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Dear Mr. West,

Well, here’s one, eh? One of those magically and randomly generated posts you predicted would appear in response to your recent online article here at www.grahamhancock.com : ‘A Sincere Double Apology’. Moreso, this letter comes from someone whom essentially qualifies as ‘not publicly noticeable enough’ to warrant a response from you. Whether you choose to respond or not is of course your prerogative, however my objections are worth expressing nonetheless. I have two objections, the first of which is a defense of personal integrity (and not at all necessary to expand upon), and the second an essential objection to your theory of an older Sphinx – or to be more specific – the idea that’s it’s builders (per your scenario date) were an advanced culture.

I’ll make the first one quick.

To suggest someone – anyone – with an opinion on your ideas only deserves a response based on their social standing is, quite ‘frankly’, irresponsible if not downright insulting. The point here is the validity of opinion, not the popular gloss of its presenter. I can’t but think you were hasty in your choice of words, for surely you cannot ignore (no matter the source) valid objections to your theory. I am sure you recognize the acute necessity for addressing points which challenge your ideas. That’s the whole point behind developing a theory -> defending it.

Now for second point. You are under the impression that an older Sphinx translates into advanced culture. In fact, you seem to think it is a requirement. This could not be further from the truth. All it takes is rudimentary interest or reverence in a form to carve it. As a supplement to this point, if there were an advanced group, then the examples for their advanced existence would/should be much more prevalent in the archaeological record, which they are not. We all know there was a presence in Egypt long before the suggested unification date. I mean , c’mon, we’re talking about 500,000 years of ‘human’ presence, so it’s not about if anyone was there. The question you want answered is ‘what was the level of technology’, and have supplied us with a resounding ‘yes’ based on the Sphinx being older. Sorry, but, the age of the Sphinx is not a solid foundation (if one at all) for determining what qualifies as ‘advanced’ or not. All we see is a carved feature. There is nothing advanced about such activities at all; it is not eligible to be categorized as architecture, wherein one would expect the latter definition to imply a need for acute intelligence. If the idea is to show the Sphinx was carved much earlier, fine, I happen to have agreement with it, but you lose out on identifying the level of intelligence required to create it.

This is a valid objection, and is presented in the spirit of professionalism. I would be interested in knowing how you intend to rectify this problem.

Kind Regards,

R. Avry Wilson
avry@telusplanet.net

"History is told by those who have hanged heroes"

