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(Serbo-)Croatian: A Tale of Two Languages—Or Three? Or Four? - Languages Of The World | Languages Of The World -
(Serbo-)Croatian: A Tale of Two Languages—Or Three? Or Four? - Languages Of The World | Languages Of The World
(Serbo-)Croatian: A Tale of Two Languages—Or Three? Or Four? - Languages Of The World | Languages Of The World
"With all the media brouhaha about Croatia’s ascension, one of our key issues at GeoCurrents has been largely ignored: the issue of the Croatian language. Multilingualism is central to the European Union’s cultural diversity. The European Commission employs a permanent staff of around 1,750 linguists, 600 staff interpreters, 3,000 freelance interpreters, and 600 support staff, making it one of the largest translation and interpretation services in the world. Still, this only amounts to some 25 staff interpreters per language, as the EU now has 24 official languages; their website allows one to read and/or hear a short text in Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Irish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish—and now Croatian as well.* But basic issues about what constitutes the Croatian language are far from settled." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Graham Priest on Buddhism and logic by Massimo Pigliucci -
Graham Priest on Buddhism and logic by Massimo Pigliucci
"Graham Priest is a colleague of mine at City University of New York’s Graduate Center, a world renowned expert in logic, a Buddhist connoisseur, and an all-around nice guy [1]. So I always pay attention to what he says or writes. Recently he published a piece in Aeon magazine [2] entitled “Beyond true and false: Buddhist philosophy is full of contradictions. Now modern logic is learning why that might be a good thing.” I approached it with trepidation, for a variety of reasons. To begin with, I am weary of attempts at reading things into Buddhism or other Asian traditions of thought that are clearly not there (the most egregious example being the “documentary” What The Bleep Do We Know?, and the most frustrating one the infamous The Tao of Physics, by Fritjof Capra). But I quickly reassured myself because I knew Graham would do better than that." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Sepi ⌘ سپی
Anouar Brahem ~ Astrakan Café Part 2 ... From Album Astrakan Café #music_sepijoon
Astrakan Café is an album by Tunisian oud player Anouar Brahem - Sepi ⌘ سپی
به به - Shirinooo
beautiful! - Maitani
Shirinooo :-** || Maitini ... so true, it is so exotic and sensual!! :-) - Sepi ⌘ سپی
Steven Perez
Mmm, fresh cucumber.
Yes! Yum! - Tamara J. B.
Lightly salted, with some California ketchup. - Steven Perez
*Googles "California ketchup" with Safe Search on* - Big Joe Silence
It's ranch dressing. :D - Steven Perez
oh, thank goodness. - Big Joe Silence
I love the smell of freshly sliced cucumber. :-) - Maitani
Cucumber & tomato on a bagel smeared with cream cheese (or dairy free cream cheese) = best summertime breakfast ever - Corinne L
That sounds yummy. - Steven Perez
Victor Ganata
RT @lexiconvalley: Espresso or expresso? @byagoda on the surprisingly venerable history of the "x" spelling
"Whatever the source of its appeal, expresso has had a long and not entirely disreputable history. The Oxford English Dictionary lists it as an acceptable variant. Between 1945 (date of the OED’s first citation) and 1960, it was permitted in The New York Times, with 43 uses compared with 122 for espresso." - Victor Ganata
"Contrarians have pointed out that expresso is the norm in France, Portugal, and Spain. Admittedly the art of making the drink was invented and perfected in Italy, so it’s understandable that the terms used in that country should get favored-nation status. But Italian corrupted the Latin root, which has … wait for it … an x." - Victor Ganata
Nice article. :-) - Maitani
I'm disappointed that the author didn't use "expecially" - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
"Especially" comes from O.Fr. "especial" which was a corrupted form of Latin "specialis", though, unlike "espresso" from corrupted "expressus" ;) - Victor Ganata
Yeah, but one of the arguments the author makes is that there are more words that use "ex" instead of "es", and that it's usually normal for people to use "ex" on words that are supposed to start with "es". ;) - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE from WinForFeed
Eggscelent read. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Victor Ganata
I dig how "turnt" vs "turned" is modeled after "burnt" vs "burned". I wonder if this could be a productive morphemic distinction in other words?
