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Fristy (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979196)

Prosty

Re:Fristy (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979216)

Yes, yes, I finally got a frist prost! Yay me!

hell yeah (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979197)

Before I lay my head I say my prayers

My future starts when I see the first light of day

When I woke up today, I didn't really feel ok

I wasn't myself, I couldn't be no one else

Night of the living dead, that's what my momma said

That's what she said, don't let them in your head

If you want to hang around

Please don't you bring me down

A zombie will steal your soul

Don't let them take control

Control, control, control

Night of the living dead, that's what my momma said

That's what she said, don't let them in your head

Do you know who you are?

I know who I am

Don't know where I'm going

But I can tell you where I've been

Where I am right now

Is where I want to be

Nothing you can do or say

Can take me away from me

Night of the living dead, that's what my momma said

That's what she said, don't let them in your head

No no

FP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979203)

FP

Gee... (4, Interesting)

BlueCup (753410) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979204)

10 to 1 they're going to bring back pictures. 100 to 1 says that others will try and find what they've taken pictures of but it will have "mysteriously disappeared" ...

Re:Gee... (3, Funny)

SQLz (564901) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979263)

They call these 'mysteries' my friend. If you don't believe in them you go to hell. So buckle up.

Re:Gee... (1, Funny)

BlueCup (753410) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979290)

Pish, but I totally believe in Jonas and the Big Fish, so, I figure they cancel each other out.

Conspiracy (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979205)

I don't know which is the bigger scam - attempting to "photograph" this Ark, or the "fact" that is actually exists

Uhhh (2, Funny)

Ziviyr (95582) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979206)

A picture of a chunk of an arc and the text "we got it" isn't absolute proof either.

Re:Uhhh (4, Insightful)

ybmug (237378) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979251)

But at least it could be carbon dated to determine if it was from the right time. Carbon dating is a little more difficult to doctor than photographs.

Re:Uhhh (5, Insightful)

Ziviyr (95582) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979301)

And we will get a picture of a printout of a carbon dating result and some text saying "we did it".

Groovy.

The Middle East (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979207)

Nuke the middle east from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Um... it's a myth (3, Insightful)

ObviousGuy (578567) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979208)

Kangaroos in Australia? Did they just swim there?

I'd rather read an arkful of Chick tracts than be force-fed this kind of tripe from CNN.

+5 funny (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979278)

How stupid does a moderator have to be to not get that joke.

Re:Um... it's a myth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979280)

No of course it's not.

bullsh*t [jesussave.us]

kangaroos ran from the ark to australia...6000 years ago....when there was a land bridge there. duh....

Re:Um... it's a myth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979364)

The scary thing is, I'm not 100% sure that that site is a joke.

So..... (0, Redundant)

Jim Starx (752545) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979210)

If they find a boat then that prooves what.... that people knew how to build boats?

Re:So..... (4, Interesting)

Peyna (14792) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979231)

Finding a boat at that altitude would raise some significant questions as to how it got there.

Re:So..... (3, Insightful)

killjoe (766577) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979321)

If it was there it would have been found by now. You have millions of christians all over the world who have everything to gain by finding it. Many people have trekked up the mountain and flown around it and nobody has found anything yet.

even if they found it there it would not mean anything. I don't think there is any doubt there was a huge flood in the are. There is geologic evidence for it, every single culture records it, and there is even a pretty solid theory as to how it came about (hint it was not due to 40 days and nights of rain). All it proves is that there was a flood (we already knew that) and that some boat floated in the flood and got lodged somewhere on the mountain.

None of that proves that there was a boat containing two of every single creature on earth and a handful of people who then proceeded to populate the entire earth. That story is ridiculus on the face of it.

Re:So..... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979347)

If they find a boat then that prooves what.... that people knew how to build boats?

If they find it at 17,000 feet that proves people knew how to build flying boats...

Re:So..... (5, Funny)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979351)

If they find a boat then that prooves what.... that people knew how to build boats?

No, you blasphemer! It proves that EVERY WORD IN THE BIBLE IS TRUE!!! And if you don't accept THIS CLEAR PROOF OF THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH OF THE WORD OF GOD, then clearly you are an ATHEIST SATANIST GOD-HATING AMERICA-HATING TERRORIST COMMUNIST ... uh ... uh ... DEMOCRAT!!!!!!!!

