The early chapters.
Yes. This book confirms my own observations general world conditions are much better then past. Three cautions. 1) the book progresses into very much detail that some of us will not require; 2) The author stratified civilisations by descending order A) Europe; B) Blue States; C) Red States; D) Islamic States. I am in one just above a Caliphate.
Finally, the author seems a scientist, a socialist, and an atheist. What could possibly go wrong.
PS - Atheism seems a bit Luddite in the era of quantum mechanics and the double slit experiment which has, apparently been proven retroactive in time. Consciousness, as an independent variable… religious fundamentalist atheists who might deny unknown science?
Never heard of such a thing.
Thirty six chapters and could do with 36 more. I even searched for orher presentations by Allison but found none.
The captivity narratives.
Even discovered a free audio book "Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson" at librivox which was a treat. Done by volunteers. Not professional reading but well worth the time.
All told quite a value.
It is on the 'keeper' List
Nice little bag of gems
A good section on the early transatlantic cables and I say that having on hand a full book on the subject. Also the section on Heinrick Hertz is essential.
It is a very good and though presentation but is a bit slippery at times. Be sceptical in listening.
Yes. About the same.
See extensive review bellow. I wrote it even before finishing the lecture because he does not mention the artifact.
The lecturer rightly tells us Christianity began when followers of Jesus began to believed they had been visited by Jesus after his death. Further the lecturer rightly tells us this had nothing to do with an empty tomb and rightly observes non-Christians often attribute hallucinations and that Christians often do not call these hallucinations.
Hallucinations or not visitations ARE described in spiritual rather then corporal terns more often then not. For instance, apostles talk and walk with him not recognizing who he is until revealed. Accordingly the phenomena described are not at odds with either definition. A distinction without much of a difference.
However, I have one very serious challenge to the lecturer regarding tombs. We have a physical artifact that I am convinced confounds the entire discussion; the shroud of Turin. Lets get one thing straight from the start. The Carbon 14 test was contaminated by a medieval cotton patch interwoven with the linen cloth. This is not even worth much discussion and ranks up there with Piltdown man and is a scandal.
But that's just for starters. The surface of the linen was pressed with tape in numerous areas to collect debris for testing. The tape samples collected pollen and mineral residue that are spine chilling. For instance, pollen from a thistle plant ONLY found in the Jerusalem area was prolific in large amounts around the head area. And the mineral samples were consistent with Jerusalem minerals such as might be found in a rock cut tomb.
And there is a little bit more. The linen cloth is a very expensive 3 to 1 herringbone weave that is hank bleached. Hank bleaching rather eliminates medieval provenance because such an expensive weave would NOT have been hank bleached in medieval times. It would have been prepared as a very clean white bleach by a method not known in the first century.
And so I ask myself when, where, and by whom would an expensive hank bleached linen have been procured to wrap what is clearly and forensically a victim of crucifixion. An image of a man with side wound, Roman scourge marks, head puncture wounds, crucifixion marks on a shroud full of Palestinian pollen.
I do not claim this is Jesus's burial cloth. I do, however, require someone to give a better explanation before I dismiss it.
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Yes, and pretty much did.
All sorts of things I should have known, and some things I suspected. For instance, I have always been curious how ancient Rome fed all those legions and construction workers. And the population of Rome dropped about 90% in a very short period of time at the end. Now I might know why. Specifically, the state apparatus that confiscated all that needed food was enfebled and the residents had to go out and grow their own food. Or something. Anyway, at least in Gaul, the country people became better fed.
A LOT better fed. Skeletal autopsies and isotopic studies show this. Apparently the country people got bigger and several inches taller. The glory of rome was built on near starvation rations left over for those who provided the food. So now we might more appreciate the various rebellions.What we lost during 'the dark ages' was a vast aristocracy with leasure time to contemplate Plato and write histories of Roman Glory.
Someone who knew more about the shroud then I do.
For comedy effect only.
Not all that bad so no comment
Rewrite the entire C-14 presentation.
I am convinced the shroud is first century and is forensically exactly as biblically described. Further, pollen and microscopic mineral annalysis shows Springtime in Jerusalem.
I also suspect, as does the aurhor, it is the exact same article well documented as the Mandylion of Constantinople and was plundered during the sack of that city by disgruntled Tenplars on failed crusade.
If you are orherwise well versed in this matter there is good reason to subject yourself to this weird presentation. Some good stuff on the Templar persecution trials and other tid bits. But know the C-14 was a royal botch job right up their with Piltdown Man. This woman is clueless on the issue.
Nothing at all. It is flat out tripe.
Yes. Simply to find out if she is consistently this obtuse.
Very Very Very few.
Guns of August v A World Undone
I recommend you listen to both of these in the order I present them to fully appreciate the contrast. My first listen was A World Undone and though I am not a military afficianato it was so compelling I found myself pouring through battlefield maps. And even ordered another audio book "The Sultans" which I give two thumbs up.
Undone is so easy, so simple, so comprehensive and concise on the entire war that I was appalled with my listen to Guns of August. Putting asside guns covers only the first six weeks of the War, it rises to little more then a thrilling costume drama. And in my opinion a dime store costume drama at that.
Her discussion of mobilization is an actual travesty and more then likely has adversely effected entire generations of readers.
The absolutely clear linearity of it all and the rather tenuous chance the void left by Roman withdrawal from Britain would by chance be filed by egalitarian customs that became extinct on the continent.
And so many times a close run thing even to our modern times.
Survival of common law traditions after the Norman Conquest.
The general discussion on how the anglosphere is what it is in large extent because we are all of us much like islands.
The misfortunes immediately following 1066
This book gets added to my permanent elite library.
Anyone curious of history will discover what an alternative universe in this world can really mean.
To much to choose from.
Took awhile getting used to but turned out precisely correct.
I am history buff but was not prepared for this important missing gigantic chasm that needed redress.
This presents the consequences and development of an historic civilization as planted by Ghengis Kahn`s lineage. A real life lesson on first causes. This story does not reach into that previous so check out Dan Carlon`s wrath of the Kahn`s.
Requires some attention because the writing is cleverly crafted in a bit antique manner. But a real hoot.
It all sounds so recently familiar. Hundreds of years later.
Good Brit presentation of compound sentences. So listen up!
Two or three.
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