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JAMES WICKSTROM - 006 PALEO CUNIEFORM, THE ANCIENTS TO NOW - PART 1 OF 2 OCTOBER 24, 2009

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⁣JAMES WICKSTROM - 006 PALEO CUNIEFORM, THE ANCIENTS TO NOW - PART 1 OF 2 OCTOBER 24, 2009

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TinyCow
TinyCow 2 months ago

James there seems to have a lot of trouble pronouncing words. I wonder if he has some kind of disorder; he doesnt seem dumb.

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pastprovespresent
pastprovespresent 2 months ago

@TinyCow He wears glasses and is no spirng chicken. I think his eyes may lose focus. For example, in the middle of the text, he said 1940's, but it was written 1840's.. I've also seen him pronounce things in Paleo-Hebrew, Greek, Latin et al. that would be difficult for most people to pronounce all of them, so I don't think it's that. I think his eyes just lose focus. Reading a few lines is one thing, but he does this for hours, which could lead to eye strain.

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TinyCow
TinyCow 2 months ago

@pastprovespresent: Yeah. I just found some of the words like "Gilgamesh" or "mythical" odd to to not be familiar with. even "myriad". i just thought maybe he had something like dyslexia. Either way he still does a ton of great work.

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TinyCow
TinyCow 2 months ago

@pastprovespresent: BTW do you think that in biblical scripture the language spoken by the babylonians was called "the language of the birds" because the cuneiform looks like bird tracks in the sand/soil?

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pastprovespresent
pastprovespresent 2 months ago

@TinyCow: That's why I used the date as a prime example. I'm sure he knows his numbers 1-9. So the fact that he messed up on that tells me it's not a case of being unfamiliar. I went back to the university and suffered something similar. The eye doctor said I didn't need glasses, but gave me some for reading the board when the eye strain would hit me. Whatever the case may be, I agree with you that his heart is in the right place and is a well store of knowledge.

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pastprovespresent
pastprovespresent 2 months ago

@TinyCow: That's funny! I hadn't thought of that before! Although it's possible that is the case, I think it's more likely called that due to the believe that it was given by "those from the heavens to earth came". Birds fly in the heavens (depending on the translation and context). When trying to understand the psychology of one language to another, it doesn't always make sense to a native English speaker. For example, in Spanish, there is no finite tense (past perfect) for die (morir), because in their Christian culture, the soul is immortal. Since I don't understand the Bablyonian language and culture well enough, like you, I can't fully explain, only guess. My guess is birds>sky>heavens>divine.

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