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08 Oct 2011, 4:06 pm

Cmon, there have got to be a few other Autistics who are obsessive about learning about the past. I'm one one of the em. Would any others like to stand up?



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08 Oct 2011, 4:10 pm

I was actually obsessed with the Holocaust at one point in my life. Does that count? :chin:


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08 Oct 2011, 4:12 pm

I am an history enthusiast, gonna dive right in after my health gets better.


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08 Oct 2011, 4:19 pm

My mother is, but I'm not. She used to monologue at me endlessly about ancient Roman, Japanese, Chinese or Egyptian history when I was a kid. Has huge stacks of books on the subject(s).



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08 Oct 2011, 4:55 pm

Ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, Sumeria, China, Northern Europe, European dark ages, middle ages, rennaissance, enlightenment, world wars. I love history. I spend most of my time in the past in some way.



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08 Oct 2011, 5:17 pm

I love history. Mostly World War II and the latter half of 20th century music.



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08 Oct 2011, 5:18 pm

I'm not obsessed with it, but I've excelled in every history class I've taken. I have a head for facts, dates and cause-and-effect reasoning, and I just like stories in general, which is all history is, really: stories about the past.


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08 Oct 2011, 6:17 pm

I'm constructing a chronology of important human events since the end of the most recent Ice Age, or roughly 12011 years ago, in the Year Zero of the Holocene Era (Y0HE).

Did you know that the Stone Age came to an end in the Americas roughly 620 years ago? This was when C. Columbus discovered the Americas for Spain on Friday, October 12, 1492. Until that date, Native Americans had mostly stone and bone tools, with a few ornaments made of copper, silver, and gold. After that date, iron tools were used as trade items, and eventually led to the mining of iron ore in the Americas.

Only 620 year since the end of the Stone Age?! !

Just think about what has been accomplished in the sciences since then!

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Simplified Chronology of the Sciences
The first column is the Holocene Year; the second is the A.D. year; the third column is the event.

