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Re: Ancient Piri Reis Map And UFOs? - O'Connell

From: Gerald O'Connell <gac.nul>
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 14:20:40 +0100
Fwd Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 10:10:11 -0400
Subject: Re: Ancient Piri Reis Map And UFOs? - O'Connell

>From: Greg Boone <Evolbaby.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2007 21:42:44 EDT
>Subject: Ancient Piri Reis Map And UFOs?


>This map and it's history have always perplexed me.
>It flies in the face of convention and upends mainstream

>It's a map of part of the Antarctica coastline that was drawn
>300 years ago and based on maps that went back much further in
>history. What's also of interest is that it's an exact map of
>the coastline of the continent_without_ the ice.
>Perplexing to this day it suggests applications of technological
>achievement mainstream history says did not exist.

Sure, a lot of people are perplexed by this kind of stuff, but
let me suggest a simple formula for bringing such perplexity to
an end.

Consider the history of fields like Archaeology, Social
Anthropology and History itself over the past two hundred years
or so. What has been the constant trend in terms of our
assessment of the sophistication of ancient civilisations? That
assessment has been continuously on the upgrade, and never on
the downgrade. The more we learn about the past, the distant and
the other, the more we have to upgrade our assessment of the
state of knowledge existing those cultures. Our contemporary
conceits are constantly eroded in the face of this process.

Now consider our absolute state of knowledge about those
cultures in the past. Outside the surviving written record, that
knowledge is woefully thin, and supported, in large part, by
little more than informed academic conjecture.

Finally, use a little imagination and extrapolate thus: given
the upgrading trend already noted, if our knowledge of the past
were nearly complete, how do we think our assessment of the
state of knowledge existing in those temporally distant cultures
would stand?

I think the fair and balanced outcome of such a socio-cultural-
historical thought experiment would be to remove the perplexity
to which Greg (quite understandably and correctly, given the way
we are generally trained to think about these things) admits. I
also think it is fair to conclude that phenomena such as the
Piri Reis map are as much an indicator of contemporary ignorance
as they are of ancient wisdom.

In light of that I don't think we need to introduce UFO-related
explanatory factors in order to improve our comfort level in
relation to this sort of 'perplexing' data.

Conversely, if we enjoy the sense of perplexity and bewilderment
engendered by the inexplicable, then there's already plenty of
contemporary hard data and direct evidence in the UFO field to
satisfy the need...

Gerald O'Connell

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