I don't know about you, but the hipocrisy is weapons grade. We see science with mltiple lines of evidence for events of thousand of years ago; AIG scoffs, totally discounts that evidence and asks if they were there to observe it, which of course is absurd. But then they take a singular verse out of the bible, that I will quote, and end up with cold molded, Triple hull, v-bottomed ship with anaerobic digesters, and Millipedes so named because hundreds of them ran on treadmills to power the Ark, while using wind power to pump out the copious water that will surely be collecting in the bilges- all this- in the twenty third century, BCE,(!) …….without one. single. shred. of. evidence and not one historical precedent to back it up. All of it imagined through the crystal ball of AIG.
They get this all from this from three sentences:
"Genesis: 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress [The Hebrew word here is uncertain] wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. 15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high. 16 Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit [About 18 inches] high all around. [The Hebrew meaning for this clause is uncertain] Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks."
They can spit, sputter, hew and haw, wave their hands and do fancy pirouettes, but that description is a box.
And it would be by far the longest wooden ship ever built, four thousand years before boat builders came anywhere near that length, and only with steel reinforcement.
Like the crazy inspector that spots an indentation in the dirt and proclaims that its provenance is a "5-9 male with dark brown hair, green eyes, high school education that suffers from gout and kidney stones. He lives with his mother and……." You get the picture.
It is important to note that archaeological evidence shows that the Egyptians assembled planks into simple hulls as early as 3,000 BCE. The earliest boats found were about 75 feet long and "sewn together with reeds." The reeds were also used as a caulking.
No where in the historical record or archaeology is there is any ancient evidence for the fantastical ship designs proposed by Mr. Lovett.
Having said all that, my sister-in-law is here with the kids this week and Uncle Froggie is herding his intrepid crew to rock climbing, swimming and other assorted summer activities, but I will have my response to part 3 up by Tuesday.
It's all fun!