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Hello world,

My name is not Monster Truck II and I was not born in 1920. But here is something about me that I feel comfortable sharing. I studied physics and computer science at college and enjoy reading (history, politics, and economics) and listening to music.

Here is my bookshelf:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/20250758-monster?order=a&shelf=non-fiction&sort=position


Sep
28
comment Which religion was the first monotheistic one?
@Vector I never said it was a good answer. All I said was that at least one fact in it is not wrong :).
Sep
27
comment Which religion was the first monotheistic one?
@Vector, the vedas were composed around 1700 BCE which most scholars agree is the start of the Vedic period. While, not the oldest religion as pre-vedic religions are still practised in some parts of the sub continent, it still is definitely one of the oldest surviving ones. Nevertheless, I too feel we need more evidence (perhaps from someone trained in Vedic theology) to support the claim that Hinduism is indeed monotheistic.
Mar
12
comment Were the borders of British India deliberately poorly demarcated?
youtube.com/watch?v=qMkYlIA7mgw
Jan
27
comment Has the existence of a matriarchal society really been discredited?
The Chinese character for the word "family name" is 姓 and the root of this character is 女 (female). This means that at least at some point in time the Chinese believed that the family name used to come from the mother.
Dec
15
comment Is there a reason for a Queen's husband not to be referred to as King?
@PieterGeerkens It is an old question but I remember the question was for UK (see the examples that the OP mentions). But no problem expanding the scope of this question if the OP does not object.
Dec
15
comment Is there a reason for a Queen's husband not to be referred to as King?
True @PieterGeerkens. But I avoided that as the question was tagged with UK.
Nov
5
comment Who stood for the Roman consulship in absentia?
@MarkC.Wallace Wait. Won't that just include who won while standing in absentia? How about those who lost?
Sep
30
comment Why is such big density of churches in medieval towns?
@AskingStory I meant modern day India with modern temples.
Sep
29
comment How did Germany rebuild so quickly after World War I?
let us continue this discussion in chat
Sep
28
comment Why is such big density of churches in medieval towns?
+1 Another observation --why so many temples in Indian cities? May be it has all to do with the economics of it. Temples in India attract a lot of donation from people. There is significant money there. Perhaps the same holds true for churches as well?
Sep
23
comment Who invented the first flag?
-1 India 5000 years ago didn't even have the vedic civilization (of which the Mahabharata is a product).
Sep
21
comment Does History confirm that prosperity, capitalism, and some form “democracy” or representative republican form of government always go hand in hand?
+1. Good research and thought process. -1. No perspective for history. Net 0. Sorry.
Sep
19
comment Has the USA ever taken unilateral military action?
I agree with @T.E.D.. The op is not asking for a list. She/he is just asking if it has happened before. I think it is a very valid (though trivial) question.
Sep
17
comment Does the forearm grip/handshake have a historical basis?
@PieterGeerkens Well-known secrets? ;)
Sep
15
comment Why was the water in roman fountains cold?
Even though this question has more to do with physics than history I still never realised that yes the water, from the aqueducts, would have felt cold to most humans. +1.
Sep
7
comment What is the truth behind this speech by (Lord Macaulay)?
Please post this as a new question.
Sep
1
comment Which nation on Earth has been under foreign rule the longest?
@Abhilash It sounds tempting but unless viewed neutrally it is very hard to define "foreign" and "national".
Aug
31
comment What is the truth behind this speech by (Lord Macaulay)?
+1 for Hansard.
Aug
31
comment What is the truth behind this speech by (Lord Macaulay)?
+1 Ngrams make it conclusive that the speech is a forgery IMHO.
Aug
26
comment How did Muslim traders raise investments given Islam's prohibition of usury?
It sounds very logical but the question is how "did" they, not how "can" they. That is why we need sources. The theory is very reasonable though.