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The Atlas Legacy by Colin Newton

Did Magellan have access to Ancient Maps

Just been catching up on a Voyages of Discovery edition on Magellan’s voyage.  It confidently stated that South America had not been charted below 35 South when Magellan sailed in 1519 – which of course discounts Piri Re’is (1513) entirely.  However it implied that Magellan, who had spent time in the Indian Ocean, had some […]

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Masters of the Pacific Coast

I’ve been following the Masters of the Pacific Coast mini-series on catch-up TV. So we’re told that the original settlers of the Pacific Coast of Canada and the north western USA managed to develop a complex social structure, but without inventing agriculture, which would have been less efficient than a hunter-gathering lifestyle in that environment. […]

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Equality – or justice ?

Suppose that we could achieve a perfectly equal society. Would that mean everyone was contributing equally? – almost certainly not. So what do you do about those who are putting in the extra effort to keep things going? If their only reward is the success of the whole community, sooner or later human nature will […]

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