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Titus, The 'debunking' web sites I have found, most of which have been quoted by Archae, et. al., having to do with archaeology and related fields, have basically all used ridicule, scorn, sarcasm, name-calling and character assassination to attack views which are commonly known as alternative. For a good example of this, follow the criticisms on the GHMB launched against the host, Graham Hancock, for his views on the evidence for a pre-Ice Age high civilization. Get the book, "Forbidden Archaeology's Impact", by Michael Cremo, if you want to read some high-brow criticism, and see how the 'big boys' debunk! In this book, Cremo shows how, in their own words, some of the top archaeologists try to debunk him: "Pure humbug and does not deserve to be taken seriously by anyone but a fool." "A must for anyone interested in keeping up with goofy, popular anthropology; it is a veritable cornucopia of dreck."
These are from Richard Leakey and Jonathan Marks, in order of quote. They do not attempt to give any kind of scientific answer to the questions posed by the work they denigrate, and such is the case for the debunkers as well on their websites. Richard Dawkins has written a whole book on the basis of debunking of alternative theory of human origins, picking on the weakest arguments(creationisms) in his opinion, and basically lumping it all together into the famous 'Bushistic' statement, "If you're not with us, you're with the enemy"(because there's only two sides, as he sees it). To Dawkins, alternative views are not worthy of consideration, even from reputable scientists.
I'll tell you something I believe, though: the establishment is running out of gas in this effort, and more and more scientists are not listening to this cacophany of name-calling and shrill invective, preferring to let the science lead them to discovery, rather than thinking they already know it all.
What is behind the debunking fury? Perhaps these establishment icons fear this:" To have modern human beings........appearing a great deal earlier, in fact at a time when even simple primates did not exist as possible ancestors, would be devastating not only to the accepted pattern. It would be devastating to the whole theory of evolution."- W.W. Howells, Physical Anthropologist. The quoted statements above are taken from "Forbidden Archaeology".
The simple fact is that the discipline won't live by its own maxim to modify its theories when new evidence becomes available. Instead, it seeks to undermine by coming out with statements like "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence", thus setting up the establishment, which is challenged, as the arbiter of what is acceptable evidence. It's like what happens in 'whistle-blower' cases. The deck is stacked. Luckily, there's still free speech and the cyber-world we live in makes the acquisition and evaluation of information available to many more than previously has been the case. The very popularization of science has led many with differing perspectives on scientific problems to investigate for themselves, whether the alternative viewpoints have merit.
Thomas Jefferson called for "the diffusion of knowledge among the people. No other sure foundation can be devised for the preservation of freedom and happiness."
The National Academy of Sciences 1998 booklet comments on the teaching of science: "this process of public scrutiny is an essential part of science. It works to eliminate personal bias and subjectivity because others must be able to determine whether a proposed explanation is consistant with available evidence." It does not say the truth resides in the opinions of the most highly placed and visible academics in the field.
Finally, Titus, I hope you and many others can see that the explanation for who we are and how we got here hasn't been answered by anybody, definitively, yet, and we are doing ourselves and those who follow after us a disservice if we ignore or dismiss alternative views on the basis of thinking we've already "got it right". Cheers, Rick

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debunking alternative theories 500 Titus Livius 02-Jul-09 19:10
Re: debunking alternative theories 362 cladking 02-Jul-09 19:55
Re: debunking alternative theories 300 drew 02-Jul-09 23:11
Re: debunking alternative theories 338 Scott Creighton 02-Jul-09 23:52
Re: debunking alternative theories 324 survivalcell 03-Jul-09 00:01
Re: debunking alternative theories 347 cladking 03-Jul-09 01:37
Re: debunking alternative theories 338 survivalcell 03-Jul-09 18:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 318 cladking 04-Jul-09 00:07
Re: debunking alternative theories 449 Susan Doris 04-Jul-09 07:14
Re: debunking alternative theories 505 cladking 04-Jul-09 07:26
Re: debunking alternative theories 375 Susan Doris 04-Jul-09 07:31
Re: debunking alternative theories 355 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 07:31
Re: debunking alternative theories 459 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:10
Re: debunking alternative theories 418 cladking 03-Jul-09 22:56
Re: debunking alternative theories 392 papalou 05-Jul-09 22:27
Re: debunking alternative theories 363 Susan Doris 06-Jul-09 06:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 515 carolb 06-Jul-09 18:13
