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Old 11-25-2009, 08:57 PM
 
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Edward Leeskin is a neat story. Even if there's nothing mysterious about it, it's a fascinating and unusual thing to do.

Anyway primitive people did have some understanding of leverage, ramps, etc. You build a ramp then get a bunch of people to push a stone to a specific spot on the building. After you're finished the ramps are removed or disassembled. Also they could use rollers of log to move things. Lastly many of them were able to get a relatively large labor force to do these things. (Not slaves really, that's sort-of a myth) It is impressive, but it's mostly a testimony to human ingenuity and ambition.
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Old 11-27-2009, 01:53 PM
 
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Again, because we underestimate their abilities.

We think we're so great, but our world is really very new, fragile and temporary in nature, especially when compared to ancient cultures.
i have to agree with chango here
our current age is primitive, compared to ancient civilizations who far exceed our understanding and capacity
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Old 11-27-2009, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Now there's a very good answer, but if that be the case, why don't we as modern folks employ the same simple engineering today? I'm sure we do in some cases, but why has it been so hard to duplicate some of these "simple" feats using such simple measures?
How would you do if forced to live a 'primitive' lifestyle?

Skills are easily lost, especially when they are never learned.
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Old 11-27-2009, 02:04 PM
 
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why don't we as modern folks employ the same simple engineering today? why has it been so hard to duplicate some of these "simple" feats using such simple measures?
because people who think of themselves as super smart and advanced and superior, are unwilling to explore areas they consider beneath them; because they scoff, therefore they are unable to access those "simple feats"

a position of arrogance and superiority closes doors
when a person is open to larger and broader and expanded ways of thinking and doing life, doors fly open

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