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We tend to regard professionals as the only people worth taking notice of, when it comes to discoveries being made in their field. If an amateur makes a statement – or even a discovery – it is commonly regarded with suspicion. On this point, I recall that on July 29, 1997, an amateur astronomer in Adelaide, Australia, announced the discovery of a new comet. Up to that date, 71 comets had been discovered by amateurs during the twentieth century! Did you know that some of the world’s great archaeological discoveries have been made by amateurs? When Heinrich Schliemann said he’d discovered Troy, the scientific community snubbed him. For years! And there was John Lloyd Stephens who discovered wondrous things among the Mayan ruins of Central America. Another amateur. It was Champollion the “amateur” who got Egyptology going. One could say that our knowledge has been deepened more through the efforts of amateurs like Fawcett, Schliemann and Heyerdahl, than through the efforts of franchised experts. The cause of science is not served by automatic ridicule of amateurs. Any person who so behaves is an enemy of science. He may be listed in Who’s Who, but he doesn’t know what’s what. Both Schliemann (who discovered Troy) and Carter (who found Tutankhamen’s tomb) were criticised by the academia of their day. It is worth noting, however, that while the world remembers the names of the two men Schliemann and Carter – no one remembers the names of their critics! [url=http://ponor.blogger.ba/]vikićev specijalac[/url] 03.05.2006.

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