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From: "John Clark" <>
Subject: Identity and the Sphinx
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 13:29:55 -0500

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In #10992 George Smith  on 29 Dec 1998 Wrote:

     >People say (and believe) they ARE their thoughts (especially opinions)
     >the best classical example coming from Descartes'

Most people don't say that and have never even heard of Descartes, most people

would agree with you, it is after all the conventional view. I hold the minority
opinion that we don't have thoughts we are thoughts. If you think you're you
then you are.

     >thoughts are MENTAL PROCESSES and not IDENTITIES.

If so then the word "IDENTITIES" represents a class of objects or concepts that

I have absolutely no interest in. I don't care if I'm not me as long as I feel 
that I am.

    >When people doing geology (who themselves "Geologists") declared that the
    >Sphinx was worn by rain, and rain had not fallen in Egypt for 9,000 years
    >and therefore the Sphinx had to be at least 9,000 years old,
    >Egyptologists" declared that these facts COULD NOT be correct because it
    >did not match THEIR belief "as" "Egyptologists" that the Sphinx was
    >constructed NO MORE than 6,000 years ago.

Most of the Sphinx is a lot older than 6000 years, it's a lot older than 9000

years, most of the Sphinx is a natural limestone hill. Considering its proximity
to the site proposed for Chepsos's new pyramid it was probably considered an
eyesore by the builders, there may even have been talk of laboriously removing
it, until some artistic genius (Imhotep?) took a good look at that oblong
outcrop of rock and said " You know, I think I can do something with that".
The evidence that any portion of the Sphinx carved by humans is much older
than 5 thousand years is weak, to put it politely.

      John k Clark   

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