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Illogical and counter factual behavior in general may be caused by such a large group of things according to psychology that it's impossible to generally assert one cause for it. Indeed I have witnessed spilt milk cause illogical behavior. A large amount of time it is cause by emotions like fear of death or shame in life. Given that most people have not the ...


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Analogical reasoning is fine, if done well. It is normal for people to compare events with their own experiences or with other things that have happened in the past. Hopefully the analogy fits and doesn't lead A problem with contrafactuals too far is that historians tend to freeze all other contingencies and let the history diverge wildly. In reality, ...


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Unfortunately, historians are not very scientific, so the kind of reasoning you envision is more or less absent in historical research. History, as practiced today, is more about collating facts from literary sources, rather than reasoning about those facts. Not that there haven't been plenty of people who have attempted theories of historical reasoning. For ...


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It is very difficult to find any Chinese historical writing that is not a copy which is verifiably earlier than the Tang dynasty (about 700 A.D.). The Nestorian Stele (781 A.D.) is one of the earliest known historical documents written in Chinese. There are some earlier writings, such as copies of the Analects of Confucius on stone supposedly dating to ...


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The basis for the 5,000 years figure comes from tracing Chinese "history" to the Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors. This figure includes over 1,000 years of legends. The next 1000 years are semi-legendary, being only somewhat corroborated by historical evidence. We start to have fragmentary historical records for a few centuries after that, but true ...


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Well, to be factual, more like 4100 years+ of history is available for study. Xia Dynasty is dated back to cca 2100 BC - 1600 BC, numerous sites approves these dates. Before these days dates and historical records get more and more inaccurate and entering into the realm of legends. "5000 years" seems more like a generous rounding up, but it is not very far ...


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This is a legitimate question and I do not understand why it was downvoted. The Wikipedia article to which Yannis has supplied the link gives a fairly good overview of the question, though like everything on wikipedia it also has its fair share of mistakes (e.g. the 6th Greek letter is not Υ but Ϝ). The well-informed scholarly consensus is that both Brahmi ...



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