<wipes froth off mouth>

Oops, I must have been channeling Jack Chick for a moment. Anyway ...

Seriously, of course, "people knew how to build boats" is exactly what it proves, and all it proves. But that won't stop the fundies from reacting as above. A while back, someone -- wish I could remember who it was (maybe I should pray harder?) -- came up with the best answer I've ever heard to the absurd claims made by ideologues masquerading as archaeologists in regards to "proof"-by-artifact of a literal interpretation of the Bible. It goes roughly like this:

Suppose that a thousand years from now, the only record anyone has of the existence of a place called 'Kansas' is in the form of an old book and a couple of ancient film reels describing the improbable adventures of a young girl from this mythical place. Now suppose that a team of archaeolgists digging around in the Great Plains finds an old road sign that, when it is translated our of the archaic language called 'English,' reads 'Welcome to Kansas.' This can only mean one thing ...

Every word in the ancient epic called The Wizard of Oz is absolutely true!

Oh great (0, Funny)

Krow10 (228527) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979217)

More ridiculous pseudo-science. Just what we need. Next stop, the lost city of Atlantis.

Cheers,
Craig

Let's not jump to conclusions so quickly (3, Insightful)

cduffy (652) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979276)

Hrm? I'm ready to believe that there genuinely exists a boat roughly the dimensions specified that the myth was based off of. Now, that this boat was used to ensure the survival of all the creatures of Earth during a giant flood -- maybe not. But that there exists a really damn big boat with an even bigger myth surrounding it? If there's reasonable evidence, I have no trouble with it.

Honestly -- would you have a problem with an expidition set off to find a really old boat if it weren't for that boat being part of Christian mythology?

Re:Let's not jump to conclusions so quickly (2, Insightful)

Peyna (14792) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979333)

Of course, the interesting thing is not that you found a real big boat, but where you found it: several thousand feet above sea level. It would be difficult to come up with another explanation at that point.

Re:Let's not jump to conclusions so quickly (1)

cduffy (652) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979359)

Mmm -- that *does* make it interesting.

Well, good -- I rather like interesting. Hopefully there'll be some impartial 3rd-party verification should they find something there.

Re:Let's not jump to conclusions so quickly (1)

Spamsonite (154239) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979369)

Before someone jumps down your throat, I'll point out (nicely) that Noah's Ark figures prominantly in the Jewish tradition, which we Christians inherited much of.

It never ceases to amaze me how emotional people get when someone sets out to prove or disprove some aspect of religious history - it's almost as if their egos need it not to be true...

Re:Oh great (0, Offtopic)

Geoffreyerffoeg (729040) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979286)

Yes, let's all taunt the researchers who're looking for Noah's ark while still trying to build an OS and environment that can compete with Microsoft.

If we can hold our idealistic beliefs, let them do the same.

Re:Oh great (2, Insightful)

Faeton (522316) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979306)

Pseudo-science? Just because the Bible mentions it?

Ironically, people thought that Troy were just figments of the imagination 150 years ago, and now they have pretty good proof of where it is [iit.edu].

I don't think that everybody should be so closed-minded about such things, just because a religious text mentions it.

If they do find real proof, that's pretty cool. If not, no big deal. I mean, there was and are millions of hours of research that pretty much amount to nothing, yet I wouldn't call that all wasted time. Science should not be afraid to explore, period.

When loved ones are weirder than you (5, Interesting)

linzeal (197905) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979367)

I had a hell of a time dealing with my ex-ex-gf and her belief in chakras, OTO, and the like. Than I got turned on to a Mr Shermer who wrote things like Why People Believe Weird Things [amazon.com] and The Borderlands of Science [amazon.com] (which is unfortunately out of print, try to grab a used!) helped me understand her predicament. People of even average intelligence are gullible when it comes to science like people a hundred years ago were prone to believe the local parish's view on the "big questions." When you combine these two it is like a double alluring dose of sweet fantasy that non-science types slam down like a tequilla sunrise in an 80's movie.

If you want to help people buy books like this on tape, and than lock them in a car and drive around till they realize how foolish it is to believe that their are dinosaurs at the bottom of lakes and secret nazi occult space temples on the dark side of the moon.

