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Letters to the Editor, April 2003


This a traditional letter column. You are encouraged to write a letter of comment on anything that you find worthy of comment. It will (may) be published in this column along with my reply. As editor I reserve the right to delete material; however I will not alter the undeleted material. E-mail to me that solely references the contents of this site will be assumed to be publishable mail. All other e-mail is assumed to be private. And, of course, anything marked not for publication is not for publication. Oh yes, letters of appreciation for the scholarly resources provided by this site will be handled very discreetly. This page contains the correspondence for April 2003.

Some of it is a little ancient; I'm slowly catching up - very slowly.

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  • From: Charles Hitchcock
    Date: 4/17/2003
    Subj: Windows Haiku

    Have you read Good Omens? One of the more amusing aftereffects is the crackerbox Asian car (called "Dick Turpin" because everywhere it goes it holds up traffic) that starts warning about unused seatbelts, low oil, etc. in haiku....

    (If you haven't, I strongly recommend it -- you'd appreciate the tone.)

    I've read it and, yes, I did appreciate the tone. I don't recall the "Dick Turpin" - I may have missed the allusion. This would be a good reason for rereading it.
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    From: Cortjellybean
    Date: 4/16/2003
    Subj: great site

    hello you have a WOWsite

    Just so. Many people tell me that I am a real wowser.

    ... continued on next rock ...

    Are you kidding! Its even more than wow its...... hard to say because its so great!OH and I would like to know if you have a screen name because I am at walmalt connect all the time!Lookin to see if someone emailed me!I have had walmart connect not very long because i am on spring break, and i decided to get a screen name and start talkin to people around the world,and look where i am now talkin to you and I half know what to say and half don`t!Well jee its 10 25 I am tired so I am going to stop yaping!BYE!

    I suspect a screen name is a walmart thing; alas I am not a walmart thing. Are you sure that you should tell me what a wonderful site I have. If too many people tell me that my head might swell up so much that it would explode. People would talk about me, "Too bad about Harter. He had bubble gum brains and his head just popped one day. "
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    From: Swanee Hochhalter
    Date: 4/16/2003
    Subj: Accident?

    Hello, I was searching for information on Sheffield watches, and found your site. That's how my life is...I search for one thing, and get something better!

    I'm enjoying your stories...my husband will love that one about drunk, late, hungover ..thanks for the entertainment.

    That's the trouble with these search engines; they have no discrimination at all. They find junk piles (and my site is very much a junk pile) everytime.
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    From: Harris
    Date: 4/14/2003
    Subj: Please read

    I've enjoyed your site for over a year now and I find all of the information fascinating, particularly the Creationism vs Evolution pages. I found a site of which you may or may not be aware, which not only further fuels the debate over this issue, but also has very good information debunking bad science: it's called "Bad Astronomy" at http://www.badastronomy.com . The site admin is an astronomer who debunks all the bad science influences we get from Science class, poorly researched TV shows & movies etc. An excellent place to learn how we are being deceived and why. Plenty of hoakster links too.

    I opine that people love the authority of science but not its truth. In any event thanks for the link and for the kind words.
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    From: John Lynch
    Date: 4/12/2003
    Subj: Bad Astronomy

    Greetings, I love your website. I haven't gotten through it yet, but I will. You may enjoy mine: http://www.cosmogonic.com

    As a thought: People ask what life is about. The truth is that life is not about anything; life is simply to be lived. This truth is too difficult for most people; it would be easier if life were about something.
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    From: Sue Jamvold
    Date: 4/14/2003
    Subj: Please read

    What would you reccommend as a good duet act play for women under 10 minutes? I'm involved with forensics at my school and I was wondering. Thanks.

    I don't have any immediate thoughts but I will post your letter in my correspondence column. Someone may have a suggestion.
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    From: Hong Chong
    Date: 4/12/2003
    Subj: BUSINESS

    FROM THE DESK OF:
    MR. CHONG HONG.
    CHINATRUST COMMERCIAL BANK.
    NAN KAN BRANCH, TAIWAN
    REPUBLIC OF CHINA

    I am Mr. Chong Hong, Bank Manager of Chinatrust Commercial Bank, Nan Kan branch, Taiwan, R.O.C. I have urgent and very confidential business proposition for you.