11492 (1492AD) Christopher Columbus discovers the Americas.
11543 (1543AD) Andreas Vesalius publishes De Fabrica Corporis Humani which corrects Greek medical errors and revolutionizes medicine.
11546 (1546AD) Gerolamo Fracastoro proposes that epidemic diseases are caused by transferable seedlike entities.
11553 (1553AD) Miguel Serveto describes the lesser circulation of blood through the lungs.
11559 (1559AD) Realdo Colombo describes the lesser circulation of blood through the lungs in detail.
11603 (1603AD) Girolamo Fabrici studies leg veins and notices that they have valves which only allow blood to flow toward the heart.
11628 (1628AD) William Harvey explains the vein-artery system and structure of the heart in De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis.
11658 (1658AD) Jan Swammerdam observes red blood cells under a microscope.
11663 (1663AD) Robert Hooke sees cells in cork using a microscope.
11668 (1668AD) Francesco Redi disproves theories of the spontaneous generation of maggots in putrefying matter.
11676 (1676AD) Anton van Leeuwenhoek observes protozoa and calls them "animalcules".
11677 (1677AD) Anton van Leeuwenhoek observes spermatazoa.
11683 (1683AD) Anton van Leeuwenhoek observes bacteria.
11701 (1701AD) Giacomo Pylarini gives the first smallpox inoculations.
11747 (1747AD) James Lind discovers that citrus fruits prevent scurvy.
11763 (1763AD) Claudius Aymand performs the first successful appendectomy.
11765 (1765AD) Lazzaro Spallanzani disproves many theories of the spontaneous generation of cellular life.
11771 (1771AD) Joseph Priestly discovers that plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen.
11796 (1796AD) Edward Jenner develops a smallpox vaccination method.
11798 (1798AD) Thomas Malthus discusses human population growth and food production in "An Essay on the Principle of Population".
11800 (1800AD) Humphry Davy announces the anaesthetic properties of nitrous oxide.
11801 (1801AD) Jean Lamarck begins the detailed study of invertebrate taxonomy.
11809 (1809AD) Jean Lamarck proposes an inheritance of acquired characteristics theory of evolution.
11816 (1816AD) Rene Laennec invents the stethoscope.
11817 (1817AD) Pierre-Joseph Pelletier and Joseph-Bienaim('e Caventou isolate chlorophyll.
11828 (1828AD) Friedrich Wohler synthesizes urea. This is the first synthesis of an organic compound.
11828 (1828AD) Karl von Baer discovers the eggs of mammals.
11836 (1836AD) Theodor Schwann discovers pepsin in extracts from the stomach lining; the first isolation of an animal enzyme.
11837 (1837AD) Theodor Schwann shows that heating air will prevent it from causing putrefaction.
11838 (1838AD) Matthias Schleiden discovers that all living plant tissue is composed of cells.
11839 (1839AD) Theodor Schwann discovers that all living animal tissue is composed of cells.
11842 (1842AD) Crawford Long performs the first surgical operation using anasthesia.
11847 (1847AD) Ignaz Semmelweis studies and prevents the transmission of puerperal fever.
11856 (1856AD) Louis Pasteur states that microorganisms produce fermentation.
11858 (1858AD) Rudolf Virchow proposes that cells can only arise from pre-existing cells.
11858 (1858AD) Charles R. Darwin and Alfred Wallace independently propose natural selection theories of evolution.
11862 (1862AD) Louis Pasteur convincingly disproves the spontaneous generation of cellular life.
11865 (1865AD) August Kekule realizes that benzene is composed of carbon and hydrogen atoms in a hexagonal ring.
11865 (1865AD) Gregor Mendel presents his experiments on the crossbreeding of pea plants and postulates dominant and recessive factors.
11869 (1869AD) Friedrich Miescher discovers nucleic acids in the nuclei of cells.
11870 (1870AD) Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch establish the germ theory of disease.
11874 (1874AD) Jacobus van't Hoff and Joseph Achille Le Bel advance a three-dimensional stereochemical representation of organic molecules and propose a tetrahedral carbon atom.
11876 (1876AD) Oskar Hertwig and Hermann Fol show that fertilized eggs possess both male and female nuclei.
11881 (1881AD) Louis Pasteur develops an anthrax vaccine.
11882 (1882AD) Louis Pasteur develops a rabies vaccine.
11884 (1884AD) Emil Fischer begins his detailed analysis of the compositions and structures of sugars.
11890 (1890AD) Emil von Behring discovers antitoxins and uses them to develop tetanus and diptheria vaccines.
11898 (1898AD) Martinus Beijerinck uses filtering experiments to show that tobacco mosaic disease is caused by something smaller than a bacteria which he names a virus.
11906 (1906AD) Mikhail Tsvett discovers the chromatography technique for organic compound separation.
11906 (1906AD) Frederick Hopkins suggests the existence of vitamins and suggests that a lack of vitamins causes scurvy and rickets.
11907 (1907AD) Emil Fischer artificially synthesizes peptide amino acid chains and thereby shows that amino acids in proteins are connected by amino group-acid group bonds.
11907 (1907AD) Ivan Pavlov demonstrates conditioned responses with salivating dogs.
11907 (1907AD) Paul Ehrlich develops a chemotheraputic cure for sleeping sickness.
11911 (1911AD) Thomas Morgan proposes that Mendelian factors are arranged in a line on chromosomes.
11921 (1921AD) Edward Mellanby discovers vitamin D and shows that its absence causes rickets.
11926 (1926AD) James Sumner shows that the urease enzyme is a protein.
11928 (1928AD) Otto Diels and Kurt Alder discover the Diels-Alder cycloaddition reaction for forming ring molecules.
11928 (1928AD) Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin.
11929 (1929AD) Edward Doisy and Adolf Butenandt independently discover estrone.
11929 (1929AD) Phoebus Levene discovers the sugar deoxyribose in nucleic acids.
11930 (1930AD) John Northrop shows that the pepsin enzyme is a protein.
11931 (1931AD) Adolf Butenandt discovers androsterone.
11932 (1932AD) Hans Krebs discovers the urea cycle, now known as the Krebs Cycle.
11932 (1932AD) Gerhard Domagk develops a chemotheraputic cure for streptococcus.
11933 (1933AD) Tadeus Reichstein artificially synthesizes vitamin C; the first vitamin synthesis.
11935 (1935AD) Konrad Lorenz describes the imprinting behavior of young birds.
11935 (1935AD) Wendell Stanley crystallizes the tobacco mosaic virus.
11935 (1935AD) Rudolf Schoenheimer uses hydrogen-2 as a tracer to examine the fat storage system of rats.
11937 (1937AD) Theodosius Dobzhansky links evolution and genetic mutation in "Genetics and the Origin of Species".
11938 (1938AD) A living coelacanth is found off the coast of southern Africa.
11940 (1940AD) Donald Griffin and Robert Galambos announce their discovery of sonar echolocation by bats.
11942 (1942AD) Max Delbruck and Salvador Luria demonstrate that bacterial resistance to virus infection is caused by random mutation and not adaptive change.
11944 (1944AD) Robert Woodward and William von Eggers Doering synthesize quinine.
11944 (1944AD) Oswald Avery shows that DNA carries the genetic code in pneumococci bacteria.
11948 (1948AD) Erwin Chargaff shows that in DNA the number of guanine units equals the number of cytosine units and the number of adenine units equals the number of thymine units.
11951 (1951AD) Robert Woodward synthesizes cholesterol and cortisone.
11952 (1952AD) Rosalind Franklin uses X-ray diffraction to study the structure of DNA and suggests that its sugar-phosphate backbone is on its outside.
11952 (1952AD) Fred Sanger, Hans Tuppy, and Ted Thompson complete their chromatographic analysis of the insulin amino acid sequence.
11952 (1952AD) Alfred Hershey and Martha Chase use radioactive tracers to show that DNA is the genetic material in bacteriophage viruses.
11952 (1952AD) Jonas Salk develops the first polio vaccine.
11953 (1953AD) Stanley Miller shows that amino acids can be formed when simulated lightning is passed through vessels containing water, methane, ammonia, and hydrogen.
11953 (1953AD) Max Perutz and John Kendrew determine the structure of hemoglobin using X-ray diffraction studies.
11953 (1953AD) James Watson and Francis Crick propose a double helix structure for DNA.
11955 (1955AD) Arthur Kornberg discovers DNA polymerase enzymes.
11955 (1955AD) Severo Ochoa discovers RNA polymerase enzymes.
11960 (1960AD) Robert Woodward synthesizes chlorophyll.
11960 (1960AD) Juan Oro finds that concentrated solutions of ammonium cyanide in water can produce the nucleotide organic base adenine.
11967 (1967AD) John Gurden uses nuclear transplantation to clone a clawed frog; first cloning of a vertebrate.
11968 (1968AD) Fred Sanger uses radioactive phosphorous as a tracer to chromatographically decipher a 120 base long RNA sequence.
11970 (1970AD) Howard Temin and David Baltimore independently discover reverse transcriptase enzymes.
11970 (1970AD) Hamilton Smith and Daniel Nathans discover DNA restriction enzymes.
11972 (1972AD) Stephen Jay Gould and Niles Eldredge propose punctuated equilibrium effects in evolution.
11972 (1972AD) Robert Woodward synthesizes vitamin B-12.
11974 (1974AD) Leslie Orgel shows that RNA can replicate without RNA-replicase and that zinc aids this replication.
11974 (1974AD) Manfred Eigen and Manfred Sumper show that mixtures of nucleotide monomers and RNA-replicase will give rise to RNA molecules which replicate, mutate, and evolve.
11977 (1977AD) Fred Sanger and Alan Coulson present a rapid gene sequencing technique which uses dideoxynucleotides and gel electrophoresis.
11977 (1977AD) Walter Gilbert and Allan Maxam present a rapid gene sequencing technique which uses cloning, base destroying chemicals, and gel electrophoresis.
11977 (1977AD) John Corliss, Jack Dymond, Louis Gordon, John Edmond, Richard von Herzen, Robert Ballard, Kenneth Green, David Williams, Arnold Bainbridge, Kathy Crane, and Tjeerd van Andel discover chemosynthetically based animal communities located around submarine thermal springs on the Galapagos Rift.
11978 (1978AD) Fred Sanger presents the 5,386 base sequence for the virus $(phi$X174 --- first sequencing of an entire genome.
11983 (1983AD) Kary Mullis invents the polymerase chain reaction.
11984 (1984AD) Alec Jeffreys devises a DNA fingerprinting method.
11985 (1985AD) Harry Kroto, J.R. Heath, S.C. O'Brien, R.F. Curl, and Richard Smalley discover the unusual stability of the carbon-60 Buckminsterfullerine molecule and deduce its structure.
11990 (1990AD) Wolfgang Kratschmer, Lowell Lamb, Konstantinos Fostiropoulos, and Donald Huffman discover that Buckminsterfullerine can be separated from soot because it is soluble in benzene.


