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I'm a full-time software developer, working from home for a company in Atlanta, GA. I from Wichita, KS but have been living in Guadalajara, Mexico for the last year, and will stay here until sometime early 2012.


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comment Which came first: polytheism or monotheism?
@Matthaeus: The question, as it stands is, "Is there any evidence..." That is certainly answerable--and answered.
Jul
14
comment Which came first: polytheism or monotheism?
@Matthaeus: That would be an interesting question, but is obviously quite different from this one.
Jul
11
comment What is the age of the oldest written proof of Christianity?
@Armin: Not with great reliability. There are much more accurate ways to pin-point the time of a well-known historical event (such as Christianity) than dating the paper on which it is mentioned.
Jul
11
comment What is the age of the oldest written proof of Christianity?
@Armin: That's right above the 'New Testament' section of the same wikipedia page. But those books pre-date Christianity.
Jul
11
comment What is the age of the oldest written proof of Christianity?
@Armin: Historians use many methods to date ancient texts, I'm hardly familiar with them all. A lot of it is educated guess work. It can also analyze the contents of the literature, not just the physical media on which it is printed.
Jul
11
comment What is the age of the oldest written proof of Christianity?
"The proven age of Christianity" is approximately the day that Christ was (claimed to have been) resurrected. But if your question is specifically what is the oldest known existing manuscript to mention Christianity, that's a slightly different (although still interesting) question.
Jul
11
comment What is the age of the oldest written proof of Christianity?
@Armin: Age of the written manuscript isn't the only way to determine authenticity. But if that's the sort of evidence you're specifically looking for, it would be good to spell that out a bit more explicitly in your question.
Jul
11
comment What is the age of the oldest written proof of Christianity?
Many of the books of the Christian Bible predate 116.
Jun
7
comment How tall was George Washington?
This answer basically seems to confirm the question: Sources say he was 6'0"-6'3". I was hoping for something more thorough. I realize no consensus will ever be reached (barring uncovering new evidence), but I would be interested to see a summary of the available evidence for the various opinions. Your answer does offer evidence for both the 6'2" and 6'3½" measurements, but not much in the way of an analysis, or evidence for the other prevailing views.
Jun
6
comment How tall was George Washington?
@Voitcus: Having lived in places other than the U.S., I, too, prefer metric. Question updated.
Jun
6
comment How tall was George Washington?
@Voitcus: I almost always do that, but considering the context, and that all relevant historical records are in imperial units, I didn't do that this time.
Jun
27
comment What role did the space race play in reducing the nuclear threat during the 1960s?
Interesting, and concise analysis. Thank you.
May
4
comment What role did the space race play in reducing the nuclear threat during the 1960s?
If moon landing was relevant to ICBM technology, then the Russians wouldn't have abandoned their moon landing effort once the U.S. accomplished it, but would have re-doubled their efforts to prove catch up on the military front.
May
4
comment What role did the space race play in reducing the nuclear threat during the 1960s?
That argument makes sense for space craft that orbit Earth, but beyond that, the things necessary for a moon landing (dockable spacecraft, space walks, life support systems, and all that is necessary to land and take off from the moon) have nothing to do with ICBMs. I think the point the museum was making was that JFK was trying to push these other goals, that have no (direct) military application.
May
4
comment What role did the space race play in reducing the nuclear threat during the 1960s?
@jfrankcarr: Ah, thanks.
Feb
15
comment Has there ever been a serious effort to reform the US Electoral College system?
@KeithThompson: I suppose in a technical sense, it provides a boolean answer, along with a lot of personal opinion. But that boolean answer isn't very useful, IMO. Although considering the other up-votes, there are obviously those who disagree with me.
Feb
15
comment Has there ever been a serious effort to reform the US Electoral College system?
This doesn't even attempt to answer the question from what I can see (although I must admit, I didn't read every word), and sound like an editorial, with a few (irrelevant to the actual question) historical facts interspersed.
Feb
15
comment Has there ever been a serious effort to reform the US Electoral College system?
This doesn't really answer the question, and sounds mostly like an op-ed.
Feb
7
comment Which came first: polytheism or monotheism?
Thank you for the thorough and respectful answer.
Nov
26
comment When did polygamy start becoming illegal?
I don't believe "Christianity" does ban polygamy. It was a common practice throughout the Old and New Testaments, and was never forbidden by scripture. That's not to say certain modern Christian sects don't ban it, though...