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Welcome Spluffen and all those other new members that I forgot to commemorate.
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Welcome, all new members! Big smile
 
Originally posted by csw csw wrote:

My primary interest starts inb Middle Age Levant (1025-1453), but I'm also interested in the 19th and 20th century empires. I'll be asking a lot of questions soon, but thought I should stop by and say howdy!
 
If, by chance, you have an interest in the later Byzantine Empire, you might have a look at my thread on the late Byzantine military.  You can access it through the link in my signature.
 
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Name: Wang, Xiao (Albert)

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Politics: I dont wanna talk about it, FXXX communists... ...

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Good day Everyone!

Im Gergely from Hungary. Im glad that i found that forum, realy good topics, interesting thought exchange. My primary interest are, the Hun and Magyar history, and our greatest hero, Attila and his time.
have a nice day
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Nice to meet you all!

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Welcome you all.
 
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Originally posted by Hungo Hungo wrote:


Good day Everyone!Im Gergely from Hungary. Im glad that i found that forum, realy good topics, interesting thought exchange. My primary interest are, the Hun and Magyar history, and our greatest hero, Attila and his time.have a nice dayG

Welcome to the forum, this is interesting for me that Attila is a popular name in Iran, this name reminds me of Attila Pesyani, a very famous Iranian actor-director or Attila Hejazi, an Iranian football player!
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Originally posted by Hungo Hungo wrote:

Good day Everyone!

Im Gergely from Hungary. Im glad that i found that forum, realy good topics, interesting thought exchange. My primary interest are, the Hun and Magyar history, and our greatest hero, Attila and his time.
have a nice day
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Gergely welcome to the forum. We have a common hero manSmile
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Glad to have you all on board. Thumbs Up
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote coberst Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26-Mar-2009 at 12:22

 

I am a retired engineer with a good bit of formal education and twenty five years of self-learning.  I began the self-learning experience while in my mid-forties.  I had no goal in mind; I was just following my intellectual curiosity in whatever direction it led me.  This hobby, self-learning, has become very important to me.  I have bounced around from one hobby to another but have always been enticed back by the excitement I have discovered in this learning process.  Carl Sagan is quoted as having written; “Understanding is a kind of ecstasy.”

 

I label myself as a September Scholar because I began the process at mid-life and because my quest is disinterested knowledge.

 

Disinterested knowledge is an intrinsic value.  Disinterested knowledge is not a means but an end.  It is knowledge I seek because I desire to know it.  I mean the term ‘disinterested knowledge’ as similar to ‘pure research’, as compared to ‘applied research’.  Pure research seeks to know truth unconnected to any specific application. 

 

I think of the self-learner of disinterested knowledge as driven by curiosity and imagination to understand.  The September Scholar seeks to ‘see’ and then to ‘grasp’ through intellection directed at understanding the self as well as the world.  The knowledge and understanding that is sought by the September Scholar are determined only by personal motivations.  It is noteworthy that disinterested knowledge is knowledge I am driven to acquire because it is of dominating interest to me.  Because I have such an interest in this disinterested knowledge my adrenaline level rises in anticipation of my voyage of discovery.

 

We often use the metaphors of ‘seeing’ for knowing and ‘grasping’ for understanding.  I think these metaphors significantly illuminate the difference between these two forms of intellection.  We see much but grasp little.  It takes great force to impel us to go beyond seeing to the point of grasping.   The force driving us is the strong personal involvement we have to the question that guides our quest.  I think it is this inclusion of self-fulfillment, as associated with the question, that makes self-learning so important.

 

The self-learner of disinterested knowledge is engaged in a single-minded search for understanding.  The goal, grasping the ‘truth’, is generally of insignificant consequence in comparison to the single-minded search.  Others must judge the value of the ‘truth’ discovered by the autodidactic.  I suggest that truth, should it be of any universal value, will evolve in a biological fashion when a significant number of pursuers of disinterested knowledge engage in dialogue.

 

In the United States our culture compels us to have a purpose.  Our culture defines that purpose to be ‘maximize production and consumption’.  As a result all good children feel compelled to become a successful producer and consumer.  All good children both consciously and unconsciously organize their life for this journey.

