You're getting to quickly to the part where we try and figure out why in the world anybody would believe what he said. What apparently we need to do is disprove every single thing that is ever said by anyone on a recurring basis. For instance, here we are playing with numbers.Ter wrote:Why. Iinformation that would have been utterly useless to an ancient society no less. But I guess it doesn't matter if your children are dying as long as you know how far away the sun is. So my question is, if this informationiscontained in the pyramids (rather than people interpeting things that way later), is so why not something useful at the time, a vaccine perhaps, irrigation instruction to help a desert society feed itself, so on, so forth....

It would in fact be impressive to find out that the Egyptians during the time that they started building the Great Pyramid had somehow divined the distance of the Earth to the Sun. But how is someone going to demonstrate that it's true?

For some reason I take it that demonstration of evidence, or otherwise flat out not lying about this kind of information may be pretty hard for someone who believes in god to do. I think they may believe in god so fully that they just immediately believe a lot of the stuff that backs up the claim. There is no need to research information that backs up your claim, you see, if you already know that your claim is correct.

According to my extensive research on the subject spanning many many minutes, as an example. The height of the pyramid is 480.6 feet.

The distance to the sun cycles between 147,098,074 km and 152,097,701 km averaging at 149,597,887.5 km. Interestingly, astronomers call the average distance to the sun 1 astronomical unit (or AU). What is interesting about that is that I have 1 dresser in the room that I sleep in, exactly the same number as how many AU's there are to the sun!

If you multiply the height of the Great Pyramid by a billion you get 480,600,000,000 feet or 146,486,880 km. A difference off the average distance to the sun of 3,111,007.5 km. It is significant. It is one of several pyramids all of which have different heights and the number 1 billion comes from out of nowhere.

Here is a fairly good quote from something called Foucault's Pendulum, chapter 48.

He threw open the shutters dramatically and pointed. At the corner of the narrow street and the broad avenue, stood a little wooden kiosk, where, presumably, lottery tickets were sold.

"Gentlemen," he said, "I invite you to go and measure that kiosk. You will see that the length of the counter is one hundred and forty-nine centimeters -- in other words, one hundred-billionth of the distance between the earth and the sun. The height at the rear, one hundred and seventy-six centimeters, divided by the width of the window, fifty-six centimeters, is 3.14. The height at the front is nineteen decimeters, equal, in other words, to the number of years of the Greek lunar cycle. The sum of the heights of the two front corners and the two rear corners is one hundred and ninety times two plus one hundred seventy-six times two, which equals seven hundred and thirty-two, the date of the victory at Poitiers. The thickness of the counter is 3.10 centimeters, and the width of the cornice of the window is 8.8 centimeters. Replacing the numbers before the decimals by the corresponding letters of the alphabet, we obtain C for ten and H for eight, or C10H8, which is the formula for naphthalene."

"Fantastic," I said. "You did all these measurements?"

"No," Aglie said. "They were done on another kiosk, by a certain Jean-Pierre Adam. But I would assume that all lottery kiosks have more or less the same dimensions. With numbers you can do anything you like. Suppose I have the sacred number 9 and I want to get the number 1314, date of the execution of Jacques de Molay -- a date dear to anyone who, like me, professes devotion to the Templar tradition of knighthood. What do I do? Multiply nine by one hundred and forty six, the fateful day of the destruction of Carthage. How did I arrive at this? I divided thirteen hundred and fourteen by two, by three, et cetera, until I found a satisfying date. I could also have divided thirteen hundred and fourteen by 6.28, the double of 3.14, and I would have got two hundred and nine. That is the year in which Attalus I, king of Pergamon, joined the anti-Macedonian League. You see?"