Climb Arafat? (0)

thoolie (442789) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979224)

Did anybody else read that as "researchers will climb Arafat"? Huh, boy would that be weird!

Anywho, I do recall a bunch of hub-a-balloo a few years ago about "picutes" of the "ark" taken from a plane or satalite or something....It would be kind of neet if a big boat was up there....however, we have all know that the real Noah was played by Troy McLure!

Strangely enough ... (5, Interesting)

vlad_petric (94134) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979282)

Arafat is actually geographical. If you don't believe me, google for "Arafat plains".

Both Arafat and Sharon took their last name from geographical locations that have historical connotations for their respective peoples.

But I agree, it'd be quite difficult to climb Arafat ...

"I hate snakes." (1)

joeszilagyi (635484) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979226)

I think they need to photoshop a young Harrison Ford into their dig photos, to complete the whole farce of it.

Yea, and next week..... (3, Funny)

mao che minh (611166) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979227)

I'll be heading an exciting expedition into the bogs of Ireland to search for the little people.

Re:Yea, and next week..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979257)

Up the airy mountain
Down the rushing glenn
We don't dare go a hunting
For fear of little men.....

Yet another debate (1)

rms_nz (196697) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979228)

Should give those "did we really go to the moon" people something else to talk about I guess - they've probably already got the TV programme all signed up :)

Ugh... (1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979232)

I'm a pastor. I'm an evangelical. I really believe all the "Jesus Stuff." Noah is a myth, it's a GREAT myth and we can learn so much from it; stuff like this just makes people look stupid...

Re:Ugh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979260)

One AC to another.... Sigh.

Re:Ugh... (1)

PeteyG (203921) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979284)

Amen to that. Religious crazies like that give normal religious people a bad rep.

Re:Ugh... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979315)

As if you aren't all crazies

logic mofos logic!

Waste of time and money (0, Troll)

Profane MuthaFucka (574406) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979237)

Don't you suppose that the money spent on finding the ark might be better spent feeding someone who is starving? Hell, they are going all the way to Turkey. It's just about as far to some starving kids in Africa.

Calling Marcus Brody (5, Funny)

schmidt349 (690948) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979240)

Clearly their expedition will fail... they're going after a find of "tremendous historical significance," particularly to Biblical studies, and they're not bringing along Indiana Jones?! What were they thinking?

Re:Calling Marcus Brody (1)

killjoe (766577) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979350)

They will find some old wood someplace and claim it was the arc. It will never occur to them that it could have been an ancient shack or anything.

Although I will be impressed if around the piece of wood they found the traks of elephant, zebra, giraffe, gorilla, hippo, kangaroo, penguin etc.

Cue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979241)

the Spriggan references! All we need now is the really, really annoying kiddie villain.

Although I must admit, both the super powered Spriggan and the knife are way cool.

Of course they are... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979243)

Pictures were enough proof for, Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, the Yeti, and that the moon is made of cheese.

You go Beavis!!!

fudgefactor7 is an asswipe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979245)

And no, pictures trying to disprove that can be doctored. We know the TRUTH! :)

Re:fudgefactor7 is an asswipe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979303)

PRAISE the almighty! We need none of dees logic the heathens speak of.

God Deliver Us... (-1, Troll)

nysus (162232) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979246)

from religious freaks. These nuts are taking over. People can't cope psychologically in today's complex world. Problem is, it's a world with nookular (as the chief religious nut pronounces it) weapons now.

Re:God Deliver Us... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979262)

Heil, mein fuherer Dubya!

Re:God Deliver Us... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979325)

hahaha, dumb liberal fuck got modded down. that'll teach you to talk shit about the second greatest President ever.

Now we'll know for sure (5, Funny)

ignatus (669972) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979249)

These explorers will reveal once and for all that the B arc crashed on this planet and we are all ancestors of the Golgafinchan.

global warming (1)

eisenbud (708663) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979250)

Why not just wait for the oceans to rise and float it up again? If it only took forty days and forty nights of rain, it should only take a few years for the sea level to rise, uh, 17,820 feet.