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08 Oct 2011, 6:38 pm

I'm at a lost when it comes for time and dates and names, but past cultures have always been a favorite of mine. But I can't do the dates, and I fail at history. Unless there's a pattern. For example, I know the Black Death hit Europe about 1346 because that's 666 years before 2012 lol.

Still, I know a lot about the cultures of the past thanks to all the folklore I grew up with.


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08 Oct 2011, 7:33 pm

Chiming in as a history lover. Mine's Elizabethan.



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08 Oct 2011, 8:58 pm

GammaGeek wrote:
I'm at a lost when it comes for time and dates and names, but past cultures have always been a favorite of mine. But I can't do the dates, and I fail at history. Unless there's a pattern. For example, I know the Black Death hit Europe about 1346 because that's 666 years before 2012 lol.

That's why I list my chronology in accordance with the Holocene dating system - part of calendar reform. None of this BC/AD confusion, only a steady progression in dates for the last 12,000 or so years.


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08 Oct 2011, 10:01 pm

History is for fools, science is for tools.

...or something like that. :lol:


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08 Oct 2011, 10:04 pm

SammichEater wrote:
History is for fools, science is for tools.

...or something like that. :lol:

Those who do not remember history are condemned to repeat it.

...or something like that. :lol:


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08 Oct 2011, 11:32 pm

Lucywlf wrote:
Chiming in as a history lover. Mine's Elizabethan.

I'm fond of the Victorian and Edwardian eras myself.



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09 Oct 2011, 5:58 am

I used to be because, like everyone here, I'm good at memorizing facts. I sat down one day and thought about me getting a history degree then realized that there wouldn't be much to do with it. I decided to explore a bit more and now I am interested in medicine. It just happened one day, but I'm kind of glad I was able to switch my obsession so smoothly.



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23 Oct 2011, 6:20 pm

Here. Focused at Communist bloc, roman empire, and 20th century.