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A certain point has been made recently, by what may be one of the sharpest members currently posting on this board. It was decisive and well worth adding to. But yet, in doing so I cannot help but judge the tone of the way in which it was delivered, to say something more general about this whole board.

Most people who post on Graham’s site are not specialists formally qualified up to doctorate level in the diverse fields of such as astronomy, geology, anthropology or ancient history. And so, surprise surprise; they do not consult masses of technical research papers from all the top journals before daring to post anything of interest at this site. Instead they – shock horror – read books that have been published by people who have attempted to review some of the more technical papers from diverse fields, and to summarise the findings and present them in a way that builds up a big picture, that no research paper was ever really intended to convey, nor could it. (It requires guts and a vision to write these sorts of books I might add).

But the thing is; the people who do write such books can get caught out occasionally. Even with the best of intentions they can present research in summary that may be in error. And thus, the people that read their books may also, in mentioning certain studies, be wrong also. It happens. And yet, that specialists may come along and point out what they think are errors is not in and of itself wrong. In fact it is something that they should do.

That being said however; and now I have in mind certain very specific people on this board; when you do present information that conflicts with something somebody else has put forward – implying that they are wrong – you do not need to imply also that they are an idiot. You do not need to insult them.

There are certain people on this board who need a heavy dose of humility. They cannot seem to help themselves. They get involved in practically every thread, always with something to say. They appear to like arguing for its own sake and take pleasure in pulling people down. Especially with choice comments that usually are along the following lines:

“Oh, that’s just wishful thinking on your part…” “Oh if only you had taken the time to do some proper research before posting…” And then there are those that cite a dozen research papers and provide a ‘helpful’ reading list of 5 or 6 books and say to the effect, “Well, if you read all this you will know what you are talking about...” (This latter one I personally consider to be a real p**s take).

Truly it is ironic that what appear to be some of the smartest and most intelligent people on this board are also some of the most obnoxious and overbearing with their comments. Of course I could name names here. But there is no need. These smart people know who they are. And I know how they would respond. They would either deny their poor character outright, or indeed – and I would not put it past them – be so bold as to say that it is irrelevant. Either way, they would no doubt reply with such as, “I am just stating the facts and not fiction…Blah Blah Blah.” And, “If you cannot handle the truth that’s you problem…Blah Blah Blah.” I do not think anybody here would disagree with this assessment.

And now, in bringing this post to a close, as those who would view my profile will know, there are only just over 200 posts to my name. And this has been over the course of a few years. I do not, like some, get involved in practically every thread, and do indeed take occasional absences from this board for a few months at a time. And this is exactly what I intend to do right now. Just at this moment in time I am feeling life is a bit too short to be here on this board right now. I will return sometime later on after a break.

