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Originally posted by Byrd
Why don't you guys become archaeologists -- go to school for it, or join local archaeological societies and go on digs and then offer evidence that these things are coverups.
This suffers from a lack of credibility because Nexus Magazine's editors have tended to be a bit gullible in the past. A good researcher with good credentials makes a more convincing argument than a layperson.
I'm not that impressed with the researches of laypeople. I suffered through one layperson (who had articles published in a magazine similar to Nexus) telling me (and showing me) his unicorn horn that he found, which had a hinged section on it so it could plough the ground. He wowed several editors and several creation scientists.
Since I had taken comparative anatomy, I knew his "unicorn horn" was instead a segment of spinal vertebra from a quadruped, taken at about the shoulder area where the spinous process (that he thought was a horrn) extends several inches above the vertebra.
So, if you feel there's a conspiracy, the easy thing to do is become involved with archaeological societies, learn the methods, and THEN debunk it with the weight of credibility behind you.
Originally posted by Byrd
Ah, Von Daniken. I read, loved, and believed him when those books were first published. As time went on and I did more research and read more about the items, I began to suspect he was making things up.
Then came the book, "Crash Go The Chariots" which debunked Von Daniken, and which did fit most of the things I'd learned.
It's like the famous "ufo shown in Egyptian tomb" that keeps cropping up here. The amateur's explaination is "wow! UFO!" The expert's opinion (and the UN-enhanced photo) say that it's actually a hand... that the scribe had written something and that someone later crossed it out.
Does it mean that a layman has no chance of making an impact in a field? No. They can. But they have to have a good background in the studies... the people who said "Wow! UFO in Egyptian tomb!" didn't know how to read Egyptian hieroglyphics and knew nothing about the form or the ways of writing.
So if you're going to present credible evidence, you can't just say "the Sphynx has water damage!" Take some geology courses, do a lot of fieldwork in geology, and then go make your claims.
If you want to debunk the things you think are wrong, learn about the field.