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    Posted: 30 Oct 2016 at 16:31
Hi guys, this is my first time posting on these boards:)

I had taken a history class, a long time ago, in which my prof had mentioned a particular word used to refer to a phenomenon that occurs independently, at roughly the same time, among multiple societies/cultures, which have no interaction with each other whatsoever (are not influenced by each other). Pyramid-building was the example that he used to illustrate this.

Does anyone know the word?


Help would be appreciated, I've already tried scouring several online dictionaries.Smile


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"Psychic unity"
"Similar needs produce similar results"
"Isolationism" (versus "(hyper-)diffusionism/cross-fertilisation")?
"Spontaneous generation of similar..."
"local growth, reflecting local experiences"
"independently developed"
"polyphyletists" / "Polygenesis"/"Parallell evolution"
NBC (none before Columbus)
multiple Edens/Cradles
Darwin & Wallace; Wegener & Taylor.
"Meaningful coincidence"?
("Contemporaneous" (Spenglar/Spengler)?)

There may possibly be one or some more others that i couldn't remember or find.

From my own studies i have seen many cases which seem diffusionism not isolationism.
Some good authors/scholars on American ones are Pierre Honore ('In Search of the White God'), Nigel Davies, Barry Fell ('America BC' & 'Bronze Age America'), Donald Mackenzie ('Pre-Columbian America'), Sitchin ('Lost Realms'), Jim Allen (Atlantis in Bolivia website), Thor Heyerdahl, Graham Hancock, etc

Regarding pyramids its not so clear cut that they are or are not independent. They may all be influenced by Tower of Babel. There is the idea/name/phrase "pyramid belt". The Mexican word/name for pyramid teocalli/zacauli is maybe similar to Mesopotamian word/name ziggurat?
The 3 pyramids of Sipan (South America) look very similar to 3 pyramids of Giza/Gizeh (Egypt).

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Connecting pyramids is one of the fundamental fallacies for reaching conclusions about alien intervention or prehistoric 'world governments'. The truth is that building an artificial mountain - it happens almost everywhere, where it's Silbury Hill in England, a Mayan jungle encrusted temple, and dry Egyptian pyramid, or a forgotten mausoleum in China - is not unusual. They are all regional in style and construction. In fact, in Egypt you can trace the development of the pyramid including the ones they got wrong. So why does this happen? It's just down to human psychology.
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synchronicity?? no that is not right.

some people consider Newton's development of calculus and Leibniz's development of calculus such a phenomena, although they came at it from different "angles" so to speak.
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some people consider Newton's development of calculus and Leibniz's development of calculus such a phenomena, although they came at it from different "angles" so to speak.

Didn't Pythagoras or Euclid get a mention in "the angles"?

As for Archimedes, people say he was unprincipalled.Wink
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If Pythagoras was alive today, he would live in los angles.

The opposite of what the post is talking about is diffusion.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote toyomotor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Mar 2017 at 23:25
Originally posted by franciscosan franciscosan wrote:

If Pythagoras was alive today, he would live in los angles.

The opposite of what the post is talking about is diffusion.

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For the original question of when an invention is discovered in two or more places independently.
Two terms are:
Multiple invention
simultaneous discovery.
independent discovery.

The original example for this given by the questioner, is 
the pyramids (in different cultures).
The way I found these terms was looking up 
calculus 
in wikipedia, which is said to be a multiple invention of Isaac Newton, and Gottfried Leibniz.  Then looking up multiple invention.  There may be other terms for the same thing.  The mayan "alphabet" seems to be independent from the invention of writing in the old world.
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