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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 422 Titus Livius 02-Jul-09 19:10
Re: debunking alternative theories 319 cladking 02-Jul-09 19:55
Re: debunking alternative theories 265 drew 02-Jul-09 23:11
Re: debunking alternative theories 297 Scott Creighton 02-Jul-09 23:52
Re: debunking alternative theories 269 survivalcell 03-Jul-09 00:01
Re: debunking alternative theories 285 cladking 03-Jul-09 01:37
Re: debunking alternative theories 297 survivalcell 03-Jul-09 18:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 277 cladking 04-Jul-09 00:07
Re: debunking alternative theories 354 Susan Doris 04-Jul-09 07:14
Re: debunking alternative theories 301 cladking 04-Jul-09 07:26
Re: debunking alternative theories 337 Susan Doris 04-Jul-09 07:31
Re: debunking alternative theories 317 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 07:31
Re: debunking alternative theories 287 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:10
Re: debunking alternative theories 330 cladking 03-Jul-09 22:56
Re: debunking alternative theories 298 papalou 05-Jul-09 22:27
Re: debunking alternative theories 318 Susan Doris 06-Jul-09 06:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 368 carolb 06-Jul-09 18:13
Re: debunking alternative theories 294 Susan Doris 06-Jul-09 20:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 294 papalou 06-Jul-09 23:29
Re: debunking alternative theories 364 carolb 07-Jul-09 16:43
Re: debunking alternative theories 285 NetWorkAngel 07-Jul-09 16:51
Re: debunking alternative theories 313 Bobajot 08-Jul-09 03:49
Re: debunking alternative theories 247 Andy McCallum 02-Jul-09 22:40
Re: debunking alternative theories 295 Archae Solenhofen 02-Jul-09 23:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 266 Scott Creighton 03-Jul-09 00:03
Re: debunking alternative theories 312 Archae Solenhofen 03-Jul-09 03:17
Re: debunking alternative theories 314 Scott Creighton 03-Jul-09 10:23
Re: debunking alternative theories 307 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:20
Scott 304 Warwick 03-Jul-09 17:54
Re: debunking alternative theories 314 Archae Solenhofen 03-Jul-09 18:13
Re: debunking alternative theories 314 cladking 03-Jul-09 23:08
Re: debunking alternative theories 302 Archae Solenhofen 03-Jul-09 23:59
Re: debunking alternative theories 306 cladking 04-Jul-09 01:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 310 Archae Solenhofen 04-Jul-09 18:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 314 cladking 04-Jul-09 18:54
Re: debunking alternative theories 286 papalou 05-Jul-09 22:47
The coiled serpent 283 Morph 06-Jul-09 13:58
Re: debunking alternative theories 309 Susan Doris 06-Jul-09 07:03
Re: debunking alternative theories 295 cladking 06-Jul-09 21:46
Re: debunking alternative theories 341 Susan Doris 07-Jul-09 07:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 310 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:16
Re: debunking alternative theories 343 Archae Solenhofen 03-Jul-09 18:47
Re: debunking alternative theories 300 Morph 02-Jul-09 23:22
Re: debunking alternative theories 299 drew 02-Jul-09 23:25
Re: debunking alternative theories 304 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:48
Re: debunking alternative theories 271 Warwick 03-Jul-09 18:08
Re: debunking alternative theories 362 richarddullum 03-Jul-09 05:50
Re: debunking alternative theories 294 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:38
Re: debunking alternative theories 335 cladking 03-Jul-09 23:36
Re: debunking alternative theories 308 Titus Livius 04-Jul-09 11:57
Re: debunking alternative theories 342 cladking 04-Jul-09 19:14
Re: debunking alternative theories 279 Titus Livius 05-Jul-09 10:22
Re: debunking alternative theories 300 cladking 05-Jul-09 20:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 337 Susan Doris 03-Jul-09 07:36
Re: debunking alternative theories 354 Susan Doris 03-Jul-09 07:43
Re: debunking alternative theories 290 Scott Creighton 03-Jul-09 10:58
Re: debunking alternative theories 281 Essan 03-Jul-09 08:52
Re: debunking alternative theories 274 Laird Scranton 03-Jul-09 15:05
Re: debunking alternative theories 310 Warwick 03-Jul-09 17:47
more scholarly feedback 234 Warwick 03-Jul-09 18:00
Re: more scholarly feedback 297 cladking 03-Jul-09 23:45
Re: debunking alternative theories 404 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 18:42
actually.. 312 Warwick 03-Jul-09 19:08
Re: actually.. 280 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 19:17
Re: actually.. 291 Warwick 03-Jul-09 19:39
Re: actually.. 329 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 19:43
Re: actually.. 317 Warwick 03-Jul-09 19:50
Re: actually.. 285 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 19:56
Re: actually.. 275 Warwick 03-Jul-09 20:13
Re: actually.. 263 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 20:33
Posturing.. 298 Warwick 03-Jul-09 20:46
Re: Posturing.. 307 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 20:54
Re: Posturing.. 289 Warwick 03-Jul-09 21:01
Re:Opinion Alert! 314 Sirfiroth 04-Jul-09 06:03
Re:Opinion Alert! 309 Warwick 04-Jul-09 17:58
Re:Opinion Alert! 263 Sirfiroth 04-Jul-09 19:49
Re:Opinion Alert! 274 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 20:03
Re:Opinion Alert! 284 Warwick 05-Jul-09 18:45
Re:Opinion Alert! 323 Sirfiroth 05-Jul-09 20:21
Re:Opinion Alert! 346 Warwick 05-Jul-09 21:05
Re: Posturing.. 316 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 08:15
Re: Posturing.. 284 Warwick 04-Jul-09 18:10
Re: Posturing.. 284 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 18:33
Re: Posturing.. 285 Warwick 04-Jul-09 19:09
Re: Posturing.. 356 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 19:27
Re: Posturing.. 304 cladking 04-Jul-09 20:01
Re: actually.. 368 Warwick 03-Jul-09 20:15
Re: debunking alternative theories 307 drew 04-Jul-09 03:24
Titus 303 Warwick 03-Jul-09 20:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 286 Diomede 05-Jul-09 22:39
Re: debunking alternative theories 349 Susan Doris 06-Jul-09 06:49
Re: debunking alternative theories 304 Laird Scranton 06-Jul-09 14:56
Re: debunking alternative theories 314 Titus Livius 06-Jul-09 18:39
Re: debunking alternative theories 342 Laird Scranton 06-Jul-09 20:40
Re: debunking alternative theories 330 bookwise 06-Jul-09 15:24
Re: debunking alternative theories 288 Laird Scranton 06-Jul-09 15:47
Re: debunking alternative theories 272 Diomede 06-Jul-09 20:11
Re: debunking alternative theories 288 bookwise 06-Jul-09 20:49
Re: debunking alternative theories 311 Susan Doris 07-Jul-09 07:38
Re: debunking alternative theories 332 Titus Livius 08-Jul-09 18:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 257 Warwick 08-Jul-09 19:03


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