Egnor and Archaeology

Chris at Northstate Science takes Dr. Egnor to task for making an analogy between intelligent design and archaeology. Dr. Egnor claims archaeology is all about detecting “design” in an attempt to give ID some scientific legitimacy. Chris uses the work of von Daniken to show why this is incorrect…

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  1. Egnor and Von Daniken in one article? All we need now is Velikovsky and we’ll have a trifecta.

  2. The Greeks of the classical era (c. 500 b.c.) found walls made of gigantic stones at Mycenae and many other sites; they also found gigantic skulls, often with only one eye hole, from creatures larger than anything they knew about (they were ignorant of sub-Saharan African fauna) and concluded the gigantic walls were built by the gigantic creatures, the one-eyed ones, or Cyclops.
    Based on archaeology of the 19th and 20th centuries a.d., it is now known the gigantic walls were built c. 2000- 1200 b.c., and that the builders left frescos, masks, etc., of themselves, showing they were humans.
    The gigantic skulls are from extinct elephants (mammoths or mastadons) with the fragile bridge of the nose broken, and they date from long before the “Cyclopean” walls.
    We now look back at the classical Greek hypothesis as pure myth. Yet it shows much more clearly the scientific spirit than Egnor’s assumption of a designer, based on nothing but his own wishful thinking.

  3. “Chris uses the work of von Daniken to show why this is incorrect…”
    I’d have put “work” in scare quotes (kind of like I did).

  4. “Chris uses the work of von Daniken to show why this is incorrect…”
    I’d have put “work” in scare quotes (kind of like I did).

  5. Yikes! About all I can say is, the ID people must be getting desperate!
    Anne G

  6. Great one Afarensis. I especially liked the bit, “It is also based on research specifically directed at the nature of the designer”. What, exactly, does ID tell us about the designer? Maybe we should stick it to them on that one. Surely ID cannot specify whose version of the designer did it.

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