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

based in London, United Kingdom


Oct
12
comment How did ethnic Turkish people embrace Islam?
Don't forget the "Shamanism" that was the traditional/autochthonous religion of many Turkic and Mongolian tribes in Central Asia before the arrival of any of these major religions. There were also Taoist influences too, for sure.
Oct
12
comment History of scientific regression
Hah. No classicist would even think of arguing of this event as the end of the classical era. Since when would eras of civilisation determined by a singular academic figure? And not even an established great one at that. How about the fall of Rome (deposition of Romulus Augustus)? The first sack of Rome? The final closing of the Platonic Academy in 529 AD? The Crisis of the Third Century, or conversion of the Roman Empire to Christianity, at earliest surely?
Oct
12
comment History of scientific regression
Good examples. I think I like all of them. Certain a lot of technological/sociological advancement by the Romans was lost, in some cases for an entire millennium! Also, unless I read it too quickly though, this post should really mention the fact that so much Ancient Greek mathematics, science, philosophy, and historiography was lost for centuries in all Europe except the Byzantine Empire (though they still lost much!).
Oct
12
comment In medieval India, was there a distinction between the army and the police?
The police as a modern entity was only invented in the early 19th century in London, England. This seems to be a well-known and accurate fact. In that sense, while enforcement of law and public order has existed for millennia in various civilisation (India no doubt included), calling it a "police force" is probably too big a stretch.
Oct
12
comment What was the motivation for the Gregorian Calendar?
This is one of the several notable historical examples where some system is invented by a certain religious/social/national group yet other peoples, in full knowledge that it is superior, refuse to accept it for often bigoted/prideful reasons. e.g. Gregorian Calendar (Catholic, rejected by protestants), Metric System (French, rejected by English and others), The Copernican Revolution (partially rejected by organised Christianity for a long time). Of course, they all gave in in the end... it just a while!
Oct
12
comment What was the motivation for the Gregorian Calendar?
@mgb: Indeed. And the Russians, incredibly, didn't adopt it until the 20th century!
Oct
11
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Oct
8
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Jun
15
comment Is there any documentation that indicates the Aztecs were as violent as they are made out?
@Lohoris: Fair enough! My previous one was subjective to be fair, and it's invariably subject to cultural bias -- certainly professional historians aren't in agreement over it even.
Jun
14
comment Were Shakespeare's plays written for “high culture” or “entertain the bawdy masses” during his time?
Yeah, South Park somewhat less so I think. It tends to be slightly more crass compared to the early Simpsons episodes, and although the issues may be genuine and contemporary, the humour was less high-brow. But yeah, general point is fair.
Jun
14
comment What were the reasons that the British colonies in North America rebelled but not others?
Some of this answer is just misinformation I'm afraid. Also, most of Canada was willingly ceded to the British, due to French military defeats elsewhere or general weakening. The British hardly conquered it per se!
Jun
14
comment What cultures have had a lasting effect on Sicilian culture?
Glad to help. Indeed, this answer was mainly meant to serve as a overview and preamble to any detailed investigation/research you want to do. For sure, I myself am not too cogent of the specifics. :)
Jun
14
comment Is there any documentation that indicates the Aztecs were as violent as they are made out?
I don't like this unnecessary and self-righteous trend of political correctness to portray the conquered indigenous peoples of the New World as having cultures or societies that were equally civilised in every respect. Fact was, many simply weren't, at least by the prevalent Western standards of civilisation. Others were more so; but most had the habit of slow stagnation.
Jun
14
comment Is there any documentation that indicates the Aztecs were as violent as they are made out?
@Lohoris: The difference is exceedingly obvious. Witches were burnt because some people (yes, obsessives/fanatics) thought they were dangerous to society and an affront to Christianity. Aztec sacrifices were performed on at least as innocent persons for the simple sake of "appeasing the gods" (often encouraging rain for the crops), and were typically a rather more brutal form of death -- not that burning alive was pleasant!
Jun
14
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Jun
14
comment Is treason ever successful?
In any case, +1 for your expansions.
Jun
14
comment Is treason ever successful?
Okay, so I looked into this a bit more... "Pyrrhic" is probably too harsh, although historians seem quite ignorant of the numbers, except that the Persian army was much longer. It's generally thought that the Battle of Thermopylae was of moderate but not overwhelming importance in the Persian wars. Persian losses were much greater by number, but probably not very different by percentage. Historians seem to concur that the battle provided an effective test of military strength, tactics, and techniques against the Persians, as well as a huge psychological/morale boost despite the loss.
Jun
13
comment Did any Ethiopian leaders help the Italians?
Yep, I wasn't really offering info. Curious to hear of a real answer here too...
Jun
13
comment Is there any documentation that indicates the Aztecs were as violent as they are made out?
While I'm sure that Medieval Europea was at least as brutal in warfare and probably took far more lives through the course of its history (naturally, as there were far more competing powers and peoples in limited space) -- I don't think it's fair to say that European cultures were quite so bloodthirsty and villainous to their own people, for the most part. Human sacrifice at least was a very rare occurrence in medieval Europe, not least because it was seen as occult and anti-Christian.
Jun
13
comment Did any Ethiopian leaders help the Italians?
Interesting question. I would be quite astonished if some notable Ethiopians with local power did not assist the Italians -- from a purely pragmatic viewpoint. That is, they envisioned an Italian win, and thought it advantageous to be on the winning side.