    On June 6, 1998, a British Oil consultant/contractor with the Chinese Solid Minerals Corporation, Mr. Smith Lawrence made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$30,000,000.00 (Thirty Million Dollars) in my branch. Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers, the Chinese Solid Minerals Corporation that Mr. Smith Lawrence died from an automobile accident. On further investigation, I found out that he died without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr. Smith Lawrence did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of US$30,000,000.00 is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it.

    According to Laws of Republic of China, at the expiration of 5 (five) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the Chinese Government if nobody applies to claim the fund.

    Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Mr. Smith Lawrence so that the fruits of this old man's labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials. This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full names and address so that the attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits that will put you in place as the next of kin. We shall employ the services of an attorney for drafting and notarization of the WILL and to obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in your favor for the transfer. A bank account in any part of the world that you will provide will then facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary/next of kin. The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 90% for me and 10% for you.

    There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done by the attorney and my position as the Branch Manager guarantees the successful execution of this transaction. If you are interested, please reply immediately via the private email address above. Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand the transaction. Please send me your confidential telephone and fax numbers for easy communication. Please observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country.

    Awaiting your urgent reply via my email address.

    Thanks and regards.

    Strictly speaking, this is not correspondence for my web site. It is simply spam from Mr. Chong Hong (or Hong Chong - he seems a bit unsettled in what name he is using). It is yet another permutation of the Nigerian scam. I thought it rather charming though.
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    From: Wesley Toews
    Date: 4/02/2003
    Subj: thanks...

    ...for paying no attention to the whole Iraq thing. It's a relief to be given a break from that whole stupid situation. I'm just curious (being from Canada) has the SARS (Severe Acute Respirtory Syndrome) outbreak up here been given any attention in news down there at all? The flow of news back and forth seems to be a little like a fly riding on an elephant; the fly is aware of every move of the elephant makes. Does that seem to be a fair assessment?

    My opinion on the Iraq thingie doesn't seem to be needed - there are any number of people babbling about it already.

    The SARS outbreak is getting plenty of news play - mysterious diseases are always popular with the newsies - but my impression is that Asia is the primary focus. Still, Canada definitely gets mentioned. Mind you, an appreciable percentage of Americans are confused as to where Canada is, and whether or not it is a US state.

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    From: Anthony R. Lewis
    Date: 3/26/2003
    Subj: dast

    in reference to "dast:" my grandmother (and others of her generation and location) used the contraction "dassn't." I was told it was more euphonic than "daren't", the contract for "dare not."

    That's my understanding. "Dast" in turn is a more vigorous and earthy version of "dassn't".
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    From: Charles Hitchcock
    Date: 2/26/2003
    Subj: The Clement Problem (as updated)

    Your update also left the sweeping generalization about American Indians; some were nomads, but many were settled agriculturists and some had large-scale communities even in North America.

    True enough. The nomadic tribes of NA, though, are (or, rather, were) good examples of the life of hunter-gatherers pre-agriculture. Perhaps I should add a bit referencing Jared Diamond.
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    From: Thomas
    Date: 03/26/2003
    Subj: Just a thanks

    Hey, great site! You are a true comedy genious. Tom

    I think that I can with all modesty admit to being a genious. In any event, thank you for the kind words.
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    From: Miroslav Provod
    Date: 03/29/2003
    Subj: CHARGE FLUX

    Out of the preparing book COSMIC ENERGY

    Chapter II (forepart)

    Megalithic Buildings with Energy Regulation

    Construction of megalithic buildings with regulation of energy ensued probably from finding that restoring of health by means of menhirs, dolmens, cromlechs and clay mounds could have been exploited only in time intervals, whereon was need to wait sometimes for a long time. It was depending on weather conditions, which generated various flows of watercourses, and changes in rates of energy components, too. The required energy level was enabled to keep up by regulation of water flow, and the great mass of building supported its stability.

