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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? 3155 PB Bytes 11-Jan-19 00:21
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 831 Scott Creighton 11-Jan-19 09:41
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 604 PB Bytes 11-Jan-19 14:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 601 cladking 11-Jan-19 14:57
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 669 gjb 11-Jan-19 16:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 802 Scott Creighton 11-Jan-19 17:12
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 673 PB Bytes 11-Jan-19 17:22
clarification of the OCT 548 hendrik dirker 26-Jun-19 11:17
Re: clarification of the OCT 385 rulebook54 29-Jun-19 11:46
what story? 338 hendrik dirker 02-Jul-19 14:00
Re: clarification of the OCT 330 Spiros 29-Jun-19 15:17
stars = mountains = pyramids 383 hendrik dirker 30-Jun-19 06:53
Re: stars = mountains = pyramids 355 hendrik dirker 02-Jul-19 10:13
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 595 Lee McGiffen 15-Jan-19 11:53
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 769 Scott Creighton 15-Jan-19 14:12
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 558 Spiros 18-Jan-19 18:01
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 553 PB Bytes 18-Jan-19 21:04
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 582 Scott Creighton 18-Jan-19 22:20
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 653 Martin Stower 18-Jan-19 23:30
Different dates 568 Morten 19-Jan-19 11:23
Re: Different dates 584 Scott Creighton 19-Jan-19 11:42
Re: Different dates 567 Morten 19-Jan-19 13:43
Re: Different dates 571 Martin Stower 19-Jan-19 17:50
Re: Different dates 580 Morten 19-Jan-19 19:12
Re: Different dates 485 Scott Creighton 19-Jan-19 22:39
Re: Different dates 534 Morten 19-Jan-19 23:08
Re: Different dates 532 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 11:22
Re: Different dates 673 Morten 20-Jan-19 11:48
Re: Different dates 568 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 12:14
Re: Different dates 495 Morten 20-Jan-19 14:09
Re: Different dates 557 Martin Stower 20-Jan-19 14:32
an evolving theory... 468 hendrik dirker 09-Jun-19 08:12
evolving... 416 hendrik dirker 22-Jun-19 10:42
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 526 Spiros 19-Jan-19 02:05
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 599 R Avry Wilson 16-Jan-19 19:20
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 511 engbren 16-Jan-19 22:47
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 554 PB Bytes 18-Jan-19 01:58
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 553 R Avry Wilson 19-Jan-19 19:06
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 525 PB Bytes 19-Jan-19 19:24
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 503 PB Bytes 19-Jan-19 20:06
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 503 R Avry Wilson 19-Jan-19 23:17
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 486 PB Bytes 20-Jan-19 00:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 602 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 14:04
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 578 Martin Stower 20-Jan-19 14:40
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 459 PB Bytes 20-Jan-19 17:23
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 612 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 17:42
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 493 Warwick 20-Jan-19 18:41
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 459 PB Bytes 20-Jan-19 19:04
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 503 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 19:32
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 473 PB Bytes 20-Jan-19 23:55
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 530 R Avry Wilson 20-Jan-19 19:19
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 473 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 19:27
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 483 R Avry Wilson 20-Jan-19 20:28
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 507 Scott Creighton 20-Jan-19 20:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 489 R Avry Wilson 21-Jan-19 07:15
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 498 DUNE 21-Jan-19 10:29
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 462 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 11:23
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 567 Spiros 21-Jan-19 13:28
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 469 DUNE 21-Jan-19 15:57
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 526 R Avry Wilson 22-Jan-19 05:13
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 472 Scott Creighton 22-Jan-19 10:29
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 517 R Avry Wilson 23-Jan-19 05:29
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 516 Scott Creighton 23-Jan-19 08:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 557 Thanos5150 23-Jan-19 16:35
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 498 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 10:45
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 526 Morten 21-Jan-19 11:31
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 510 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 11:49
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 566 Morten 21-Jan-19 12:24
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 556 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 12:56
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 542 Morten 22-Jan-19 02:17
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 495 Scott Creighton 22-Jan-19 10:53
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 545 Martin Stower 22-Jan-19 14:06
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 510 Morten 23-Jan-19 11:44
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 622 Scott Creighton 23-Jan-19 22:18
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 516 Morten 24-Jan-19 01:57
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 456 Scott Creighton 24-Jan-19 08:51
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 486 Morten 24-Jan-19 09:03
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 443 DUNE 24-Jan-19 09:54
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 528 Scott Creighton 24-Jan-19 12:17
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 501 Gary Osborn 24-Jan-19 01:02
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 449 Spiros 24-Jan-19 01:06
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 619 Gary Osborn 23-Jan-19 22:57
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 482 Scott Creighton 23-Jan-19 23:22
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 452 Gary Osborn 23-Jan-19 23:31
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 472 DUNE 24-Jan-19 11:15
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 527 Gary Osborn 24-Jan-19 12:46
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 502 DUNE 24-Jan-19 13:20
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 719 Scott Creighton 24-Jan-19 14:03
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 499 DUNE 24-Jan-19 14:52
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 529 Scott Creighton 24-Jan-19 15:34
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 586 Scott Creighton 24-Jan-19 15:47
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 477 molder 24-Jan-19 22:40
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 496 DUNE 21-Jan-19 13:03
Thanks Dennis N/T 445 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 13:05
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 457 DUNE 21-Jan-19 11:52
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 447 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 11:57
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 514 Scott Creighton 21-Jan-19 12:04
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 515 Martin Stower 23-Jan-19 17:58
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 483 Thanos5150 21-Jan-19 17:16
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 573 Warwick 21-Jan-19 17:21
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 488 Martin Stower 21-Jan-19 21:52
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 605 Warwick 21-Jan-19 22:08
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 538 Thanos5150 21-Jan-19 22:57
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 492 Spiros 26-Jan-19 20:35
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 457 Scott Creighton 27-Jan-19 12:12
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 464 xRay 27-Jan-19 13:08
Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 487 Scott Creighton 27-Jan-19 13:15
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 314 Sirfiroth 01-Jul-19 04:03
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 331 Sirfiroth 02-Jul-19 12:53
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Re: O C T allegation. . . clarification? 338 Spiros 01-Jul-19 17:38
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