Religion summed up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979255)

from attrition.org

http://www.attrition.org/~geekgrl/pix/religion.j pg

Empty science? (2)

ginwizard (759142) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979256)

So, as a scientific discovery, this will accomplish...what exactly? The authenticity of the Bible? Or merely that most mythologies [jcf.org] have some basis in history.

I actually think... (2, Insightful)

clifgriffin (676199) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979258)

I'll wait to see what they turn up rather than discounting any of their finding before they've gone.

Plus, does this mean that Turkey is finally letting people back on Ararat?

Hate to be flame bait but... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979269)

The best response you to give a non-atheist is "How fucking stupid."

What else you can say? They're too fucking stupid to change. Just try.

Show me proof...convince me with empirical evidence, I'll change.

Re:Hate to be flame bait but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979295)

...okay...exclude and move the "you"'s grammar theists/nazis...

If they find a Beowulf Cluster up there (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979272)

then i'll be impressed.

Artifacts (2, Funny)

Waffle Iron (339739) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979274)

We are not taking any artifacts.

I wouldn't want to take any artifacts from the ark either, given that most of it would probably consist of thousands of different kinds of coprolites.

The survey says... (3, Interesting)

zx75 (304335) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979277)

And when they reach this structure high on the mountain one of three things will occur.
1) It is not Noah's ark, we will go on with our regular lives, and the people who believe in it will say that it doesn't prove anything, they simply have not found it yet.
2) We don't know if its Noah's ark, we will go on with our regular lives, and still argue the existance of such a thing.
3) It is Noah's ark, we will go on with our regular lives, and the scientists say "Umm... can we have a closer look at that book of yours?"

But in the end... regardless of what happens, I'll go back to playing World of Warcraft.

Re:The survey says... (4, Insightful)

merdark (550117) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979340)

3) It is Noah's ark, we will go on with our regular lives, and the scientists say "Umm... can we have a closer look at that book of yours?"

Umm. No. The scientists will not care any more about that book than they do now. It does not provide anything that helps us do research (otherwise known as science). They may ask to see the boat though, there is stuff to apply science to there.

Science is not some alternative to religion, it's only a tool. I guess the truth scares religous folk, and hence they always see science as some sort of competitor.

Re:The survey says... (4, Insightful)

glwtta (532858) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979368)

3) It is Noah's ark, we will go on with our regular lives, and the scientists say "Umm... can we have a closer look at that book of yours?"

I am a little fuzzy on that point - you are saying that if they find something that is definitively identified as The Ark (like a little plaque on it, that says "The Ark"), then the laws of physics will be rewritten to accomodate a literal reading of the bible? Somehow I doubt that is going to happen, even if there is a little plaque.

Don't believe them. (5, Insightful)

dj245 (732906) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979279)

''We are not excavating it. We are not taking any artifacts. We're going to photograph it and, God willing, you're all going to see it,'

I love how he assumes that he is going to find a large boat, and he assumes that any large boat he happens to find is going to be the one and only Noah's Ark. In his mind, "It" is Noah's Ark. He isn't looking for evidence that whatever it is on top of Mt. Ararat is Noah's Ark, he is already firmly convinced that it is.

Compare this with an arcaeologist excavating a tomb of someone. Who? I don't know, anyone: "Well, we're going to go inside the tomb, and hopefully we will find stuff. We hope we will find things that can prove who this person was, and what thier daily life was like, and maybe what their beliefs were; and maybe we'll find something really cool."

See the difference? This guy is no archaeologist. He is a christian on a quest for the 21st century holy grail.

Re:Don't believe them. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979349)

This guy is no archaeologist. He is a christian on a quest for the 21st century holy grail.

A quest... a quest for the holy grail!

Starring, in no particular order:

Researcher McGivern
John Cleese
Graham Chapman
Eric Idle
etc. etc.

Re:Don't believe them. (2, Interesting)

CaptainCarrot (84625) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979355)

Well, let's be fair here though. If he finds a very large boat stuck on top of a mountain, there are very few possibilities as to which boat it might be. And *if* it's really there (I'm a Christian and I regard the odds as very low) there will be proper archaeology done on it in due time. Not by this guy perhaps, but by somebody.