    Jerusalem Pool

    Curative effects of watercourses cohered with their energy value. This fact can be deduced from the operation of Jerusalem pool. The Pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem was partially carved out and partially built up in a dried out creek bed that used to be filled in with water only during rain. The size of pool was approximately 60x 80m with a depth of 7m. It was split unusually into a smaller northern and a somewhat larger southern section by a 6,5m wide stone dam. The twin pools surrounded along on four sides by column-supported vestibules on all four sides had the fifth hall built on the dividing dam. Who built the pool and in which era is a topic for speculations and probably this structure served like a heathen sanctuary. Information on a copper plate, which was found in third cave in Kurman, suggests how well known the shrine in which miraculous healing took place was in those days. Important and interesting is the comment of Johnīs Gospel (J 5,2), revealing his excellent knowledge of the place, and this has been completely confirmed by archaeologists. John in his gospel claims that sick people who were waiting for the water to move were accommodated in the five halls. After the pool had filled up, the sick waited "a certain time for an Angel to treat the water" before bathing in it.

    Jerusalem pool was not placed in a dried out creek accidentally. If water traverses all the time, it would not be disposable "a certain time" for its modification. Water, which filled up basins after rain, had some energy value and then declined step by step or could escalate, too. There could be more influences, which contributed to energy value of water, e.g. increased concentration of EZ (energy zones) in interaction with surrounding rock, etc. When the water acquired the optimum of energy, the brain notified to all attendants, that Angel treated water already and convalescent bath was able to start. The surrounding of pool built up by columnar vestibules for waiting pilgrims suggest that water had really curative effect, otherwise pilgrims would not come to the pool.

    I have experimented with water a number of years, but I donīt suppose that it would be easy to find its optimum value, which would have curative effects. It is not only energy matter because its part has also interactive influences of surrounding rocks, etc. I consider like impossible to be in success with experiments as multiplicity of combination segregate it in advance. Next research of cosmic energy will be technically and longtime much demanding. Each of element has its specific code, which is given by distances of EZ (energy zones) and distances of interzones. Combinations of two or more elements have another code, different from basic codes. In the course of next experiments will be necessary to quote the spacing of energy components with great accuracy, however no can do without new measuring instruments. Dowsing rod is impossible to use for the next research again, but by its help the constructors of electronics can designate places of energy presence and acquaint themselves with its character. Concomitant of next research will be all-round exploitation of new finding in most different spheres. Past elaboration the codes of some components will be easy to produce detection sensors, which will call attention on these components in sizable distance. Policemen will be able to pursue verifications of cars driving through whether they donīt transfer forbidden materials and at the same time will be advised if the driver is impaired. The headmasters will have identical view of their students. The exploitation of identification the materials will be much sizable in industry, too.

    Osireion

    Wonderful technique knowledge of long past culture allowed the creation of constructions with curative effects, in which required energy value was available all the time. I will acquaint you with some constructions. The Osireion building is considered one of the oldest stone monuments in Egypt and the dawn of architecture. Nobody has yet found a logical answer to the question of the purpose for which this building was constructed, and why excessive amount of material was installed there. The entire building is constructed of huge stone blocks transported from far away. The interior of the building is composed of a pedestal of large tile blocks, twenty-five meters long and twelve meters wide. Along the border of the longer sides of the pedestal are two rows of columns, each of which is composed of five massive granite monoliths, over three and half meters high and weighting about 100 tons. The pedestal is surrounded by water moat three meters wide and three and half meters deep. Beyond the outer edge of the water moat is a meter wide walk and then seven meters thick outer wall. Along the entire length of the outer wall are seventeen chambers just under two meters high. On the pedestal between the rows of columns are two small pools. The roofing of the building was also constructed of massive stone roofs and huge stone slabs.

