posted on Mar, 5 2011 @ 10:27 PM
Originally posted by soficrow
...I apparently have more faith in our ancestors' powers of observation, analytical skills and intelligence than you do...
I have lots of faith in their intelligence; just not their knowledge (intelligence and knowledge are different).
I've argued before on ATS that ancient man (such as the Egyptians) were anatomically the same as us, so they had the same brains we have, and were
capable of the same critical thinking and problem solving skills as us. However, they lacked our aggregated knowledge Even intelligent people today
who lack knowledge can misidentify a natural phenomenon and/or incorrectly correlate it with an preceding event.
Otherwise intelligent people can be misled if they lack knowledge. It's human nature to try to create an understanding of the world around them but
that understanding can only be as good as their frame of reference provide by their knowledge base.
Myths persist because such correlations are historically supported - if they weren't, they would have died out eons ago.
The ancient Greeks (who, I agree were just as intelligent as us) explained lightening as being thrown by Zeus. That Idea persisted a while.
Galileo (one of history's most intelligent people) devised a perfectly reasonable explanation for the Earth's tides that involved the Earth's daily
rotation and it's revolution around the Sun -- but completely ignored the Moon. That theory persisted for a while.
Intelligent people can devise clever and intelligent explanations of the world based on what they know
. Add a little extra knowledge, and
those otherwise clever explanations could be found to be wrong.
You might find this thread interesting:
Science.com: China's 2 sun effect not fully explained by science.
And for what it's worth:
Several related atmospheric optical effects are fully explained by science. Sun
dogs, sunset mirages, sun pillars and sun halos are all relatively common and well understood. But not this effect.
I completely agree that IF
this video is real (perhaps it could have been faked, or it could have been a reflection in a window, or it could be
a camera lens reflection), our present knowledge of atmospheric optical phenomena does not explain it. However, our knowledge of atmospheric
phenomena is most likely by no means 100% complete.