Category Archive: Articles

How to Judge a Civilization (In Five Easy Steps!)

Strategy games are complex simulations that allow the player to re-live historical events. In these games, the player selects a faction to guide through scenarios while competing with other factions. These scenarios range… Continue reading

Stories from History that ought to be Movies

Creativity is hard work. Fortunately, like all difficult things, there is shortcut. Why spend the time and energy making up new stories, when history provides a nearly inexhaustible supply of interesting and exiting… Continue reading

How to Live Forever

The worst part of knowing you’re alive is the knowledge that you’re going to die someday. People in every generation have thought about this, worried about it, and tried to avoid the inevitable… Continue reading

Twelve Traits to Live By

We live in a complex world, full of data and decisions that can be overwhelming. In order to deal with this excess of stimulus, human beings have developed tools and skills that can… Continue reading

Old Scholarship and the Secrets of the Cliff Dwellers

I. We all know books are fun. According to posters on the walls of elementary schools, books are magical conduits that can take us to distant times and far away places. Old Books are… Continue reading

Sun Tzu: The Art of Sickness

I. Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is one of the most widely quoted books ever written. The collective guidance of the ancient Chinese general is still the preeminent source on military strategy, even… Continue reading

Ancient Philosophy and the Origin of the Universe

I. Sometimes our modern understanding of things can be informed by how people long ago thought about the same things. Just because they didn’t have electricity or microscopes doesn’t mean ancient people were… Continue reading

The Heirs of Byzantium

Even though the past is gone, it never really goes away. People, societies, and civilizations can have a lasting impact long after their own demise. We are all, in some way, the heirs… Continue reading

Unknown Presidential Milestones

In the United States we remember a lot about our Presidents. The Chief executive is the de-facto representative of the country, so we absorb all the little details from his shoe size to… Continue reading

Something About Spam Comments

When people visit a website, sometimes they like to leave comments. Even when they are explicitly told not to. My post about Quantum Mechanics was commented on by many people, and these comments… Continue reading

Five Embarrassing Space Mistakes

Engineers, astrophysicists, and astronauts are at the pinnacle of scientific innovation, but even they screw up. Sometimes they make easy mistakes, other times things don’t go as planned, and occasionally they simply don’t… Continue reading

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