan-19 17:21
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 433 Martin Stower 21-Jan-19 21:52
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 522 Warwick 21-Jan-19 22:08
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 403 Scott Creighton 27-Jan-19 12:12
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 410 xRay 27-Jan-19 13:08
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 429 Scott Creighton 27-Jan-19 13:15
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 395 Spiros 27-Jan-19 15:50
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 267 Spiros 01-Jul-19 16:08
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 293 Sirfiroth 02-Jul-19 23:23
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 274 Spiros 01-Jul-19 17:38
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