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To John A West: I Honorably Object 512 R Avry Wilson 08-Jan-04 07:27
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 272 Dyrham 08-Jan-04 12:09
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 283 R Avry Wilson 08-Jan-04 12:27
Yes and No 261 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 15:29
Re: Yes and No 261 lobo-hotei 08-Jan-04 16:20
exactly! 293 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 16:44
Re: exactly! 285 Elizabeth Newton 09-Jan-04 01:31
Re: exactly! 266 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:34
that's a big help ...NOT!~ 238 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 15:46
Re: that's a big help ...NOT!~ 274 Elizabeth Newton 11-Jan-04 05:07
I'll try again 274 W. L. Nixon 11-Jan-04 15:33
Re: I'll try again 204 Elizabeth Newton 11-Jan-04 15:57
Re: I'll try again 249 W. L. Nixon 11-Jan-04 16:19
Re: I'll try again 211 Elizabeth Newton 11-Jan-04 16:29
Re: exactly! 236 Cynnara 09-Jan-04 12:44
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 250 scimitar 08-Jan-04 16:46
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 222 rubberdown 08-Jan-04 12:28
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 237 R Avry Wilson 08-Jan-04 12:31
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 271 cardinal guzman 08-Jan-04 13:04
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 215 Dyrham 09-Jan-04 18:04
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 266 SunSword 09-Jan-04 19:29
On the way to the park 283 j_bowles 08-Jan-04 14:44
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 334 scimitar 08-Jan-04 16:20
An apology? Where? 282 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 16:33
I can only opine that... 248 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 16:56
Re: I can only opine that... 230 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:00
The Bludgeon of Ludicrous Wit... 258 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:20
Re: The Bludgeon of Ludicrous Wit... 258 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:23
Re: The Bludgeon of Ludicrous Wit... 253 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:31
Re: An apology? Where? 258 ArmchairObserver 08-Jan-04 17:01
You are ignoring.. 263 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:07
Re: You are ignoring.. 229 ArmchairObserver 08-Jan-04 22:38
hard to believe 246 j_bowles 08-Jan-04 23:04
Re: hard to believe 221 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:28
Re: hard to believe 260 mephisto 09-Jan-04 12:34
Re: hard to believe 236 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 12:36
Re: hard to believe 246 mephisto 09-Jan-04 12:39
Re: hard to believe 235 ArmchairObserver 09-Jan-04 18:00
in this thread 239 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 15:54
Re: An apology? Where? 218 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:20
Re: An apology? Where? 232 ArmchairObserver 08-Jan-04 22:39
Re: An apology? Where? 243 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:26
Re: An apology? Where? 282 ArmchairObserver 09-Jan-04 18:05
Re: An apology? Where? 290 Bent 08-Jan-04 17:42
Re: An apology? Where? 256 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:48
Re: An apology? Where? 250 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:53
clarification 259 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:57
Warwick & Gerd......... 254 Bent 08-Jan-04 19:17
Bent 272 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 19:46
Re: Bent 224 Bent 08-Jan-04 19:56
Re: Bent 264 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 20:23
Re: Bent 250 Bent 08-Jan-04 20:26
Re: Bent 250 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 20:32
Re: Bent 217 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:25
Re: Bent 217 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 15:56
Re: Bent 244 G. VDC 10-Jan-04 16:13
Re: An apology? Where? 221 lobo-hotei 08-Jan-04 18:16
Lobo... 232 Bent 08-Jan-04 18:31
Re: An apology? Where? 223 Jaimi 08-Jan-04 23:59
And the body faced east 212 j_bowles 08-Jan-04 16:53
Re: And the body faced east 191 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:03
Re: And the body faced east 227 j_bowles 08-Jan-04 18:21
Hold on a minute 246 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 18:32
Re: The Measured Sphinx 269 JDMilller 08-Jan-04 18:31
Re: The Measured Sphinx 234 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 18:38
I'll try! 251 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 18:46
*GRINS* 237 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 18:53
Re: *GRINS* 245 Cynnara 09-Jan-04 12:43
Re: The Measured Sphinx 253 cardinal guzman 09-Jan-04 00:17
Re: The Measured Sphinx 229 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:20
Re: The Measured Sphinx 273 ArmchairObserver 08-Jan-04 22:54
Great example of the fluff JAW was complaining about 244 Laird Scranton 08-Jan-04 23:09
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 197 Diomede 09-Jan-04 00:50
The Sakkara Tombs 277 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 12:34
G.VDC Some Questions for you to answer directly please 248 Thirdwave 09-Jan-04 15:43
Re: G.VDC Some Questions for you to answer directly please 263 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 17:03
Re: G.VDC Some Questions for you to answer directly please 219 Thirdwave 09-Jan-04 20:55
Re: G.VDC Some Questions for you to answer directly please 252 G. VDC 10-Jan-04 14:33
Original Thinking and Common Sense 237 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 17:32
can we please.. 262 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 17:40
Walk this way ..... 222 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 17:53
Re: Walk this way ..... 234 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 17:58
Oh deary dear ! 239 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 18:10
the Topic is.. 233 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 18:41
Re: the Topic is.. 239 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 18:48
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 283 Greg Reeder 10-Jan-04 19:49
nonsense reigns 238 j_bowles 10-Jan-04 20:02
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 281 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 20:07
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 285 R Avry Wilson 11-Jan-04 08:03
are you saying... 284 W. L. Nixon 11-Jan-04 15:40
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 282 G. VDC 11-Jan-04 13:18
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 235 Laird Scranton 11-Jan-04 16:00
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 270 Greg Reeder 12-Jan-04 03:32
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 249 G. VDC 12-Jan-04 05:56
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 205 G. VDC 12-Jan-04 05:58
Mr West... 245 Cynnara 09-Jan-04 16:16
Re: Mr West... 230 Laird Scranton 09-Jan-04 19:47
Re: Mr West... 249 Cynnara 09-Jan-04 23:37
Re: Mr West... 232 Laird Scranton 09-Jan-04 23:45
Re: Mr West... 267 Cynnara 10-Jan-04 00:14
Re: Mr West... 237 Laird Scranton 10-Jan-04 05:10
Re: Mr West... 217 Archae Solenhofen 10-Jan-04 06:03
Re: Mr West... 227 Laird Scranton 10-Jan-04 16:32
I could be wrong but... 229 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 16:46
Re: Mr West... 234 Archae Solenhofen 10-Jan-04 19:33
Archae...... 266 Bent 10-Jan-04 20:11
Re: Mr West... 304 Cynnara 10-Jan-04 12:26
Re: Mr West... 237 Archae Solenhofen 10-Jan-04 06:00
Re: Mr West... 256 Laird Scranton 10-Jan-04 16:35
Re: Mr West... 255 Archae Solenhofen 10-Jan-04 19:36
Re: Mr West... 239 Laird Scranton 11-Jan-04 00:08
Re: Mr West... 222 W. L. Nixon 11-Jan-04 16:59
Re: Mr West... 207 Archae Solenhofen 12-Jan-04 06:30
Episode 3 of JAW's Magical Tour 216 Atlantida 09-Jan-04 20:59


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