Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Must See TV: Magical Egypt & The Shemsu Hor

Think about all of the topics we've been looking at recently while you watch this documentary. Think about the lines of succession West discusses, as well as those nagging questions of physics raised by all of that Egyptian stonework.

And as always, take away questions, not necessarily answers.


  1. Created by Chance Gardner? Is that a joke? That was Peter Seller's character in Being There.

    From imdb: "A simple-minded gardener named Chance has spent all his life in the Washington D.C. house of an old man. When the man dies, Chance is put out on the street with no knowledge of the world except what he has learned from television. After a run in with a limousine, he ends up a guest of a woman (Eve) and her husband Ben, an influential but sickly businessman. Now called Chauncey Gardner, Chance becomes friend and confidante to Ben, and an unlikely political insider."

  2. Every so often I replay recordings of (amoungst others) Suddenly It's A Folk Song, Auntie Rotter, All The Things You Are, and the Dr. Strangelove version of 'She Loves You' (The Beatles); it's all so aethereal and sublime. So is The Goon Show.

    "I hath made several experiments..."

  3. About the Egyptian “height of the arc” theory, some ideas to provide food for thought. It has been previously portrayed by Egyptologists and other scientists that civilizations, such as Sumeria and Egypt, rose extraordinarily swiftly then declined gradually. However, archaeological research has been skewed by the ease with which the super-structures and more permanent (better stored, thus preserved) records of these civilizations were uncovered and studied. In addition to this bias produced by the nature of physical materials, scientists often suffer from a bias in which they undervalue technologies or achievements that do not possess value in our modern civilization. For example, spiritual, lingual and aesthetic achievements don’t impress us like megalithic stone structures do; technologies involving organics (weaving) are poorly represented or don’t fire the modern imagination like a stone, spear point; technologies developed and maintained by women, such as the gathering and processings of foods, don’t impress male researchers like hunting and mega-building do. New research suggests that the rise of these civilizations was not as abrupt as believed and that there exists evidence for gradual transitions to the top of the “arc.” Richard Rudgley writes about some of this evidence in the “Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age.” As archaeologists (and paleontologists) perfect their techniques for recovering softer, less permanent, artifacts, as well as, develop new methods of analyzing data already in possession, as well as, correct biased assumptions, the story of the gradual rise of these civilizations will be more clearly portrayed and the achievements of their predecessors properly valued.