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  1. Dec 22, 2008 #1
    someone told me today about a theory of how we might have been here before and wiped out and came about again. I havent delved into it too much yet but I am wondering what some of the users here think about this.
     
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  3. Dec 22, 2008 #2

    DaveC426913

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    If it's a theory, there's gotta be evidence.

    Any evidence? That's what users will address.
     
  4. Dec 22, 2008 #3
    well i just borrowed a book called finger prints of the god's and its supposed to be about that. So I am going to be reading that to see if there is any good evidence within it. But i was wondering about what other people on the board here thought about this theory, meaning that they had already heard and saw evidence for themselves. Maybe someone here has already read that book or something.
     
  5. Dec 22, 2008 #4

    mgb_phys

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    As a rule of thumb anything with ".... of the Gods" is a pile of pooh
     
  6. Dec 23, 2008 #5

    Danger

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    Oh, man... you are so right. 'Chariots of the Gods' was one of the biggest piles that I've ever read. :rolleyes:
    And you can add anything that addresses pyramids or crystals as something special.
     
  7. Dec 23, 2008 #6
    lol thats what I have been thinking, according to the net this book has a lot of pseudoscience, i thought it was an actual science/history book but I guess not. It also says it uses the earth crustal displacement theory to back itself up which is against the main theory of plate tectonics. Is it really a bad theory?
     
  8. Dec 23, 2008 #7

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    The Earth is around 4.5Gyr old but the oldest rocks were around 1Gyr younger than this because the crust remelted soon after the earth formed due to the heat of radioactive decay.
    Since life was found in these earliest rocks there was a legitimate theory that if life appeared so quickly, perhaps it had also appeared before and traces of it had been wiped out by the remelt. This wasn't really testable and was more a philosophical discussion.

    The oldest rocks have now been pushed back a lot further, which suggests that the remelt wasn't as complete as thought or happened sooner and that life took a bit longer to get going. Either way this would have been very simple blue-green algae type life.
     
  9. Dec 23, 2008 #8

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    What this may refer to is the idea that civilization has reached a point of "higher" technological prowess at some point, then natural disasters and climate changes have beaten it back to levels of somewhat lower standards. There is a city in the bay of Cambay that is in 120 feet of water and is 2 miles deep and 5 miles wide. It has the markings of a higher civilization such as Mesopotamian cities are noted for. However, it is about 3-4 thousand years older than Mesopotamia.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/1768109.stm
     
  10. Dec 23, 2008 #9

    Danger

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    But did they have space shuttles and internet porn (the true markers of an advanced civilization)?
     
  11. Dec 23, 2008 #10

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    That is up for interpretation which is something a lot of websites have done regarding the level of sophistication of the "ancients". If you look at some of the myths that have passed down from those times, we can assume they were well versed in genetic engineering when we read about Pegasus, Minotars, Medusa, Centars, etc.... :rolleyes:
     
  12. Dec 23, 2008 #11

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  13. Dec 23, 2008 #12
    People often point to the various "Atlantis myths" as an example of a more advanced civilization that was wiped out.

    When last I talked to anyone about this I was told that the academic consensus was that Atlantis was probably Minoan Crete. They were much more advanced than the early Greeks in the area at the time. They lived on an Island (like Atlantis). There's supposedly a fair bit of archaeological evidence that their economy was destroyed by natural disasters. So it seems fitting with most Atlantis myths. The location doesn't fit with what Plato said though... but he was writing hundreds of years later anyway so it's not so clear where he got that information...
     
  14. Dec 25, 2008 #13

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    Atlantis may be an analogy for a high level of civilization that was reached and shared by many different nations around the world... but mostly in the areas you're talking about. Santorini is the island you're thinking of rather than Minoan Crete. Santorini was almost completely obliterated by the volcano at the centre of the island.

    http://www.santorini.com/archaeology/akrotiri.htm

    Check out the incredibly detailed frescos and other artwork and architecture of this "pre-historic" civilization.

    Many do associate Santorini with "Atlantis"

    http://www.geology.wisc.edu/~g111/Volcanoes/Thera/thera_santorini.htm
     
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