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Flat-earthing: the Destruction of Knowledge February 22, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Flat-earthing: the Destruction of Knowledge

**Note that this has become a controversial post – read to the bottom for important riders and arguments** Beachcombing is at heart a whig, at least in historical terms: he sees the sunlit uplands off on the horizon and believes, perhaps stupidly, that humanity is gradually evolving and moving towards a happier, freer future. However, […]

Dog-headed Indians November 26, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Dog-headed Indians

What do Marco Polo, Augustine, Paul the Deacon, Vincent of Beauvais and the Buddhist missionary, Hui-Sheng all have in common? Well, to keep things short – Beachcombing is on bedtime duty tonight for his insomniac daughter – they all described and (with the exception of Augustine) believed in tribes of dog-headed human beings in lands distant […]

On Church Fathers and Peacock Flesh… November 8, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
On Church Fathers and Peacock Flesh...

Beachcombing doesn’t much care for the greatest Church Father of them all, Augustine. Perhaps its what ‘the Confessor’ did to his mother and his concubine. Perhaps it is his rather smug treatment of Britain’s first fanatic, Pelagius. Perhaps it is his Latin that is so tiresomely balanced and his apparently imbalanced thinking. But Beachcombing must […]