I do remember someone posted "kernt" (vs "kerned") - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Internt. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
We already have "learnt." - John (bird whisperer)
Do you think the two forms of "burn" or "learn" are being used in a slightly different sense? Something like, "I learned that..." vs. "he is a learnt/learned (?) man"? - Maitani
I don't think burned/burnt or learned/learnt are really different, but turned/turnt definitely is. - Victor Ganata
Don't forget to throw smelt/smelled in there, too; smelt can have an entirely different meaning, but it is also proper to use it as the past tense of smell. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
'Turnt' is distinctively Southern/AAVE, no? Grew up hearing stuff like, "Don't get turnrt over no boy/girl.", "She turnt her nose up like she was somebody." - Anika from Android
Differences such as these could be used to express semantic distinctions. Another possibility is that a sort of final-obstruent-devoicing is being developed. Btw., in the German language, there is no difference in pronunciation whether you write d or t as final consonant. You always pronounce it as "t". This is why, when I read Anika's comment, my first thought was: how can she hear the difference? - Maitani
Most likely the differences lead to nothing at all. - Maitani
Yeah, I was definitely introduced to "turnt" from AAVE. That's why I'm fascinated because "turnt" seems to have a different connotation than "turned" does whereas you don't really get that with burnt/burned or learnt/learned or even smelt/smelled (assuming you mean "smelt" as the past tense and past participle of "smell" and not the separate verb "smelt") - Victor Ganata
What do you think that "different connotation" of "turnt" vs. "turned" may be? I know it is often difficult to describe. Or could you come up with another example, in addition to those Anika quoted? - Maitani
It's inflection of voice, audience and intent. Like, I never use 'turnt' around most non-black people, because they really won't get it if I said, oh say, "That bitch was turnt up that night." That sentence means 3 very different things depending on context. It's simple code-switching. The length of the 'urn' part can also imply if something made the speaker mad or it was funny a... more... - Anika
Yeah, I've only really started encountering the word 'turnt' recently (and mainly in written form on social media) so I can't really give a good description, but my metaimpression is that 'turned' can be used for the same sort of senses that 'turnt' is used for, but it doesn't really work the other way around. Like, "turned up" and "turnt up" can mean the same thing in a metaphoric... more... - Victor Ganata
Thank you, Anika and Victor. What I understood is that "turnt" is a somehow "marked" usage, emotionally, metaphorically or idiomatically, in a sense that has diverged from the basic meaning of the word, whereas "turned" is the unmarked, literal, unemotional, simply factual usage. - Maitani
Precisely. - Anika
Sean McBride
Utopian for Beginners - The New Yorker -
Utopian for Beginners - The New Yorker
"In his preface, Quijada wrote that his “greater goal” was “to attempt the creation of what human beings, left to their own devices, would never create naturally, but rather only by conscious intellectual effort: an idealized language whose aim is the highest possible degree of logic, efficiency, detail, and accuracy in cognitive expression via spoken human language, while minimizing the ambiguity, vagueness, illogic, redundancy, polysemy (multiple meanings) and overall arbitrariness that is seemingly ubiquitous in natural human language.”" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Ithkuil has two seemingly incompatible ambitions: to be maximally precise but also maximally concise, capable of capturing nearly every thought that a human being could have while doing so in as few sounds as possible. Ideas that could be expressed only as a clunky circumlocution in English can be collapsed into a single word in Ithkuil. A sentence like “On the contrary, I think it may turn out that this rugged mountain range trails off at some point” becomes simply “Tram-mļöi hhâsmařpţuktôx.”" - Sean McBride
"Ithkuil’s first piece of press was a brief mention in 2004 in a Russian popular-science magazine called Computerra. An article titled “The Speed of Thought” noted remarkable similarities between Ithkuil and an imaginary language cooked up by the science-fiction writer Robert Heinlein for his novella “Gulf,” from 1949. Heinlein’s story describes a secret society of geniuses called the... more... - Sean McBride
"Ithkuil did not emerge from nowhere. Since at least the Middle Ages, philosophers and philologists have dreamed of curing natural languages of their flaws by constructing entirely new idioms according to orderly, logical principles. Inventing new forms of speech is an almost cosmic urge that stems from what the linguist Marina Yaguello, the author of “Lunatic Lovers of Language,” calls... more... - Sean McBride
