History is a lie written by 16th c. Jesuits

Not all of it, mind you. No, no, no, that would be craaaazeh. But everything that is supposed to have happened over a thousand years ago is.

How do I know this? Anatoly Fomenko, one of the world’s greatest mathematicians, told me so in a rather fabulous series of videos promoting what I’m sure is a rather fabulous book.

My favorite video from the series is the one about the Shroud of Turin, which is a shining star of excluded middles and circular reasoning. Here’s the rundown:

  1. The Shroud of Turin is supposed to date from the 1st century AD
  2. Radiocarbon dating indicates the shroud is from 1050-1350 AD which conflicts with the “consensual chronology” of historical Jesus.

Therefore, either

  1. Rc dating is not accurate and the shroud is actually from the 1st century when Jesus lived
  2. Rc dating is accurate and the shroud is actually a medieval relic, the “consensual chronology” is wrong and Jesus lived in the Middle Ages which OMG is exactly what Fomenko says!11
  3. Except that of course Fomenko strongly refutes the use of rc dating for historical artifacts, but that only UNDERSCORES HOW RIGHT HE IS CAN’T YOU SEE THAT?!

I’m so getting this book. Meanwhile, here’s the Shroud of Turin video for your viewing pleasure. The robot voice is the product of translation software, I suspect, but it really ties it all together.

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4 Comments »

Comment by Pete
2008-04-03 18:07:11

I diddn’t need to know that…

Comment by livius drusus
2008-04-03 19:47:51

:lol:

 
 
Comment by Erika Mailman
2008-10-05 00:47:24

Sorry– I know I’m commenting on an old post. I visited the Shroud of Turin museum a few years ago and thought that the narrative plaques were very fair in disclosing that the shroud dated to the medieval period. There was a lot of fascinating stuff about burn marks from the edge of the metal box it was kept in when there was a fire…a really fascinating artifact.

Comment by livius drusus
2008-10-10 15:49:23

Thank you for commenting. Old or new, I’m delighted to get the feedback, especially when it’s first-hand testimony. :thanks:

 
 
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