Archive for April, 2007

Archaeologists are Uncovering a Huge Prehistoric “Lost Country” Hidden Below the North Sea

Science, The Flood of Noah, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Apr 30 2007


By Sean Coughlan

BBC News education

This lost landscape, where hunter-gatherer communities once lived, was swallowed by rising water levels at the end of the last ice age.

University of Birmingham researchers are heralding “stunning” findings as they map the “best-preserved prehistoric landscape in Europe”. This large plain disappeared below the water more than 8,000 years ago.

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Assyrian Smilodon? Science Says No, but His Smile Says, Yes!

Dinosaurs in Literature, s8int.com, Science, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Apr 30 2007

 

Photo: Assyrian Smilodon, estimated by the museum to be from the
period, 2000 B.C. to 200 B.C.

If one puts the best face possible on this for the current expert scientific position on smilodon, this piece represents a species that became extinct only 10,000 years ago (longer for other species of Smilodon, see below).

If so, then the experts may be off by only 8,000 years or so, or approximatly 300%. That’s pretty close when compared to other creatures we’ve discussed on these pages. As the saying goes….hand grenades and horse shoes….

Of course, there may be some who don’t agree that this piece in fact represents Smilodon, we don’t want to ignore that as a possibility, however remote.

Smilodon

Smilodon (IPA: /smailəʊdÉ‘n/, a bahuvrihi from Greek: σμίλη “knife” and (Ionic) ὀδών “tooth”) is an extinct genus of large machairodontine sabre-toothed cats that are understood to have lived between approximately 3 million to 10,000 years ago in North and South America.

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Dutchman’s Noah’s Ark Opens Doors

Religious, Science, Sophistication of Ancestors, The Flood of Noah, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Apr 30 2007

 

Photo: The ark is nearly three storeys high

A half-sized replica of the biblical Noah’s Ark has been built by a Dutch man, complete with model animals.

Dutch creationist Johan Huibers built the ark as testament to his literal belief in the Bible.

The ark, in the town of Schagen, is 150 cubits long – half the length of Noah’s – and three storeys high. A cubit was about 45cm (18in) long. The ark opened its doors on Saturday, after almost two years’ construction, most of it by Mr Huiber himself.

‘Past comprehension’

 “The design is by my wife, Bianca,” Mr Huibers said. “She didn’t really want me to do this at all, but she said if you’re going to anyway, it should look like this.”

Life-size models of giraffes, elephants, lions, crocodiles, zebras and bison are included in the ark’s interior. The Bible’s Book of Genesis says Noah kept seven pairs of most tamed animals and one breeding pair of all other creatures in the boat, which survived a catastrophic flood sent down by God to punish man.

Mr Huibers, a contractor, built the ark out of cedar and pine – because Biblical scholars are still not sure as to which type of wood was used in the ark’s construction. He began building in May 2005, after he dreamed of the Netherlands being flooded.

“In February 1992, I had a dream that Holland will become flooded. The next day, I found a book about Noah’s Ark in the local bookshop, and since then, my dream has been to build the ark,” he said. Visitors were stunned. “It’s past comprehension,” Mary Louise Starosciak told the Associated Press.

“I knew the story of Noah, but I had no idea the boat would have been so big.” The ark includes a 50-seat theatre showing a segment of the Disney film Fantasia retelling the story of Noah’s Ark.

US visitor Lois Poppema told AP she thought the Netherlands was the right place for an ark to be built: “Just a few weeks ago we saw Al Gore on television .. saying that all Holland will be flooded. “I don’t think the man who made this ever expected that global warning will become [such an important] issue – and suddenly having the ark would be meaningful in the middle of Holland.”

BBC News Sunday, April 27

The Days of Peleg, by Jon Saboe

Sophistication of Ancestors, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Apr 27 2007

Chronicles 1:19
Two sons were born to Eber: One was named Peleg, because in his time the earth was divided

Jon Saboe has written a novel combining the “mythologies of ancient civilizations with the intrigue of hard science fiction” (from the publisher’s review) which is available on Amazon.com.

He kindly writes that he was partially inspired by s8int.com. We are of course too modest to believe that. Jon did not ask us to mention his book but we thought we’d post a link to Amazon in case anyone enjoys that kind of fiction. We have not had an opportunity to read it, but it did receive five stars from one reviewer.

Here is the Publisher’s description of the book. Thanks Jon for letting us know about the book and for the kind words….good luck with it…s8int.com

“Why is humanity dying?It is now one hundred years since the Great Awakening, and the human race is finally colonizing the world with new settlements and centers of commerce. Reu-Nathor, High Minister of the Citadel, announces an expedition to explore their new world, and Peleg is commissioned as Chief Cartographer aboard the Urbat.

Peleg’s core beliefs are challenged and his sense of reality is undermined by the new cultures and tremendous tragedies he encounters during his twelve-year voyage. But he has also been given a secret mission to discover the answer to the one question that no one dares to ask aloud: Why is the human race dying?

What he discovers forces Peleg to re-evaluate all he has ever known-and also provides him with staggering revelations that will determine the eternal destiny of the entire human race!