"Invented languages have often been created in tandem with entire invented universes, and most conlangers come to their craft by way of fantasy and science fiction. J. R. R. Tolkien, who called conlanging his “secret vice,” maintained that he created the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy for the primary purpose of giving his invented languages, Quenya, Sindarin, and Khuzdul, a universe in which they could be spoken." - Sean McBride
"“We think that when a person learns Ithkuil his brain works faster,” Vishneva told him, in Russian. She spoke through a translator, as neither she nor Quijada was yet fluent in their shared language. “With Ithkuil, you always have to be reflecting on yourself. Using Ithkuil, we can see things that exist but don’t have names, in the same way that Mendeleyev’s periodic table showed gaps where we knew elements should be that had yet to be discovered.”" - Sean McBride
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this wonderful piece. :-) - Maitani
This may be the most interesting article I've read over the last year or two -- so many fascinating dimensions. - Sean McBride
Memories of errors foster faster learning -- ScienceDaily -
Memories of errors foster faster learning -- ScienceDaily
"Using a deceptively simple set of experiments, researchers have learned why people learn an identical or similar task faster the second, third and subsequent time around. The reason: They are aided not only by memories of how to perform the task, but also by memories of the errors made the first time." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
""In learning a new motor task, there appear to be two processes happening at once," says Reza Shadmehr, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "One is the learning of the motor commands in the task, and the other is critiquing the learning, much the way a 'coach' behaves. Learning the next similar task goes... more... - Maitani
"The surprise finding in the current study, described in Science Express on Aug. 14, is that not only do such errors train the brain to better perform a specific task, but they also teach it how to learn faster from errors, even when those errors are encountered in a completely different task. In this way, the brain can generalize from one task to another by keeping a memory of the errors." - Maitani
I still can't see how the experiment they describe leads to the conclusions posed in the paper. - Maitani
Perhaps in over simplifying, but I didn't need science to know this. - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte from Android
What they describe are simple experiences everyone knows, and I can't find anything unexpected in the experiment. Why I was interested in this, was the assertion that "The surprise finding in the current study, described in Science Express on Aug. 14, is that not only do such errors train the brain to better perform a specific task, but they also teach it how to learn faster from... more... - Maitani
BBC News - Why is Sanskrit so controversial? -
BBC News - Why is Sanskrit so controversial?
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"India's new government focus on Sanskrit has sparked a fresh debate over the role language plays in the lives of the country's religious and linguistic minorities." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Inside a brightly lit classroom at Delhi's Laxman Public school, a group of students sing a Sanskrit hymn. Across the corridor, in another classroom, a group of grade eight students are being taught Vedic Mathematics, which dates back to a time in ancient India when Sanskrit was the main language used by scholars. It is all part of Sanskrit week - a celebration of the classical... more... - Maitani
"Sanskrit is a language which belongs to the Indo-Aryan group and is the root of many, but not all Indian languages." - That is inaccurate. Classical Sanskrit and other Indo-Aryan languages are closely related, but they very likely descend from two different dialects of Old Indo-Aryan. The language of the most ancient documents of Indo-Aryan is the so called Vedic Sanskrit or just Vedic... more... - Maitani
The right-wing Hindu nationalists have started their project, I see. - Eivind from Android
Northern language group moves against Southern? They're just appropriating medieval French culture! - Pete
Hinduism is present in all Indian languages, in Sanskrit or Hindi as well as in the non-Indo-Aryan languages such as Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam. It is also right that a huge part of Sanskrit literature was not about religion; for two millennia, Sanskrit was the universal language of literature and learning. Alas, it is not a new phenomenon at all that the language is used as an instrument of right-wing Hindu indoctrination. With the new government, the project undoubtedly gains pace. - Maitani
Plus, there is the detrimental influence of several nationalisms, Northern vs. Southern, and more. - Maitani
3quarksdaily: The colourful life of the man who translated Proust’s opus -
3quarksdaily: The colourful life of the man who translated Proust’s opus
