Who Made Scottish People? …The Scots

The Scotland History Tours channel on Youtube features an interesting narrative documentary on the making of the Scottish people: “The Scottish nation are an mix of many peoples. Scottish history tour guide, Bruce Fummey looks at some of the peoples who made Scotland: The Picts, the Britons, the Angles, the Vikings and in this episode… […]

A Beautiful Mind

The story of John Forbes Nash, the brilliant Princeton-educated mathematician, who struggled with mental illness was dramatized in 2001 in a film starring actor Russell Crowe as Nash. journalism professor Sylvia Nasar wrote an unauthorized biography in 1999. Erstwhile in 1994, John Forbes Nash, Jr. shared Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work […]

The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan – Operation Storm-333

For military history buffs I found this interesting as it came out this past month. Kings and Generals animated historical documentary series on Modern Warfare offers an narrated exposition of the beginning of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. This video describes the prelude of the invasion, how and why the Marxist USSR dictatorship […]

Symmetry in friendships.

The idea of symmetry alludes to a balance or similitude between different sides, while imbalance alludes to an absence of equilibrium. Man’s innate nature is to gravitate towards symmetry in interpersonal relations with other people. Accordingly people tend to “homophily” (or likeminded associations,) and thus they cultivate, form and deepen friendships with people who have […]

Reflections on the History of Crusades

I recently added a Crusades historical interest section under my I am a. . . Historian page on Ryan Setliff Online. There’s good reason to question the influence of Neo-Marxist Critical Theorists, Progressives, and Islamophiles in their jeremiads about the Crusades being nothing more than a mask for Western avarice, greed, and hypocrisy. Thomas F. […]

Victor Davis Hanson: The New ‘Old’ World Order

Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and military historian, classics professor, and senior fellow at Hoover Institution with Martin and Illie Anderson. He’s the publisher of over a dozen novels, and a half. His most recent volumes are Ancient Plan Makers: From the Persian Wars to the Decline of Rome, written by Dr. Hanson, and […]

Can virtue be taught? What is the difference between belief and knowledge?

My friend Jacob who blogs at A Wandering Aramean offers an inquiry into the question “Can virtue be taught? What is the difference between belief and knowledge?” This lesson is tethered to Plato and classical literature. Meno is a Socratic dialogue scripted by Plato. Meno appears to explore an understanding of the meaning of virtue, […]

Say no to death’s dominion #Scamdemic

R.R. Reno, editor of First Things, wrote an interesting article “Say No To Death’s Dominion” about how Christian moral teaching doesn’t give credence to this inordinate fear of death that is utilized to rationalize a total societal-economic lock-down in the United States and elsewhere in reaction to an illness less deadly than the common cold. […]

I’m updating my personal home page to reflect a responsive mobile friendly design.

I got an alert that Google doesn’t regard my web site as a Mobile First Responsive Design. Responsive Web design is the approach that suggests that design and development should respond to the user’s behavior and environment based on screen size, platform and orientation. The methodology and practice of Responsive Web Design consists of a […]