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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Regional periodicity of light

Europe seems to be midway between the extreme stability of East Asia and the extreme instability of the New World.

I had a conversation in college once, with a Chinese, about how we in the West got ourselves into Dark Ages on several occasions: 1200 BC, 600 AD and very nearly 1350 AD (we were lucky the Mongols and the plague didn't coincide). She was literally shocked to hear it. In China they might have had "Warring States" but never a period like, say, Meroving France. (I may have posted about this here before.)

And more recently I read "The Great Divide" about how the Americas would go into Dark Ages pretty much every few hundred years. Olmec, Maya, Toltec, Aztec flit through the annals, each not knowing what glories preceding them - beyond a vague notion of historical cycles, and of course the Long Count date system.

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