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  1. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    09 Dec '12 16:44
    http://www.aquiziam.com/ancient-electricity.html

    The heaviest evidence for me is the Baghdad Battery and the electroplated statuary. What do you all think?
  2. Standard member apathist
    looking for loot
    09 Dec '12 18:21
    The fur and amber generator and the Baghdad battery seem hard to dismiss.

    North America was discovered many times before Columbus stumbled by. I think the same is true of many discoveries and inventions.

    I bet there were scrolls about electricity in the ancient Royal Library of Alexandria.
  3. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    10 Dec '12 11:48
    Originally posted by apathist
    The fur and amber generator and the Baghdad battery seem hard to dismiss.

    North America was discovered many times before Columbus stumbled by. I think the same is true of many discoveries and inventions.

    I bet there were scrolls about electricity in the ancient Royal Library of Alexandria.
    Yeah, that was a great loss to mankind. Millions of scrolls. If I had a time machine, the first place I would visit is a couple of years before the fire and bring with me a nice digital camera with a few dozen 128 gig SD cards and a LOT of batteries or some kind of solar cell charger to keep up. Can you imagine what we would find there?
  4. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    19 Dec '12 19:23
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    Yeah, that was a great loss to mankind. Millions of scrolls. If I had a time machine, the first place I would visit is a couple of years before the fire and bring with me a nice digital camera with a few dozen 128 gig SD cards and a LOT of batteries or some kind of solar cell charger to keep up. Can you imagine what we would find there?
    The greatest loss was probably Eastern Mathematics and possibly some interesting historical astronomy. The math was all rediscovered by 1700 I guess.

    I often wonder if the Ancient world had any calculus???
  5. Subscriber WoodPush
    Pusher of wood
    19 Dec '12 22:56
    More interesting would be the things they discovered that are beyond our grasp.
  6. Standard member uzless
    The So Fist
    20 Dec '12 17:56
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    Yeah, that was a great loss to mankind. Millions of scrolls. If I had a time machine, the first place I would visit is a couple of years before the fire and bring with me a nice digital camera with a few dozen 128 gig SD cards and a LOT of batteries or some kind of solar cell charger to keep up. Can you imagine what we would find there?
    recipes for camel nut soup and the like....
  7. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    21 Dec '12 07:40
    Originally posted by uzless
    recipes for camel nut soup and the like....
    If you haven't tried it don't knock it
  8. 29 Dec '12 13:20
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    http://www.aquiziam.com/ancient-electricity.html

    The heaviest evidence for me is the Baghdad Battery and the electroplated statuary. What do you all think?
    It would be nice to find a mummy with headphones on plugged into an I Pod somewhere nears the pyramids. The Bagdad battery will have to do for now I guess.
  9. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    30 Dec '12 12:56
    Originally posted by joe beyser
    It would be nice to find a mummy with headphones on plugged into an I Pod somewhere nears the pyramids. The Bagdad battery will have to do for now I guess.
    If the battery was real, it was a short trip to making electric motors but that never happened. It was probably steeped in religious dogma and you know how fast THAT changes....
  10. 30 Dec '12 14:19
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    If the battery was real, it was a short trip to making electric motors but that never happened. It was probably steeped in religious dogma and you know how fast THAT changes....
    Yes but do you think they made a light bulb?
  11. 30 Dec '12 20:11 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by joe beyser
    Yes but do you think they made a light bulb?
    if religious dogma was involved, not in a million years.
    You really need free rational independent thinking that is, at least just for a moment, free from the shackles of religion for there to be any hope of one insight to lead to another.
  12. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    31 Dec '12 11:09
    Originally posted by humy
    if religious dogma was involved, not in a million years.
    You really need free rational independent thinking that is, at least just for a moment, free from the shackles of religion for there to be any hope of one insight to lead to another.
    That's exactly what I think happened. The battery was used to silver and gold plate statues but the technology was in the hands of priests and my guess is the last priest who knew the techniques involved died before he could pass it along to the next acolyte and bye bye electricity.

    It sounds like it could make a great alternate universe story where he DIDN'T die and someone got curious about what was going on with it and the result was we walked on the moon 2000 years ago.......
  13. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    02 Jan '13 02:10
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    .. the last priest who knew the techniques involved died before he could pass it along to the next acolyte ...

    If that had happened would he have been the first electrolyte?