    The gigantic building was therefore constructed for two small pools, a water moat and seventeen small chambers. From the aspect of our civilizationīs experience such great effort, which has been exerted for the creation of this building, appears quite senseless and unnecessary.

    I am convinced that the building of Osireion was constructed at the point of strong energy concentration in ES (energy space) of river Nile for accumulation of cosmic energy. The energy was cumulated in the mass of rock and interactive water. The energy value of the whole building was regulated by manipulation with quantity of water in the moat. People could have kept themselves thus the optimal energy level and in pools they had disposable curative effect of water. Seventeen small chambers located in circuit walls were able to function like energy strengthening. People could have completed the energy in pools or in chambers. It can be supposed that the construction Osireion could have influenced by power also the adjoining temple.

    Prehistory in India

    It is impossible to omit that seemingly different construction, but with resembling characters, was built up in India. Around the start of the third millenium B. C., on the banks of the river Ind and its tributaries, a unique culture came into existence, whose characteristic trait was civilized maturity and a high urban level. The ancient culture was named the Ind riverbank culture according to its geographical location or according to one of the two main Harrapska finding sites. The city Mohendjo-daro was lined with a regular network of straight streets, in some places up to ten meters wide, which intersected as right angles. Between the main avenues, there were blocks of residential buildings of non-uniform size, with one or two stories. Aside from living rooms, the houses also had bathrooms and toilets with a clever system of drainage. Their drainage pipes emptied into central canals, which were dug out under the main avenues and ended in the river. According to estimates, about 30 000 inhabitants lived in the city.

    Like other ancient cities, Mohedjo-daro has its own mysterious building. An artificially built hill of clay, measuring four hundred by two hundred meters and sixteen meters in high, with a flat area on top. Its core is composed of a large pool thirteen by eight meters in area and two and a half meters deep. The entire pool is surrounded by a platform, from which door lead to small rooms.

    The construction of a pool beside a river can hardly be justified, namely when almost everyone had a bathroom at home. However, it cannot be explained why the pool was built on a sixteen meters artificial hill. Its construction at the level of the terrain would have been much easier. For the hill, it was necessary to quarry, move and place about one million cubic meters of earth, which correspondents to a mass of almost two million tons. It is impossible to suppose that people built up the hill for shortening boredom, they had to hold a serious reason for it.

    If we compare the construction of pool on clay hill with the construction Osireion from the constructive and energy standpoint, we will conclusion, that the both buildings are characterized by joint marks - the large weight, the water basin and small rooms in circuit walling. The basin was built up at upside of watercourse, thus in sufficient fall. It enabled to water, flowing to the basin by gravity conduit, to regulate by energy the mass of hill, which supported the power stability. Another degree of regulation could be reached by water discharging from the basin.

    The inhabitants of the town Mohendjo-daro, as well as in Osireion, had all the time the disposable optimum power value of water "without waiting for angel".

    Megalithic Water Structures

    The Quebrada de Lavapatas creek runs through the rocks with a total area exceeding 300 square meters. The rocks are characteristic of a compound network of channels, grooves, and depressions engraved by primeval stone cutters. A total of three rectangular pools and a labyrinth of myriad channels to channel the water can be found there. It is really fascinating to watch the route of the creek: the water drips from one hollow to another and does not start flowing away until it has reached a specific state. The opinions of archeologists on the importance of water structures are at considerable variance. One group postulates the existence of a water cult or a cult of fertility and fecundity, while the others see a sacred place for religious rites and purgative ritual baths.

    In light of my research the above structure seems to be a curative bath. The value of the P-charge of the running water is directly proportional to the mass and speed of the water. The water flowing through the network of channels and grooves thus created three different energy values in the pools. These values could be used according to the needs of primeval people as a supplement of energy. Staying in an energy space (ES) or energy zone (EZ) of one of the pools for a few dozens of minutes stabilized the capacity of the cellular membranes at predefined values. Although the primeval people did not think in these terms, they probably knew that they were strengthened by it.

