Reputation
34,527
Next tag badge:
98/100 score
20/20 answers
Badges
2 69 145
Newest
 Nice Answer
Impact
~768k people reached

1d
revised Who is this person?
edited tags
1d
comment How could Roman Empire conquer whole Mediterranean after 2nd punic war in just 200 years?
I would point out that 200 years ago the United States of America was a tiny country of about 7 million living in a bit over a dozen states, mostly huddled on the Atlantic Coast, hemmed in by possessions of the world's most powerful empires. A lot can happen in 200 years.
1d
comment When was the first pentecostal church created?
@MarkC.Wallace - Not a bad point. Semantema, would it be possible to elaborate a bit on your question? One sentence is great for a title, but a bit terse for a question.
1d
comment Computer business in 1969
@msh210 - Presumably the least terms were in some way better than IBM's, or they wouldn't have had a business.
1d
comment When was the first pentecostal church created?
@MarkC.Wallace - Well, I found reading Wikipedia on this subject not quite so straightforward. I don't know why some people are looking to close this, but unless I'm missing something, it is most certainly not trivially answered.
1d
comment When was the first pentecostal church created?
Personally I'm attracted to #2 because it makes things much cleaner. However, I've learned to be extra suspicious of theories I'm attracted to for external reasons.
1d
answered When was the first pentecostal church created?
2d
answered During the American Civil War, were cavalry units issued horses?
2d
comment Magic armies examples in history?
This isn't really the best place for diving into details of the Torah. I'd suggest either chat or another question.
2d
comment Magic armies examples in history?
@user6591 - It's debatable what exactly they believed back when they were doing this. I've heard it both ways (and from people with actual advanced degrees in the subject who have studied the text far more than I). But I suppose I should point out that many people will insist that it was actually some manner of avatar or focus object for their God, not the God himself. Either interpretation brings issues with the modern Judeo/Christian concept of God though (which is why people bother to argue vehemently over such a trivial nit).
2d
comment Magic armies examples in history?
@user6591 - Until you lose a battle and your God gets captured, yes.
2d
comment What was the first map of Antarctica having a shape based on real evidence?
This may be one of those questions we have to triangulate in on. Given that, I figure I can at least put down a point.
2d
answered What was the first map of Antarctica having a shape based on real evidence?
Feb
9
revised Magic armies examples in history?
added 12 characters in body
Feb
9
comment Magic armies examples in history?
Note that from my own personal research, I have found documentation of the Osages (my tribe) performing battle magic rites. One would imagine this could probably be extrapolated to at least most Siouan peoples. However, it mostly appears to be preparatory in nature. You can glean some interesting things reading through LaFleshe's dictionary. It appears he actually wrote a whole book on their war ceremonies though. I'll have to look that one up.
Feb
9
revised Magic armies examples in history?
added 64 characters in body
Feb
9
answered Magic armies examples in history?
Feb
9
comment Is it fair to say Napoleon was the most powerful man on earth?
@PieterGeerkens - Right. But for all I know, it could just be that there wasn't much to speak of there during that period, and/or the person compiling the graph didn't care about Poland.
Feb
9
comment Is it fair to say Napoleon was the most powerful man on earth?
@PieterGeerkens - It looks like the original data comes from Paul Bairoch's, "International Industrialization Levels from 1750 to 1980". IIRC, the page I took it from implied it was using modern boundaries in some cases, but the lack of any data for Poland is suspicious.
Feb
8
comment How much would votes sell for in early America?
I don't know about that era exactly, but corruption in Tammany Hall is fairly well documented, as it was under Huey Long (both in the early 20th Century). I vaguely remember reading a work of fiction for school (Upton Sinclair's The Jungle perhaps?) that recorded a character's stint buying votes. There are probably lots of other sources I'm not thinking of.