Exploring Alternative Ancient Histories: a Guest Post by James Bennett

The brilliant atomic physicist Enrico Fermi was notorious for unnerving PhD candidates during their oral examinations by asking ‘How many piano tuners are there in the city of Chicago?’ The point of the question, besides the psychological effect, was to gauge how well the candidate could estimate (and justify!) an … Read more

Our Growing Political Dysfunction – What’s to Be Done?

This is from a Reuters article yesterday: “Only half of Republicans would accept Clinton, the Democratic nominee, as their president. And if she wins, nearly 70 percent said it would be because of illegal voting or vote rigging, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday.” “I’ve never seen an … Read more

Visiting in Singapore

I was going to title this post “Living in Singapore” but that wouldn’t be right. Apart from three ventures out to downtown and a nearby residential area, I’ve spent all my time on the Nanyang Technological University campus. Incidentally, “Nanyang” in Chinese means “South Seas” and refers to the maritime … Read more


As many of you know, currently the Seshat Databank project is focused on collecting data for all polities (states, empires, chiefdoms, archaeologically known cultures, etc) that intersected 30 geographic points (NGAs, standing for Natural Geographic Areas) depicted here: So far I have visited about a third of these locations, and … Read more

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