False Attribution

I just found out that a blogger called Jason Colavito made the following claim about me while criticizing a paper I published with Robert Schoch:

"His coauthor, Manu Seyfzadeh, is also not a linguist but is a pyramid enthusiast who claims that The Orion Mystery helped him discover occult secrets in the Great Pyramid." (http://www.jasoncolavito.com/blog/geologist-robert-schoch-claims-to-be-able-to-translate-alleged-writing-at-gobekli-tepe).

I have no problem with his attempt to take down the paper, which is his right to do, but this statement is false. I have no interest in occultism. I have no idea where this person is getting this information and why he would not just check my own website. Under my Author Info Page I wrote about myself that:

"His entry into Egyptology and ancient civilizations came with reading a book, the Orion Mystery by Robert Bauval and Adrian Gilbert, and watching a documentary film, the Pyramid Code by Carmen Bolter. This exposure was instrumental in studying archeoastronomy, relearning geometry and architecture, and eventually self-teaching the Hieroglyphic language of the ancient Egyptians with the book Middle Egyptian by James Peter Allen."

There is no reasonable way to extract an interest in occultism out of this description. So the phrase "helped him discover occult secrets in the Great Pyramid" is a false attribution. Why did this blogger make a false attribution? I think the answer is obvious.

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