No, Nobody Found Mayan Ruins in
by Maggie Koerth-Baker at 12:27 PM Friday Dec 23
2. Do not automatically trust anything you read on The Examiner website. The Examiner is a content farmthat allows anybody to write whatever they want about anything with absolutely zero oversight or fact-checking. The guy who wrote the bogus story on Mayan artifacts in
OK, time now for my turn.
Cultures do not exist in a vaccuum and this is not a matter where anybody can just speak up out of their prejudices and say "We have never heard of such a thing before so of course it isn't so and anybody would be a fool to listen to this crap"
BRRRRZZZT! WRONG ANSWER!
In this case it is taken as a given that the Mississippian cultures are a cultural conglomerate:
We are talking about the
Now then, as toThe Examiner. I do not know what kind of intellectual elitism is going on here but conceptionally there is little difference between a "content farm" and the Wikipedia. IN THEORY the Wikipedia should be better checked and independantly confirmed. In actual practice, I have found all too many time I have put quite valid information up on Wikipedia only to see it repeatedly torn down by some know-nothing that has their own pet theory to push, and they can quite obviously fly in the face of published authority and even mathematical proofs if only they are persistent enough. The end result is that anybody in the world can put something up on Wikipedia and the information can bear little relationship to the truth of the matter. So I would say don't go around looking to ANY one authority, ALL authorities have flaws. Read all you can from every source you can, and don't take anything anybody ever tells you at face value. I loved my mom dearly, but when I became an adult I found that all through my childhood she had been giving me misinformation that was deliberately meant to warp my views. And there was no malice to it, she simply believed very firmly in certain wrong things and she would drum those wrong things into me.
But actually, if something is true it will be true no matter who should say it, and if a matter is false it will be false no matter who says it. The whole basic concept of a "Reliable source" can be misleading, nobody is ever 100% correct. After a while you will come to know what is a good idea or a bad idea from your own perspective. And I am not about to try to tell you what you should think is right or wrong for you, all I can do is make some suggestions about what sounds right or wrong from MY perspective.
The next thing to be noted is that they represent themselves artistically in a manner reminsicent of the Mayans and other South-Mexican cultures, with similar red-pottery figurines:
1. Tripod support of vessels.
As an inexplicable residue among the ceramics of
I had begun to develop a very long and involved followup to this article on linguistics, making very involved and complicated arguments, but then I saw how the situation could be represented most easily. In the Wikipedia entry discussing the validity or non-validity of the so-called Amerind linguistic superfamily, a long list of languages is included. I excerpt part of the listing here: