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To prevent confusion, I will highlight the definition of the verb ban from Google: officially or legally prohibit (something). The Lebanese American University's libraries (largest libraries in the Middle East with over 350,000 books) provide the book. Searching the catalog here with the phrase "The diary of Anne Frank" (or The Diary of a Young Girl) ...


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Modern Western culture sees rape as a crime in which the woman is the victim. But many cultures, including the ancient Hebrew culture that produced Deuteronomy 22:28-29, view rape as an insult against the woman's family and her father in particular. So when we read the passage we focus on: If a man comes upon a virgin who is not engaged and he seizes ...


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Firstly, I want to point out that the original passage being debated is actually in Matthew and not in Luke as your second link suggests. Their argument is around the translation of the Hebrew word alma. They are taking issue with the fact that when the New Testament was written the Greek word for "virgin" was chosen. It doesn't say elsewhere in Matthew ...


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I can see that part of the text in the post is taken from another set of quotes by William Arthur Ward Before You By William Arthur Ward Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try....


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Yes. According to Deuteronomy, if a man rapes or otherwise have sex with a woman who is not married or engaged, he is forced to "set things right" by marrying the woman. Think of it as a shotgun wedding. If a man meets a virgin who is not engaged, and seizes her and lies with her, and they are caught in the act, 29 the man who lay with her shall give ...


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The whole issue with electrodes in medicine (and Medical physics which I did my degree in) is that there needs to be a good electrical contact between the skin and the item transferring the current, otherwise burns may occur. The aim is to have a low resistance at the point of contact. If you think about it this is entirely logical electrical physics - if ...


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According to the US government publication 14th Annual report of the Bureau of Ethnology (1896): It is very doubtful if the "pale face" of romance ever existed in the Indian mind Instead, the publication gives the names various tribes used to refer to whites, and the nearest English translations. Terms translating as "yellow hides", "white skins", "...


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Shakespeare wrote the plays and the arguments that he didn't are mostly based on very implausible assumptions. I hope I'm not misrepresenting any of the arguments against Shakespeare authorship, but it seems to me they all rely on just a handful of key assumptions. First, that the the plays and sonnets are about the author's life, and not primarily imagined....


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This quote (with minor changes in wording) is from American writer Elizabeth Yates: What is a good book? I suggest it is any book that enriches experience and helps us to live more understandingly, deeply, properly. Such a book has life because it gives life. It brings the reader forward to a new frontier with wider eyes, keener ears, a more responsive ...


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This is discussed in Wikipedia, discussing Isaiah 42:1: The first verse begins with: "Behold my Servant, whom I uphold; mine Elect...". The Hebrew word which was translated to "whom I uphold" is "אתמך"(Atmc). This word never appears anywhere in the entire Bible except here. Muslim authors, pointing to the similarity between the writing of "אתמך"(Atmc) and ...


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It matters greatly as it becomes the main electrode of what is tantamount to death by electrical cooking. Smoke frequently emanates from the inmate's leg and head whilst the current is flowing. Witnesses hear a loud and sustained sound like bacon frying, and the sickly sweet smell of burning flesh may permeate the chamber. —The electric chair The ...


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I think Gardner's argument doesn't make much sense: A. Conan Doyle did not invent detective stories or the super-rational detective character, see Dupin in Murders in the Rue Morgue by E. A. Poe. source We have Doyle's handwritten manuscripts, letters, biographies. There is no real contempt that he is the author. source The whole argument is preposterous. ...


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TL;DR: The claim has dubious origins and no solid proof I have seen this claim repeated by numerologists, but not by literature experts. In fact, from a literature standpoint, it is a pretty ludicrous claim, since we are not even sure that Shakespeare wrote the text that is actually attributed to him, let alone the King James version of the Bible. The ...


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From the cited passage of Deuteronomy 28 If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, 29 he shall pay her father fifty shekels[c] of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives. However this may be a problem with translation ...


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Likely close to that much, yes. We don't know the precise amounts of these trace precious metals in Psyche, merely that the main constituents are nickel and iron. Our understanding of the amounts of gold and platinum in asteroids derive largely from studying meteorites, which should be representative of asteroid compositions. Given those assumptions, Psyche ...


