I love me some nerd TV. You know… History Channel, Discovery Channel, ect. I’ll watch most of the shows they offer, except for those few like Monster Quest that put out a lot of theory and hype but give you ZERO resolution at the end. Those are most un-fulfilling. But the others I like, even if it’s only to make fun of the “experts” that frequent such shows.
One of those is Ancient Aliens. I love this show. Mostly because I like to make fun of those “experts.”
Without fail, they all assume that prior to modern time human beings were incredibly dumb. They couldn’t possibly be smart enough to build all of these amazing things on their own. Aliens must have intervened! They show and demonstrate all of these architectural marvels and ingenious mechanical devices that are way beyond the scope of what ancient people should be smart enough to do.
Hey “experts,” how about this? What if… and I’m just throwing this out here… but what if, these people were actually as smart as we are?? I mean, all of our modern technology was developed in the last 200 years, right? So, a society focused on improving technology and developing science has the capability to develop some pretty neat stuff in a relatively short amount of time.
So let’s do a little math, shall we? Secular anthropology tells us humans in their current physical form evolved about 200,000 years ago, but their intelligence factor only reached maturity about 50,000 years ago. If we go with a conservative mature creationist view (the view that God created everything as mature things and not infant,) we get about 8,000 years. For the sake of my argument, I’m going to take the smallest number here.
Modern technology developed in less than 200 years. Our best archealogical understanding of ancient technology only gives us about 2,000 years in a few specific societies. Beyond that, it’s all guess work.
But here’s what we do know. Around 150 CE, Mesopotamian societies had an electrolosis machine. At around 3,000 BCE, we have the Egyptians, and we know they had an excellent architectural skill.
Who’s to say that at some random 200 year period (that’s all it took for us) during that 8,000 year stretch, that people couldn’t have developed some semblance of technology close to ours? Societies fall, knowledge and science gets lost., and the next millennium has to start over.
And let’s take for a moment the 50,000 year date. How many times could this 200 year cycle of technological development have occurred and then been lost?
Are we actually conceited enough to think that in 8,000 to 50,000 years of human history, we’re the first society smart enough to figure these things out? How many disasters have there been to wipe out these advanced societies? All it would take would be a good ioniclly charged meteor to crash onto our planet. The electromagnetic disturbance would fry every computer, and the atmospheric fallout would kill most of the population. Within two generations, all modern technology would be forgotten.
Here’s my theories. I believe that there was a certain amount of advanced pre-flood (Adamic) technology. We have plenty of folk-stories to support this, two of which are Atlantis and the ancient astronaut theories. The flood wiped it all out. Noah and his family no longer had the technology, but they had the knowledge of the technology. And this knowledge was passed on into the societies of their descendants. They tried to mimic and recreate some of this tech, and sometimes succeeded in marvelous and ingenious ways. Perhaps they reached an advanced stage in their attempts and some catastrophe wiped it all out.
But there’s been plenty of history for the cycle to have occurred numerous times. And before any of you suggest it… yes, I have at least two story ideas based off all of this.