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by lpetrich
Thu Jul 14, 2022 4:44 pm
Forum: General Religious Discussion
Topic: Religion For The Modern Era?
Replies: 3
Views: 4498

Re: Religion For The Modern Era?

SF in pseudoscience SCIENCE FICTION AND RELIGION: It's not often appreciated how great an impact early science fiction has had on some well-known religions that developed in the past two centuries. Among them are Mormonism (circa 1830), Theosophy (1875) and Scientology (1950). It's well-known that ...
by lpetrich
Thu Jul 14, 2022 4:27 pm
Forum: General Religious Discussion
Topic: Stop the Steal/QANON as an apocalyptic movement
Replies: 8
Views: 4662

Re: Stop the Steal/QANON as an apocalyptic movement

Seems like this: When Prophecy Fails - Wikipedia When Prophecy Fails: A Social and Psychological Study of a Modern Group That Predicted the Destruction of the World is a classic work of social psychology by Leon Festinger, Henry Riecken, and Stanley Schachter, published in 1956, detailing a study of...
by lpetrich
Thu Jul 14, 2022 3:10 pm
Forum: General Religious Discussion
Topic: Stop the Steal/QANON as an apocalyptic movement
Replies: 8
Views: 4662

Re: Stop the Steal/QANON as an apocalyptic movement

QAnon's 'Great Awakening' failed to materialize. What's next could be worse | QAnon | The Guardian Shortly before Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, Dave Hayes – a longtime QAnon influencer who goes by the name Praying Medic – posted a photo of dark storm clouds gath...
by lpetrich
Thu Jul 14, 2022 3:00 pm
Forum: Other Texts and History
Topic: Influence of Judeo-Christian apocalyptism on Marxism?
Replies: 3
Views: 3119

Re: Influence of Judeo-Christian apocalyptism on Marxism?

Yes, the theories are different. Instead of some cosmic superbeing magically manipulating human actions, it's that human actions follow some regularities or laws of nature, including collective human actions. Marxist theory does contain some oddities, however, like using "contradiction" as...
by lpetrich
Thu Jul 14, 2022 1:59 pm
Forum: Classical Texts and History
Topic: Ancient Roman Icosahedron Dice
Replies: 3
Views: 980

Re: Ancient Roman Icosahedron Dice

Let's look at the history of their discovery. The Platonic solids: "They are named for the ancient Greek philosopher Plato who hypothesized in one of his dialogues, the Timaeus, that the classical elements were made of these regular solids." Platonic solid - Wikipedia Cubical dice go back ...
by lpetrich
Thu Jul 14, 2022 1:24 pm
Forum: Classical Texts and History
Topic: Ancient Roman Icosahedron Dice
Replies: 3
Views: 980

Re: Ancient Roman Icosahedron Dice

The math of dice shapes I find interesting. The axially-symmetric ones: Dipyramid or bipyramid: two pyramids attached at their bases. A regular octahedron is a 4-dipyramid. d(2n) Trapezohedron: quad faces with a zigzagging equator. A cube is a 3-trapezohedron. For base-10 digits, 5-trapezohedra are ...
by lpetrich
Thu Jul 14, 2022 12:39 pm
Forum: Classical Texts and History
Topic: Ancient Roman Icosahedron Dice
Replies: 3
Views: 980

Re: Ancient Roman Icosahedron Dice

Dice have been around for millennia, and History of Dice – Awesome Dice shows some examples of them. The oldest known dice are d6 cubes and d4 tetrahedra, and from Ptolemaic Egypt are the oldest known d20 icosahedron and d12 rhombic dodecahedron. The latter one can be constructed by taking a regular...
by lpetrich
Mon May 31, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: Classical Texts and History
Topic: Translating Apuleius's Syrian-goddess oracle
Replies: 4
Views: 9596

Re: Translating Apuleius's Syrian-goddess oracle

I've composed a fairly literal translation of Robert Graves's version back into Latin, though I've rearranged the words.

Iunge ara boves terram
Altum stabit frumentum aureum

Yoke plow oxen land
High will stand grain golden
by lpetrich
Thu May 20, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: Classical Texts and History
Topic: Hear What the Ancestor to Our Language Sounded Like
Replies: 12
Views: 20873

Re: Hear What the Ancestor to Our Language Sounded Like

Another comparison text: Universal Declaration of Human Rights | United Nations Article 1: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. Illich-Svitych in Latin: Lingua est pe...
by lpetrich
Wed May 19, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: Classical Texts and History
Topic: Hear What the Ancestor to Our Language Sounded Like
Replies: 12
Views: 20873

Re: Hear What the Ancestor to Our Language Sounded Like

I have collected translations from Danish, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hungarian from Wikipedia, though I have had to revise the Spanish translation. I've used the simplified spelling in the Spanish Wikipedia for Nostratic (IS-Sm). IS-Sm: Kelhä wete ki ʕakun kähla WfW: tongue time-of water-of path...