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Month: March 2016
Which is the most peaceful civilisation that ever existed?
The warlike Māori arrived in New Zealand in the 12th century. Around the 16th century, some Māori left and settled in the Chatham Islands. That offshoot is known as the Moriori people. The Chatham Islands are not New Zealand. They are small, and cold, and you can’t grow the crops you are used to as […]
Why was bronze chosen as a third place signifier?
The ranking Gold > Silver > Bronze > Iron (> Lead) dates from Hesiod: see Ages of Man. Bronze for toolmaking in common use is older than Iron; Hesiod was aware of that, which is why his Bronze Age is earlier than his Iron Age. Gold and Silver would have outranked Bronze and Iron, because […]
What is the best biography of Richard Nixon?
For time depth and sobriety, the first biography I read is still the best: Nixon by Stephen E. Ambrose. The in-depth coverage of his vice-presidency (from an historian who was an Eisenhower fan) explains a lot. Of the others, I wanted to like Fawn M. Brodie‘s Richard Nixon: The Shaping of His Character, but it […]
Using UML, can we model life itself with everything in it?
UML Class Diagrams can express hierarchical ontologies, and associations. Upper Ontologies are intended to model all entities that can be hierarchically related. So if you’re ambitious enough (see: Douglas Lenat), upper ontologies can model life itself with everything in it; and associations can model (at least at first approximation) all relations between with everything within […]