Some students prefer classes with frequent discussions between the professor and the students with almost no lectures. Other students prefer classes with many lectures and almost no discussions. Which do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
While the reading passage introduces three different theories on how Egyptians moved the rocks for the construction of the pyramid, the lecture refutes all of the theories by pointing out the weaknesses of each theory. First, the passage contends that Egyptians might have built different types of ramps around the edge of the pyramid since there was no evidence of pulleys and leverages. However, the lecturer rebuts this claim by arguing that the ramps have weaknesses. The large straight ramps were too burdensome since they constantly had to be adjusted with changes in the floor level. Other types of ramps, such as the spiraling ramps and the zigzagging ramps, had safety concerns in addition to difficulty in moving rocks around the corner of the pyramid. The second theory stated by the reading passage is about internal spiraling ramps. The passage states that the spiraling ramps are placed inside the pyramid with notches at each corner for flexible directional change. The lecturer opposes the reading passage's statement by stating that this theory has no proof. Since it was formed by a computer simulation, there is no evidence to back it up, which makes it invalid. Moreover, in order to make the simulation valid, one would have to see inside the pyramid, but it is not allowed. The last theory in the reading passage is the limestone concrete theory, which states that mixed limestone might have been used to build the pyramid. However, the lecture claims that this theory is impossible. This is because this theory does not explain how the faces of the pyramid meet perfectly at the top. There are also unanswered questions about how Egyptians were able to produce equally flat blocks, as this process is difficult even today. In conclusion, while the reading passage suggests three theories regarding how Ancient Egyptians were able to move rocks to build the pyramid, the lecture opposes all of the theories.
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