    The Akapana pyramid in a squalid town of Tiahuanacu is much a larger water structure with a water tank built on its peak. A compound system of stone channels in the bowels of the pyramid was found by archeologists and was used to release the water from the water tank. The water flowed down alongside the group of downward sloping planes into a ditch surrounding the entire structure. Then it was drained to the foundations of the pyramid on the southern side. The purpose of the pyramid hypothesized to be connected with a rain or water cult or with primitive worship of the power and properties of fast running water. According to another theory, the yet unknown "technical equipment" of the pyramid could have a deadly purpose. The theory is based on the meaning of the terms Hake and Apana in the ancient Aymara language, which is still used in the surroundings of the pyramid. Hake means "human" or "man" while Apana "to die" (probably due to the effect of water). Akapana thus means "Place where humans die". According to my theory, the Akapana pyramid, as with other megalithic structures, was built in the place of intersection of energy zones (EZ) accumulating Cosmic Energy in its mass. Further energy gained as well as other buildings ended with a tip - by charge flux. This energy could have been but amplified by the water running through the stone channels built in the bowels of the pyramid. I have experimentally proved that an excess quantity of energy can have a negative impact on human health. However, the flow of the water could be controlled in a manner so that the total energy is not detrimental but beneficial to health. The temple embedded in the earth, which was built in the vicinity of the pyramid, strongly supports this theory. The masses of the temple and of the pyramid had a common energy space. By regulating the energy value of the pyramid it was possible to energetically influence people gathered in the temple.

    I have found no justification in the literature to explain why the temple was built under the level of the surrounding terrain. It is beyond logic and there has been no similar case in the architecture in any period. Also the purpose of the underground premises of other megalithic structures had never been explained. Some of the megalithic structures were directly built only for underground premises and it can be substantiated from the standpoint of energy transmission, which I describe in the introductory section.

    The mass (pyramid, clay mound, building or other structure) placed in the energy component acquires energy and its own P-charge. Imagine a pyramid built on the terrain level. Its energy space resembles that of a pyramid of much larger size with part located under the terrain level. Its earth or rock situated in the energy space under the pyramid takes the energy from the energy space, thus increasing the original charge of the pyramid. During the experiments I have experienced the following: if the assistant stayed for one hour on the point embedded under the terrain in the energy space of a larger P-charge his energy gain would be greater by 50 per cent compared to the same position on the terrain level. The temple was positioned of under the terrain level on purpose to increase the energy gain. The building of underground structures under the other megalithic structures had the same reason. It can be supposed that the structures, which were built only like underground spaces, were situated in the place of strong energy concentration, where the energy gain markedly exceeded the energy loss.

    The pyramid Akapana was the energy structure with the possibility of regulation and could transfer the energy to the people also by means of mass the temple.

    Obelisks

    The first obelisk was probably placed in the sanctuary of the Egyptian solar lord in Heliopole. Couples of obelisks were built later to the gate of other large antique Egyptian temples. In long past era the small obelisks were built also in front of tombs, they applied in Babylon and Assyria, too. Like the architectonic element were obelisks asserted in Europe not until in baroque. From the standpoint of our civilization obelisks were considered like the architectonic decorative element. In the old Egypt the obelisks meant the energy importance, they functioned like menhirs. If required to complete the energy mass of the temple, it was very easy by means of obelisks. The obelisks can be so consider like a regulation element. People of megalithic culture exploited laws of nature, which our civilization learned only in 19th century. Review yourselves.

    In the year 1824 the English physicist Michael Faraday discovered among others also the effect of charge flux. Its function is described so: If we put a ball with an apex near a charged body it will become electrical after definite time permanent. On the tip induces not consonant charge with great surface density, so that electrons from the apex gradate to molecules of air, so rise negative ions, which are drawn by electrically positive body, whose charge will decrease, and on the ball with apex dominates positive charge. The action sizes up as if the apex sucked up the electricity of body that is why this effect is called the charge flux. Therefore has Divisīs lighting rod a great deal of apexes. From 19.century is this mentioned effect described in textbooks but anybody had not even notion that this operates on all artificial apexes, which stick out from terrestrial surface, providing that they are isolated by earth from lapidary basis or another material. I have found it by chance at verification of information about hanging of bells.