Re: debunking alternative theories 336 Susan Doris 06-Jul-09 20:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 342 papalou 06-Jul-09 23:29
Re: debunking alternative theories 403 carolb 07-Jul-09 16:43
Re: debunking alternative theories 326 NetWorkAngel 07-Jul-09 16:51
Re: debunking alternative theories 370 Bobajot 08-Jul-09 03:49
Re: debunking alternative theories 363 Andy McCallum 02-Jul-09 22:40
Re: debunking alternative theories 329 Archae Solenhofen 02-Jul-09 23:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 309 Scott Creighton 03-Jul-09 00:03
Re: debunking alternative theories 351 Archae Solenhofen 03-Jul-09 03:17
Re: debunking alternative theories 355 Scott Creighton 03-Jul-09 10:23
Re: debunking alternative theories 451 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:20
Scott 345 Warwick 03-Jul-09 17:54
Re: debunking alternative theories 354 Archae Solenhofen 03-Jul-09 18:13
Re: debunking alternative theories 356 cladking 03-Jul-09 23:08
Re: debunking alternative theories 400 Archae Solenhofen 03-Jul-09 23:59
Re: debunking alternative theories 343 cladking 04-Jul-09 01:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 348 Archae Solenhofen 04-Jul-09 18:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 356 cladking 04-Jul-09 18:54
Re: debunking alternative theories 328 papalou 05-Jul-09 22:47
The coiled serpent 323 Morph 06-Jul-09 13:58
Re: debunking alternative theories 355 Susan Doris 06-Jul-09 07:03
Re: debunking alternative theories 338 cladking 06-Jul-09 21:46
Re: debunking alternative theories 389 Susan Doris 07-Jul-09 07:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 419 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:16
Re: debunking alternative theories 388 Archae Solenhofen 03-Jul-09 18:47
Re: debunking alternative theories 338 Morph 02-Jul-09 23:22
Re: debunking alternative theories 342 drew 02-Jul-09 23:25
Re: debunking alternative theories 389 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:48
Re: debunking alternative theories 310 Warwick 03-Jul-09 18:08
Re: debunking alternative theories 408 richarddullum 03-Jul-09 05:50
Re: debunking alternative theories 333 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:38
Re: debunking alternative theories 375 cladking 03-Jul-09 23:36
Re: debunking alternative theories 345 Titus Livius 04-Jul-09 11:57
Re: debunking alternative theories 390 cladking 04-Jul-09 19:14
Re: debunking alternative theories 318 Titus Livius 05-Jul-09 10:22
Re: debunking alternative theories 469 cladking 05-Jul-09 20:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 378 Susan Doris 03-Jul-09 07:36
Re: debunking alternative theories 414 Susan Doris 03-Jul-09 07:43
Re: debunking alternative theories 335 Scott Creighton 03-Jul-09 10:58
Re: debunking alternative theories 322 Essan 03-Jul-09 08:52
Re: debunking alternative theories 309 Laird Scranton 03-Jul-09 15:05
Re: debunking alternative theories 358 Warwick 03-Jul-09 17:47
more scholarly feedback 276 Warwick 03-Jul-09 18:00
Re: more scholarly feedback 336 cladking 03-Jul-09 23:45
Re: debunking alternative theories 553 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 18:42
actually.. 352 Warwick 03-Jul-09 19:08
Re: actually.. 323 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 19:17
Re: actually.. 441 Warwick 03-Jul-09 19:39
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Re: actually.. 307 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 20:33
Posturing.. 343 Warwick 03-Jul-09 20:46
Re: Posturing.. 406 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 20:54
Re: Posturing.. 328 Warwick 03-Jul-09 21:01
Re:Opinion Alert! 460 Sirfiroth 04-Jul-09 06:03
Re:Opinion Alert! 345 Warwick 04-Jul-09 17:58
Re:Opinion Alert! 301 Sirfiroth 04-Jul-09 19:49
Re:Opinion Alert! 315 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 20:03
Re:Opinion Alert! 327 Warwick 05-Jul-09 18:45
Re:Opinion Alert! 474 Sirfiroth 05-Jul-09 20:21
Re:Opinion Alert! 384 Warwick 05-Jul-09 21:05
Re: Posturing.. 354 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 08:15
Re: Posturing.. 325 Warwick 04-Jul-09 18:10
Re: Posturing.. 319 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 18:33
Re: Posturing.. 331 Warwick 04-Jul-09 19:09
Re: Posturing.. 397 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 19:27
Re: Posturing.. 343 cladking 04-Jul-09 20:01
Re: actually.. 406 Warwick 03-Jul-09 20:15
Re: debunking alternative theories 343 drew 04-Jul-09 03:24
Titus 345 Warwick 03-Jul-09 20:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 324 Diomede 05-Jul-09 22:39
Re: debunking alternative theories 393 Susan Doris 06-Jul-09 06:49
Re: debunking alternative theories 342 Laird Scranton 06-Jul-09 14:56
Re: debunking alternative theories 355 Titus Livius 06-Jul-09 18:39
Re: debunking alternative theories 384 Laird Scranton 06-Jul-09 20:40
Re: debunking alternative theories 460 bookwise 06-Jul-09 15:24
Re: debunking alternative theories 331 Laird Scranton 06-Jul-09 15:47
Re: debunking alternative theories 316 Diomede 06-Jul-09 20:11
Re: debunking alternative theories 330 bookwise 06-Jul-09 20:49
Re: debunking alternative theories 348 Susan Doris 07-Jul-09 07:38
Re: debunking alternative theories 376 Titus Livius 08-Jul-09 18:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 289 Warwick 08-Jul-09 19:03


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