posted on Aug, 31 2014 @ 08:51 AM
originally posted by: rickymouse
a reply to: Hanslune
I was six in 61. Our books were old when I was young, they used to use them for years to conserve on money. It seems like they are changing them
every year now, the teachers don't even get a chance to get used to them. But that is another subject all together.
Columbus discovered America till I was at least fourteen, then we were told that maybe some other Spanish conquistador was possibly here way before.
Heck, Columbus's name isn't even Columbus, it was something like Colon.
The discovery of the viking settlement at L'Anse Aux Meadows was not common knowledge nor commonly accepted as valid until MUCH later than the
discovery itself. I can recall writing a research paper in 1977 which, in doing the research for it, was the first time I had ever heard of the find,
and it was being contested and supressed then. At that time, the "Viking Discovery of North America" was the subject of crackpot theories, not taken
seriously by the scientific community. Most of the research paper was a treatment of the old viking and Icelandic sagas in support of what was then a
very unpopular theory.
Being "in school in 1961" would have little to nothing to do with knowledge of what was, back then, a controversial and unaccepted theory. It was
not being taught in schools. The discoveries at Richmond, Va. and the Barnstable peninsula of MA are STILL unaccepted, as are the various
"runestones" allegedly found around the North American continent.
Old prejudices die hard, and acceptance upon discovery has not been the norm throughout scientific history - only in the recollections of those who
were not around at the time to even be able to recall such.
"Out of Africa" is just the current politically-correct vogue. No telling what will be "accepted theory" 30 years from now, but I strongly suspect
that "Out of Africa" will have fallen by the wayside, perhaps in favor of the "Multiregional Hypothesis" - or maybe something else altogether.