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Ishmael


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Hatty wrote:
Are you suggesting all the rivers in the catchment area found their way independently as it were to the shore but were made to change course? Why?


The reason this was done was to create a flooding river.

The farming technique used in the Mississippi, the Nile, and Mesopotamia, involved annual floods watering and fertilizing river-banks with the flooded land being farmed after the waters receded. I suggest that the Mississippi was engineered to flood periodically but, to do that, you need a massive amount of water (you also need rivers from the mountains to bring down phosphate for fertilizer).

I have also a further suggestion.

While this job in Mesopotamia and Egypt was manageable for human work crews, the land area in North America was simply too massive for people to be tasked with the work. So an animal was engineered to do the work for them.

The beaver.
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This is not suited to this thread and, to some extent, not suited to the public part of the AEL but here goes

Chad should be a salt lake.

Unless it's had its salt removed. Both the local people and animals are in dire need of salt, not just for consumption but for trade. But I don't know enough about replacive hydrology in desert zones (no, really) to say whether this is a possibility. We have in the past speculated about Carthage's relationship to Lake Tunis.

I first developed this hypothesis when I applied Mick's methodology to the Mississippi river---noting all of the cultural and technical similarities between the peoples that lived there and those that lived in Egypt and Mesopotamia.

They couldn't be more different, surely.

My suspicion is that, in so far as the Nile and Euphrates are likely to have been engineered, the Mississippi too is likely to have been.

I can't see any similarities geography-wise. The Mississippi flows into its nearest sea at all times -- leaving aside the Great Lakes.

I suggest that salt lakes are merely marooned remnants of former oceans (I think I stole this notion from Mick).

You did indeed.

The Beaver

Another one of mine but you are welcome to it.
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Mick Harper wrote:
This is not suited to this thread and, to some extent, not suited to the public part of the AEL but here goes


It's not suited to this thread but I do think this thread is private.

I first developed this hypothesis when...noting all of the cultural and technical similarities between the peoples that lived there and those that lived in Egypt and Mesopotamia.

They couldn't be more different, surely.


Farmed by Africans. Farmed by slaves. Farmed using a flooding technique. I think there were a few more similarities.

The Mississippi flows into its nearest sea at all times -- leaving aside the Great Lakes.


And the Mississippi should leave aside the great lakes because....? The river starts right next door to lake Michigan! It flows exactly the wrong way.

The Beaver

Another one of mine but you are welcome to it.


Yes. I know the domestication of the beaver was your idea.

My innovation was identifying the reason for the beaver's domestication--as well as the reason why it remained native to America. It was instrumental to the engineering and maintenance of the Mississippi river.
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It's not suited to this thread but I do think this thread is private.

Dunno what gave you that idea. We're trying to spread the Principles of Applied Epistemology, not keep them under wraps. Only the Reading Room is private.

Farmed by Africans. Farmed by slaves. Farmed using a flooding technique. I think there were a few more similarities.

You may be getting your eras mixed up. Didn't the African slaves arrive in America after the Europeans? And what makes you think the Nile was farmed by slaves anyway? Did native North Americans use 'flooding techniques'? The South American ones used terracing and long distance irrigation canals but that's hardly the same thing.

And the Mississippi should leave aside the great lakes because....? The river starts right next door to lake Michigan! It flows exactly the wrong way.

I was assuming the Great Lakes are a glacial phenomenon but I agree it's up for grabs.

My innovation was identifying the reason for the beaver's domestication--as well as the reason why it remained native to America. It was instrumental to the engineering and maintenance of the Mississippi river.

The original idea was indeed that the beaver was domesticated in North America for local water management purposes but I find it difficult to imagine the locals were capable of -- or would even be interested in -- engineering the Mississippi basin.
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