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How do we establish causation?

We've all heard correlation does not imply causation. What does? Are there any statistical methods for showing a causal relationship? If there are, when/by whom were they developed? [more inside]
posted by whimwit on Jan 8, 2008 - 33 answers

Can you help me track down the man who introduced football to Iceland in 1895, a Scotsman by the name of James B. Ferguson?

In 1895 a Scottish printer by the name of James B. Ferguson introduced Icelanders to football (soccer) and gymnastics. Is there any way to find out what happened to Ferguson after he left Iceland in 1896? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Jan 7, 2008 - 8 answers

Montezuma's Revenge

Where can I find a downloadable version of Michael Murphey's classic, "Temple of the Sun" to download? Of course I am willing to pay for the copyrighted, legal, etc. version. But I would rather not have to buy the entire Swans Against the Sun CD to get this one song. Also, HUGE Bonus Points if you can lead me to similar(?) songs which might interest my sons (see inside for more on this challenge). [more inside]
posted by misha on Jan 7, 2008 - 8 answers

Where to study History?

Looking for unique schools or programs for the study of History. In the US or abroad. [more inside]
posted by Nillocsoc on Jan 3, 2008 - 13 answers

Why does this family have that last name?

Bizarre curiosity: This family appears to be Asian. Their surname is Irish. What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by Ruby Doomsday on Jan 3, 2008 - 26 answers

Carry Me Back to Ol' Virginny

A passel of museum geeks is headed to Virginia. Can you help us plan the trip? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jan 2, 2008 - 4 answers

Natural disasters colliding with man-made disasters?

I'm looking for an instance of a large-scale man made disaster (such as a war) that collided with a large-scale natural disaster (such as a hurricane) in the same territory. Any nation, any era ... as long as it's fact. Thank you for any help you can offer. :-) [more inside]
posted by coizero on Dec 31, 2007 - 31 answers

When was police line tape first used at crime scenes in the US?

When was police line tape first used at crime scenes in the US? [more inside]
posted by kittens for breakfast on Dec 29, 2007 - 15 answers

What should I read to learn about Native American History?

What should I be reading to learn about Native American history and material culture? [more inside]
posted by pluckysparrow on Dec 29, 2007 - 13 answers

History resources?

Little sister is working on a project and need to find sources that can help her identify several things for railroad workers, meatpacking plant workers, a Rockefeller employee, and a business employing child labor from 1885-1910. The things she needs are their job responsibilities, wages, number of hours, conditions of the workplace.
posted by Sgt.Grumbless on Dec 28, 2007 - 2 answers

cultural history of childrearing

being a new mom i've read way too much about baby care. now i'm interested in the history of baby raising and care. i'm [more inside]
posted by beccaj on Dec 27, 2007 - 10 answers

German/Japanese axis

Why were the Germans allied with the Japanese in WWII? Why were the Americans at war with the Japanese?
posted by TigerCrane on Dec 22, 2007 - 12 answers

Help me find interesting anthropology/sociology books.

Books about anthropology, psychology, sociology, modern rituals...I think. Can you point me in the right direction? [more inside]
posted by lhall on Dec 20, 2007 - 11 answers

When and who invented Ginger Ale in Ireland in the 1850s

Ginger Ale ( the soda, not the beer) was supposedly invented in Ireland in the 1850s. However, I can't find anything more specific. Do you know of any history links that have concrete information about the invention of Ginger Ale in Ireland around the 1850s? If it could be pinpointed to a certain person or town or custom, that would be great.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Dec 19, 2007 - 8 answers

Are there any reverse-chronological histories of culture?

Are there any reverse-chronological histories of culture? [more inside]
posted by electric water kettle on Dec 18, 2007 - 3 answers

History at home.

What historic moments have happened at home? [more inside]
posted by popcassady on Dec 16, 2007 - 14 answers

Presidential Speech Terms Cloud

Does anyone know the link to a website that displays a list of terms that are used by the president at speeches as a sort of cloud? For example: blah blah blah blah blah WAR blah blah TERROR blah blah TAX I've seen it before, I just can seem to find the link. The website also archives terms used in past speeches. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Dec 10, 2007 - 5 answers

Like Army of Darkness, but more realistic

Help me find a specific type of time travel novel. [more inside]
posted by OpinioNate on Dec 10, 2007 - 20 answers

Help me find an old article

Looking for an old newsmagazine story about Britain. [more inside]
posted by bigcheesegump on Dec 10, 2007 - 1 answer

Book Circulation and Author Notoriety in antiquity through the middle ages.

How famous could you really get as an author before the printing press? [more inside]
posted by absalom on Dec 7, 2007 - 26 answers

Can you help me find tales of l33tness?

Can you help me find more Hacker Folklore? [more inside]
posted by ArgentCorvid on Dec 5, 2007 - 26 answers

Anyone know the history of past Macworld Keynotes?

Where could I find the exact dates of the last ten (1997-2007) Macworld keynotes by Steve Jobs, done in San Francisco? I thought some apple history sites would list it, but rampant googling has only turned up info on the last couple years of shows.
posted by mathowie on Dec 5, 2007 - 4 answers

Gift-worthy history books?

My dad has mentioned that he would like a history book for Christmas. Help me find one that will really knock his socks off! [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Dec 3, 2007 - 45 answers

I am not a conspiracy theorist, but. . .

