posted on Jun, 28 2013 @ 08:59 AM
reply to post by raifordko
Using Erroneous Information to Support a Hypothesis...
Using a hypothesis to create erroneous information?
Allow me to reply with an analogy.
Zahi Hawass & Mark Lehner, both renowned eyptologists, have decided that the Great Pyramid (at Giza, Egypt) was built by the Pharaoh Khufu, a 4th
Dynasty, Old Kingdom ruler. They have done so based on practically no scientific data. Two Carbon 14 tests on the mortar of the Great Pyramid showed
the mortar (and the Pyramid?) to be approximately two centuries older than their theory allowed, therefore the Great Pyramid is older than they
suppose or the chronology of their Kings List is wrong. They solved the problem by ignoring the results and inventing a theory why the two Carbon-14
tests are wrong.
Hawass & Lehner have also stipulated that the Great Sphinx was built by Khufu (or Kafhre), but the weather erosion of the Sphinx shows that it must be
much older than 4th century Old Kingdom. Once again Hawass & Lehner solved the problem by ignoring the geologic data and ridiculing the geologist that
presented the data.
In order to return to your statement. The Ancient Aliens theorists put forward theories on the evolution of mankind and our history. It's speculation,
nothing more nothing less, unless claimed otherwise.
Hawass and Lehner is doing something much more serious than AA theorists. Being something of the official spokesmen of egyptology, they have presented
their theories as proven facts, while the scientific data does not support their claims. I'm not excluding the possibility that their theories are
correct and that future data will support it, but today this is not the case.
I recommend a book called "On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not " by Robert Burton. It explores the dangers of entering a
fixed paradigm and letting that paradigm decide what is right and wrong, A reality check every now and then does not hurt, even when you're utterly
convinced that you represent logic, sound reasoning and truth.
edit on 28-6-2013 by Heliocentric because: Solve the big questions: How do I
know when I know? Who knows the knower?