While I was typing this comment in, someone modded parent down 2 notches as Flamebait. Come on folks! He's making a valid point, as far as it goes. This is definitely one of those times where you should post instead of moderate if you simply disagree.

In other news... (3, Funny)

smithmc (451373) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979283)


...NASA is preparing a deep-space mission to the planet Magrathea, to take pictures of Slartibartfast.

satellite picture? (1)

havaloc (50551) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979289)

Wouldn't the ark be visible on various satellite pictures of the earth? I know you can see things as small as cars (try Mapquest aerial photos).

Re:satellite picture? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979308)

Yeah, if it existed.

I would look for evidence of... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979291)

...monkey knife fights of biblical proportions.

This "discovery" has been around for a while (1, Insightful)

AmericanInKiev (453362) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979296)

The story as I heard it includes the assertion that the neighboring countries (turkey and one other I believe) were opposed to the idea because of the foreseable influence on their state religions.

Personally - I think there is a good deal about the Bible which is clearly historical. (I belong to the "Jesus save me from your followers" camp of distant believers.) And as I understand it - some story about a flood exists as lore in most cultures.

It would be a great disappointment I think if we were to prove that Noah's ark doesn't exists - as the largest benefit of religions as it applies to this life - are the metaphors and the lessons taken. (I am agnostic on the theory that wars are all religious). I think also that much good has been done in the name of religion - but even that must be seperated from how religion informs our secular thinking today.

Civil rights is based on the presumption (for example) that God created all men - er and women - equal.

AIK

Re:This "discovery" has been around for a while (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979363)

Civil rights is based on the presumption (for example) that God created all men - er and women - equal.

Erm. No, civil rights are based on the presumption that we are naturally born with inherit rights. No one gave them and no one can take them away. They're "just there." (Concepts and ideas can do this, which is what rights and freedoms are.)

Ararat?? (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979298)

Better watch out for Israeli missiles!

So what if they find it? (0, Troll)

betterthanducttape (763202) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979300)

SO what if they find it? The Christians, the Jews, the Muslims will all go "I told you so." Then the Chinese will point out that they have an old legend about a man named Noah. Then smaller cultures will come out with similar stories. In folklore, most cultures have a story of a giant flood.

So why should it be a big deal if they find one? The small percentage of the world that are atheist or agnostic (it is small, don't think otherwise) will be told off. I can say that this will be a big deal even being a Christian because it won't change anything.

-1: Flamebait (5, Flamebait)

glpierce (731733) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979305)

I think we need to mod this story Flamebait and be done with it. I'd be surprised if we can garner 5 posts that don't offend somebody.

Grrr.. (0, Flamebait)

XorNand (517466) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979311)

How did this make the front page on Slashdot? This is neither news, nor of interest to nerds. What it is, is a bunch of fundimentalists seeking to "prove" a biblical parable; these aren't scientists.

All this is going to turn into is a religious flame war. Nothing to see here, move along...

Re:Grrr.. (1)

Rostin (691447) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979370)

"All this is going to turn into is a religious flame war."

I suspect It made the front page specifically for that reason. What's slashdot if we can't snipe religious people on one hand for believing in things without/contrary to the evidence and then on the other for looking for evidence?

Proving Douglas Adams theories (5, Funny)

Brakz0rz (773616) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979317)

"I refuse to prove that I exist," says God, "for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing."

"But," says Man, "Noah's Ark is a dead giveaway, isn't it? It could not have occurred by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don't. QED."

"Oh dear," says God, "I hadn't thought of that," and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.

"Oh, that was easy," says Man, and for an encore goes on to prove that black is white and gets himself killed at the next zebra crossing.

Most leading theologians claim that this argument is a load of dingo's kidneys, but that didn't stop Oolon Colluphid making a small fortune when he used it as the central theme of his best-selling book, 'Well That About Wraps It Up for God.'

If we're questioning the pictures (1)

Geoffreyerffoeg (729040) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979318)

then tell me who here has used DeCSS. Not software that claims to use DeCSS, DeCSS in the stand-alone, propagated form. Or DeDRMS, for that matter.

Code can be faked, there is no proof until it is run. Have you run it?

