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comment When would the Japanese have been able to recognize their archipelago?
Isn't that video wonderful? My 13yo was excitedly showing it to me, and she has never been a history fan. About as accurate as can be hoped for, given the form too.
Mar
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comment Identification of Aircraft, Weimar, Germany, May, 1945
I certainly am not seeing any means of propulsion.
Mar
26
comment When was the change from kalends, ides and nones to numbers
@Comintern - I wasn't either, but after talking with the HSM mod, I think you have the right of it.
Mar
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comment When was the change from kalends, ides and nones to numbers
@Comintern - Yes. The mods there informed me they were migrating it here, and suggested we merge the two copies. However, since this one doesn't have any answers from that stack with it...
Mar
26
comment Which year in history had the highest ratio of non-natural deaths?
I remember hearing about this. But wasn't that just for one line? IIRC, you get very different findings when you check the Y Chromosome (inherited only from father to son) and Mitochondrial DNA (inherited only from the maternal line).
Mar
26
comment Which year in history had the highest ratio of non-natural deaths?
Given the question change to one of percentages, this is a better answer.
Mar
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comment Which year in history had the highest ratio of non-natural deaths?
@GuntramBlohm - Yes, but you're taking the highest estimate (which is quite likely to be an overestimate), and then giving it a boost on one year, for a supportable reason, but mostly because it helps arrive at a number you'd like it to. One should avoid doing that with multiple pieces of information.This is the exact kind of logic that Columbus used to argue Japan was 3,000 miles west of the Canaries, when it was more like 20,000. Far better to use averages so wrong estimates even out.
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Mar
25
comment Which year in history had the highest ratio of non-natural deaths?
@Alex - Disease is specifically listed in the question. If you have an issue with that, you need to comment on the question, not here.
Mar
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comment Which year in history had the highest ratio of non-natural deaths?
If the question is asking for %, not raw #'s, one of the years of the Black Death probably beats 1918. And of course there were probably some tough years in prehistory.
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comment Which year in history had the highest ratio of non-natural deaths?
@SJuan76 - It works for me. Yes, illnesses in general are a normal part of human life, and by and large concentrate on those with weak systems. But pandemic events like happened in 1918 killing off huge amounts of strong healthy people are a whole different kettle of fish.
Mar
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comment Which year in history had the highest ratio of non-natural deaths?
As for some putative European contact year, the problem with that is even by the most ridiculously generous estimates there were no more than 100 million pre-Columbian Americans. For it to beat 1918, those would have to be correct, and most of the deaths would have had to happen in a single year. Communications and travel weren't that fast on that continent at that time. For example the medieval black death took 6 whole years to work its way through all of Europe.
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Mar
24
comment India and Egypt: What enables a culture to endure?
I still think this question is a bit too vague. What parts of Egyptian culture are we talking about? Their polytheistic religion? Their language?
Mar
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comment India and Egypt: What enables a culture to endure?
The only way I can think that this question would make sense would be if you are talking about their respective ancient polytheistic religions.
Mar
23
comment Is there a process name for islanders becoming unisolated?
Edited a smidge on that basis.