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  1. The Arabs swept much of the Middle East due to...

    The Arabs swept much of the Middle East due to Islam. Without Christianity, I don't really see how Islam could have arisen.

    As for Europe, I think it was Jared Diamond that called it the continent...
  2. Magical thinking has always been with us, either...

    Magical thinking has always been with us, either in the form of traditional religion, or in the form of spirituality/New Age.
  3. Alternative history: What if the Carthaginians had defeated the Romans?

    As you probably know, the Romans and the Carthaginians fought several wars in Antiquity, that ended with Rome winning, and eventually destroying Carthage.

    But what would have happened if the...
  4. I think the video below explains the logic behind...

    I think the video below explains the logic behind it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fI1tA6RxGcs
  5. Do extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLN30A0vmlo

    As you might know, the agade "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" was popularized by Carl Sagan (I don't think he coined it). Is it...
  6. That might well be true. But to my mind, it...

    I don't really understand why the Gulf War was so disliked. Iraq annexed another country, in clear violation of international law, and I don't know of any data that the Kuwaitis wanted to live under...
  7. Your argument was that the Iraqi annexation was...

    I do not. But did they invade Crimea and throw Russia out?

    No?[/quote]

    Your argument was that the Iraqi annexation was not a threat to Americans, therefore it was wrong to bother. I pointed out...
  8. It wasn't only the US, it was an international...

    It wasn't only the US, it was an international coalition that expelled the Iraqi army. And Iraq was clearly violating international law by annexing another country.

    Do you think the rest of the...
  9. Really? Had to unfold the way it did? I can...

    Really? Had to unfold the way it did?

    I can think of various leaders in history who, if they had made different decisions, history would have turned out differently.

    It was not predetermined...
  10. I don't really understand why the Gulf War was so...

    I don't really understand why the Gulf War was so disliked. Iraq annexed another country, in clear violation of international law, and I don't know of any data that the Kuwaitis wanted to live under...
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    Can taking walks replace going to gym?

    I really, really hate going to gym. It is just so boring. However, I know that I need exercise. I really do like going for walks. Typically I go off a metro station earlier than what would be optimal...
  12. Is Carl Sagan's description of ancient history correct or incorrect?

    If you read Carl Sagan's books, or watch his Cosmos from 1980, the view of history he presents goes roughly like the quote below, from The Demon-Haunted World:



    In Pale Blue Dot, he described...
  13. I was way too young to remember, but from what I...

    I was way too young to remember, but from what I have heard, it was a big thing, followed by optimism that lasted throughout the 90s, roughly to 9/11. Now there would be liberal democracies...
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    Oats porridge. Slightly more than a deciliter of...

    Oats porridge. Slightly more than a deciliter of oats, slightly less than 2 deciliters of water, a minuscule amount of salt, mix it, then 2 minutes in the microwave. Quick and healthy breakfast. Add...
  15. If I'm permitted to speculate... Since about...

    If I'm permitted to speculate...

    Since about the end of World War 2, religion has been on decline in the Western world. This correlated with a massive increases in income, urbanization, various...
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    Maybe they knew in advance that they were going...

    Maybe they knew in advance that they were going to ban you, and wanted to save time?;):p
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    Regarding ISF, I have a confession to make: Many...

    Regarding ISF, I have a confession to make: Many years ago, when it was still under JREF (and named accordingly), I was banned from that forum. I don't know why, I was never told.

    Would anyone...
  18. Haha yes! I was with the bearded guy right until...

    Yup. All these debates end up as:

    22125[/QUOTE]

    Haha yes! I was with the bearded guy right until the last image.
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    But, why? What would be the difference? If it is...

    Sure, but this is the USA and not Iceland. I imagine the reaction to foreign troops having a base (and not merely some troops working under US command; but I'd have to even wonder about that) on the...
  20. I don't know, but the American political debate...

    I don't know, but the American political debate seems hung up over words like "socialism". Political discussions over here very rarely get that. People mostly discuss actual propositions, not often...
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    If it does, does it mean that Russia will get to...

    If it does, does it mean that Russia will get to take us?

    I don't see why Japanese soldiers on American soil would be controversial as part of a military alliance. In eastern Europe, there are...
  22. To put Germany in the same category as the USSR...

    This is false. Socialism has elevated the well-being of the population almost everywhere it has been tried, relative to what it was replacing, and there are no examples of a socialist economy failing...
  23. But why does it have to be forced on all...

    But why does it have to be forced on all companies?
  24. That's my feeling too. I have nothing at all...

    "The" stealing? What stealing? Who says there's any stealing going on? What, you think employees are paid whatever the buyer decides is fair, just like you "buying out" HB's company without his...
  25. I'm not sure about "postponing", the Soviets were...

    I'm not sure about "postponing", the Soviets were pretty surprised when the Germans attacked. And part of the pact was dividing up Europe between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, and the latter...
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