    In 15th and 16th century the steeple bells was hung sometimes also the other way then usually - by the clapper up. It was profitable specially for hard steeple bells, which were easy to set swinging that way - the bell set swinging with own weight and was kept in the move by tread. As this manner of hanging was considered in 17th century like no catholic, so placed bells were hang by the clappers down on most of these steeples. The reasons for "non catholic" has appeared to me little convincing for the quantity of elaborate reconstruction, especially when it did not pertain of sound effect and the hanging was not visible. So that to make sure what kind of reason could be for the change of hanging these bells, I have decided to check up the whole thing. The result appeared faster than I expected, the energy reason must be added to the reason "non catholic".

    I used one meter tall marble hexagon about weight of 200kg like a steeple dummy and I put it up to the energy zone. For the lucidity I will not concretize its energy value and I will mark it like fundamental. I placed 1,5kg bronze bell to the steeple dummy (by clapper down) and after a short time its primary value increased nearly to treble. At the opposite placing (by clapper up) the fundamental worth of steeple reduced around 20%. I repeated this test many times always with the identical result. I was inspired with it and more experiments followed. (In illustrated section I comment the obtaining of energy by the help of apexes.)

    Menhirs, obelisks, clay mounds and towers have the identical energy function, in its mass they accumulate the energy, which then the mass with minor energy potential - including organisms - takes over. In contrast of our long past ancestors we have not cognizance of it and we build up constructions, which negatively and slinking influence our health by energy overstrain.

    Megalithic Buildings, Which Cannot Be Substantiated

    The following eleven megalithic structures, dislocated on four continents, have its common designation though structurally are very differentiated, that is their transducer gain. It is admirable with what imaginativeness was used the local conditions for achievement the same result. In historical materials is impossible to find the help for what purpose they could have been constructed, their large weight suggests that it was for large transducer gains. So that to draw near its exploitation, we may not make unpremeditated end, which create barriers for next conclusions. Under one of such misguided and surprisingly reputable statement I consider the traction ropes like the means at the transport of the stone blocks. I understand that it is difficult to imagine a man with stone-axe with other technology than with traction ropes. It rates also in opposite view. The traction rope in hands of man, which can manipulate with unknown energy, looks like something disturbingly, too.

    There were performed several experiments like a verification that the big rocks were transported by the help of traction ropes and in short distance some few rocks in the weight 30 tons was displaced. It could have ceased convincingly for anybody inexperienced and without consideration that between thirty tons and thousand tons is the difference nine hundred and seventy tons (the stone blocks in Baalbek). Like a verification could be accepted if anybody will displace the rock at least in the weight of the Brittany menhir about 300 tons by the help of manpower and traction ropes through a wild terrain across the natural obstructions. In the year 2002 in Czech Republic we had the great flood, at which one riverboat about 250 tons embedded on the shore in proximity of fluvial bed. The civil technology did not be a success at the attempt of translocation the ship back into the river. The military technology was called, which by combined powers with civil technology even did not stir with the ship. The ship had to be cut up and transported in pieces to scrap irons.

    In the course of status quo of the technique is unthinkable to transport the rock weighting about 1000 tons through untidy ground across natural obstructions. The weight 1000 tons represent like 1000 private cars. If we put these cars one by one they will make queue about 5 kilometers long. Could anybody think that these cars without wheels and bound together could pull away through untidy ground by the manpower?

    The operations of megalithic culture we shall be able to do only when our scientific appreciation will reach the higher level. Primeval people understood how to make use of natural rules, which lurk to the attention of science till this time. They retained close relation to the nature and perceived some effects more sensitively.

    (End of the forepart the second chapter)

    I'm not sure why I am getting this but I have every confidence that my readers will be able to determine its proper value.
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