Doomed to fail (5, Interesting)

BlueOtto (519047) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979326)

I've done a lot of research for school into the search for Noah's ark, and I think this mission is doomed to fail. Every documented mission to find the ark has failed. Three major factors have kept searchers from looking on Mt. Ararat-- #1. The frigid weather, #2. The Turkish Government (security concerns, blah blah blah) #3.Kurdish people who have the nasty habit of killing people who want to go up the mountain. I find it amazing that nobody has been able to check out this 'anomaly' on the mountain that has been documented by the CIA and was classified for 50 years, especially in the day and age of technology that we live in-- able to get to the moon, but not to a mountain. Personally, and go ahead and mod me down for this, but I believe God has kept people from checking out the location. Cool stuff, to me.

Don't they watch the History Channel? (3, Informative)

tweakt (325224) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979328)

*sigh*

I'm not even going to bother. Those of you with a bit of logic and reasoning skills can already figure the impossibility of the whole idea.

So, for a some more fun, check out this cute rebuttal [westarkchu...christ.org] of the scientific arguments against the story. It boggles the mind how people can accept this as truth.

just wait. (3, Insightful)

runfaster (687790) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979331)

I don't know why everyone is jumping all over this guy already. I'd imagine that this is not the ark he thinks/pretends it is, but so what? A) He comes back with pictures, other people go look, its not there, he's a quack. B) He comes back with no pictures. Wasn't really there. He says he was wrong, we move on. C) He comes back with pictures, other people go find the same things. Now we've got a really old ark up there, that supports the idea of a flood of the magnitude that could move an ark up that high. Then we've got something to talk about. Is there really any harm in this guy going to investigate? Let him do his thing. If he comes back with something, then we can start to look at it seriously.
Geologists say even though there is evidence of a flood in Mesopotamia in Sumerian times, it is not possible for a ship to make landfall at an altitude as high as Mount Ararat.

So it he does find something, its a big deal, for one reason or another. Why not just keep an open mind about it until he gets back? My understanding is that its his buck. No hurry to write the guy off. Maybe he really did see something, be it the ark or no, that bears investigating.

Here's what to do (4, Funny)

Teclis (772299) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979334)

Step 1: purchase the Ark of the Covenant [ebay.com] on eBay
Step 2: travel up Ararat with your purchase
Step 3: Seek the power of the Ark to find the Ark
Step 4: use the Ark to ask for another flood in which you use the other Ark to live (repaired) provided the first Ark works and you find the Ark with the Ark in the first place.

Ark Ark Ark

Actually, why not? (1)

haggar (72771) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979337)

I sense the /. crowd's skepticism, but think about it: just because it's described in the Bible, doesn't mean there isn't some truth behind the story, and some physical evidence of thet may still exist.

The problem with the stories in the Bible is, they have been used, abused, overused by Hollywood for adventure and horror movies. So much so that the contemporary man has this reflex of dismissing everything in the Bible as a figment of someone's imagination. And yet, it doesn't necessarily have to be so. Some of the events described there might have happened, in some form.

Other Adventures like this: (3, Informative)

Thunderstruck (210399) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979353)

In the past there have been quite a number of similar investigations:

1. It was said for many years Pontius Pilate never existed, until digs started turning up roman coins & carvings with his name on them.

2. It was said that Ur never existed, until they found it a few years ago.

Up to now, bibilical texts have proven to be a remarkably good resource, and every bit as reliable as other texts from the periods in question. I'm really very interested to see what, if anything this investigation turns up. Biblically the Ark should be less than ten thousand years old, and even myths often start with some grain of truth.

Hey they already found it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8979357)

didn't you see the little text ads?

"Noah's Ark on eBay"

it's been up for auction for awhile now...

Why's everyone so negative? (1)

Zarxrax (652423) | more than 9 years ago | (#8979372)

I don't see what everyone is getting so pissy about, it seems pretty cool to me. I mean, so what if he wants to go search for Noah's ark? He is free to do that if he wishes to. If he does find what happens to be a large boat, that doesn't prove anything about God or the universe, but I think it would be an important historical discovery. It could give clues as to whether something like a flood did occur in that area, and when. I dunno, it just seems to me that this could be a great scientific/historical discovery if anything is found, but everyone just seems to be spouting out things like "Arrr, them chistians is at it again!" Get a grip guys.
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