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« on: July 15, 2013, 03:41:07 pm Central Daylight Time »

Welcome one and all to the Intellectual forum's weekly event known as Occam's Razor.  For those who are not familiar with the principle of Occam's Razor, it is the logical process that states that among competing hypotheses, the hypothesis with the fewest assumptions should be selected.  In other words, the simplest explanation is usually the correct one or at least the most probable.

Now on to the event.  Once a week I shall present you with an anomaly and your task is to find the simplest explanation for it.  You have 5 days to present and defend your theory for the anomaly and, of course debate other theories.  If you believe your theory is no longer valid you can drop it for a new one (you may also drop a failed theory if you have no other theory).  You may not directly copy another's theory; however, you may start with the same base theory as some one else, so long as your theory has a different conclusion.  After the 5 days are up a poll will be started in which you can vote for the one you believe to be the most probable.


Note:  Once voting has started you cannot ask any questions or attempt to add or alter your current theory.

Week One Anomaly: 400 Million Year-old Hammer




This anomaly was discovered in the mid-1930's.  As you can see from the image above it is a hammer embedded in rock.  The rock was dated to be about 400 million years old and the remaining handle of the hammer was in the process of fossilizing into coal which could mean that it is even older.  The hammerhead is 96% pure iron, which does not exist naturally.

Your mission, explain this anomaly.
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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2013, 09:17:03 pm Central Daylight Time »

I've got one word to explain this:

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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2013, 10:29:13 pm Central Daylight Time »

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« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2013, 07:52:36 am Central Daylight Time »

Ah, but why would alien use a hammer that looks so similar to hammers of human design?  Furthermore if aliens can travel the universe to come to Earth wouldn't it be limiting their intelligence by saying they would need hammers and nails?  Especially since most alien theorists have said that their technology should be advanced enough to bond materials at the molecular level.
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« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2013, 11:38:46 am Central Daylight Time »

I'll take a swing at this. Get it? Take a swing? It's a hammer? No? Ok.

Hoax theory:
They found a 400 Million year old rock, then a 400+ Million year old stick, placed the hammer (made in early 1930) in the rock, then slid the wood through the rock and hammer head.
They then said hey look, we found this crazy old hammer 'embedded' in this crazy old rock. This sh*t is bananas, B A N A N A S!
Onlooker one said 'it doesn't look embedded in there to me.'
They said 'Well we had to take it out to test for carbon dating.'
Onlooker one said 'Oh, yeah that makes sense.'
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« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2013, 01:17:44 pm Central Daylight Time »

According to my research, some of the rock was removed in a lab to get a better look at the hammer.  So we are seeing it as it is today, not as it was when it was found.  Still more likely (and detailed) than aliens did it.  Also, something I didn't notice before, at the head end of the handle there is a notch where a wedge of iron could have held the hammer head in place.  This method of securing a hammer head is a rather recent invention dating back only 400 years.
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« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2013, 03:20:20 pm Central Daylight Time »

Give me proof that it is even 400 million years old.
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« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2013, 03:48:48 pm Central Daylight Time »

Aliens are f*ckin' with us like always. Intergalactic fggts.
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« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2013, 04:00:44 pm Central Daylight Time »

Give me proof that it is even 400 million years old.

Let me see if I can find the radiocarbon dating reports.
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« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2013, 04:07:35 pm Central Daylight Time »

Let me see if I can find the radiocarbon dating reports.

Oh. So if I make a machine then it's "age" is suddenly valid too? How can a machine tell how old something is? How do you know this hammer isn't 375 million years old instead?
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« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2013, 04:15:59 pm Central Daylight Time »



If the machine, which a hammer is not, is encased in stone that is 400 million years old you can assume that it must be at least 400 million years old.
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If the machine, which a hammer is not, is encased in stone that is 400 million years old you can assume that it must be at least 400 million years old.

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« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2013, 04:21:55 pm Central Daylight Time »

Wat. go fak urself fever that was bad.
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« Reply #13 on: July 16, 2013, 04:26:09 pm Central Daylight Time »



Funny.  I was about to say the same about you missing the point of the event.
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« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2013, 04:31:14 pm Central Daylight Time »

The event doesn't matter because there's no real way to tell how old any of this **** is.
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« Reply #15 on: July 16, 2013, 04:37:24 pm Central Daylight Time »

If the event doesn't matter to you than you do not have to participate.
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« Reply #16 on: July 16, 2013, 07:37:21 pm Central Daylight Time »

If the event doesn't matter to you than you do not have to participate.

Ooooh get the **** out, Tye!! o:
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« Reply #17 on: July 16, 2013, 11:18:02 pm Central Daylight Time »

You aren't contributing either, Trainer.
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« Reply #18 on: July 16, 2013, 11:24:21 pm Central Daylight Time »

You aren't contributing either, Trainer.

On the contrary. I'm supplementing the comic relief.
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« Reply #19 on: July 17, 2013, 01:15:41 pm Central Daylight Time »

I might as well end this event since you guys aren't taking it seriously.  Sad really.
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« Reply #20 on: July 17, 2013, 02:02:30 pm Central Daylight Time »

Dragon pls.
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« Reply #21 on: July 17, 2013, 07:24:41 pm Central Daylight Time »

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« Reply #22 on: July 19, 2013, 07:05:41 am Central Daylight Time »

Dragon you know these guys aren't smart enough for this kind of stuff, when have they ever been?

Anyway, because it really doesn't look embedded and we can't see it when it was said to be embedded, I would say Dracian's deductive abilities have solved this one.

But, I do have a fun Idea for this one.

Say aliens put us here. Maybe our species only exists to be worker slaves drones for aliens. And over a 400mil span of time they have brought us to Earth to mine a specific ore for them. And maybe one time something went wrong and somehow they ended up leaving a bunch of us here and then we populated the planet.

then some other aliens came by to check and said oh shit look what happened... lets get them to build pyramids.  Lol!

And so the explanation is humans have been brought to Earth and many other planets before in the past 400mil years probably multiple times and forced to use simple tools to avoid a revolution.

So as Trainer put it Aliens! Lol! Even though this is wrong.
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« Reply #23 on: July 19, 2013, 12:50:15 pm Central Daylight Time »

^ dude u just r1pped off my idea, not cool

see wut i hafta go thru here fever?/ smh
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« Reply #24 on: July 19, 2013, 02:36:37 pm Central Daylight Time »

**** you guys. Think you know it all because you have theories? **** outta here.
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