Debunking Old Beliefs Doesn't Hurt The Colossus
Debunking Old Beliefs Doesn't Hurt The Colossus To recall the "debunkers" of a generation or two ago may be a revelation of age. It also to wonder If such things go in cycles, as some say most things do. Just in the past week or so, for instance, we've had two examples of scientific debunking and it's a bit difficult to see that more has been gained than was gained by the debunkers of the '20's. First, a scientist discovered that the Piltdown Man was a- a- hoax, a fossilized piece of a prehistoric man's skull fitted with a modern ape's jaw. The disclosure disclosure didn't throw the scientists of evolution even a hair out of stride. Now another archeologist has debunked the Colossus Colossus of Rhodes, known by many generations of school children as one of the Seven Wonders of the World in ancient times. The statue of Helios the sun god was only 120 feet tall, far too small to stand astride the 600-foot 600-foot 600-foot Rhodes harbor, according to Herbert Herbert Maryon, who has studied ancient inscriptions. Maybe he's right but .we'll still consider a 120-foot 120-foot 120-foot statue of bronze a wonder for 280 B.C., and a colossus of sculpture. Still, scientists say the Piltdown debunking has strengthened their case for evolution. And in today's world of wonders how many would recall the details of the Colossus if Mr. Maryon hadn't brought them sharply to attention?