The Bicycle: Part 1 – Wheels of History

“The thing that separates us from the high primates is that we’re tool builders,” ― Steve Jobs (American entrepreneur & co-founder of Apple Inc.) The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.” ― Dame Iris Murdoch (Irish-born British…

Part 4 – The birth of Judaism

In 586 BC (not 607 BC as the Jehovah’s Witnesses claim), the forces of the Babylonian Empire conquered Judah, destroying their country and carrying off a proportion of the Judahite population into exile. The captives consisted especially of the educated and upper-class, the nobility, priests and prophets as well as the Judahite royal family. King Tzidkiyahu’s (Zedekiah’s) children were killed in…

Part 2 – Hinduism and Zoroastrianism

The early Indo-European people lived on the Caucasian steppes since about 4500 BC but in the middle of the 3rd millenium,  with the domestication of the horse, some tribes began to move further afield until they reached what is now present-day Greece, the Balkans, Italy, Scandinavia and Germany. These people became the Europeans but the…

Part 1 – The Indo-Europeans

One of the most common linguistic myths circulating around is that the languages of Europe and south Asia come from  Sanskrit or from Latin or some other ancient language. I’ve even heard one stating that all languages from English to Hindi originate fromAlbanian. These wacky claims are often used to justify a nationalist position or simply out of ignorance. There…