Isegoria: I can imagine certain regions or certain clans losing five out of six members, but not the whole island. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say: Following the Irish uprising in 1641 and subsequent Cromwellian invasion, the English Parliament passed the Act for the Settlement of Ireland 1652 which classified the Irish population into one of several categories according to their degree of involvement in the uprising and subsequent war. Those who had participated in the uprising or assisted the...
Elkanahaon: “Irish of all ages rounded up in a massive slave-catching initiative that removed five out of every six Irish persons from their homeland” Does that sound remotely plausible to you?
Slovenian Guest: Speaking of slavery, people should read James LaFond’s recently released book Stillbirth of a Nation and the companion volume America in Chains. I didn’t even know that “black slaves would be sought directly from Africa, so that their lack of English language ability—and ability to understand one another’s tribal languages—might prevent their conspiring with each other and white slaves to turn on their mutual oppressors” to prevent things like the Powhatan...
Graham: Not for the first time, I marvel at the combination of ambition, genius, and naïve idiocy that was the Dulles-era CIA.
Slovenian Guest: Now we know why Captain Kirk was bedding all those alien chicks, NASA studies!
X-Ray: So truthful as to never see the light of day in our present world. Other than you, Ise, bringing it up. With a small smattering of rewrite it could also apply to your later post here of “Diversity is Our Vibrancy”. Same disease. OT – How would you prefer to be addressed? As you deserve a proper such.
Axel Mckibbin: I love this. Do more of this. I love brutal sardonic absolute truth with no remorse delivered through the screen. Makes for high comedy for the highly intellectual. Awesome. Well done, sir.
Mike in Boston: Man for man, the neolithic farmers were physically inferior to the paleolithic hunter-gatherers, but they outnumbered the HG and displaced them everywhere. If we’re talking about a tribe that’s inferior in many ways adapting to particular circumstances and displacing a tribe that’s in many ways superior, Fred Reed told that story best.
Hammerbach: They understood it just fine — the characters in it didn’t. The rest of the book makes your point.
Bob Sykes: Niven, Pournelle, and Land simply do not understand evolution. Civilization merely constructs a new environment with new selective pressures, and new genomes evolve. Evolution never stops. Also, it has no direction. Adaptation is always to the present situation. Go read Harry Harpending (RIP) and Gregory Cochrane’s The 10,000 Year Explosion, Basic Books, 2009. Man for man, the neolithic farmers were physically inferior to the paleolithic hunter-gatherers, but they outnumbered the HG and...