Ars Cogitans, (We Think We Think -20 September 2013), attempted to attribute arrogance and the absolute knowledge about everything to the comportment and thinking of an atheist/scientist. In contrast Christians were [t]painted with not being able to explain certain dichotomies in their Weltanschauung.
Not wanting to get bogged into a philosophical or automatic gainsaying of the Christian doctrine (as if there is only one anyway), I’d rather like to expound on my Theory of Pofadder. (ToP)
Now my theory about Pofadder is mine and mine alone. What is more it is mine and I have this theory of Pofadder. (cough, cough). The reptile called the Pofadder is thin at one end, much, much thicker in the middle, and then thinner at the other end.
My ToP, the town, however is much different. This ToP which I am about to recite is mine and only mine.
Having talked to people that have observed Pofadder by driving through it or being born there, I have learned that Pofadder is a small town, in the Northern Cape, with a school, some shops, houses, streets, and en route from Upington to Springbok. (One could argue ad absurdum as to how reliable reporting of the drivers and the born in Pofadder are, and whether they might accurately identify said features, but perhaps that would be insulting).
So knowing the above we can deduce:
- That Pofadder is inhabited currently or was in the past.
- Pofadder’s geographical location should indicate that the climate must be dry, and desert to semi-desert conditions would prevail.
- This would support a theory that the inhabitants would have boreholes or some water supply as basic biology tells they would not survive without water.
- As the industry of boreholes and water supply would indicate some use of mechanical or electrical device, we could assume that the shops would sell and/or service said devices.
- This would argue for the inhabitants working in these shops, and us knowing the nature of Homo sapiens, would know that the need for schools would arise some time.
- Schools have been observed, thus supporting an old postulation that humans procreate, and do actually educate.
- Said shops and schools are daytime activities, so any structures must include the sub-category of houses. This has also been observed.
With the above knowledge and our confirmed knowledge about human beings, how difficult would it be to deduce or to confirm with certainty that Pofadder probably also feature:
- A cemetery, Sport & Recreation facilities such as a golf course, cricket pitch and athletics track.
- A sewerage treatment facility, streetlights, tarred roads to facilitate supplies, water storage facilities.
- Stop streets and painted road markings, a clinic and support staff, to reinforcement the human striving for safety and order.
- Some forms of mechanised transport to move people and goods around, and in and out of the town.
- Tourist shop/s, since the road goes from Upington via Pofadder to Springbok.
- Different housing areas distinguished by size, height and amenities as we know that SA is socially divided by race, income and other demographics.
- Studies in psychology and social behaviour would indicate a place or places of worship and social gathering.
We might even deduce that the golf course does not have much grass and the greens are made by mixing sand with oil as observed in other small towns and that human nature being what it is, and the soils being as hard as it is in arid areas, that the dead are not buried as deep as in big cities. (The latter would be acknowledged as speculation, but could serve to stimulate thinking by student).
And so we can go on. Could we thus say that if we can repeatedly reproduce with 100% certainty the basic science, as should be taught in grade 10, we could ultimately get a bloody good idea of how a star is born? (No Sakkie not Kurt or Neil)
Anyway, that is my Theory of Pofadder, without visiting the place......
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