“Gabr” is a Persian word that was originally used to describe a follower of Zoroastrianism, a religion practiced in ancient Iran. Over time, the word came to have a negative connotation and was replaced by the term “Zardoshti.” By the 13th century, “gabr” was used to refer to anyone who followed a religion other than… Read More Gabr – A derogatory term for non-Muslims still used by some today?
History is the study of past and sometimes present ideas, objects, people, and events. Scholars usually credit the Greek Herodotus (c. 484 BC – c. 425 BC) as the founder of historical writing. Because history must be biased and selective, it often involves a distinct narrative style that categorizes and describes according to certain time periods, beliefs,… Read More History – The power of the powerful?
If you’re a real Trekkie like myself, you probably won’t always like the new special FX added to the classic series. Not only does the remix jump too much from a modern to a classic look, but it robs the show of its historical ambiance. Watching the real Trek with the real FX is something… Read More Beam over to the Internet Archive for a real treat
A bit of history Hellenistic civilization refers to the ancient Greek people and their culture after the death of Alexander the Great (323 BCE), extending to the beginning of the Roman Empire in 31 BCE. Hellenistic Greece was gradually losing the unity and political power enjoyed during the classical period but remained a respected cultural… Read More Opinion | The Hellenistic Age – Culture on the skids or just a lot of change?
Many more are likely to be found. “The skeletons show evidence that the children’s hearts were removed, said Gabriel Prieto, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Florida.” Source: 76 child sacrifice victims with their hearts ripped out found in Peru | Live Science Related: At least 227 slaughtered children found at world’s largest… Read More 76 child sacrifice victims with their hearts ripped out found in Peru | Live Science
Wikipedia begins by giving a somewhat moderate account of this essentially evil historical phenomenon. I say “evil” because genuine religious conversions arise from the heart rather than from external threats or perceived political gain. The Inquisition was a group of institutions within the Catholic Church whose aim was to combat heresy, conducting trials of suspected heretics. Studies of the records… Read More The Inquisition – Banned but not forgotten
A new book offers a version of history in which we lived for thousands of years in large and complex societies without kings or cops Source: Our ancient ancestors may have been more civilized than we are – Macleans.ca Opinion: Sex and violence: The dual recipe for ‘success’ in the popular TV and literature we… Read More Our ancient ancestors may have been more civilized than we are – Macleans.ca | Opinion
Hey guys, here’s a Think Free article I wrote over 10 years ago. You can probably do better at Wikipedia or even Brittanica, but I don’t really want to ditch nor expand it. These points interested me most back then. Today I made some small edits, added some news and a Neil Young tune at… Read More Inca Queen Has Come?
This film starts off a bit slowly with some talking heads and graphics that don’t really add too much to the presentation. But after a few minutes, I was hooked and ended up enjoying it, despite its considerable selectivity. Episode 1 suggests that the idea of capitalism was present well before Adam Smith. However, several… Read More Review – Capitalism – Season 1 Adam Smith, The Birth of the Free Market
Covid restrictions are back in Ontario and it’s time to get creative again. Last night after installing iTunes (which I’m not a huge fan of) on Windows, I updated my phone and was able to “mirror cast” to our TV. Pretty happy about this, I revisited one of my great passions and favorite time-killers… that… Read More Another look at Medieval Britain (or killing time as Covid spikes)