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(Phys Org2)   New study on Incan Nazca Lines: We're not saying it's Peruvians, but it's Peruvians   (phys.org) divider line 8
    More: Followup, Nazca Lines, Peruvian, entirety, archaeologists, University of Bristol, digital mapping, Department of Archaeology  
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2012-12-09 02:06:51 PM
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2012-12-09 11:04:53 AM
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But I always loved the theory that they were navigation aids for ancient extraterrestrials. You know, beings that navigated from Alpha Centauri to Earth, but needed lines to find Peru.
2012-12-10 09:33:52 AM
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Thanks for the Meme-ries: [i291.photobucket.com image 224x288]

The opening song is now in your head


Actually, it's the background beeping: dee-deedle-deedle-deedle-DEEdle-deedle-DEEdle-deedle, (repeat) punctuated by the occasional PEEEeeeewww of an air-to-ground bomb being launched.
2012-12-09 01:47:02 PM
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The opening song is now in your head
2012-12-09 01:29:25 PM
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Lionel Mandrake: No. I refuse to believe that ancient humans were capable of drawing straight lines. It had to be aliens.


OK, I have to take umbrage.

When lack of any other anthropological evidence is available, it's always aliens. It is hubris to assume that the early human civilizations achieved what they did through intelligence, ingenuity and very hard work, it was aliens.

There is absolutely no way that the civilizations that made the Nazca lines did so using writing, or application of mathematics, especially not trigonometry, or through surveying techniques.

No, the only clear answer, is that is was aliens. Look at the example HempHead posted. A cultural example of applied mathematics? No, an interstellar advertisement for, "You gotta check out the monkeys!".

[In full disclosure, I've watched every episode of Ancient Aliens. I love it. Not because of anything to do with aliens, that is all conjectural bullshiat, in its entirety. But the first season of that show had some fantastic introductions to important anthropological sites. I especially love the underground cities in Cappadochia--I had never learned of them before! And the fact that the "megalithic" era of human history still provides wonder is damn cool.]
2012-12-09 01:16:54 PM
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mr_a: But I always loved the theory that they were navigation aids for ancient extraterrestrials. You know, beings that navigated from Alpha Centauri to Earth, but needed lines to find Peru.


My preference was for the "Aspies didn't have any trains to count so we had to have SOMETHING for them to do" theory.

YMMV
2012-12-09 12:49:35 PM
1 votes:
You give Egyptians enough beer, they'll build you a pyramid.

You give Peruvians enough coke, they'll build you a city on top of a mountain and decorate the mountain with etchings.
2012-12-09 12:22:04 PM
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No. I refuse to believe that ancient humans were capable of drawing straight lines. It had to be aliens.
 
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