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Thor Heyerdahl

Datum narození: 6. říjen 1914
Datum úmrtí: 18. duben 2002

Thor Heyerdahl byl norský mořeplavec a dobrodruh, který zároveň patřil mezi nejznámější experimentální archeology a antropology. Zasvětil svůj život experimentům poukazujícím na možnosti předkolumbovských cestovatelů překonávat světové oceány za pomoci mořských proudů.


„Pokrok je schopnost člověka komplikovat jednoduché.“

„My lidé 20. století, bez ohledu na obor, jímž se zabýváme, jsme v úvahách o tom, čeho je zapotřebí k přeplutí oceánu, tak předpojatí, že se dáváme unést dogmatem, i když je v rozporu se známými fakty. Musel jsem třikrát přeplout oceán na voru a podstoupit řadu jiných empirických pokusů, abych zjistil, jak velice jsou naše moderní představy vzdálené od reality. “


„Pokrok je schopnost člověka komplikovat jednoduchost.“

„Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity.“

„Borders I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people.“

„Am going to cross Pacific on a wooden raft to support a theory that the South Sea islands were peopled from Peru. Will you come? I guarantee nothing but a free trip to Peru and the South Sea islands and back, but you will find good use for your technical abilities on the voyage. Reply at once.'

Next day the following telegram arrived from Torstein:

COMING. TORSTEIN.“

„Once in a while you find yourself in an odd situation. You get into it by degrees and in the most natural way but, when you are right in the midst of it, you are suddenly astonished and ask yourself how in the world it all came about.“

„Borders? I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people.“


„SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE IN FATE, OTHERS DON’T. I DO, and I don’t. It may seem at times as if invisible fingers move us about like puppets on strings. But for sure, we are not born to be dragged along. We can grab the strings ourselves and adjust our course at every crossroad, or take off at any little trail into the unknown.“ Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft

„It is progress when a centuries-old oak is cut down to give space for a road sign.“

„It is progress when weapons are improved to kill more people at a longer range.“

„Otherwise he was glad we had missed our landing, for he still had three books to read.“ Kon-Tiki: Across The Pacific In A Raft


„Progress can today be defined as man`s ability to complicate simplicity.“

„It was a great moment on board when two large boobies were spotted above the horizon to westward“ Kon-Tiki

„But you can’t navigate a raft,” he added. “It goes sideways and backward and round as the wind takes it.“ Kon-Tiki

„Through a misunderstanding one native visitor was shot on board one of the ships, and a dozen others were shot ashore, while the Europeans got off with the loss of one tablecloth and of a few hats which were stolen while they had them on their heads.“ Aku-Aku: The Secret of Easter Island

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