An article in the latest Skeptical Enquirer, http://www.csicop.org/si/9909/fox.html , talked about the pseudoscience-laden Fox TV special Opening the Lost Tombs: Live From Egypt. It aired some months ago, and Fox had the gall to report on some of its wackier claims as “news”.
This reminded me of something that disturbed me last June. My brother played a videocassete of the Fox Live-From-Egypt special for me, after commenting that we don’t know for sure that there wasn’t some ancient Atlantis-like civilization that got wiped out and that mainstream Eqyptologists poo-poo the fringe theories out of hand because they’re afraid of having their own pet mainstream theories dethroned.
My brother is normally a very rational person. He’s rejected any and all religious trappings. He thinks Scientology is a cult scam, and even uses several of L. Ron Hubbard’s lesser-known books to debunk it. He rejected our father’s belief in Wilhelm Reich’s Orgone Energy (partly, but not completely, because the therapist our dad made us go to was a jerk).
And yet, he accepts the rantings and ravings of people like Richard Hoagland at face value! (No pun intended.) So long as the “alternative” Egyptologists whine about how the mainstream archaeologists are suppressing their work, he sits up and listens to their fantastic tales with rapt interest.
Are there any good books or (preferably) webpages out there that do more than just “poo-poo the frunge theories out of hand” and actually address the evidence against each one? (Such as, the theory that the erosion on the Sphinx could “only” have been caused by floods?)
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