The Days of Peleg is an action-filled, yet thought provoking epic which combines the enigmas and mythologies of ancient civilizations with the intrigue of hard science fiction. Issues as diverse as origins, linguistics, and phenomenology are concealed within an exciting narrative that boasts diverse characters embarked on an unimaginable journey.

You will never think of ancient man in the same way again. The Days of Peleg provides an exhilarating yet entertaining look at who we once were-and who we may one day become.

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s8int.com Archives: The Archaeoraptor Hoax

Church of Darwin, Fin De Siecle, s8int.com, Science, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Apr 25 2007

To be fair, and as you will see below, not every evolutionist embraces the idea that dinosaurs evolved into birds or more particularly, that “Archaeoraptor” was a genuine fossil providing proof of the theory.

What this episode does show is, 1)How fallible this “science” is and why scientists and materialists who argue with such force and arrogance that this and that is so—will have to be doing it with new facts and new suppositions the following week.

We have been saying and of course others have been making the case that evolution is a religion. It has to be because it is not backed up by science. Mostly it is one half -baked theory after another, supported by twisted or misunderstood data with equal parts of sneering and rampant speculation. Data that comes in which overturns pet theories are almost seamlessly folded into new equally speculative evolutionary theories. . .

Speaking of religion, and the faith of evolution and evolutionists—note the words of evolutionist Storrs L. Olson, of the Smithsonian, about the faith, prejudice and proselytizing of the National Geographic and dinosaur to birder’s in general. These are the same words we have been using to describe evolutionists and materialists in general, but it is interesting to say the least to see them used by evolutionists themselves in reference to each other. .

The idea of feathered dinosaurs and the theropod origin of birds is being actively promulgated by a cadre of zealous scientists acting in concert with certain editors at Nature and National Geographic who themselves have become outspoken and highly biased proselytizers of the faith. Truth and careful scientific weighing of evidence have been among the first casualties in their program, which is now fast becoming one of the grander scientific hoaxes of our age—the paleontological equivalent of cold fusion. If Sloan’s article is not the crescendo of this fantasia, it is difficult to imagine to what heights it can next be taken. .. Storrs L. Olson, Smithsonian

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Two Interesting Sets of Flying Creatures from Pre-Columbian Costa Rica

Crypto, Dinosaurs in Literature, s8int.com, Science, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Apr 24 2007

Here are two precolumbian stone metates from Costa Rica, both featuring very curious flying creatures identified as “birds” by their galleries. Most of our interest here is on the first piece, of which, to us a more credible argument can be made that the flying creatures are pterosaurs, supposedly extinct many millions of years before these Costa Rican artists were born.

According to data quoted below, the Costa Rican’s of that period did revere buzzards and vultures, a possible alternative identification. After studying hundreds of photos of those birds we can find no reason to conclude that either of these is being represented here. You may reach a different conclusion. The bills on these creatures for one thing are way too long and for another the skull is two wide. It also makes us wonder if some of the pieces that helped them reach that conclusion were in fact not actually buzzards or vultures. On the other hand, vultures and buzzards will eat snakes, as the central creature is doing–but so did pterosaurs.

For us, the pterosaur hypothesis is butressed by; the feet/toes of these flying creatures. Birds have three toes, pterosaurs five–the fifth of which points backward and is extended. The feet and legs of these creatures do match what we might expect from pterosaurs but not what we might expect from birds.

The wings of the central creature as well as the two side creatures reminds us that the pterosaur wing was also believed to attach to the legs/feet as well. We’d say pterosaur wings might appear to separate from the body like those of the central creature here more than a bird’s would.

Previously, we looked at a “Mayan Pterosaur” (shown below)that is an exact head, skull and bill match for the Costa Rican flying creatures.

The eyes are especially large–perhaps larger than a birds eyes might be. Of course, we’re certainly not experts and are no smarter than anyone else. What do you think?

With respect to the second stone metate, it could be an insect, could be a pterosaur or a mythological creature. The wings sit on the shoulder in a pterosaur-like manner. Pteranodon, is one type of pterosaur with a prong/crest sticking out of its head like these creatures have–except that their prongs typically extend from the backs of their heads rather than from the front.

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African Indus Valley Connection for Pre-Hispanic Olmecs?

Science, Sophistication of Ancestors, The Flood of Noah, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Apr 19 2007

Photo: Clockwise left to right: Ceramic sculpture from Teotihuacan, Mexico. 150 A.D. to 600 A.D. von Wuthenau 1969. “Dancing girl” (closeup) from Harappan/Indus Valley Civilization 2500-1500 BCE. Below right, Dancing girl (complete).Below, left, ceramic figure from Tlapacoyan, Mexico, 100 B.C to 1000 B.C. von Wuthenau 1969.

Below, left, ceramic figure from Tlapacoyan, Mexico, 100 B.C to 1000 B.C. von Wuthenau 1969.

In a prior article, we examined the “mysterious” Olmecs, a people who preceded the Hispanic civilizations in South and Central America such as the Mayas and the Incas and yet were more advanced.

Mysterious because no one knows who they were or where they came from. Their artifacts indicate that they were either African, Asian or Hindu.

