THE “A” WORD - FIELD UPDATE #1
THE “A” WORD - FIELD UPDATE # 1
There are several books, films and documentaries about Fourth Dynastic and Pre-Dynastic Egypt.
Among them, viewers/readers will generally fall into one of two mindsets.
The Fringe Mindset
Fringe believers will assume that the sophistication of this culture must be supernatural or extraterrestrial in nature, particularly concerning the 4th Dynasty monuments, the granite pillars in the King’s chamber of Khufu and the inscriptions at the Temple of Seti I at Abydos. This hypothesis can only be speculation at best. The alien crowd has drawn inspiration from fantasy and sci-fi, but are lacking the necessary data to launch a durable argument. The alien approach is entertaining, but has only further confused and distorted our understanding of this civilization.
The Skeptic Mindset
Skeptics will inject the alien argument, jokingly, as a means of trivializing thorough, rigorous scientific research that falls outside their scope of understanding. Vicious ad-hominem attacks on researchers such as Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval, and Dr. Robert Schoch are prime examples. These researchers have unearthed what can be considered “problematic data” for the mainstream. The UFO stigma is stamped onto anyone or anything that is deemed too unorthodox, giving skeptics an exit strategy to avoid probing this “problematic data” more deeply. New data that should be met with curiosity is immediately cut down with sarcasm and ridicule. This deflection is a cheap tactic among skeptics which is really an excuse to avoid addressing data that conflicts with their worldview. Cognitive dissonance disguised as supremely rational thinking.
The truth is very simple, but is something neither the fringe nor the skeptic community like to hear. The Ancient Egyptians were not gods, demigods or aliens. They were humans. Humans, however, who thrived on a timeline vastly different than our currently accepted model. The question is not what did they know, but rather, what as a species, did we forget?
Understand - what we are dealing with is a culture that had an almost unreasonable amount of sophistication, talent and knowledge for its time. This model is not very co-operative with the current timeline, and should be examined with a closer level of scrutiny.
To do this, what is needed is a third mindset - to examine this unique civilization from a fresh perspective; one that has not been distorted either by Hollywood, or rigid scientific dogma.
“... We would own no more, know no more, and be no more than the first apelike hominids if it were not for the rebellious, the recalcitrant, and the intransigent....” - Robert Anton Wilson