Ancient Aliens

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by BillJ, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. Admiral Buzzkill

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    Yep.

    Yep. This isn't rocket science, Starbrow, and we know it to have been fully within the capabilities of ancient peoples in many places around the world - which is why the dimwits on TV insisting that it constitutes evidence of high technology reveal themselves to be idiots or charlatans.
     
  2. Starbrow

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    I can't see how you can lift a 80 tonnes rock with a wooden leverage with out it breaking in to peaces.

    We are talking about simple wood here, right?

    Legion, i am just trying to understand. If you have some knowledge on how they did it, i would very much like to read about it as well.
     
  3. Alidar Jarok

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    Are you referring to a specific monument in question?
     
  4. Lonemagpie

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    Multiple levers, digging pits under it, earthen banks and ramps, A-frames, greased logs, leather and sinew, and lots of guys spreading the load at the same time...

    Remember that wood has give, and compressability, which, when used correctly, means it won't break if you've set it all up right.

    But if you really think it needs alien technology to move multi-ton stones... You'd be wrong. Here's one guy doing it with sticks and stones. He's not an alien.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK1Rzch89Dw

    Now, imagine there's a couple of hundred guys on the building site...
     
  5. sojourner

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    But the speed of light is not a catch all limit to interstellar travel. Heck, we're only a couple centuries away from being able to build craft that can do significant percentages of c. Couple that with a race that has a naturally longer life and they could pretty easily start exploring the stars. I'm not saying they are anywhere near us, or interested in us if they do know we are here, but I don't think the speed of light is the ultimate "no" to expansion beyond a solar system.
     
  6. Alidar Jarok

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    There are practical reasons to not want to go on a craft that can travel that fast. It's not the 10 years or so it would take to travel to Alpha Centauri, but the thousands of years that would pass back on Earth that would prevent me from wanting to take the trip.
     
  7. Starbrow

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    It does make some sense to me, an uneducated persone. I saw that video sometime ago, and was impressed by his techniques. But i couldn't help thinking that wood, he used, can only hold so much force applied to it befor it breaks. Because every wood breaks, if you applie enough force to it.
    And i also saw he was spining thouse blocks on a very polished ground to reduce the friction force. And i think they missed one important part there: how he got that 19000 pound block on top of that wooden structure.

    But it does feels like an alien technologies, in a way that its alien to us. Its good that we had Pyramids to try to rediscover it. But i wonder how much else is out there hidden, forgotten, alien to us?








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  8. sojourner

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    At .1c a little over 40 years would pass on earth for you to reach Proxima Centauri at 4.2 light years distance. Time dilation on board ship at that speed would be negligible.

    At .5c, 8 years would pass on earth while on board only about 7 years would pass.

    I think you have some confusion as to how time dilation works.
     
  9. Crazy Eddie

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    The great wall of China, for starters. There are also some pretty impressive structures in Manilla that -- according to legend -- were built from stones quarried in Spain and then loaded onto ships and transported to the Philippines for assembly by indentured servants.
     
  10. Crazy Eddie

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    I know how this is going to sound, but I've worked with the numbers often enough to hold the opinion that the relativistic time dilation thing is probably more of an illusion than an actual distortion of time; that is, if your kids on Earth were watching you with a telescope it would LOOK like time was slowing down on your ship relative to them, even though this would not actually be the case (so if you immediately turned around and flew back, your clocks would synch up again when you arrived).

    Primarily this is because the equation holds true in both directions regardless of which one of them actually accelerates; both the traveler AND his point of origin will each observe the other's clock running faster relative to their own, so long as their relative velocity remains high. Meanwhile, it still takes you 40 years to get to Alpha Centauri no matter where you're measuring from.
     
  11. sojourner

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    Yeah, the point I was making is that it doesn't mystically make thousands of years pass on earth while you travel 4.2 lightyears to Proxima at .1c. Your relatives and friends (depending on age) would still be alive. Much older, but then so would you.
     
  12. Alidar Jarok

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    So Planet of the Apes is a lie?
     
  13. sojourner

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    ^I think I'll call you Bright Eyes.
     
  14. Deckerd

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    I'm not getting why this would be a problem anyway. It's not like they're going to turn around and come back.
     
  15. Robert Maxwell

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    Why not? A ~20-year round-trip is not so long that people couldn't survive the return journey. Coming home to a big celebration would sure beat dying in an alien solar system (unless there are actual aliens there.)
     
  16. Deckerd

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    Nobody's going to sign up for a gig like that. Wasting the best of your life in a tin can?
     
  17. Edit_XYZ

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    As opposed to wasting the best of your life doing a meaningless job in a cubicle (if you're relatively lucky)?
    Or in a tin can at sea?
    Or going on vacation in a tin can at sea?

    There would be a LOT of volunteers for such a journey.
     
  18. BillJ

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    Bullshit. If I was younger, I'd sign up in a heartbeat.
     
  19. BillJ

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    I think anyone who is a science-fiction fan wants to believe.

    But for all these wonders where aliens were suppose to help humans with the construction, we've yet to come across any artifacts where the origin can even be questioned. Not a single alien hammer or rivet or even bubble gum wrapper. Yet we find human artifacts.

    Could aliens have visited us in our past? Sure. Did they help build many of the wonders from the ancient world? I don't think so.

    For me to believe in it, they're going to have to come up with more than "humans couldn't have done it".

    It also doesn't help your credibility when this guy is in one of your best experts:

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    He ain't Einstein.
     
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  20. Admiral Buzzkill

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    As an sf fan I want to believe in a far more interesting universe than in "aliens" who travel interstellar distances simply to move stones around and shove probes up the locals' asses.

    In fact the world I encounter outside my front door every morning is more marvelous, unexpected and inspiring than that. :lol: