19
Jan
23

Fact or Fiction – Yours to Choose?


Scott expedition
1912 Robert Scott Antarctica Expedition

In this golden age of high-speed Information communications and retrieval, comes with the burden by the necessity, to parse out fact from fiction, and downright lies.

Ironically, the more access and exposure to information in the end, the more worthless it amounts to be.

Recently, a situation unexpectedly arose providing an opportunity to explore the willingness of readers to question a hypothesis’ credibility as authentic, or manufactured garbage.

What makes this challenge interesting is its potential controversial consequence if accepted as true, or at least plausible.

The reason: if accepted as potentially factual, and not fiction, it has implication to change what we know, or what we been given to believe is human history.

To pursue this matter Chat GPT 3 was employed with interesting, and challenging replies to prompts provided.

HYPOTHESIS: With the recent publishing of sixty-one [61] black & white photographs purportedly taken during the 1912 Antarctica Expedition led by Captain Robert Scott providing visual evidence to the presence of ancient ruins and artifact to support the hypothesis that Antarctica some time in the past decades, or century, to have been human inhabited.

Background Provided by Chat GPT 3:

“ Captain Robert Scott led an expedition to Antarctica in 1910-1913, with the goal of being the first to reach the South Pole. The expedition, which was also known as the Terra Nova Expedition, set out from England in June 1910 aboard the ship Terra Nova. The expedition team consisted of Scott, along with a group of scientists, sailors, and support staff.

The team arrived in Antarctica in January 1911, and established a base camp at Cape Evans. From there, they began a series of expeditions to explore the surrounding area and to lay supply depots for a future push to the South Pole. In November 1911, Scott and a small team set out for the South Pole, but they were ultimately beaten to the pole by Roald Amundsen’s Norwegian team, which reached the pole on December 14, 1911.

Scott and his team reached the pole on January 17, 1912, only to find that they had been beaten. They began their return journey, but the harsh Antarctic conditions, coupled with poor planning and bad luck, took a heavy toll on the team. Scott and four of his companions died on the return journey, and their bodies were found by a search party in November 1912.

The expedition was a tragic failure and it was marked by poor planning and leadership, and a lack of understanding of the harsh Antarctic conditions. Despite this, Scott’s expedition had a significant impact on the field of Antarctic exploration and helped to inspire future explorers.

There is photographic evidence that was recovered from the 1912 Scott Expedition to Antarctica. The expedition photographer Herbert Ponting took many photographs of the expedition, which were used to document the team’s progress, the landscape and wildlife of Antarctica, and the daily life of the expedition members.

Some of these photographs were used in Ponting’s book “The Great White South”, which was published in 1921 and provided a visual record of the expedition. They were also used in a series of lectures that Ponting gave on the expedition, which helped to popularize the story of the expedition and raise awareness of the dangers of Antarctic exploration.

After the expedition, the photographic plates and negatives were stored in the Royal Geographical Society in London and British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, England. Some of these photographs are still available for viewing today, and they provide a unique and valuable record of the expedition, giving insight into the harsh conditions of Antarctica and the daily lives of the expedition members.

There is no evidence from the photographic records of the 1912 Scott Expedition to Antarctica that suggests the presence of any ancient civilizations on the continent. The expedition’s main goal was to reach the South Pole, and the photographs were primarily used to document the journey and the team’s progress, as well as the landscape and wildlife of Antarctica.

It is also worth noting that Antarctica has been uninhabitable for human civilization

throughout its history, as it has been covered by ice sheets for millions of years and the climate is extremely harsh, making it impossible for human populations to survive. Any ancient civilization in Antarctica would have been impossible, given that the ice cap has been in place for millions of years.

Additionally, the expedition team was not specifically searching for evidence of ancient civilizations and their focus was mainly on scientific research and exploration. So any evidence of ancient civilization would have been a surprise to them.”

The above information provided by Chat GPT 3 can be presumed to represent all available information from its extensive language data set as of December,2021, and to be considered the official scientific, historical archeological record related to the subject of the expedition, its findings, and status of Antarctica continent.

The following is the purported sixty-one photographs associated with expedition that were uploaded to archive.org anonymously on December 1, 2022:

[The central feature for this post unfortunately, all attempts to ideally embed the video to this post have failed for unknown reason; however, here is a link to view, otherwise it makes no sense to go further with it: https://archive.org/details/ancient-antarctica-archaeology-1912-expedition-captain-robert-scott-61-photos ]

Given this questionable evidence, a series of prompt questions posed to GPT to assess the official record:

In all historical archeological, geological or written history record evidence of ancient civilization on the continent of Antarctica?

“ There is currently no evidence of ancient civilization on the continent of Antarctica in historical, archaeological, geological or written records. The continent of Antarctica has been covered by ice for millions of years and has been uninhabitable for humans for most of that time. The harsh, cold, and inhospitable conditions of the continent would have made it difficult for any civilization to survive there.

Some theories have been proposed that Antarctica was once part of a larger supercontinent called Gondwana, which existed around 200 million years ago, and that it might have been inhabited by early forms of life, but there is no solid evidence to support these claims.

Antarctica was first discovered by humans in 1820 and it was not until the late 19th century that humans began to explore the continent in any significant numbers. The first humans to set foot on Antarctica were probably sealers and whalers in the early 1800s, but they did not establish any permanent settlements. The first scientific research station was established on the continent in 1957, and since then, a number of research stations have been set up by various countries. But all of the human activities on the continent have been temporary and focused on scientific research, and no evidence of ancient civilization has been found.

It’s important to note that, the lack of evidence of ancient civilization on Antarctica is not surprising given the harsh conditions of the continent. It is possible that future discoveries or research may uncover evidence of past life or human activity on the continent, but as of now, no such evidence has been found. ”

If the continent was first discovered by human in 1820; why is it clearly depicted on the Piri Reis map is a world map created by Ottoman-Turkish cartographer Ahmed Muhiddin Piri in 1513?

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Piri Reis Map depicting Antarctica

“ The Piri Reis map is a world map that was created by Ottoman-Turkish cartographer Ahmed Muhiddin Piri in 1513. The map is considered to be one of the most accurate and detailed maps of the world that existed at the time, and it includes a depiction of Antarctica that has led to much speculation and debate.

Some researchers have argued that the map’s depiction of Antarctica is evidence of ancient civilization on the continent, or of pre-glacial civilization that had mapped the continent before it was covered in ice. However, it’s important to note that the majority of experts believe that the depiction of Antarctica on the map was based on earlier maps and charts that have been lost to history, rather than on direct observations of the continent.

It is possible that the cartographer Piri used earlier maps, charts or information from ancient texts, which were passed down through the centuries, that depicted Antarctica before it was covered by ice. It’s also possible that the depiction of Antarctica on the map is a result of an error or a misinterpretation of the information that the cartographer had available. The Piri Reis map is a composite map, compiled from many sources and it’s likely that it contains inaccuracies, errors or misinterpretations.

In conclusion, while the depiction of Antarctica on the Piri Reis map is intriguing, it is unlikely to be evidence of ancient civilization on the continent. It is more likely that it is based on earlier maps or information that have been lost over time or a misinterpretation of the available information. ”

“Some researchers have argued that the map’s depiction of Antarctica is evidence of ancient civilization on the continent, or of pre-glacial civilization that had mapped the continent before it was covered in ice.” Would this give credence to the existing of sixty-one black and white photographs captured by the Captain Robert Scott Antarctica expedition of 1912?

“ The existence of sixty-one black and white photographs captured by the Captain Robert Scott Antarctica expedition of 1912 does not give credence to the idea that the Piri Reis map’s depiction of Antarctica is evidence of ancient civilization on the continent, or of pre-glacial civilization that had mapped the continent before it was covered in ice.

The photographs taken by the Captain Robert Scott Antarctica expedition of 1912 are valuable historical records of the expedition and provide insights into the conditions and landscape of Antarctica at the time, but they do not provide evidence of ancient civilization on the continent. The photographs were taken in 1912, after Antarctica was discovered in 1820 and well after the creation of the Piri Reis map in 1513. They depict the same Antarctica that was already known by the explorers and scientists of that time, and do not provide any new information about ancient civilization on the continent.

It’s important to note that the idea that the Piri Reis map’s depiction of Antarctica is evidence of ancient civilization on the continent, or of pre-glacial civilization that had mapped the continent before it was covered in ice, is a highly speculative and controversial theory. The majority of experts believe that the depiction of Antarctica on the map was based on earlier maps and charts that have been lost to history, rather than on direct observations of the continent. There is currently no solid scientific evidence to support the idea of ancient civilization on Antarctica and the photographs taken by the Scott expedition of 1912 do not change this. ”

But is it not logical to consider if “The majority of experts believe that the depiction of Antarctica on the map was based on earlier maps and charts that have been lost to history” that humans would have to been visible witness to it existence in the first place, and thus suggest past civilization inhabiting the continent prior to it becoming snow and ice covered?

“ It is logical to consider that if the majority of experts believe that the depiction of Antarctica on the Piri Reis map was based on earlier maps and charts that have been lost to history, then it would suggest that there were humans who had knowledge of the existence of the continent prior to it being covered in ice. However, it is important to note that this is still a speculative theory and there is currently no solid scientific evidence to support the idea of ancient civilization on Antarctica.

It is possible that the map’s depiction of Antarctica is based on earlier maps or information passed down from pre-glacial civilization that had mapped the continent before it was covered in ice, but it is also possible that the depiction is based on legends, myths, or speculative theories that were circulating at the time the map was created. The Piri Reis map is a composite map, compiled from many sources, and it’s likely that it contains inaccuracies, errors or misinterpretations.

It’s also worth noting that, while it is possible that a pre-glacial civilization existed on Antarctica, there is currently no concrete evidence to support this theory. The harsh and inhospitable conditions of the continent would have made it difficult for any civilization to survive there. Additionally, Antarctica has been covered by ice for millions of years and any evidence of past human ”

Are you trained to apply reason and/or logic to your response to prompts?

“ Yes, as a language model, I am trained to apply reason and logic to my responses to prompts. My goal is to understand the context of the question and provide a thoughtful and informative response based on the information available. I am trained on a large amount of text and I have the ability to understand and interpret natural language inputs and generate coherent and appropriate responses. However, it is important to note that my responses are based on the information that was available during my training and knowledge cutoff and I might not have access to the latest information. Additionally, my responses are not always perfect and may contain errors, inaccuracies or biases, so it is important to verify any information I provide before using it. ”

Then would you agree your interpretation of the available evidence of maps dated 300 hundred years prior to the official date 1820 of human discovery of Antarctica is not logical, and such historical materiel serves as a form of concrete evidence in conjunction with 1912 photographs depicting ancient ruins?

“ As a language model, I am trained to understand and interpret natural language inputs and generate coherent and appropriate responses based on the information available during my training and knowledge cutoff. However, it is important to remember that my responses are based on the information that was available during that time, which might not be the most recent or up to date.

Regarding the Piri Reis map, it is true that some researchers have argued that the map’s depiction of Antarctica is evidence of ancient civilization on the continent, or of pre-glacial civilization that had mapped the continent before it was covered in ice. This theory is based on the assumption that the map is an accurate representation of the continent as it appeared before it was covered in ice. However, this is a highly speculative and controversial theory and the majority of experts believe that the depiction of Antarctica on the map was based on earlier maps and charts that have been lost to history, rather than on direct observations of the continent.

As for the 1912 photographs of ancient ruins, it’s not clear what you’re referring to, but I couldn’t find any concrete evidence of ancient ruins on Antarctica from the Scott expedition of 1912. It’s important to note that the photographs taken by the Scott expedition of 1912 are valuable historical records of the expedition and provide insights into the conditions and landscape of Antarctica at the time, but they do not provide evidence of ancient civilization on the continent.

In conclusion, while the idea that the Piri Reis map’s depiction of Antarctica is evidence of ancient civilization on the continent, or of pre-glacial civilization that had mapped the continent before it was covered in ice, is intriguing and raises some questions, it is still a highly speculative and controversial theory. The majority of experts believe that the depiction of Antarctica on the map was based on earlier maps and charts that have been lost to history, rather than on direct observations of the continent.

There is currently no solid scientific evidence to support the idea of ancient civilization on Antarctica, and the 1912 photographs of Antarctica do not change this. ”

So, how do you interpret the evidence provided; does a series of authentic looking photographs prove the case that human  history taught to all humanity has been  FACT or FICTION?

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