Daniel Jackson Was Right. God, Gobekli Tepe and Mankind

June 9, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Posted in Science News | 1 Comment
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Okay, I stretched the truth a bit.  Daniel Jackson was only half right.  It’s not the pyramids that are 10,000 years old.  However, the ancient ruins at Gobekli Tepe, Turkey are.  In fact, they’re at least 11,000 years old, the oldest religious temple ever found. And they’re turning traditional theory about how civilization came to be on its head.

Traditional thought goes like this: about ten to twelve thousand years ago, man figured out wild grain.  This discovery basically turned mankind from nomadic hunters to eventually farmers of domesticated grain.  Everything else sprang from that: pottery, written language, government and religion. In short, civilization.  However, Gobekli Tepe predates everything but the religion.  The ancient temple was built by nomads using flint tools.  If you think that’s impressive, these nomads also moved ten ton stones to build this temple.  Clearly religion was important to a mankind who hadn’t yet developed a written language.  It appears that it was religion that paved the way for eventual civilization. 

How do we know the builders were nomads?  Well, the age of the temple predates mankind settling into communities.  More interesting and more concrete is the fact that no evidence of a permanent community was discovered in the area around the temple.  Nomads gathered at this place, erected a temple on a hill, held rites and departed, only to return again and again.  They built several rings of temple structure, and erected at least 50 columns.  On some of those columns they carved images, and from the images left behind by these nomads we see an astonishing religious viewpoint.  These people believed they were made in their deity’s likeness.

Don’t underestimate the importance of this discovery.  It predates all other discoveries of civilization.  Gobekli Tepe is 7 millennia older than the pyramids.  It predates Stonehenge.  It predates our civilization.  It’s an amazing find.

For more on Gobekli Tepe check this out.

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NASA TV

May 12, 2011 at 6:40 am | Posted in Miscellaneous, Regular Feature, Science News | Leave a comment
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"Houston...we have an awesome."

This week for science Thursday why not watch a Space Shuttle try to be an airplane.

Shuttle Endeavour’s astronauts are flying a Shuttle Training Aircraft to Kennedy Space Center This morning. Arrival at 9a ET. Watch all the atcion on NASA TV by clicking here.

NASA Television Now in HD
NASA TV now has a full-time HD Channel available at no cost to cable and satellite service providers. Live coverage of space shuttle missions, on-orbit video of Earth captured by astronauts aboard the International Space Station, and rocket launches of advanced scientific spacecraft are among the programming offered on NASA HD. Also available are imagery from NASA’s vast array of space satellites, as well as media briefings, presentations by expert lecturers, astronaut interviews and other special events, all in the improved detail and clarity of high-definition.

Contact your local cable or satellite service provider about carrying any NASA HD or any NASA TV channel.

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