"The subtitle of this entertaining biography describes CK Scott Moncrieff as a “Soldier, Spy and Translator”. But Jean Findlay, his great-great-niece, makes clear in Chasing Lost Time that the list of his accomplishments and activities did not end there. Scott Moncrieff was also a generous family man, a promiscuous homosexual and a converted Catholic. His colourful, 40-year life somehow seems to embody almost every literary cliché of his time, from poet of the trenches to jazz age expat. And yet his name never appeared on the front cover of any of the 20-odd books he published." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
bi de bize bak amk - ren
w o w! - ma∟ıĸ
:-)) - Maitani
"I took part on Saturday in a panel discussion at the World Humanist Congress in Oxford on ‘Is there something about Islam?’ which debated whether ‘there is anything distinctive about Islam’ that leads to violence, bigotry and the suppression of freedom. Other panellists were Alom Shaha, Maajid Nawaz and Maryam Namazie. This is a transcript of my introductory comments." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Every year I give a lecture to a group of theology students – would-be Anglican priests, as it happens – on ‘Why I am an atheist’. Part of the talk is about values. And every year I get the same response: that without God, one can simply pick and choose about which values one accepts and which one doesn’t." - Maitani
"My response is to say: ‘Yes, that’s true. But it is true also of believers.’ I point out to my students that in the Bible, Leviticus sanctifies slavery. It tells us that adulterers ‘shall be put to death’. According to Exodus, ‘thou shalt not suffer a witch to live’. And so on. Few modern day Christians would accept norms. Others they would. In other words, they pick and choose." - Maitani
A very good piece. - Eivind
And it is on such an important issue. I want to ask everyone of my acquaintances who are self-appointed critics of Islam and Quran to read it. Islamophobia is strong in Germany. - Maitani
Phlox, Engelstrompete, Fetthenne und Stockrose
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Like! - ma∟ıĸ
Thank you, Malik.That roof garden is my little hobby. :-) - Maitani
EM Forster: 'But for Masood, I might never have gone to India' | Books | The Guardian -
EM Forster: 'But for Masood, I might never have gone to India' | Books | The Guardian
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"It took EM Forster 11 years to write A Passage to India – what made his progress so slow? Damon Galgut explores the repression and unreciprocated love that influenced the author's most celebrated work" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"At the time that he embarked on A Passage, Forster was at a curious point in his creative life. All of his other published novels were written in a flurry between 1905 and 1910. He had published some short stories too, but there are strong indications that his novelistic impulses were running dry. He had started a new one, which he called "Arctic Summer", in 1911, but it had already stalled before he set out on his first visit to India and it would never be completed." - Maitani
A Passage To India - Location-Notes, Photos, and Maps of the Barabar Caves near Gaya, Bihar -
A Passage To India - Location-Notes, Photos, and Maps of the Barabar Caves near Gaya, Bihar
A Passage To India - Location-Notes, Photos, and Maps of the Barabar Caves near Gaya, Bihar
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"The Barabar Caves are some 35Km north of Gaya, in the state of Bihar. They were visited by author E.M. Forster on one of his two visits to India. Struck by their curious echo, he used them as a central location in his book 'A Passage To India', renaming them 'The Marabar Caves' for the story. The Marabar Caves don't really exist. Well, that's almost true. You can find out more about them on my Marabar Caves page, but for now, lets talk Barabar." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Expecting to teach enhances learning, recall -- ScienceDaily -
"People learn better and recall more when given the impression that they will soon have to teach newly acquired material to someone else, suggests new research. Findings of the study suggest that simply telling learners that they would later teach another student changes their mindset enough so that they engage in more effective approaches to learning than did their peers who simply expected a test." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
""The immediate implication is that the mindset of the student before and during learning can have a significant impact on learning, and that positively altering a student's mindset can be effectively achieved through rather simple instructions," Nestojko said." - Maitani
Ogretmen ogretir. The teachers gonna teach. - clara glass from iPhone
bu iyi - hulusi
What Would Krishna Do? Or Shiva? Or Vishnu? - -
"This is the ninth in a series of interviews about religion that I am conducting for The Stone. The interviewee for this installment is Jonardon Ganeri, currently a visiting professor of philosophy at New York University Abu Dhabi and the author of “The Lost Age of Reason: Philosophy in Early Modern India 1450–1700.”" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Neolithic dairy farming at the extreme of agriculture in northern Europe - http://rspb.royalsocietypublis...