 

At mid-life many citizens begin to analyze their life and often discover a need to reconstitute their purpose. Some of the advantageous of this self-learning experience is that it is virtually free, undeterred by age, not a zero sum game, surprising, exciting and makes each discovery a new eureka moment.  The self-learning experience I am suggesting is similar to any other hobby one might undertake; interest will ebb and flow.  In my case this was a hobby that I continually came back to after other hobbies lost appeal.

 

I suggest for your consideration that if we “Get a life—Get an intellectual life” we very well might gain substantially in self-worth and, perhaps, community-worth.

 

As a popular saying goes ‘there is a season for all things’.  We might consider that spring and summer are times for gathering knowledge, maximizing production and consumption, and increasing net-worth; while fall and winter are seasons for gathering understanding, creating wisdom and increasing self-worth.

 

I have been trying to encourage adults, who in general consider education as a matter only for young people, to give this idea of self-learning a try.  It seems to be human nature to do a turtle (close the mind) when encountering a new and unorthodox idea.  Generally we seem to need for an idea to face us many times before we can consider it seriously.  A common method for brushing aside this idea is to think ‘I’ve been there and done that’, i.e. ‘I have read and been a self-learner all my life’. 

 

I am not suggesting a stroll in the park on a Sunday afternoon.  I am suggesting a ‘Lewis and Clark Expedition’.  I am suggesting the intellectual equivalent of crossing the Mississippi and heading West across unexplored intellectual territory with the intellectual equivalent of the Pacific Ocean as a destination.

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Hi to all staff and members,
 
I am Shaolin from Singapore. I have found some good quality postings in this forum and decided to participate . I am also a moderator in china history forum under the same username and I am thrilled  to breathe some fresh air over here.
 
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Welcome to AE Shaolin !
 

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Name: Behiç Anıl Ekim

Date of Birth: 16 September 1993

Home: Osmangazi, Bursa, Turkiye

Interests (historical): Military history, Turk-Turkic-Nomadic Culture, Russian History, Tatar-Russian Interactions, Turkish Independence War, Revolution History

Interests (non-historical): Politics, Painting, Art, Listening Music, Playing Football&Basketball and Reading Novels

Ethnicity: White, mostly Turkish, a little Caucassian(Circassain) and a little Crimean Tatar

Religion: Muslim

Politics: Kemalist

Favorite foods: Turkish foods :D

Places I've visited: Nowhere abroad.

Places I want to visit: Crimea, Vienna, London, Paris, Middle Asia

Future Plans: I'll definitely be the president of Turkish Republic. Big smile

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Welcome to All Empires, Shaolin, Young Tatar and coberst! Smile

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Hello I'm Eric and after that last post I should be discussed on the forum as history, since I am 63.  However I did the ' how old are you really' quiz on Facebook and I really am 441.  No, I came out at 39.

    I live in County Durham in England and I am interested in all historical periods and love discussions and talking about stuff.  I got a BA(hons) from the OU a long time since.

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Hello.
My name is Lennart, I live in Lillehammer, Norway and I am 44 years old.
Before bad health forced me to what I hope is temporary retirement my ambition was to become a historian. I still keep up an interest for the topic and this seems to be a very nice forum with a lot of nice and knowledgeable people so I look forward to spend some time around here.
A good day to all of you, Lennart
Have a nice day everybody.
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Welcome to AE Lennart !
 
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Well, my name is Marie

I have joined this forum as a courtesy to a suggestion of a friend of mine, who is a major history fanatic (yes you know who you are) :P

I enjoy discussing and debating history, however I particularly relish learning about and further arguing the nature of history (historiography) more than historical events, because it is seemingly more contentious.

 

Also, don't be fooled by my username, I hate ancient history and while having Egyptian heritage in my background, I neither talk the language nor seemingly appear Egyptian, hence any questions concerning Egypt or Ancient Egyptian history should not be directed towards me.

 

To conclude my very random introduction, I'd just like to say I look forward to debating and discussing historical issues with everyone in the future and it is my pleasure to be among such noted intellectuals.

 

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Welcome, Marie. Feel free to get some historiographical topics going, because there are plenty of keen members who would love to discuss and debate!

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