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Mikeee
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10/11/2011 9:19:28 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
In my history classes, when we start to cover an interesting subject, my mind often starts to drift and I start to thing about all off the possibilities and "what if's". I don't have the time to debate every single topic (sometimes I don't even know how) that I come up with, but they are interesting and if anyone would like to debate me on some of them, or have suggestions for some, it would be a interesting debate to take part in or read.

Some topics I have been thinking of...

Do some monuments (like the Statue of Liberty or Washington Monument) have a greater significance than just being monumental

Have extra territorials visited before and had an impact on ancient civilizations

Was changing from a nomadic to agricultural lifestyle bad (debated 4 times, would like to see someone else's opinion on it)

Why are all ancient civilizations strictly patriarchal

Why do ancient peoples places so much value on astronomy

Did man evolve separately in isolation, or simultaneously

Why is monotheism more wildly accepted than polytheism and animistic faiths

Possible lost civilizations

Did agriculture develop before or after the change to living in complex societies

Was a hunting and gathering lifestyle better than early agricultural village life

Alexander the Great vs Julius Cesar vs Ganges and Kublai Kan

Hellenism vs Supreme Rule (centralized govnt vs decentralized)

Religion was slowed advancements in ancient society

Is history a cycle or does it progress in a linear fashion

etc.
DetectableNinja
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10/11/2011 9:23:23 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
I think about the last one, and I'd say that history ITSELF is linear, but I do believe that societal patterns are cyclical.
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Mikeee
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10/11/2011 9:23:41 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
How where the pyramids and other large ancient structure's build with limited technology

How did the people of Easter Island move the large head sculptures (forgot what they where called)

Stonehenge?

How where astronomical calculations so exact and accurate?
DetectableNinja
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10/11/2011 9:28:05 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/11/2011 9:23:41 PM, Mikeee wrote:
How where the pyramids and other large ancient structure's build with limited technology

How did the people of Easter Island move the large head sculptures (forgot what they where called)

Stonehenge?

How where astronomical calculations so exact and accurate?

About Easter Island, it was interesting. I heard someone speak about it, and they were theorizing that the society on Easter Island was a flourishing own little society. However, because the island was so small, their extravagance basically overused the island, and it became inhospitable, and they all died. It was an interesting idea.
Think'st thou heaven is such a glorious thing?
I tell thee, 'tis not half so fair as thou
Or any man that breathes on earth.

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000ike
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10/11/2011 9:51:47 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
this is a frivolous campaign
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Mikeee
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10/12/2011 12:05:24 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/11/2011 9:51:47 PM, 000ike wrote:
this is a frivolous campaign

I don't understand way you are so opposed to it, it won't affect much, and probably not you at all, most people don't pay attention to half the other categories anyway.
innomen
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10/15/2011 4:49:27 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/12/2011 12:05:24 PM, Mikeee wrote:
At 10/11/2011 9:51:47 PM, 000ike wrote:
this is a frivolous campaign

I don't understand way you are so opposed to it, it won't affect much, and probably not you at all, most people don't pay attention to half the other categories anyway.

YOu blocked me. I don't think anyone has ever blocked me.

Would you like to debate: Benedict Arnold was justified in switching sides?
Logic_on_rails
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10/15/2011 5:19:26 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Quick point, one of your topics is certainly debatable, although not for the reasons you'd think.

You state 'why are all ancient civilisations strictly patriarchal?' From my term long study of the Minoans (class' term task) I have come across views and evidence that indicates that the Minoans were actually likely matriarchal. Of course, there's no definitive evidence either way (ie. we can't translate their writings) , but the Minoans were very likely not 'strictly patriarchal' as you put it.
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wjmelements
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10/16/2011 7:52:23 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Proposition: All history topics can be categorized into one or more other categories that already exist.

At 10/11/2011 9:19:28 PM, Mikeee wrote:
Do some monuments (like the Statue of Liberty or Washington Monument) have a greater significance than just being monumental
Society, Politics, Education
Have extra territorials visited before and had an impact on ancient civilizations
Science
Was changing from a nomadic to agricultural lifestyle bad (debated 4 times, would like to see someone else's opinion on it)
Society
Why are all ancient civilizations strictly patriarchal
Society
Why do ancient peoples places so much value on astronomy
Science, Society, Religion
Did man evolve separately in isolation, or simultaneously
Science
Why is monotheism more wildly accepted than polytheism and animistic faiths
Religion
Possible lost civilizations
Society, Education
Did agriculture develop before or after the change to living in complex societies
Society, Science
Was a hunting and gathering lifestyle better than early agricultural village life
Society
Alexander the Great vs Julius Cesar vs Ganges and Kublai Kan
Politics
Hellenism vs Supreme Rule (centralized govnt vs decentralized)
Philosophy, Politics
Religion was slowed advancements in ancient society
Religion
Is history a cycle or does it progress in a linear fashion
Society
etc.
Yep.
in the blink of an eye you finally see the light
Mikeee
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10/17/2011 7:28:59 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Once I finish my current debate; http://www.debate.org..., I will instigate a debate on "History is a cycle, instead of linear progression", and I will be debating on the pro side (history is linear), reply if you want to debate this conmigo.
wjmelements
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10/17/2011 9:36:26 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/17/2011 8:21:47 PM, Rockylightning wrote:
Everything is a cycle. Nothing ends. Nothing begins.

It could just as easily be a line, following the same conditions.
in the blink of an eye you finally see the light
Rockylightning
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10/17/2011 9:45:39 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/17/2011 9:36:26 PM, wjmelements wrote:
At 10/17/2011 8:21:47 PM, Rockylightning wrote:
Everything is a cycle. Nothing ends. Nothing begins.

It could just as easily be a line, following the same conditions.

Then they are synonymous. I like cycle better because a line is going somewhere, signaling an end (even if there isnt one) and comes from somewhere, signaling a beginning (even if there isnt one). A cycle has no beginning or end in sight.
Mikeee
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10/18/2011 2:10:59 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/17/2011 9:36:26 PM, wjmelements wrote:
At 10/17/2011 8:21:47 PM, Rockylightning wrote:
Everything is a cycle. Nothing ends. Nothing begins.

It could just as easily be a line, following the same conditions.

Cycle meaning repeating
Linear/Line meaning moving forward