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entrepreneur; graduate in mathematics / theoretical computer science / theoretical physics; polymath-in-training

based in London, United Kingdom


Oct
24
comment Why did Saladin show kindness to Richard I?
This is slightly misleading, in that Saladin did in fact commit a few minor atrocities (or his armies did at least), although rather less so than most previous Muslim crusaders and many Christian crusaders.
Oct
24
comment Why did Saladin show kindness to Richard I?
Saying "one of the main principles of Islam is that Muslims should help those in need" is a bit misleading. While this it is perfectly true that this is stated in the Qur'an, as it is stated to Christians in the Bible, it is far from all Christians or Muslims who follow this principle regularly. It would more more accurate to say that Saladin was a man of honour to some degree, and had respect for King Richard's courage and skills. The same was true in reverse.
Oct
24
comment What was the first spy agency?
Yep, sounds about right. I've actually found a much earlier Egyptian source now though, so I think that's the winner so far. :-)
Oct
24
answered What was the first spy agency?
Oct
24
answered What was the first spy agency?
Oct
24
comment What was the first spy agency?
Sorry, I always get the names confused. I mean the Achaemenid Empire here (the one the Ancient Greeks repelled). Very similar era to Sun Tzu.
Oct
24
comment What was the first spy agency?
This is not necessarily earlier than the Sassanid Empire... in fact, quite possibly later.
Oct
24
comment Why did the Soviet Union get 3 seats in the UN?
Good answer. I was totally unaware of this. Would be nice to have more conclusive sources, but yeah...
Oct
24
comment Who were the pre-Celtic inhabitants of Western Europe?
Good question. This has been explored a lot, and I think the answer is indigenous Cro-Magnon culture. The Basques and possibly the Etruscans are often listed as examples of this. (Often the Picts of Scotland too.) I'll wait for someone to quote Gimbutas' theory here, which is quite interesting. If not, may get around to doing it myself...
Oct
23
comment What was the first spy agency?
I'm pretty sure the Ancient Persians (Sassanid Empire) had a fairly extensive network of spies controlled by the King and such. Not sure about anything earlier, though.
Oct
23
comment Third Reich? What were the other two?
@Artemis: Haha, perhaps... Yes but I'm always looking out for challengers. ;-) And just to clarify to anyone reading, I do actually enjoy being on this site for the sake of it - rep is just that fun competition side of it heh.
Oct
22
comment Why did Canada not join the American Revolution?
A complex issue, for sure. Good question; I hope someone can address it fully.
Oct
20
comment What were Hitler's religious beliefs?
I think they're quite confusing, to say the least. He was raised non-strictly as Christian (Catholic even?) but seemed to lean towards neo-Germanic paganism at some times. At other time, he refuted paganism and reasserted Christian beliefs.
Oct
20
awarded  Enlightened
Oct
20
comment What was the American policy on colonisation and why?
I think the better word is conquered or annexed, rather than colonised.
Oct
20
comment Third Reich? What were the other two?
@Artemis: Fair enough. It's answered now. I just envy the easy rep points heh. :-)
Oct
20
comment Was the Battle of Tours really the turning point for the Umayyad expansion into Europe?
Russia was geographically very open to attack from the east, and militarily at a disadvantage to light cavalry on the steppes of Asia. The more advanced and indeed populous nations of Central and Western European would have posed a much larger challenge, for sure.
Oct
19
comment What advanced educational opportunities were available to native Africans in the early 1890's?
In any case, can't answer your question I'm afraid, but I should say that the British didn't treat black Africans particularly well during their rule. For example, the administrative and mercantile class in colonial British Africa (east Africa at least) was largely composed of Indians, who the British shipped in from the subcontinent to run the place; a) because they were typically better educated than the natives, b) because it reduced the chance of any local uprisings.
Oct
19
comment What advanced educational opportunities were available to native Africans in the early 1890's?
Heh. There seems to be a lot of interest around the 1890s decade currently for some reason. :-P
Oct
19
comment Was the Roman Empire based on a 'plunder economy'?
I have to agree with you here. It was certainly not what the Romans set out to do, though it may have happened in the end. Worth noting though, is that wherever they plundered they also built an infrastructure and trading posts, supported by a Roman garrison.