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A Lego replicate of the Antikythera Mechanism

An evening pause:

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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.

 

“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.

 

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3 comments

  • Kelly Starks

    The original mechanism was a stagering achevment adn revolutionized what we thought the anchient greeks could do.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiQSHiAYt98&feature=endscreen&NR=1

    Seeing it reproduced makes it even more impressive knowing what they had to work with.
    .. and knowing if was made out of toy construction parts now, makes you more impressed at what we have to work with.
    ;)

  • Cotour

    An actual hand made for the most part recreation of the Antikythera mechanism by Clickspring is quite impressive. If you appreciate process, layout, narration and execution then this website is for you.

    https://youtu.be/v19cu2hj2Ms

    An impressive understanding of the natural world and the mathematics and technology to represent it for 87 BC Greece.

  • wayne

    Cotour–
    Good vid!

    I’d recommend this as well:

    Solving the mystery of the World’s First Computer – Jo Marchant
    Gresham College Lectures- August 2011
    https://youtu.be/Y4CdLdaucn8
    34:59

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