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My main occupation is to debug cruft I write in my free time.

That is, after struggling to stay alive.


Dec
13
awarded  Custodian
Dec
13
reviewed Edit How does Göbekli Tepe fit into the current picture of society development?
Dec
13
revised How does Göbekli Tepe fit into the current picture of society development?
reworded second paragraph that was difficult to understand
Dec
13
comment How did ethnic Turkish people embrace Islam?
The definition "Turkish" came to mean an ethnic "Turk" professing Sunni Islam (see e.g. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…). In this sense what we refer today as "ethnic Turkish" comprises many ethnic substrata, held together among all other things, by religion. Just for the record I would add "ancient Turkish people" or something similar.
Dec
13
comment How does Göbekli Tepe fit into the current picture of society development?
Interesting point of view. I always regarded this passage in GG&S as an exception, rather than the rule for the evolution of societies. Together with the one about Japan (IIRC), these examples were there to explain that another pattern of developement was also possible. Anyway I've read it long time ago (sigh), and might be wrong as do not have the book at hand. In any case applying this explanation to arid Southern Turkey requires invoking some changes in regional climate.
Dec
13
comment Which lost historical documents, when uncovered, led to the most substantial revisions in historiography?
Aaand of course the discovery of the Tocharian language, which changed our view of the Indoeuropeans original distribution and/or migration routes.
Dec
13
comment Which lost historical documents, when uncovered, led to the most substantial revisions in historiography?
Just wanted to highligt the Lead Codices: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordan_Lead_Codices
Dec
13
asked How does Göbekli Tepe fit into the current picture of society development?
Dec
9
comment How is Gaddafi viewed outside the West?
I do not understand why the question has been closed. My question was really specific, and the part about the fairness of the Western view has been added in a subsequent edit.
Dec
7
comment How is Gaddafi viewed outside the West?
Besides, it is difficult to maintain that the World Bank could be biased towards Gaddafi's regime.
Dec
7
awarded  Commentator
Dec
7
comment How is Gaddafi viewed outside the West?
I have difficulties at finding average wages in a serious database. However scholarizaton and health statistics (e.g. data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.DYN.LE00.IN/countries/…) place Libya far higher than any neighbouring contry, that is up intil 2009.
Dec
7
revised How is Gaddafi viewed outside the West?
Added a source for the statement "Libya was [...] "developed"", to answer md nth's comment.
Dec
7
comment How is Gaddafi viewed outside the West?
@md nth Good comment, plenty of references. See e.g. data.worldbank.org/country/libya and how it does compare with neighbouring countries. Added this source to the question. Peace and Love.
Dec
7
comment Was the country of Papua New Guinea a part of Indonesia ever?
If the question is "How can I win" regardless, tell him you meant "Indonesia" as the "Indonesian Archipelago". In this case New Guinea is part of the Archipelago of Indonesia (which you abbreviated as Indonesia) and the country of Papua New Guinea sits entirely on that island. On the contrary, the geographic Australia does not comprise the island of New Guinea, and thus does not include the country of Papua New Guinea.
Dec
7
asked How is Gaddafi viewed outside the West?
Dec
3
comment Was there an assassination attempt against Xerxes in the battle of Thermopylae?
One of the best answers ever on history. Where's the +3 button?
Nov
30
comment How do Tamahagane, Damascus, and Toledo Steel compare?
Really interesting! I found this about the Damascus tecnique. Apparently they had carbon nanotubes occuring in their steel! +1 obviously
Nov
28
awarded  Scholar
Nov
28
accepted Why did Austronesian/Polynesian people not colonize Australia?