"Abstract: The conventional ‘Neolithic package’ comprised animals and plants originally domesticated in the Near East. As farming spread on a generally northwest trajectory across Europe, early pastoralists would have been faced with the challenge of making farming viable in regions in which the organisms were poorly adapted to providing optimal yields or even surviving. Hence, it has long been debated whether Neolithic economies were ever established at the modern limits of agriculture. Here, we examine food residues in pottery, testing a hypothesis that Neolithic farming was practiced beyond the 60th parallel north. Our findings, based on diagnostic biomarker lipids and δ13C values of preserved fatty acids, reveal a transition at ca 2500 BC from the exploitation of aquatic organisms to processing of ruminant products, specifically milk, confirming farming was practiced at high latitudes. Combining this with genetic, environmental and archaeological information, we demonstrate the... more... - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Can a word really be untranslatable? | OxfordWords blog -
Can a word really be untranslatable? | OxfordWords blog
"There’s no such thing as an untranslatable word. There, I’ve said it. Despite all the memes, blogs, and books to the contrary, all language is inherently translatable. However, whether the broader meaning of a text – the jokes, philosophies, and cultural peculiarities of its language – is translatable depends almost entirely on the individual with their nose in the dictionary (not to mention the dictionary itself)." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"When we say that a word is untranslatable, we tend to mean that it lacks an exact or word-for-word equivalent in our own language. In our desire to make everyone and everything understood, we sometimes forget that languages are living, writhing beasts: they evolve and mutate at such a rate that their genetic make-up is by nature very different, and it is almost impossible to pin them... more... - Maitani
Translatable vs untranslatable - Maitani
AS IF STILL BURNING | Pandaemonium -
AS IF STILL BURNING | Pandaemonium
AS IF STILL BURNING | Pandaemonium
"This week marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Today marks  the anniversary of an even more grotesque event – the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima on 6 August 1945. Three days later the second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. These remain the only use of nuclear weapons in warfare." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Some 12 km² of Hiroshima were destroyed, as were around 69% of the city’s buildings. The images above, which were taken by the US military on the day, show Hiroshima before and after the bombing. Some 66,000 people are thought to have died in Hiroshima on the day; probably a similar number again died over the next four months as a result of their injuries or from radiation sickness. So fierce was the heat that people were vaporised but their shadows left upon the walls." - Maitani
"We drink a lot of tea in San Francisco—I guess you should expect no less for a city originally named Yerba Buena, after a local wild herb in the mint family (Satureja douglasii, shown to the right) used as an herbal tea." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"One local tradition is yum cha, 'drink tea' in Cantonese, the Chinese name for a mid-morning spent lingering over pots of tea with friends or family. Yum cha is invariably accompanied by dim sum: steamed shrimp dumplings, Malaysian-style steamed spice cakes, braised tofu skins stuffed with vegetables, pork siumai dumplings topped with fish roe. But the tea is what defines the ritual:... more... - Maitani
"Plato famously said that there is an ancient quarrel between philosophy and poetry. But with respect to one aspect of poetry, namely metaphor, many contemporary philosophers have made peace with the poets. In their view, we need metaphor. Without it, many truths would be inexpressible and unknowable. For example, we cannot describe feelings and sensations adequately without it. Take Gerard Manley Hopkins’s exceptionally powerful metaphor of despair: selfwrung, selfstrung, sheathe- and shelterless, thoughts against thoughts in groans grind." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"How else could precisely this kind of mood be expressed? Describing how things appear to our senses is also thought to require metaphor, as when we speak of the silken sound of a harp, the warm colours of a Titian, and the bold or jolly flavour of a wine. Science advances by the use of metaphors – of the mind as a computer, of electricity as a current, or of the atom as a solar system.... more... - Maitani
Eurozine - Do not trust economists! - Lukasz Pawlowski, Tomás Sedlácek, Marcin Serafin -
Eurozine - Do not trust economists! - Lukasz Pawlowski, Tomás Sedlácek, Marcin Serafin
"Treat economists like any religious minority, says Tomas Sedlacek. Grant them the right to say whatever they believe and the right to gather. But always be sceptical of the stories they tell. Just take the invisible hand of the market: it's plain wishful thinking, like a prayer." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
One (count 'em) economist (I forget their name and gender) predicted the (possibility of something akin to, but not necessarily on the scale of the actual) global economic meltdown before the fact. He (or she, possibly it, but definitely not they) is the exception that literally (yes, literally) proves the rule. - Slippy: Paused
Fascinating! - Son of Groucho
A Calendar Page for August 2014 - Medieval manuscripts blog -
A Calendar Page for August 2014 - Medieval manuscripts blog
A Calendar Page for August 2014 - Medieval manuscripts blog
