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reviewed Approve Which roman emperors were not born in Rome?
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answered What similarities exist between the Kalapas theory from Subcontinental Indians, and the modern theory of atom?
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comment What similarities exist between the Kalapas theory from Subcontinental Indians, and the modern theory of atom?
Of gases, liquids and solids; and they pretty much described Brownian motion, and perfect gases; the question that they were trying to solve with 'soul atoms' is a problem basic even now: how to square the mental with the physical.
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comment What similarities exist between the Kalapas theory from Subcontinental Indians, and the modern theory of atom?
@SJuan: actually reading Lucretious shows that there is more to it than that; for example they had a notion of indeterminism - atoms could move randomly - which is obviously against the picture of classical mechanics, but in common with QM; they had a picture of
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comment Pushkin's daguerreotype and catalogues of early 19th century photographs
May I ask which town the bottom picture is of?
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comment Any sources on day to day governance in the ancient world?
@vappa: I wasn't being sarcastic.
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comment Any sources on day to day governance in the ancient world?
Given that you're asking about 'day to day governance', I assume Aristotles Politics won't be helpful.
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comment Is there any documentation that indicates the Aztecs were as violent as they are made out?
'Those sacrificed become god-like' reminds me of Agambens Homo Sacer.
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comment Is there any documentation that indicates the Aztecs were as violent as they are made out?
For some reason I hadn't noticed this answer, this was what I was looking for 'any research conducted into how the Aztecs themselves percieved human sacrifice'. Thanks.
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accepted Is there any documentation that indicates the Aztecs were as violent as they are made out?
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comment Is there any documentation that indicates the Aztecs were as violent as they are made out?
I wasn't intending to badmouth ancient civilisations by calling them 'blood-thirsty'; it's rhetorical exaggeration.
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comment Is there any documentation that indicates the Aztecs were as violent as they are made out?
@T.E.D: The attack wasn't entirely unintentional; but my main concern at the time was pondering how the notion of blood sacrifice might transcend cultures by changing its aspect; to be fair, it's probably not a historical question
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comment How did the ancient Chinese coordinate armies of tens and hundreds of thousands?
+1: great answer!
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comment Origins of knife and fork language etiquette
I had heard it had been introduced in from Italy in the 16th C. I don't know how true this is, though.
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