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RE: ... in a universe far away, and Climate Change (possibly

Postby guy » Mon Dec 17, 2007 9:57 pm

I don't really like FWSE for general use, it sounds too rude to say to my maiden aunt.

I hereby propose the verb, to googol. This does two nice things:

a) corrects the original spelling error in "google", so the verb does mean to search through literally 10 to the power of 100 possibilities.

b) avoids the trademark stupidity (while sounding as though it doesn't :twisted:).

But I'm still not letting on (though I might suggest that you think about yield and p/e ratio).
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RE: ... in a universe far away, and Climate Change (possibly

Postby guy » Mon Dec 17, 2007 10:04 pm

Oh and on the subject of destroying ancient civilizations, let us not forget that many of the ancient civilizations that we destroyed had already destroyed the ones before them - or would have if the earlier one had not wiped itself out all on its own.
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Postby Rhakios » Mon Dec 17, 2007 10:40 pm

So you're saying the Maya did for the Olmec?

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RE: ... in a universe far away, and Climate Change (possibly

Postby guy » Tue Dec 18, 2007 9:02 pm

Well, apart from the fact that the Maya kicked off around 600 years before the Olmec.... :roll:
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Postby Rhakios » Tue Dec 18, 2007 9:52 pm

Ahem, check your history, the Olmec civilisation began its rise to prominence around 1200BC, Mayan urbanised civilsation didn't begin until around 300BC.
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RE: ... in a universe far away, and Climate Change (possibly

Postby guy » Thu Dec 20, 2007 12:33 pm

True. But "preclassic" Mayan settlements on the Pacific coast go back as far as 1800 BC.

It's just a matter of checking your history, Rhakios. :wink:
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Postby Rhakios » Thu Dec 20, 2007 4:31 pm

As we were talking about civilisation, rather than linguistic/cultural groups, I'll stick with my facts. :P
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Postby guy » Thu Dec 20, 2007 9:18 pm

Are you saying that the early Mayans were uncivilised?
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Postby towy71 » Thu Dec 20, 2007 9:21 pm

What do we know about civilized? :P
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Postby lok1950 » Thu Dec 20, 2007 9:30 pm

We take baths at least that was the Roman definition :wink:

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Re: RE: ... in a universe far away, and Climate Change (poss

Postby Rhakios » Thu Dec 20, 2007 9:44 pm

guy wrote:Are you saying that the early Mayans were uncivilised?


I was thinking specifically of the definition of civilisation offered in "The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas".

Civilizations are special kinds of human societies that have appeared only infrequently in the human past. They are more complex than the smaller-scale, simpler societies that preceded them. Their defining characteristics include complex social hierarchies, economic structures, and political systems; clearly defined territories or spheres of influence; "capitals" that are larger than the satellite communities subordinate to them and that, in some cases, are true cities or urban centres; and high attainments in the arts. Architecture, calendrics, religion, ritual, written and oral literature, and other branches of esoteric knowledge reflect the presence of an upper class or elite, perhaps the trait that most distinguishes civilizations from their less complex and organized predecessors.



So, in those terms, yes.
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Re: RE: ... in a universe far away, and Climate Change (poss

Postby pootman » Fri Dec 21, 2007 12:44 am

lok1950 wrote:We take baths at least that was the Roman definition :wink:

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I barely have time for a shower, and I can't remember the last time I had a bath.

I'm not currently producing any literature, or any other art, and I'm not actively religious.

I listed to a couple of Radio 4 programs while I put the Christmas food shopping away, but I watched Die Hard 2 while I did the ironing.

Suddenly, I'm not sure if I'm civilised or not.
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Postby Rhakios » Fri Dec 21, 2007 5:01 pm

Well pootman, you're the member of a society where there are people to do some of the other things for you, so ease up and let someone else take the strain of maintaining the rest of us in a civilised state. :)
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Postby wyliecoyoteuk » Sat Dec 22, 2007 11:51 am

If you do the ironing, you must be civilised!

Personally, I believe in the Ironing Fairy-what other explanation could there be for a freshly ironed shirt appearing in my wardrobe every morning?
Of course, I make the obligatory ritual offerings of flowers etc, or I might have to start ironing my own shirts.

Does that make me an uncivilised pagan? :D
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Postby pootman » Sat Dec 22, 2007 5:46 pm

As I understand the current theological climate, plant offerings are quite acceptable.

By an eerie coincidence, my father-in-law thinks of me as the Ironing Fairy.
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