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You shot yourself in the foot, I think, with your comment --"Hey, let's carve a big lion." If that is indeed what happened, or anything similar, you have implied a rather advanced culture exists; for anyone to have time to do such a thing, ( my own carving included), you have to have a surplus of time--liesure time, essentially, and resources. The Sphinx is a massive undertaking calling for surveying skills, skilled and unskilled labor (stone masons, rubble removal, etc), crew supervision, feeding, housing, as well as a system of either recruiting, or forcing labor to be expended on the building of such a monument. These workers are not working the crops, catching the fish, hunting the game; someone ELSE has to do that, i.e., a division/specialisation of labor, something usually associated with 'civilisations'.

You imply that it takes no skill to produce a carving; I have seen the unskilled try to pull it off, and, I'm afraid, it doesn't work. Skill is proven by the fact that we can view this huge statue of a 'lion', and know that's what it is-we can recognize the subject of the carving; if it had been done by unskilled labor just 'hacking away' at the rock, we would be viewing it and reacting like 'O.K., yeah, um, what the hell is it?"

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To John A West: I Honorably Object 503 R Avry Wilson 08-Jan-04 07:27
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 266 Dyrham 08-Jan-04 12:09
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 273 R Avry Wilson 08-Jan-04 12:27
Yes and No 253 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 15:29
Re: Yes and No 255 lobo-hotei 08-Jan-04 16:20
exactly! 278 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 16:44
Re: exactly! 276 Elizabeth Newton 09-Jan-04 01:31
Re: exactly! 258 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:34
that's a big help ...NOT!~ 232 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 15:46
Re: that's a big help ...NOT!~ 267 Elizabeth Newton 11-Jan-04 05:07
I'll try again 262 W. L. Nixon 11-Jan-04 15:33
Re: I'll try again 198 Elizabeth Newton 11-Jan-04 15:57
Re: I'll try again 241 W. L. Nixon 11-Jan-04 16:19
Re: I'll try again 206 Elizabeth Newton 11-Jan-04 16:29
Re: exactly! 229 Cynnara 09-Jan-04 12:44
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 240 scimitar 08-Jan-04 16:46
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 213 rubberdown 08-Jan-04 12:28
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 228 R Avry Wilson 08-Jan-04 12:31
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 263 cardinal guzman 08-Jan-04 13:04
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 205 Dyrham 09-Jan-04 18:04
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 262 SunSword 09-Jan-04 19:29
On the way to the park 274 j_bowles 08-Jan-04 14:44
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 317 scimitar 08-Jan-04 16:20
An apology? Where? 271 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 16:33
I can only opine that... 241 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 16:56
Re: I can only opine that... 223 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:00
The Bludgeon of Ludicrous Wit... 249 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:20
Re: The Bludgeon of Ludicrous Wit... 251 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:23
Re: The Bludgeon of Ludicrous Wit... 246 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:31
Re: An apology? Where? 252 ArmchairObserver 08-Jan-04 17:01
You are ignoring.. 256 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:07
Re: You are ignoring.. 222 ArmchairObserver 08-Jan-04 22:38
hard to believe 236 j_bowles 08-Jan-04 23:04
Re: hard to believe 214 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:28
Re: hard to believe 250 mephisto 09-Jan-04 12:34
Re: hard to believe 229 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 12:36
Re: hard to believe 239 mephisto 09-Jan-04 12:39
Re: hard to believe 227 ArmchairObserver 09-Jan-04 18:00
in this thread 230 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 15:54
Re: An apology? Where? 210 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:20
Re: An apology? Where? 227 ArmchairObserver 08-Jan-04 22:39
Re: An apology? Where? 236 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:26
Re: An apology? Where? 271 ArmchairObserver 09-Jan-04 18:05
Re: An apology? Where? 283 Bent 08-Jan-04 17:42
Re: An apology? Where? 248 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:48
