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Topic: NOVA on Easter Island rock statues; do they have a Logic editor at NOVA?
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NOVA on Easter Island rock statues; do they have a Logic editor at NOVA?
Posted: Nov 8, 2012 2:16 AM
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It is obvious that the NOVA shows on PBS do not have a Logic editor,
or ever had one, come to think of it. One would think that shows of
science on TV would increase in quality compared to past shows.
However, I suspect that the quality of shows of NOVA have steadily
gone downhill, even without a Republican in the oval office.

But let me just get to the brunt of this show, shown tonight. And
usually I am never laughing during a science show, but intently
absorbed not wanting to miss anything, but tonight I was almost
laughing through it.

This NOVA show was about several scientist, lacking in logic skills
with their silly theory that they walked those huge and heavy rocks to
their destination rather than rolled them on logs.

Now the show was about a experiment test of seeing if they could walk
the rocks upright. It had been shown years ago that such statues could
be rolled along, but no, these scientists think those huge statues
were walked along for 10 kilometers to their final destination.

Now a real experiment would be to have two teams, the daffy walk
upright team versus the team that log rolls the statue. And the
question would be, can the walk team ever beat the log rolling time?

One need not wonder why scientists so often have a bad name when you
see NOVA shows like this.

I have had personal experience in moving a real heavy log by means of
logs of shortened telephone poles and a heavy cast iron bathtub using
the same method. So log rolling really does work.

Why did not any volunteer or even the camera crew in this NOVA show
ask the obvious question. How long would it take for a typical log
rolling of a statue, versus a walking upright of the statue? I would
guess that if the statues were about 10 kilometers from the final
resting site, that log rolling would take about a week, whereas if
they walked the statue it would take months, and the safer, less risky
method is the logrolling.

So, the logical questions about these statues is not really how they
were transported, for it is obvious to anyone that the transport would
be the fastest and safest means, not the slowest and risky means. So
the real important question was how they managed to lift erect one of
these statues? The only key question is how they lifted erect and how
difficult or easy that was. The logrolling is straightforward.

Now I am not saying there was no "walking the statue", for there was a
tiny bit of walking once the statue had been logrolled to the site and
then the walking occurred for a few meters to its final resting place.

Now, as for the eyes not yet carved out until it was finally put in
place. Well, that maybe because they wanted some special significance
of worship for the eyes, whether full eyes or of a different color.

And as for the slanted bottom, that would favor the logrolling theory
so that at the final site it would be
trimmed to fit, not that it was "walked". And another reason for the
slant is likely that it is easier to lift erect with a slant than if
the bottom were flat.

So here again, we see how vapid of logic is a NOVA science show, and
how a group of scientists do not make us proud by a display of logical
train of thought.

To think, that those massive rock statues would be "walked" along for
10 kilometers taking months and enormous risks when it is easy to
logroll them in a week with virtually no risk, is mindboggling lack of

Of course, the last few meters the statue is walked, but the majority
of the distance it is logrolled.

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where dots of the electron-dot-cloud are galaxies

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