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"discoveries in the field of formal sciences such as mathematics, where arithmetic, linguistics, and algebra predate the West by many years and originated in non Western cultures."

While this may be true, we should nevertheless not encourage a "Who Discovered Most Stuff" contest in any form. The very premise of quantity of discoveries as a measure of civilizational superiority is itself a Western idea:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/true-left-vs-false-left/truth-knowledge/Discoveries in formal sciences, while on the whole less practically dangerous than discoveries in empirical sciences, must ultimately be judged by the equivalent principle as we judge discoveries in empirical science: they are only positive if they can be applied to simplify thought to a greater degree than their existence itself might complexify it. For example, where we are already required to handle a certain type of calculation, a mathematical theorem that generalizes a relationship between elements such that all calculations of that type can be more conveniently solved using that theorem (we can think of this as "formal automation"), then discovering that theorem can be considered positive provided the above is its only effect. On the other hand, a theorem which makes possible a new type of calculation that previously did not exist (we can think of this as "formal machinery") is likely to be better off left undiscovered.

I do not consider it a coincidence that, whereas formal automation comprised most mathematical discoveries in ancient times, a sudden explosion in formal machinery occurred during the Renaissance:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Complex_number#History

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_calculus#Early_Modern

Nor do I consider it a coincidence how terrifyingly formal machinery empowers material machinery:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Complex_analysis

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calculus#Applications

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www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/11/uk-more-nostalgic-for-empire-than-other-ex-colonial-powersA third of people in the UK believe Britain’s colonies were better off for being part of an empire, a higher proportion than in any of the other major colonial powers, a global survey has revealed.

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Conservative voters were almost twice as likely as Labour voters to yearn for Britain to still have an empire, while Brexit-supporting leave voters were more than twice as pro-empire than remainers.

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Only the Netherlands appears to be more proud of its imperial history than the UK. Half of Dutch respondents said it was something to be more proud of than ashamed.

www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/11/european-colonial-powers-still-loth-to-admit-historical-evils“The general feeling is still: we did it, it was a long time ago, everybody else was doing it, it’s not that serious, there’s nothing to apologise for,” said Sander Philipse, a historian and writer.

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Piet Emmer, a retired history professor, has argued that present-day criticism of Dutch colonialism is absurd. “You’re not allowed to say, it but colonialism introduced modern civilisation,” he has said.

Of course you are allowed to say it. Modernity is what we are complaining about!

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/true-left-vs-right/western-civilization-sustainable-evil/https://trueleft.createaforum.com/true-left-vs-right/western-civilization-is-a-health-hazard/https://trueleft.createaforum.com/true-left-vs-right/if-western-civilization-does-not-die-soon/---

Time for another round of laughing at our enemies' crappy aesthetical tastes! So I was reading this enemy article:

www.amren.com/features/2020/03/how-did-whites-get-their-appearance/and you can guess what happened. Again, I must emphasize that all the examples below are

*examples chosen by our enemies themselves*! In other words, it's not us deliberately picking subhuman faces to showcase, but our enemies picking what

*they* consider to be beautiful:

I think Hedy Lamarr is the most beautiful Hollywood actress, ever.

Jewish I believe, but when she looks like that who gives a damn about her religion!

Paulina [Porizkova] was a legit dime in the 1980s

Gene Tierney.

Young Catherine Zeta Jones.

Come on, Naomi Watts...

And the winner is Uma Thurman.

I'd choose Jayne Mansfield any day.

Bridgett Bardot