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Day: December 4, 2016

READ: Geoffrey Blainey: A Shorter History of Australia

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I will also be including in the Aphypnesis blog books and art I have consumed outside of recommendations. A Shorter History of Australia Took me a little while to get through, but it is quite digestible. Geoffrey Blainey has been the doyen of the Old Right Wing of Australian Historiography, and was embroiled in Australian […]

READ: Charles Freeman: A New History of Early Christianity

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Amazon.co.uk: Charles Freeman: 9780300170832: Books One of the few negative reviews on Amazon, by someone offended by Freeman’s secularism, says: If you are looking for a secular or fundamentalist liberal account of the Early Church, which presupposes that there is very little which needs to be understood about the person of Jesus, and his followers’ […]

What would the world (map) look like if every country had to merge with at least one other country and they got to choose?

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Such a highly specialised hypothetical, my good Dr Aziz Dida, deserves the soundest of empirical enquiry. Mercifully, we have for Europe an extremely sound and fairly reliable criterion to answer this question. Eurovision Song Contest: A map of the countries most voted by others Yes, there’s some static caused by large ethnic minorities. Whatevs. This […]

What concept do you see negatively that most people hold as a virtue?

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Consistency. There are lots of quotes on why consistency is overrated, which I won’t verify because I’m on my phone. Keynes’ “When things change, I change my mind; what do you do?” Emerson’s (?) “Hobgoblin of small minds”. Whitman’s “I contain multitudes.” But the world has ever admired, and the world has long been led, […]

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