I have encountered the theory that the dynamic, innovative elements
> of the Islamic world were destroyed by the Mongols, and that the history
> Islam has been one of retrenchment and reaction ever since. Study of
> thesis is one that is on my agenda - I'll get to it someday . . .
Technological phase transition may render this study irrelevant.
Useless hypotheses: consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind,
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