> Nothing is about how they built pyramids.
> Everything is about why we can't figure it out.
> We can't figure it out because we don't think like
> they did. We can't even see the progression from
> mastaba to step pyramid to smooth pyramids without
> imagining ramps. We can't see reality because
> we're too busy seeing everything we believe,
It's not merely that we can't figure it out. Some things are hard to figure out from very little evidence and almost everything is hard to see until someone else draws our attention to it. But is this case Herodotus said he was told by the Egyptian priests exactly how it was built and this has been "known" for countless centuries.
The pyramid was built in steps, battlement-wise, as it is called, or, according to others, altar-wise. After laying the stones for the base, they raised the remaining stones to their places by means of machines formed of short wooden planks. The first machine raised them from the ground to the top of the first step. On this there was another machine, which received the stone upon its arrival and conveyed it to the second step, whence a third machine advanced it still higher. Either they had as many machines as there were steps in the pyramid, or possibly they had but a single machine, which, being easily moved, was transferred from tier to tier as the stone rose — both accounts are given and therefore I mention both. The upper portion of the Pyramid was finished first, then the middle and finally the part which was lowest and nearest to the ground
We simply refuse to believe it. Since we don't believe it we can't understand it either. Rather than reverse engineering the pyramids it was simply decided it was easier and more believable to just figure it didn't matter how they were built and it must have been ramps anyway. This allows us not to see that the Pyramid Texts makes numerous (oblique) references to how the pyramids were built.
1778a. N: is the great falcon, who is upon the battlements (or, cornice blocks) of the house of "him of the hidden name,"
The PT never uses words like "ramps" or "incline". It speaks of boats tied together and of the gods lifting the stones.
It seems that until the 1880's the human race had mostly forgotten how the pyramids were built and then we made a long series of really bad assumptions so now we are highly mistaken and confused about pyramids, of course, but also about the ancient people who built them and our own nature. We not only refuse to believe anything outside our beliefs and experience but we can't understand it either. Whether we're talking about a simple funicular, pulling stones up the easy way, or the nature of consciousness we are mostly in the dark. We can only conceptualize anything in terms of our existing prejudices.
Read what Herodotus said and keep adjusting the words until one they make perfect sense and two they agree with Steve Clayton. After you've achieved this you'll understand how the pyramids were really built. Spoiler alert; it was not ramps!