- Paperback: 440 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (February 17, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780415305938
- ISBN-13: 978-0415305938
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Archaeological Fantasies: How Pseudoarchaeology Misrepresents the Past and Misleads the Public 1st Edition
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About the Author
Garrett G. Fagan is Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Penn State University. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and McMaster University Canada. His main research interests lie in the field of Roman History, on which he has published Bathing in Public in the Roman World, 1991, and numerous scholarly articles.
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"for my own part, I have been struck by the fact that nearly all the pseudoscientific systems to be examined in this essay are based philosophically on vitalism: that is, the idea that living beings, and especially human beings, are endowed with some special quality (life energy, elan vital, prana, qi) that transcends the ordinary laws of physics. Mainstream science has rejected vitalism since at least the 1930s, for a plethora of good reasons that have only become stronger with time (see e.g. Mayr 1982). But these good reasons are understood by only a tiny fraction of the populace [p.347]."
I find it not surprising at all that numerous attempts have been made to discredit the works of serious enthusiasts of modern archaeology , especially if they have not supported so - called official versions of archaeological history.
So angry religious fundamentalists raved in their lunacy 'pseudoarchaeology'to debunk things that cannot be debunked in terms of archaeology in their comic quest to get us who know what's going on to acknowledge their so - called 'science'. Well we do acknowledge the rights people have to dig things up for clues. That's what archaeologists do!
That is why people like Robert Bauval and Graham Hancock and John Antony West can reach better conclusions about these things than those who think that materialistic , official explanations have all the answers , especially if those same official explanations have a 'bin laden did it'overtone. It's such a sad example of stupidity to put the price of something like this , on 45 US dollars and declare oneself to be ready to repay that in advance to the parties responsible for the ongoing publication of the book. The book , the book , the book! It's nonsense to propose that civilizations have existed on this planet for 500 or 5000 or 50000 or 5000 , 000 years and make vain attempts to deny anyone the right to question the official version of history and facts like a jojo who feels the Holocaust shouldn't be researched or questioned because that might implicate people have rights to freedom of expression in that person's country.
Now I am not denying the Holocaust in this essay - what I am accepting , is that stupidity is still an unfortunate part of our society and plays unfortunately a large role in our society , but one despite it's size which is in fact diminishing , and thank goodness for that. So I say - let's just go all the way and admit it - everything we thought we knew about the nature of our environment and the evolution of our consciousness from evolution to devolution during the past 10000 + years since prior to the start of the consciousness shift , was mostly wrong.
Plain simple. There , sorted. UFO's are real. Global conspiracies are real , and I don't care one bit if Elvis is still alive or not.
Just for goodness'sake , give me one piece of evidence that the Great Pyramid is c.a. 3000 years old , that 9 - 11 wasn't an inside job. That the Roswell crash was caused by a Mogul weather baloon - and until I see evidence for that I ain't gonna buy crap from people who think that the Pyramid is c.a. 3000 years old , that 9 - 11 wasn't an inside job , or that the Roswell crash was caused by a weather baloon.
I see. So 'pseudosarchaeology'supposedly 'misrepresents the past'and 'misleads the public'. So I've been mislead? I'm usually mostly mislead by myself rather than any outside parties , although I do admit that people have made numerous attempts to mislead me on things in the past.
And if Khufu did build the Great Pyramid why hasn't his body been found there? What a whacky conspiracy theory with no evidence to support it's claim , as usual!