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The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy

Discover the ancient sky with an award-winning teacher and noted astronomer.

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s********t
February 10, 2019
Excellent series but a little uneven. As a product of US public schools in the 60s, I was amazed to hear that not only was a round earth accepted well before the time of Columbus's initial voyage, but the workings of the solar system and the earth's diameter were calculated fairly accurately by 200 BC! I also enjoyed hearing about how current-day constellations have their roots in the earliest human cultures going back thousands of years before recorded history. The professor has an odd speaking style that takes some getting used to, but it does not overly detract from the course.

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w********m
November 27, 2018

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l********m
November 23, 2018
This is a case where I *kind of* agree with the lecturers results, but totally disagree with his poor methodology, because his methodology is highly questionable and does not follow the scientific method. At other times he references *only* examples that fit his theories, whilst ignoring examples that do not. There are some points where he even contradicts himself on the same lecture! For example, he states that the builders of Stonehenge couldn't have constructed the rectangular stones to align with moon-rise extremes because no writing of the day mentions these extremes. The lack of writing about the topic is stated as "proof" that its knowledge did not exist at that time. That's quit an assumption, but to complicate it, the lecturer then argues with the notion that the 56 holes could have been used to plan eclipses because it would have required details notes, and writing did not exist at that time. Well, if writing did not exist at that time, then wouldn't *that* be a better reason you have *written* records in your previous point about moon-rise extremes?? Later on he explains that astrology has nothing to do with religion and doesn't add to any understanding of a religion because it is absent from Christian and Muslim faiths. Hello? Judaism? Their months are set by new moons and Passover is set by a moon phase (as is Easter, I might add mister lecturer). Repeatedly the Christian Bible talks about avoiding astrology and other 'false religions.' Astrology is used in *many* religious beliefs; only citing the two references that support your hypothesis is deceptive to yourself and others. He contradicts himself in other places as well, that I will not go into. But this was just what I saw by the 2nd lecture, so you know you're in for a very theoretical, questionable ride. Also, as someone below said, the lecturer is awkward. It took us a few lectures just to not be distracted by his speaking style, it's rather like an over-exuberant, eccentric William Shatner. Yeah, imagine that for 12 hours! :)

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