reply to post by StrawAnonymous
The poster you refer to does makes some good posts; and does have a history of aggression (the combination of their words and their avatar make them
memorable, and not always in the light they seek to be viewed). Aggression can be seen as passion, and I would not dissuade a poster from being
passionate; just refrain from being snarky, disruptive, vindictive, cruel, evil, or creating threads that would have the sole intent on making fun of
1 year at the site a long term member? Well, time is open to perception of the individual. Ahh, you might've been trying to kindly encourage more
positive posts, I see!
What the poster you replied to fails to realize, is the point that was being made to her is that what archaeologists see as real finds, a random
skeptic being shown pictures of the objects would almost definitely say 'it's rocks, just rocks'. The proposition the poster you replied to
suggested, making a 'fake' post to call out those who see things in rocks as others see things in clouds could easily be turned around the other
way. In the same 'spirit' of what they suggest, we could create posts that have real artifacts in desert areas, things others would consider
'rocks', make them look like mars/moon images ... then pounce on them when the hidden text is revealed that the objects were from a real
archaeological site from a meaningful find. Doing such things, though could be considered 'fun' from the adversary position in the know, from
either fake thread, it is disrespectful to a community based on denying ignorance and intent to be helpful, sharing, and making each other better,
more knowledgeable people at the end of the day.
Though using earthly archaeological techniques would certainly be of great value, these techniques can not only overlook things on our planet or
dismiss them at time to be found later to be more (depending on the current accepted theories of where man/life could've existed or could've been
capable of); but when considering we are talking about an alien planet, all bets are off.
Let us assume for a moment, there was some form of humanoid life there 20,000 years ago. Something happened that destroyed the balance that allowed
life to exist. Now, if we take our own world as an example, our current way of life would all but disappear. Roads would decay to dust, so would all
our houses and skyscrapers. Erosion of 20,000 years would take care of a lot of the rest. Even things like the pyramids would face near certain
degradation; I mean whatever your idea of their age, they still have a long way to go to reach 20k years old and are already deteriorating.
Unless petrified, bones turn to dust just as well as flesh. The only thing that we would see are pieces of leftover ruins; ruins made in stone,
crumbled from lack of protection from the catastrophic events of the dying and then dead planet.
I am not trying to convince anyone these are anything but rocks; but to have a closed mind that there is a possibility that not everything is a rock,
or that we should expect to see a lot if we saw anything, is embracing ignorance and equal to a kid with their fingers in their ears screaming 'nah
nah nah, I can't hear you' with their eyes slammed shut.
With a closed mind, science cannot do its job. Closed minds are how we got people being criminalized for saying the earth revolves around the sun and
is spherical. When you scream heretic at people who think outside the box, you do yourself and humanity a disservice. Debate and discuss the subject
with belief and conviction in the facts you see, with an open mind to the possibility you could be wrong, no matter how strongly you believe in your
When you resolve yourself to attacking people instead of ideas, you belittle yourself. Debate ideas, discuss facts; leave the snide comments and
ideas to the immature and the playground bullies.