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I survived school history despite the best efforts of the education system to bore me to death. Many years later, I discovered Treaties, dates, the movement of nations, are mere context. The fascination is in the details.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

From 'Airborne at Kitty Hawk' by Michael Harrison, 1953 -
Europe owed the 'scientific approach' [to invention/discovery] to the Arabs, the overthrow of whose empire by the barbarous Christian pseudo-culture is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, tragedies of history. For the Arab, inheriting and preserving the culture of Ancient Greece, added to the Greeks' insatiable curiosity and passionless determination to arrive at the fundamentals of things, a practicality that the Greeks never achieved. The Arabs could speculate as well as could the Greeks; they could reason from observed phenomena, and could seek for what their reasoning had shown them was to be found. But - unlike the Greeks - they could take their designs off the drawing-board and make them work.


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