According to orthodox archaeology, none of those people should have been there—or even had the wherewithal to get there. Columbus discovered the Americas, right?

We thought that these pieces were of interest because of their apparent similarities; though they are from ancient Pakistan/India and/or Mexico, with distinct and perhaps exaggerated “African” features.

The dancing girl from the Indus Valley is itself a product of a mysterious, multi-ethnic civilization. Will Hart and Robert Berringer write:

…….We should wonder how an ancient culture of which nothing is known, not even their language, created this sophisticated city at a point in time many thousands of years ahead of the curve? Civil engineers do not crawl out of thatched-roof huts able to draw up plans for a complex urban environment.”

What’s true about the Olmec’s? We don’t know. What we do know is whatever you’ve read in the conventional paradigm affirming textbooks is incorrect.

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Jesus Tomb Film Scholars Backtrack

Church of Darwin, Religious, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Apr 13 2007

 

by ETGAR LEFKOVITS

Photo: Professor Feuerverger Backs Up a Bit

Several prominent scholars who were interviewed in a bitterly contested documentary that suggests that Jesus and his family members were buried in a nondescript ancient Jerusalem burial cave have now revised their conclusions, including the statistician who claimed that the odds were 600:1 in favor of the tomb being the family burial cave of Jesus of Nazareth, a new study on the fallout from the popular documentary shows.

The dramatic clarifications, compiled by epigrapher Stephen Pfann of the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem in a paper titled “Cracks in the Foundation: How the Lost Tomb of Jesus story is losing its scholarly support,” come two months after the screening of The Lost Tomb of Christ that attracted widespread public interest, despite the concomitant scholarly ridicule.

The film, made by Oscar-winning director James Cameron and Emmy-winning Canadian filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici, prompted major criticism from both a leading Israeli archeologist involved in the original dig at the site as well as Christian leaders, who were angered over the documentary’s contradictions of main tenets of Christianity.

But now, even some of the scholars who were interviewed for and appeared in the film are questioning some of its basic claims.

The most startling change of opinion featured in the 16-page paper is that of University of Toronto statistician Professor Andrey Feuerverger, who stated those 600 to one odds in the film. Feuerverger now says that these referred to the probability of a cluster of such names appearing together.

Pfann’s paper reported that a statement on the Discovery Channel’s Web site, which previously read “a statistical study commissioned by the broadcasters…concludes that the probability factor is 600 to 1 in favor of this being the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth and his family,” in keeping with Feuerverger’s statement, has been altered and now reads, “a statistical study commissioned by the broadcasters… concludes that the probability factor is in the order of 600 to 1 that an equally ‘surprising’ cluster of names would arise purely by chance under given assumptions.”

Another sentence on the same Web site stating that Feuerverger had concluded it was highly probable that the tomb, located in the southeastern residential Jerusalem neighborhood of Talpiot, was the Jesus family tomb – the central point of the film – has also been changed. It now reads: “It is unlikely that an equally surprising cluster of names would have arisen by chance under purely random sampling.”

Israeli archeologists have said that the similarity of the names found inscribed on the ossuaries in the cave to the members of Jesus’s family was coincidental, since many of those names were commonplace in the first century CE.

The film argues that 10 ancient ossuaries – burial boxes used to store bones – that were discovered in Talpiot in 1980 contained the bones of Jesus and his family. The filmmakers attempt to explain some of the inscriptions on the ossuaries by suggesting that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, and that the couple had a son, Judah.

One of the ossuaries bears an inscription reading “Yeshua son of Yehosef” or “Jesus son of Joseph;” a second reads “Mary;” a third is a Greek inscription apparently read by one scholar as “Mary Magdalene;” while a fourth bears the inscription, “Judah, son of Jesus.” The inscriptions are in Hebrew or Aramaic, except for the one in Greek.

But Shimon Gibson, who was part of the team that excavated the tomb two and half decades ago and who appeared in the film, is quoted in Pfann’s report as saying he doubted the site was the tomb of Jesus and his family.

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The Mystery of the 2nd and 3rd Century Roman Dodecahedron

Science, Sophistication of Ancestors, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Apr 12 2007

Sometime back we posted a brief article on the Blog concerning an interesting piece of ancient Roman metallurgy called a “dodecahedra”, whose use and function were unknown. It doesn’t strike the eye as an ancient piece looking instead rather like a piece of modern art.

Mr. Campbell found one of the items in his garden, as he describes below, and he forwaded photographs, two whch are reproduced on this page. If anyone has additional ideas about the function of the objects or has questions for Mr. Campbell, please contact us at s8intcom@comcast.net and we will pass it along to Mr. Campbell.

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Inca Reptile Duplicated on Pre-Columbian Painted Kero

Crypto, Dinosaurs in Literature, s8int.com, Science, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Apr 10 2007

 

This is an Incan Kero, a painted wood vessel circa 1430 to 1532 AD. The vessel features a carved reptile (or a lizard) which is duplicated in the painted detail. An incan warrior hunts a large reptile who loooks very much like the one carved on the piece.

The body of evidence we’ve accumulated indicates that man and dinosaur coexisted and that this fact has most dramatically been illustrated by numerous preColumbian artifacts.

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