If some mechanical device was to fall from space and land here on earth. How the hell would anyone know it was created? If it displayed some characteristics resembling the mechanical structures of some of our earthly machines there would still be no discerning factor to say it was built by anything intelligent. Simply because, no one would have seen it as it was being built.
You can tell something is created when it contains features that do not occur naturally. Like the bulb of percussion, striking platform, bulbar scar, and percussion ripples of an arrowhead.
On the second page, at the very bottom is a picture of two flakes.
quote:On the left is a man made flake showing all the features, on the right is natural flake or pot lid without them.
They both display a clear function, but only one contains features that do not occur naturally.
The bulb of percussion and whatnot simply cannot stand up to this sort of mindset. Nothing can.
The bulb of percussion is a side effect of a human making a flake. It doesn't display a purpose because it is a side-effect.
But it also doesn't occur naturally, that is, not artifcially, which means, made by a human.
And if I'm not actually understanding you, and nothing can stand up to what you're talking about, then there's no room for discussion.
I'd hate to see how this world would be if there wasn't technology to deliver information on a grand scale. We'd all be idiots babbling that stoves came from volcanoes and submarines, the birth-child of the sea.
Wait, now you're contradicting yourself. If we're "here in this barren wasteland", then where'd the technology (stoves and subs) come from? We came up with that stuff.
Even when we didn't have "technology to deliver information on a grand scale", we still came up with the Pyramids n'shit. We did that.
But I agree, there is something "eerily un-natural about life itself".
And I'm pretty sure it can figure out if something was created. That's easy.