Re: An apology? Where? 241 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:53
clarification 252 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:57
Warwick & Gerd......... 246 Bent 08-Jan-04 19:17
Bent 262 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 19:46
Re: Bent 217 Bent 08-Jan-04 19:56
Re: Bent 256 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 20:23
Re: Bent 232 Bent 08-Jan-04 20:26
Re: Bent 241 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 20:32
Re: Bent 208 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:25
Re: Bent 207 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 15:56
Re: Bent 237 G. VDC 10-Jan-04 16:13
Re: An apology? Where? 216 lobo-hotei 08-Jan-04 18:16
Lobo... 225 Bent 08-Jan-04 18:31
Re: An apology? Where? 215 Jaimi 08-Jan-04 23:59
And the body faced east 206 j_bowles 08-Jan-04 16:53
Re: And the body faced east 184 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:03
Re: And the body faced east 219 j_bowles 08-Jan-04 18:21
Hold on a minute 238 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 18:32
Re: The Measured Sphinx 261 JDMilller 08-Jan-04 18:31
Re: The Measured Sphinx 228 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 18:38
I'll try! 241 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 18:46
*GRINS* 229 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 18:53
Re: *GRINS* 239 Cynnara 09-Jan-04 12:43
Re: The Measured Sphinx 245 cardinal guzman 09-Jan-04 00:17
Re: The Measured Sphinx 221 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:20
Re: The Measured Sphinx 266 ArmchairObserver 08-Jan-04 22:54
Great example of the fluff JAW was complaining about 237 Laird Scranton 08-Jan-04 23:09
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 192 Diomede 09-Jan-04 00:50
The Sakkara Tombs 265 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 12:34
G.VDC Some Questions for you to answer directly please 237 Thirdwave 09-Jan-04 15:43
Re: G.VDC Some Questions for you to answer directly please 256 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 17:03
Re: G.VDC Some Questions for you to answer directly please 212 Thirdwave 09-Jan-04 20:55
Re: G.VDC Some Questions for you to answer directly please 243 G. VDC 10-Jan-04 14:33
Original Thinking and Common Sense 230 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 17:32
can we please.. 255 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 17:40
Walk this way ..... 214 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 17:53
Re: Walk this way ..... 227 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 17:58
Oh deary dear ! 231 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 18:10
the Topic is.. 227 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 18:41
Re: the Topic is.. 232 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 18:48
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 276 Greg Reeder 10-Jan-04 19:49
nonsense reigns 227 j_bowles 10-Jan-04 20:02
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 275 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 20:07
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 277 R Avry Wilson 11-Jan-04 08:03
are you saying... 277 W. L. Nixon 11-Jan-04 15:40
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 267 G. VDC 11-Jan-04 13:18
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 227 Laird Scranton 11-Jan-04 16:00
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 258 Greg Reeder 12-Jan-04 03:32
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 241 G. VDC 12-Jan-04 05:56
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 197 G. VDC 12-Jan-04 05:58
Mr West... 239 Cynnara 09-Jan-04 16:16
Re: Mr West... 224 Laird Scranton 09-Jan-04 19:47
Re: Mr West... 241 Cynnara 09-Jan-04 23:37
Re: Mr West... 226 Laird Scranton 09-Jan-04 23:45
Re: Mr West... 259 Cynnara 10-Jan-04 00:14
Re: Mr West... 227 Laird Scranton 10-Jan-04 05:10
Re: Mr West... 208 Archae Solenhofen 10-Jan-04 06:03
Re: Mr West... 220 Laird Scranton 10-Jan-04 16:32
I could be wrong but... 221 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 16:46
Re: Mr West... 228 Archae Solenhofen 10-Jan-04 19:33
Archae...... 258 Bent 10-Jan-04 20:11
Re: Mr West... 296 Cynnara 10-Jan-04 12:26
Re: Mr West... 231 Archae Solenhofen 10-Jan-04 06:00
Re: Mr West... 249 Laird Scranton 10-Jan-04 16:35
Re: Mr West... 248 Archae Solenhofen 10-Jan-04 19:36
Re: Mr West... 231 Laird Scranton 11-Jan-04 00:08
Re: Mr West... 216 W. L. Nixon 11-Jan-04 16:59
Re: Mr West... 199 Archae Solenhofen 12-Jan-04 06:30
Episode 3 of JAW's Magical Tour 208 Atlantida 09-Jan-04 20:59


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