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


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comment Why did gold become popular and valuable back when it had not many real world uses?
Copper is better for weapons & tools. Copper is also, IIRC, easier to alloy. I think comparing gold to iron is a false comparison.
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comment Why did the United Kingdom industrialize first?
At some level this is redundant with the Needham Question. How is it possible to judge the answer?
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comment The Needham Question: What stunted China's technological and proto-scientific advancement?
Mr. Russell has done stalwart work in reforming this question, and I've voted to re-open. But fundamentally this is a counterfactual question "Why did history happen this way rather than that way?" is a question that solicits opinion over scholarship.
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comment Why did gold become popular and valuable back when it had not many real world uses?
I'm not sure what the definition of "productive" is. At various points silver, copper and bronze have been valuable. Aluminium was valuable. Gold is one of a set of minerals that has been valuable.
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comment Why did gold become popular and valuable back when it had not many real world uses?
On principle I will downvote any question that references an unspecified period of history that is probably equal to more than half of human history. Why did gold have value WHEN? 1000bce? 100 BCE? 1950? What is "modern" in this context? The word is commonly used to refer to post WWII - are you seriously asserting that gold had no real world use till WWII? And what is a "real world" use? Semiconductors? Teeth? Catalyst? Medicine? How do you define that term?
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comment Why did gold become popular and valuable back when it had not many real world uses?
What research did you do that you missed the information about money gold and currency? These answer most of your question.
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comment Do Real Roman and Greek warriors have big muscles and six-pack abs like in the movie?
Go visit the nearest Greek or Italian military base. They have many warriors; I can't predict the reaction if you ask them to show you their abs. If you intended the question to refer to a specific period in history, you might want to specify.
Oct
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comment Is there contemporary evidence for the Roman Kingdom?
You're drawing a distinction between "Roman myths and propaganda" and historical documents. I'm not sure that distinction is valid. Most of our historical sources are someone's propaganda.
Oct
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comment Why was there no solution found to Soviet famines and near-famines?
I'm not sure I agree; building a nuclear bomb requires a tiny team of scientists, and a larger team of engineers. Transforming agriculture across an entire hemisphere requires an enormous team of logistical experts, a huge team of engineers and a team of scientists.
Oct
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comment During the U.S. Prohibition, how did they get away with drinking alcohol?
Perhaps the same way that today people "get away with" taking drugs, robbery, tax evasion, using Imperial units and programming in languages other than Ada. Regulation and criminalization is easy; enforcing stupid regulations is extremely difficult.
Oct
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comment Why was there no solution found to Soviet famines and near-famines?
And my point was that this is a question without preliminary research. How to Ask makes it clear that good questions are supported by preliminary research.
Oct
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comment Why was there no solution found to Soviet famines and near-famines?
I'm not entirely sure; the level of serfdom exercised by the Russian nobility might qualify it as (ineptly) command driven. OP asked about a nuclear power, which scopes the question. All that said, you make a very good point - part of the problem is that the technology to make Russia adequately fertile may not have existed. You also implicitly point out a flaw in the question; the ability to build a nuclear bomb is not commensurate with the ability to feed people.
Oct
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comment Why was there no solution found to Soviet famines and near-famines?
Have you done any preliminary research into the problems of command driven economies? Five year plans? collectivization?
Oct
15
comment How come Indians were not mass converted to Islam/Christianity?
Lots of assertions based on some assumptions about what "religion" and "conversion" mean, and the difference between "religion" and "culture". Interesting and thought provoking, but in the absence of evidence, not particularly persuasive.
Oct
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comment When did the Greeks stop calling themselves “Roman”?
There is a difference between "Greeks" and "Byzantines". The title is misleading.
Oct
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comment Were the (early 17th C) arrivers/colonists to North America (USA) outcasts from European societies?
What do you mean by "early pilgrims" ? Have you checked the history of Georgia? "The colony of Georgia was truly the vision of James Edward Oglethorpe. His plan to use the new colony as a haven for people in debtors prison grew out of his committee work while a member of Parliament." ? Pennsylvania (religious freedom for Catholics & Quakers)?
Oct
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comment Was any Medieval state ever “partially” Roman Catholic?
I suspect you will find active Jewish synagogues in most of the states. I suspect that you'll also find Islamic institutions in the Balkans for a good portion of the period.
Oct
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comment Keynesian economics during his era
Could someone answer the last sentence in a bit more depth? Keynes invented macroecon; any discussion of contemporary reception would have to address the notion that Keynes was bringing something new to the table. What were the opponents advocating? I know that Keynes managed other's money for much of his life, and lost a great deal of it twice; what effect did this have on his credibility? There's a fascinating story here.
Oct
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comment Keynesian economics during his era
Here is the germ of an excellent, insightful answer. This answer is good; it brings me information I didn't have. But it makes me hungry to better understand Keynes. Alas, the only reference is to Robinson. I'd love to see paragraph 2 & 3 expanded.
Oct
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comment Keynesian economics during his era
@T.E.D, I think you do a disservice. I agree that the question would be better if it didn't reference politics. But there is a significant wing of the Republican party who may accept Keynes for economic analysis, but oppose Keynesian policy. While we could (in some non-SE forum) discuss the intellectual grounds for the disagreement, these are not merely "any old schmoe", they're a group that can cause one of the world's largest economies to halt, or even to default.