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Day: August 29, 2016

Why were Jews the money lenders in Christian Europe?

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May or not be a comment; but to elaborate on Peter Flom’s answer. In Byzantium, there was no comparable ban on interest. So Jews were not the money lenders in Orthodox Christian Europe. Jews were driven to do different shit-work that Christians there wouldn’t touch. Literally shit-work. Jews were predominantly tanners in Byzantium. Before the […]

If you were caught masturbating, what should you do?

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The great Scots comedian Billy Connolly had a good strategy for this: “THANK GOD YOU’RE HERE! AND NOT A MOMENT TOO SOON! YOU’RE NEVER GOING TO BELIEVE THIS!” And proceed to disarm them with the shaggy dog story that ensues… Answered 2016-08-29 [Originally posted on http://quora.com/If-you-were-caught-masturbating-what-should-you-do/answer/Nick-Nicholas-5]

If Earth were to explode in 10 hours, what would you do?

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I wrote a poem about this scenario. In my teens, which is the right time to be pondering such a scenario. The final verse of said poem is: Ni iris — laborejen. Malkontraŭ la malbeno. We went — to the office. Un-against the un-blessing. I’d like to think that’s still my answer. But it’s not. […]

How will the easy access to Pornography change our culture?

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It’s already changed the culture significantly, of course. It has had a change in what kinds of sex teenagers expect to have, since that’s become a primary source of information on sex for them; but I’m not sure that counts as a cultural change. It’s better addressed in a question like What Is the effect […]

How many books can an Academic expect to sell?

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With monographs, you’re pretty much selling to university libraries. And the books are priced to match: north of $150. If you still 300 copies, you’re doing well. Answered 2016-08-29 [Originally posted on http://quora.com/How-many-books-can-an-Academic-expect-to-sell/answer/Nick-Nicholas-5]

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