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

based in London, United Kingdom


Dec
17
comment Which country traces its roots back to the oldest civilization?
@Anixx: Too little is known about that culture, I believe. It would be too much of a stretch to call it a genuine civilisation, in any cases, at present. Most likely what "civilised" aspects it did pick up were from the contact of Indo-European peoples with the advanced Middle-Eastern cultures at the time.
Dec
16
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Dec
15
comment Why wasn't the Republic of Ireland invaded (by either side) in WW2?
@mgb: I strongly dispute those connotations. There is no negative stigma attached to being a "mercenary" in general. Yes, many Irish soldiers may have believed in the Allies' cause more than the Nazi's, but I think that is secondary. Don't forget that Ireland harboured many Nazi sympathisers, and there were even some politicians among them! And Ireland wasn't the only country mind you. Before the war, they were relatively prominent even in the UK and USA in particular.
Dec
15
comment Why wasn't the Republic of Ireland invaded (by either side) in WW2?
@mgb: They were paid, and it was completely voluntary whether to join the British army; thus they were definitely mercenaries!
Dec
10
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
28
awarded  Nice Question
Nov
4
comment Why did Austronesian/Polynesian people not colonize Australia?
@DVK: Sure, but how much depth does it go into? Also, what citations does it provide? I'd like to dig up evidence to support my side of the case, but I suspect it won't be easy. The truth may also be more subtle.
Nov
4
comment Why did Austronesian/Polynesian people not colonize Australia?
@DVK: I hate that that book pervades amateur/layman history and anthropology so thoroughly these days. Indeed, scholarly criticism of it has been far-reaching and severe in some cases. Certainly, it cannot be used as an only source. I maintain my point that the Maori were not particularly warlike in the (distant?) past... though perhaps I have misremembered completely!
Nov
4
comment How did ethnic Turkish people embrace Islam?
@NewAlexandria: Yeah true, but I'm not a history scholar... and scholars have the past had fewer reservations about the word. ;) Animism is possibly a better more precise term. Also, "shamanism" appears to be a loanword (via a series of intermediaries) ultimately from Sanskrit.
Nov
1
comment What were the reasons that the British colonies in North America rebelled but not others?
@JoeHobbit: That's true, though by that point Canada had already been significantly weakened as a global power and was approaching bankruptcy thanks to prodigal spending over the past 50 years, I believe. France still retained most of the "New France" territories when it ceded the Canadian ones to Britain and the American ones to Spain (roughly). So yeah, I think it would be fair to say France just cut their losses and accepted the unfavourable terms of the Treaty of Paris.
Oct
23
comment History of scientific regression
@Sardathrion: It probably is, yes. ;)
Oct
22
comment Why do we find a large number of nude male characters in ancient Greek paintings and sculptures?
Interesting theory. I'm sure you're well-qualified to speak, and your argument is cogent. Perhaps there is also a factor of artistic natural body that Ancient Greek culture celebrated in the human body amongst other things, and which in modern Western society has been suppressed through contemporary attitudes (prudishness, even)?
Oct
22
comment Is there a known society without cult of love?
@Drux: Nope, I think you're more or less right! I can speak from knowledge of the Catholic faith at least. In reality, many Catholic lay folk would not have viewed it in this narrow manner, for obvious/natural/human reasons, though it has been the official doctrine since the Early Church, I'd imagine.
Oct
22
comment Why did Austronesian/Polynesian people not colonize Australia?
It's ancillary, but I've intriguingly heard that despite the widespread connotations of some of the Polynesian peoples (e.g. Maori, Fijians) were historically a much more peaceful people, not so interested in expansion and conquest. I can't source this though, I'm afraid; just an anecdote I recently heard.
Oct
22
comment History of scientific regression
No, not in this pedantic sense. Eras are never truly ended by single people. The forces at large in the world at any time are inextricable from so many things; there is only the illusion one person or event has such influence. Take for example the "fall" of the Roman Empire, which we know know to have occurred for a number of long-standing reasons, and the ultimate transformation into the Dark Ages took decades if not centuries to happen, while certain aspects persisted long. It is far more subtle than what you seem to be asserting.
Oct
12
comment Evolution of the names of slaves
@coleopterist: I think it's as simple as the fact that when they were brought over, their owners and indeed proselytisers gave them Christian names for the sake of conversion, ease of remembrance & pronunciation, and whatnot. 2nd and 3rd generations of African slaves may not have even had names in their ancestral tongue, and quite possibly wouldn't be taught their that language. As to the surnames, these were simply assumed from the surname of their masters upon liberation. Very much in the same fashion as Ancient Roman manumission.
Oct
12
comment Where does the name of the country “Belarus” come from?
@SteelyDan: Indeed. It's the name given to the Varangians who settled in Russia, and later the people they ruled/descendents. I think Tom Au is thinking of Rurik.
Oct
12
comment Have atheists ever been persecuted in India?
Persecuted explicitly for their atheism? I'm not sure. Certainly, Buddhists have been persecuted at various points, and many Buddhists (especially Theravada I believe) are atheistic in the sense they reject the question of whether a higher power exists.
Oct
12
answered What are the most comprehensive historical references for ancient India?
Oct
12
comment In medieval India, was there a distinction between the army and the police?
@Russell: Oh, I'm pretty sure they've existed... just not quite the same concept as a modern "police" force!