And so to all, I say goodbye for now


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Most People are NOT Specialists 529 Mr. Hunter 24-Aug-08 15:23
Re: Most People are NOT Specialists 257 Raja 24-Aug-08 15:46
Re: Most People are NOT Specialists 296 Tom Hebert 24-Aug-08 18:39
Re: Most People are NOT Specialists 284 Scott Creighton 24-Aug-08 18:56
Re: Most People are NOT Specialists 292 magisterchessmutt 24-Aug-08 20:00
Re: Most People are NOT Specialists 736 carolb 24-Aug-08 19:42
Re: Most People are NOT Specialists 308 Ian Driscoll 24-Aug-08 23:16
Then why pretend to be one? 360 MichaelHP 25-Aug-08 00:01
Re: Then why pretend to be one? 313 Bobajot 25-Aug-08 01:45
Enough is Enough, MichaelHP! 301 Deep1 25-Aug-08 02:16
Slow learning curve 273 drrayeye 25-Aug-08 04:23
Re: Slow learning curve 272 legionromanes 25-Aug-08 15:10
Re: Slow learning curve 307 drrayeye 25-Aug-08 18:18
Yes, enough is enough 293 MichaelHP 25-Aug-08 19:46
Re: Yes, enough is enough 332 legionromanes 25-Aug-08 20:41
Re: Yes, enough is enough 264 Deep1 26-Aug-08 00:51
Enough is still enough 298 MichaelHP 26-Aug-08 01:02
Re: Enough is still enough 282 Deep1 26-Aug-08 02:08
Re: Enough is still enough 309 MichaelHP 26-Aug-08 12:31
The charade continues... 365 lukehancock 26-Aug-08 02:59
Re: The charade continues... 258 MichaelHP 26-Aug-08 12:45
Rookie Mistakes 384 drrayeye 25-Aug-08 03:16
Re: Then why pretend to be one? 537 Drewski 25-Aug-08 03:57
No Mod Rules Broken 301 Deep1 25-Aug-08 04:03
Re: No Mod Rules Broken 303 Drewski 25-Aug-08 04:07
Re: Then why pretend to be one? 366 drrayeye 25-Aug-08 04:18
Re: Then why pretend to be one? 280 Drewski 25-Aug-08 04:32
Self-contradicting accusations 178 MichaelHP 25-Aug-08 12:41
Re: Self-contradicting accusations - cont'd 287 MichaelHP 25-Aug-08 12:47
Re: Self-contradicting accusations - cont'd 321 Raja 25-Aug-08 20:25
Re: Self-contradicting accusations - cont'd 316 MichaelHP 25-Aug-08 21:26
Re: Self-contradicting accusations - cont'd 305 Raja 25-Aug-08 21:55
Re: Self-contradicting accusations - cont'd 325 MichaelHP 25-Aug-08 22:44
Re: Self-contradicting accusations - cont'd 364 Raja 26-Aug-08 12:23
Re: Self-contradicting accusations - cont'd 250 Raja 26-Aug-08 14:20
On Cayce 284 MichaelHP 27-Aug-08 19:50
Re: On Cayce 305 Raja 27-Aug-08 20:20
Re: On Cayce 286 legionromanes 27-Aug-08 20:21
Re: On Cayce 330 MichaelHP 27-Aug-08 20:35
Re: On Cayce 460 The Kwuda 28-Aug-08 03:43
Re: On Cayce 288 MALaclypse 28-Aug-08 04:47
Re: On Cayce 432 Pete Vanderzwet 31-Aug-08 00:11
Re: On Cayce 431 Dale Robert Lerch 31-Aug-08 09:07
Re: On Cayce 302 Pete Vanderzwet 31-Aug-08 09:19
Re: On Cayce 291 Raja 31-Aug-08 11:31
No more Cayce, please! 261 Absinthujone 28-Aug-08 03:49
Re: No more Cayce, please! 327 The Kwuda 28-Aug-08 03:59
I will tell you a BIG secret...Noah is Set (third son of Adam) 300 Absinthujone 28-Aug-08 04:34
Re: No more Cayce, please! 303 magisterchessmutt 28-Aug-08 04:08
Re: Self-contradicting accusations - cont'd 327 michael saunders 26-Aug-08 14:34
Re: Self-contradicting accusations - cont'd 316 Modeh 26-Aug-08 22:09
Re: Self-contradicting accusations - cont'd 464 magisterchessmutt 27-Aug-08 00:57
Re: Self-contradicting accusations - cont'd 348 MichaelHP 27-Aug-08 19:45
Re: Self-contradicting accusations - cont'd 283 Bobajot 25-Aug-08 23:41
Re: Self-contradicting accusations - cont'd 289 MichaelHP 26-Aug-08 00:28
Re: Self-contradicting accusations - cont'd 291 Raja 26-Aug-08 12:36
Re: Self-contradicting accusations - cont'd 285 MichaelHP 26-Aug-08 18:11
Re: Self-contradicting accusations - cont'd 373 Raja 27-Aug-08 20:47
Re: Self-contradicting accusations - cont'd 236 MichaelHP 28-Aug-08 01:18
avoiding unfortunate attributions 268 drrayeye 25-Aug-08 22:46
Re: avoiding unfortunate attributions 295 legionromanes 26-Aug-08 15:00
Re: avoiding unfortunate attributions 358 drrayeye 26-Aug-08 17:26
Re: Then why pretend to be one? 347 Avatar 26-Aug-08 22:05
Re: Then why pretend to be one? 350 NetWorkAngel 28-Aug-08 17:07
Re: Most People are NOT Specialists 255 Modeh 26-Aug-08 03:19
Re: Most People are NOT Specialists 357 michael saunders 26-Aug-08 18:01
Re: Where are the Mysteries here??? 271 Avatar 26-Aug-08 22:02
THE RAMP 324 sher 27-Aug-08 23:31
I am NOT a specialist 349 Absinthujone 28-Aug-08 02:07
Re: I am NOT a specialist 317 MichaelHP 28-Aug-08 02:30
Re: I am NOT a specialist 277 Absinthujone 28-Aug-08 03:13
Re: I am NOT a specialist 280 JonnyMcA 28-Aug-08 08:12
Re: I am NOT a specialist 248 legionromanes 28-Aug-08 15:18
Poor Review ? 295 Thirdwave 28-Aug-08 15:33
Re: Poor Review ? 266 legionromanes 28-Aug-08 15:43
Re: Poor Review ? 298 Thirdwave 28-Aug-08 15:57
Suggestions? 303 MichaelHP 29-Aug-08 00:07
Re: Suggestions? 273 MALaclypse 29-Aug-08 00:22
Impressions 368 Thirdwave 29-Aug-08 03:47
Re: Impressions 305 drrayeye 29-Aug-08 05:21
Re: Impressions 349 Thirdwave 29-Aug-08 05:53
Re: Impressions 357 drrayeye 29-Aug-08 06:02
Re: Impressions 238 Thirdwave 29-Aug-08 07:01
Re: Impressions 297 NetWorkAngel 29-Aug-08 19:34
Re: Impressions 310 drrayeye 29-Aug-08 20:48
Re: Impressions 299 NetWorkAngel 30-Aug-08 17:05
Re: I am NOT a specialist 249 Avatar 28-Aug-08 15:16
Re: Most People are NOT Specialists 416 Warwick 28-Aug-08 17:00
Re: Most People are NOT Specialists 295 Glanymor1948 28-Aug-08 23:37
Re: Most People are NOT Specialists 251 Warwick 29-Aug-08 16:37
Re: Most People are NOT Specialists 274 Scott Creighton 29-Aug-08 17:29
History and Egyptology as "Science" 289 MichaelHP 29-Aug-08 17:58
Re: History and Egyptology as "Science" 312 Louise 29-Aug-08 18:20
Re: History and Egyptology as "Science" 291 MichaelHP 29-Aug-08 19:08
Re: History and Egyptology as "Science" 361 Louise 29-Aug-08 23:26
Re: History and Egyptology as "Science" 283 MichaelHP 29-Aug-08 23:41
Re: The Sign And The Seal 339 Susan Doris 30-Aug-08 18:03
Re: The Sign And The Seal 251 Louise 30-Aug-08 19:21
Re: The Sign And The Seal 305 JonnyMcA 30-Aug-08 23:13
Re: History and Egyptology as "Science" 271 MALaclypse 29-Aug-08 23:57
Re: Most People are NOT Specialists 297 Warwick 30-Aug-08 17:41
BREAKING THE EGG 302 sher 30-Aug-08 16:00

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