I repeatedly have to say: This black and white scheme, either "fact" or "not of interest" and nothing in between, this is so uneducated, really ... you can't sell this to me as "science", the crucial thing in science is to handle uncertainties.
Yes, that's why so many think Atlantis cannot but be a fiction: Because they do not bear the tension of not knowing. But staying in a we-do-not-know state is at the heart of science.
So I "fear the tension of not knowing?
That's a real hoot. Or it would be if it wasn't so sad that you still haven't searched here.
Tell me, where are any remains of any scraps of the Egyptian mythology regarding Atlantis that the priests of Sais were so eager to tell Solon circa 530 BC? Apparently, at that time, they knew the story well. Since you insist it wasn't an oral history, where is it? Where is anything at all that even looks like it?
You're gonna tell me that, 200 years later, Plato knew of the myth, but the Egyptians couldn't maintain it over those same 200 years?
Now there's a "scientific" view for you. BTW, you have no business referring to any discourse on Atlantis as "scientific." After all, it is based on literature, not data or evidence.
Regarding your complaint that you cannot accept that my beliefs in this matter do not conform with yours, and your opinion that a "'fact or not of interest" and 'nothing in between'" position is "so uneducated," how, then do you explain the education on this very same subject that I have provided to you in this thread and in other threads of the forum?
There are no "facts" associated with Atlantis whatsoever, if you use the scientific understanding of the term; the very circumstance upon which you insist. In the real world, outside of science,. there are many facts associated with Atlantis. Primary among them is the fact that the only ancient source - the only ancient source - concerning Atlantis is Plato. Another fact is that later authors commented on Plato's work(s). Yet another fact is that a shyster - "Madame" Helena Blavatsky - took up Plato's moral tale and turned it into a cash cow, inducing (eventually) thousands of other similar crooks and liars to follow suit.
The last sentence above was general enough to pretty much cover the rest of the "facts" that are known about Atlantis.
Without actual facts - the scientific kind - it is safe to say that Atlantis never existed. As far as your "no interest" characterization, I've worn out my interest in the subject over the last 30 years I've been looking into it. Turns out that when you become truly educated on this subject, you eventually realize the truth of the situation - Atlantis was a fable.
Atlantis was what drove me into ancient history - a subject that was the ultimate in boredom to me and still is except in situations involving fantastical beliefs such as yours.
I've always been far more into truly ancient man, personally. I prefer finding out about Homo Erectus and the varied types of Erectus, specifically, though I'm up for earlier versions as well.
Edited by Harte, 07 February 2013 - 10:29 PM.