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Measuring Language – II

Recently, a member of the Department of Psychology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, Dr Quentin D. Atkinson, published an article discussing some results of his in one of his principal fields of interest: “Evolution of language, religion, … Continue reading

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Measuring Language – I

I stumbled upon a book that I enjoyed enormously, called The Horse The Wheel and Language, How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes shaped the Modern World, by David W. Anthony, published by Princeton University Press in 2007.  After reading … Continue reading

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Hours and Hours

I found myself wondering how time during the day was broken up into hours.  Noting the cycle of light and dark during days is pretty simple: every culture and every language as far back as I’ve been able to find … Continue reading

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Uncertain Results

In this post, we’ll follow on to one of the ideas from the last post: that statistics and statistical analysis are important tools for coping with measurements, especially when measurements accumulate in sufficiently large amounts with varying values.  When that … Continue reading

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Errors In Measuring

In a post in November, 2010, called “2 Geodetic Surveys”, I described a geodetic survey done in Peru in the 18th century by a group of French scientists.  One technique that was used, and variations of it are always used … Continue reading

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Measuring Light

In my office window, I have a chunk of clear glass with a clock mounted in it, which, when the light in the afternoon hits it, projects amazing rainbows around the walls and floor of my office. I thought you … Continue reading

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Surveying and Statecraft II or ” The empire exists because it can be mapped”

In the last post, I discussed surveying boundaries and used the Mason-Dixon line as the example.  In this post I will discuss another form of statecraft that has been attributed to geodetic surveying: domination.  I suspect that using geodetic surveying … Continue reading

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