civilization

Ancient Atomic War in the Sahara?

In 1996 in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, an Italian mineralogist spotted an unusual yellow-green gem in the middle of one of Tutankhamun’s necklaces. The jewel was tested and found to be glass, but intriguingly it turned out to be older than the earliest Egyptian civilization. Geologists traced its origins to unexplained chunks of glass found scattered in the sand in a remote region of the Sahara Desert. But the glass is itself a scientific enigma. How did it get to be there and who or what made it?

Robert Sepehr is an author, producer and anthropologist specializing in linguistics, archeology, and paleobiology (archeogenetics).

anonymous asked:

I play Civilization a lot, it's a game about... well, making your own civilization. You can create and name a religion in this game. What's your take on using the religion system in this game as an offering to a deity?

That seems really clever! 

There are essentially only two drugs that Western civilization tolerates: Caffeine from Monday to Friday to energize you enough to make you a productive member of society, and alcohol from Friday to Monday to keep you too stupid to figure out the prison that you are living in.
—  Bill Hicks
Somos una civilización de soledades que se encuentran y desencuentran continuamente sin reconocerse. Ese es nuestro drama, un mundo organizado para el desvínculo, donde el otro es siempre una amenaza y nunca una promesa.
—  Eduardo Galeano

The Great Galaxy in Andromeda 

Imaging galaxies is great fun because what looks like dark sky actually turns out to be a system of billions of stars and civilizations. M31 is possibly the best known galaxy that sits in our local group of galaxies and is at a distance of 2.5 million light years. Its the first target i ever attempted (about 1 year ago) and ill be doing some more images of this as the winter progresses. Taken at a good friend of mines near Colchester Essex. 

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Rethinking Civilization: Crash Course World History 201

In which John Green returns to teaching World History! This week, we’ll be talking about the idea of civilization, some of the traditional hallmarks of so-called civilization, and why some people would choose to live outside the civilization model. It turns out, not everyone who lives outside of what we traditionally think of as a “civilized” social order is necessarily a barbarian! To defuse any tension you may be feeling, I’ll just tell you now, the Mongols are back. You’ll learn about Zomia, swidden agriculture, and even a little about anarchy!