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NOTE: This answer has been heavily rewritten. As requested it now discusses the opinions of Bible scholars on the subject. The interpretation of the law in the infographic is not based on known historical facts. It is based on unfavorable and unproven assumptions about the culture to which it belonged, prejudices if you will. For this reason it is ...


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Yes, some of them clearly were, for example whale fossils have been found in the Sahara at the Wadi al-Hitan. However, while some deserts were once oceans/seas, that doesn't mean all deserts were once oceans.


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This has now gone unanswered for seven years. I've always been intrigued by the "authorized" part of the title, The enchanted voyager: the life of J.B. Rhine, an authorized biography. I obtained this book from the library and found the Doyle incident via the index. On the page describing the alleged incident, the only citation follows the sentence: ...


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According to the author, at least some details were changed. A key point being disputed in the book is when Michael, the member of the quartet who has been working in the Manhattan district attorney's office for only six months, gets the case assigned to him. The D.A.'s office has said in interviews that a neophyte prosecutor would never handle a ...


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Poincaré did say the one quote: We have just seen, through an example, the importance of words in mathematics, but I could cite many more cases. It is scarcely credible, as Mach said, how much a well-chosen word can economize thought. I do not know whether or not I have said somewhere that mathematics is the art of giving the same name to ...


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We only have Stowe's family members' testimony. Scholars continue to describe the quote as "apocryphal", originating from the Stowe family but from neither Harriet Beecher Stowe herself nor Lincoln (although Stowe described Lincoln as funny, which would be consistent with such a joke). In the article Lincoln, Stowe, and the "Little Woman/Great War" Story: ...


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Well, this is not a definitive answer, but until someone counters it (which I irrationally hope), I think it will be more than sufficient. All claims about Machiavelli advocating to fake your own death seem to link back to his work The Art of War (not to be confused with Sun Tzu's work with the same title). Luckily there is a more or less reliable copy of ...


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There seem to be a lot of statistics that point to that correlation, e.g. see Read, or Go to Jail that refers to some relevant statistics: 85 percent of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate. More than 60 percent of all prison inmates are functionally illiterate. When the State of Arizona projects ...


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Probably not. The idea, if not the exact phrase, goes back at least to the Roman empire. According to http://www.quotationspage.com/quote/24356.html and http://www.quotes.net/quote/34375 Quintus Horatius Flaccus, the Roman poet, wrote: Make money, money by fair means if you can, if not, by any means make money. The "moral sentiments" of making money ...


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This question has been the subject of a debate for (literally) centuries. Yes, as you mentioned from the film "Anonymous", Edward de Vere was one possible candidate. Let's start with de Vere. He was the 17th Earl of Oxford. The bulk of evidence seems to be circumstantial, though plausible. Shakespeare was not a nobleman, so he was able to write sharp-witted ...


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This exact question, of Martin Gardner's article about Conan Doyle, is addressed (definitively!) by Raymond Smullyan in his piece "Ambrose, Gardner and Doyle", which is part of the "proceedings" of the recent Gathering For Gardner (G4G9, 2010). It's a very short and amusing "play" which is worth reading in the original, but anyone who is impatient can skip ...


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The claim is completely nonsensical, and while I did take a few minutes to watch the film, you can see why it’s nonsensical just by looking at the screenshot that you have provided in your question. Even if the Hebrew really says הן עבדי אחמד בו (and I will come in a moment to why that is not at all what it’s saying), it still could not possibly mean, “...


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Richard De Mille's "Castaneda's Journey" does a good job establishing factual discrepancies in Castaneda's accounts. Because Castaneda purported to be passing on a secret shamanic tradition, defenders can explain such discrepancies by appealing to either the need for secrecy or service to a higher truth. A skeptical reader might note that the books are ...


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Short answer: The translation of Virgin in the gospels is correct, the meaning in the original gospel text is indeed that Mary did not have sex before getting pregnant. There is a story of the word "Virgin" being mistranslated in the Bible (so what you heard might have been correct) but it happened at a earlier stage. Background: As you may know, there are ...


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