"Agricultural labours continue in these two calendar pages for the month of August.  On the first folio, among a scatter border of flowers and insects, we see a roundel of two peasants, inside a barn.  They are at work threshing the wheat that was harvested in July, while, through the window behind them, we can see a few birds circling.  On the facing folio, a barefoot peasant is shaking a shallow basket, literally separating the wheat from the chaff.  Above him is a seated woman with a palm for the zodiac sign Virgo." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
А кто-нибудь читает такое свободно? :)
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достигается тренировкой нормально - dixi
@dixi это понятно, мне интересно, у кого такое в багаже и как оно туда попало :) - orie
ну вот из сказок братьев Гримм в детстве, например. - пуассоновский будильник
@marchdown это какой у ребёнка был родной язык? - orie
Do you ask about the script or the content or both? It is two entries of an etymological dictionary of a Germanic language (I think), written in Antiqua. Very nice. I'd like to know how old that book is. - Maitani
Aha, OTTE is Danish. - Maitani
Готический шрифт мне в багаж попал из теории групп. - Berth Addwyn
@maitani This is Danish etymology dictionary, this edition: I was asking if there are people who can read it freely and where they have learned it. I personally have difficulties in finding the word in this dictionary because I can't distinguish "uppercase" letters (it is easier with "lowercase") - orie
@spinysun Это как? Расскажи! - orie
Более сложный пример - - Entrance 0
у меня есть друг (не из фрф), который читает, потому что занимается австрийской литературой давно, и не раз просто приходилось. да, вырабатывается привычка, и всё. - cyberpunk soul
^^^Буквы готическим шрифтом используются для обозначения всяких штук в абстрактной алгебре. - Berth Addwyn
@spinysun наверное, только строчные? или прописные тоже? - orie
У меня есть книжка на датском, изданная в 1827ом, когда еще использовался готическое начертание букв. С трудом, но читаемо (плюс еще, конечно, многое пишется иначе, словарь отличается и т.п.) - Berth Addwyn
^^В основном как раз прописные, но в целом и те, и те. - Berth Addwyn
BBC Nature - Dinosaurs 'shrank' regularly to become birds -
BBC Nature - Dinosaurs 'shrank' regularly to become birds
BBC Nature - Dinosaurs 'shrank' regularly to become birds
"Huge meat-eating, land-living dinosaurs evolved into birds by constantly shrinking for over 50 million years, scientists have revealed." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Theropods shrunk 12 times from 163kg (25st 9lb) to 0.8kg (1.8lb), before becoming modern birds." - Maitani
Watching some turkeys cross the road I could really see the dinosaur in them as they moved. Amazing to think such a thing can happen. - Todd Hoff
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog: Wine cup of Pericles found -
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog: Wine cup of Pericles found
"Experts are "99 per cent" sure that the cup was used by the Athenian statesman, as one of the other names listed, Ariphron, is that of Pericles' elder brother." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
""The name Ariphron is extremely rare," Angelos Matthaiou, secretary of the Greek Epigraphic Society, told the newspaper." - Maitani
The Smart Set: As the World Burned - July 25, 2014 -
The Smart Set: As the World Burned - July 25, 2014
The Smart Set: As the World Burned - July 25, 2014
"The Burning of the World: A Memoir of 1914 is a document of one man’s attempt to repaint his broken landscape. It is remarkable how quickly his world was lost. In hindsight, we think of the First World War as a four-year affair. We forget, though, that Austria-Hungary lost half of its men within the first two weeks of the war — 400,000 men, including 100,000 who were taken prisoner by the Russians. At the war’s start, the grand Austro-Hungarian soldier, with his long ridiculous sword, was often killed or maimed within days of reaching the battlefield. The injured and insane were sent home to wander their cities like ghosts, to parade before the horrified eyes of their neighbors. And the war kept going on." - Maitani
The Barefoot Bum: Does epistemology matter? -
The Barefoot Bum: Does epistemology matter?
"A number of articles recently assert that the epistemology of religion doesn't matter; what matters are the practices. (The latest of course, being Religion, Heuristics, and Intergenerational Risk Management, with my response.) And it is asserted that epistemology doesn't matter in a deep way: even if we know that the underlying structure of a set of practices is false, even in the "worst" sense of falsity, that doesn't matter. I find this position deeply problematic." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"[A]s vicars and representatives on earth of their national god regarded as standing well above all other gods, they felt it their duty to impose the cult of Ashur in what was for them the whole world."
"This in general could only be achieved by force, but it did not matter since the king's enemies were ipso facto the god's enemies and therefore wicked devils who deserved to be punished whatever they had done. Thus, brigandry and occasional massacres were justified by the politico-religious ideology of the Assyrians; each of their campaigns was a measure of self-defence, an act of gangsterism but also a crusade." - Eivind
Ancient Iraq by Georges Roux - Eivind
The world hasn't changed much. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
The Assyrians are possibly the inventors of the "crusade," but the idea has certainly caught on in later history. - Eivind
I think you'd really like this book (if you haven't already read it), Maitani, even if it is a bit dated in some areas. I loved it :) - Eivind
Thank you, Eivind! I hadn't heard of it, and have put it on my soon-to-purchase-list now. :-) - Maitani
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