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    Re: OtherThings
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2004 Oct 26, 20:54 -0500

    Dear Doug,
    
    > The navigation methods of the Polonesians, Inuits and others are
    > just as interesting but receive no in depth discussion.
    
    I would be happy to learn about them.
    I suppose their navigation methods were not electronic:-),
    so this seems to be well within the scope of this list.
    
    > anything totally wrong with that as that is what the majority
    > wishes.
    
    I don't know what the majority wishes, and frankly speaking care
    little about the "majority". On my opinion, if there are more than
    two interested people and a subject is within the stated scope
    of the list, it can be discussed. Besides we have a mediator to
    whom we can always appeal if in doubt.
    If I am not interested in a particular topic, I just don't read
    those messages. And I suppose everyone does so.
    
    Did anyone ever object discussing Innuit or Polynesian navigation?
    (I don't remember such case).
    
    > you picked up a copy of a western encyclopedia
    > and there was no mention of
    > Soviet endevores in this arena.
    
    Yes. I find that general British-American sources in history
    tend to ignore the events that happen in Russia and Soviet Union.
    This sort of bias is "natural", of course. Russian historians were
    always biased in the opposite direction. It's open
    to discussion whose bias was larger, but this is for the off-list
    discussion.
    
    > Most of that kind of information was classified
    > by the Soviet government and
    
    Yes. The closed character of the Soviet society added to this.
    
    Alex.
    
    
    

       
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