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I think it's unconscionably conceited to think that we are necessarily nature's most grand achievement to date.
2. Archaeology is a fairly young science. It's tempting to trust every conclusion that archaeologists have come to. But archaeology is a science, and proper science always makes very conservative judgments. I'm sure archaeologists are right about a great many things, but we shouldn't just take this week's determinations in that field and assume they are absolute natural laws. The great majority of our planet has, so far, never been developed by human civilization, much less excavated and studied.
Ancient stone structures. At first it seems primitive - why build gigantic monoliths out of rock?
Concerning how ridiculous it seems to hear claims of ancient aliens, we should remember that it's no more or less ridiculous than the idea of gods and angels. Is it not at least a little bit curious that nearly all cultures gods came from or live in the sky? If humans developed religion strictly on our own terms, why would we not choose the sea or the mountains or coconuts or something else? All of those things are represented, sure, but not nearly as ubiquitously as the stars.
Originally posted by vexati0n
Another question about ancient cultures and the sky: why were so many ancient societies obsessed with the stars? They went quite far beyond the level necessary for decent waterway navigation and keeping track of the seasons. Sometimes everything about their way of life was dictated by the movements of heavenly bodies. You'd think primitive people would have much more pressing concerns than the stars, but everywhere they are fixated on them, even when they had no navies to speak of or weren't all that concerned with agriculture. Just seems weird to me that they wouldn't base their religions on something ostensibly more important, like running away from tigers or something.