> The real problem is all translators are, as we all are,
> furtively bound by a personal belief system and therefore
> cannot execute translations without the interpreter’s belief
> system entering into the adaptation. The translator can never
> know the mindset of the ancient Egyptians and can only guess
> based on his own mindset created by societies mindset and his
> own education.
I agree. Indeed, it might be even worse than stated since modern language is a sort of belief system as wellas the mechanism for transmitting knowledge and understanding nature.
We see what we expect to see.
We can't see what we don't expect to see.
And our beliefs are always reinforced through confirmation bias.
Confirmation bias is likely the result of language because language elevates our beliefs to a sort of self serving reality. People might think that a language that works the way our's does would tend to bring people together but instead the effect is usually to drive us apart. It tends to put people into mutually exclusive groups with incompatible ideas and beliefs. This goes far beyond mere culture since every culture has few points of agreement and these points of agreement tend to be over superficial things like the date of the winter festival.
It's true that the language of science can unify ideas but it can't do this outside of its own definitions and metaphysic. Two scientists might agree on the number of moles of water in a given reaction but not on their offspring marrying one another.
Despite this near universal confusion and misunderstanding that governs all things the translators of the Pyramid texts want to parse the meaning of the "eye of horus" and count the number of angels whom can dance on the head of a pin. Despite not knowing what it means they believe they can state categorically what it doesn't mean. Despite a teflon paradigm to which no facts will adhere, they are unwilling to even consider other ideas.
Essentially they believe they know everything and this is reinforced with each new discovery. How can they be wrong when they always see exactly what they expect to see? They can't even see their own confusion so thowing out 1/ 64th of quantities makes perfect sense to them. Why try to understand the mindset of the ancient Egyptians if you already know they were just superstitious and learned great things through trial and error alone? It makes perfect sense once you believe it. You can't see how incredibly unreal something is if you believe in it. And this is why they sound like mystics when they talk about the great pyramid builders. I'm not entirely sure I really understand why they can't do basic science or listen to ideas from outside their specialty. They can't really know much of anything if they don't even know how the pyramid emits and absorbs heat.
But then it always comes back to why people aren't asking questions. Why don't people care that the paradigm doesn't work and they won't do science. How big will the ben ben in the Sphinx Temple get before they test it or sneak out at night to hide the evidence?
I gotta believe it's language that leads us to see only what we know.