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I'm currently studying Aikido and Taiji. I'm informally studying jo and bokken.


Jun
19
comment What was the efficiency of the “Gadget” bomb in the Trinity Test?
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Jun
19
reviewed Reviewed Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
Jun
19
comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
Interesting thesis. Good answers on H:SE are supported by evidence & references. Do you have any evidence?
Jun
19
reviewed Close Did ancient people use punctuation?
Jun
19
reviewed Close Has Adolf Hitler ever personally witnessed any of his crimes?
Jun
18
reviewed Close Has there ever been a successful “Anarchy”?
Jun
16
reviewed Reviewed Did Heisenberg undermine the German atomic bomb by deliberately hiding his expertise from the Nazis?
Jun
15
reviewed No Action Needed What are the latest publications demolishing the Aryan invasion/migration theory?
Jun
15
reviewed No Action Needed How is the discipline of History differentiated from other disciplines in social sciences or the humanities?
Jun
15
comment Why was spice trade so profitable in the 15th century?
Because spices are expensive when they reach their destination. That is one of the best ways to be profitable, sell a good for which there is a small or restricted supply and a wealthy stable demand. Perhaps i do not understand the question?
Jun
15
reviewed Close Why did Renaissance come first only in the Europe?
Jun
15
reviewed Close What differentiated Rome from other Mediterranean (e.g. Greek) city states?
Jun
11
comment Were there Samurai equivalents in Korea or China?
I don't have it handy, but Scott Rodell's book on Chinese Swordsmanship asserts that the height of martial virtue occurred earlier in China, and the warrior philosopher was obsoleted by masses of unskilled peasants with cheap weapons. This may help to explain the quote - as you point out the perception of martial virtue changed over time.
Jun
11
comment Virtus romana vs homosexuality
I concur with @JeroenK, this is a Greek notion. The Romans had a different view. Start with wikipedia - although I think that it overstates the prevalence of homosexuality, and then try asking the question again. But at a fundamental level, bravery in combat has as much to do with sexuality as a fish has to do with a bicycle.
Jun
11
comment Were there Samurai equivalents in Korea or China?
How do you define "equivalent"?
Jun
11
reviewed Reviewed Were there Samurai equivalents in Korea or China?
Jun
11
comment Were there Samurai equivalents in Korea or China?
Assertions without evidence, and without a framework to permit evaluation of their validity.
Jun
11
reviewed No Action Needed Is it true that Plato travelled till Ganges river?
Jun
11
comment Were there Samurai equivalents in Korea or China?
Did China have a warrior class? Yes absolutely. I don't know about Korea, but I have no doubt. How are we defining warrior class? Professional standing warriors? Do we include a code of conduct (bushido?) do we include the extraordinary fealty of the Samurai? Their political status?
Jun
11
revised Why did not the Byzantines attempt to recapture the holy land from the Arabs?
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