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Re: [ProgSoc] History Teaches

On Wed, 16 May 2001, Telford Tendys wrote:

> On Tue, May 08, 2001 at 01:28:38PM +1000, Justin Warren wrote:
> > On Tue, May 08, 2001 at 11:27:45AM +1000, James Wan wrote:
> > >
> > > We are concerned with recent history between capitalism and socialism.
> > > When did monarchy or going back to prehistoric years become relevant.
> As all great historians and politicians, you choose the little bit of history
> which teaches what you want it to. A slick technique for marketing to the
> vast numbers of clueless consumers but sounds a bit hollow in educated circles.

... which is how Bill Gates got to where he is now. Truth hurts, doesn't 
it? The bastard even had the gall to say that Windows 95 was the "first 
multi-tasking operating system"!  :-)

> > As others have already said, those who fail to learn from history are
> > doomed to repeat it. Monarchy and pre-history are always relevent since
> > people haven't really changed that much in 5,000 years.
> So you rank Sumerarians as the first generation of modern humans?
> Probably not an unreasonable milestone given that we are talking about
> social change and the invention of writing was a very major change.

What are you saying?? I rank the Sumerian Civilisation as one of the most 
bewildering civilisation to have ever sprung up in the course of mankind's
First of all, Sumerian civilisation practically sprung up from nowhere,
and during a time when barbarism was rampant everywhere. How a
civilisation should suddenly "appear", without an army or a leader, in a
short span of time is anybody's guess.
Secondly, the Sumerians were the first civilisation to come up with the
concept of 1 day being equivalent to 86400 seconds. Now, how the hell they
managed to come up with this unit of time in the first place has been  
bewildering historians and scientists for yonks!

... okay, so I'm a nut. If I wasn't, I'd be studying Law instead. :-)


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