VALID research or vandalism? Egyptian authorities are in uproar after two German students scraped away some ancient writing to “prove” the Great Pyramids are 20,000 years old.
Supporters of the popular story that the Pyramids are evidence of a lost civilisation from the dawn of time consider the reaction all part of an ancient conspiracy.
Internet forums, books and doccumentaries all rage against the “old guard” for hiding the “truth” and refusing to take their ideas seriously.
Now, they have a pair of Indiana-Jones style heroes: Two German students who stole into the Great Pyramid to scrape away at an ancient cartouche.
The painted cartouche which named Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops) is scrawled in a small compartment above his burial chamber in one of the three Great Pyramids at Giza.
Their idea is a popular one: That the Great Pyramids were merely “refurbished” by the Old Kingdom Pharaoh credited with its construction in the 26th Century BC. They argue the official dating of the Pyramids is solely based on the presence of the ancient red cartouche.
The two students from Dresden University recently took matters into their own hands: With Egypt’s political turmoil distracting security forces, the pair conspired to sample the red paint and smuggle the pigment out of Egypt.
They have since asserted the fragments support arguments that the construction of date of the Pyramids was much older than Khufu’s reign.
Accredited archaeologists dismiss the claim as a fanciful conspiracy theory.
Many people disagree with me when I say children should never be deceived about Santa or the Easter Bunny and tell me that kids should have some magic and mystery in their lives before their confronted with the “real world.” How absurd. If you don’t see magic and mystery every day in the real world then you are blind. Above us lie billions of miles of space and billions of suns. So too below and all around us. Some estimates suggest that we are surrounded by over 125 billion galaxies, meaning there are more stars in the sky than grains of sand on the Earth. We are literally a suspended anomaly within a twinkling, starry mystery whose solution still eludes us. And it apparently all sprang from nothingness for no reason at all. Yet you say our children must depend on fictional holiday characters for magic and mystery in their lives? Get your head out of your Cosmo and go read a book. Or just simply open your eyes and look around you. Every single day of our lives in the “real world” IS a mystery. Wake up.
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The Innovation of Loneliness
What is the connection between Social Networks and Being Lonely? Quoting the words of Sherry Turkle from her TED talk - Connected, But Alone. (http://www.ted.com/talks/sherry_turkl…) Also Based on Dr. Yair Amichai-Hamburgers hebrew article -The Invention of Loneliness.
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Final Project at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design.
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Remains of the oldest known stone-tipped throwing spears, described in a new paper, are so ancient that they actually predate the earliest known fossils for our species by 85,000 years.
There are a couple possible implications, and both are mind-blowing. The first is that our species could be much older than previously thought, which would forever change the existing human family tree.
The second, and more likely at this point, is that a predecessor species to ours was extremely crafty and clever, making sophisticated tools long before Homo sapiens emerged.