What kinds of high-technology things exist now but will only come to light 50 or 100 years from now? Speculative, but asking for concrete answers. [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater on Nov 30, 2007 - 41 answers

Help With Old Handwriting

Help with old / smudged handwriting on the back of a Civil War photo. [more inside]
posted by marxchivist on Nov 30, 2007 - 50 answers

Books about places?

Can you recommend some good books about places? [more inside]
posted by ersatzkat on Nov 29, 2007 - 23 answers

Examples of 'The Infinite' in Myth and Their Effect on Conditions of Truth

I am searching for examples of The Infinite, or the immeasurably large, in our mythologies and archetypes. I am also interested in the categories of Truth which came out of the emergence of Western, ontological thought. Does the trust in a rationally conceivable reality deny us the infinity of the mythological realm? By rooting ourselves in the present, and denying atemporal mythologies, do we also deny the infinite origins from where we came? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Nov 28, 2007 - 22 answers

Oh, say can you see...

The first transatlantic television image was that of a fluttering American flag. My grandfather was the cameraman. Two words: Christmas gift. [more inside]
posted by laughinglikemad on Nov 27, 2007 - 10 answers

After the Terror...

Can you recommend any great, scholarly books about the Napoleonic era in Europe? [more inside]
posted by Neilopolis on Nov 25, 2007 - 10 answers

Tell me more about Red Hook Lane

Calling all Brooklyn history buffs. Tell me more about a specific aspect of Red Hook Lane. [more inside]
posted by lassie on Nov 20, 2007 - 6 answers

Books about Burma?

Books about Burma? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas on Nov 19, 2007 - 17 answers

Why can't you believe everything you read in a history book?

I'm looking for two brief historical accounts of the same event or events, to show how history can be distorted. Bonus points if the events relate to European encounters with indigenous peoples in the Americas. [more inside]
posted by Dasein on Nov 19, 2007 - 15 answers

What are the definitive wireframe graphic games?

I'm doing a mini-research project on wireframe graphics in gaming. What are the definitive wireframe games? I know about Tempest, I know about Battlezone, and I know about the Star Wars Cockpit Arcade game. What other titles should I add to my list?
posted by serial_consign on Nov 17, 2007 - 35 answers

The AP US History "Packet"

Did you use "The Packet" in your AP US History course in high school? Do you remember what that was called, who wrote it, and how I could get it again? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Nov 12, 2007 - 18 answers

History is something that happens to other people.

From an historical point of view, how much time needs to pass before an event is no longer remembered? How much time between 'oh god that was awful' until 'that happened a lot of time ago so I don't care about it?' [more inside]
posted by Memo on Nov 7, 2007 - 24 answers

Deepen my world knowledge.

Human rights violations around the world. What are countries with histories of major modern human rights violations that I may not think of? [more inside]
posted by n'muakolo on Nov 1, 2007 - 38 answers

Need help getting my electronic hands on an article.

Please help me figure out how to obtain an electronic copy of an article titled "Why 1955? Explaining the Advent of Rock Music," by Richard A. Peterson. Google Books has a truncated version here, but I'd like the whole thing. [more inside]
posted by univac on Oct 22, 2007 - 7 answers

How did Civil War soldiers reload and fire the .58 Springfield?

How was the Civil War .58 Springfield rifle reloaded? I understand that it was a percussion-cap rifle rather than a flintlock, and that it fired a muzzle-loaded minie ball. But what was the reloading process? What did the ammunition look like? There was no metal cartridge involved? How long did it take to reload and fire one of those things? Thanks, from a firearms n00b!
posted by jackypaper on Oct 22, 2007 - 8 answers

Buddhism and Surrealism in Paris in the 1920s

How do I found out about books, museums, exhibitions, and artifacts relating to Buddhism in Paris in the 1920s? [more inside]
posted by arcadia on Oct 19, 2007 - 3 answers

In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue, and other mnemonic devices wanted. Apply within.

In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Great, Columbus=1492, got it. What else you know? I'm looking for silly and/or clever ways to remember history. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Oct 15, 2007 - 55 answers

Getting into grad school at 33

I'm looking at applying to Ph.D. programs in history. I'm 33. How can I maximize my chances? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Oct 14, 2007 - 24 answers

Why so many Liberty Bells?

What is the meaning and/or history of Philadelphia city street signs with Liberty Bell symbols on them? [more inside]
posted by midatlanticwanderer on Oct 14, 2007 - 5 answers

Seeing the industrial and political landscape of the southwest

I'm taking a road trip through the southwest, and I'd like to see places with an interesting backstory or that show you "behind the scenes." I'm interested in places with political, economic, environmental, or industrial significance. Can you recommend some? [more inside]
posted by salvia on Sep 30, 2007 - 9 answers

a broken bank

Credit Scores: Any reason to keep a bank account open? [more inside]
posted by jazzkat11 on Sep 24, 2007 - 6 answers

Favorite History of Science Books

What are the best history of science books for the intelligent layperson? Some examples along these lines include Richard Rhodes' "The Making of the Atomic Bomb", David Bodanis' "E=mc2" and Dava Sobel's "Longitude"; books which mix equally well the explanation of scientific concepts with historical/biographical storytelling, and are not intended for practitioners of the field. In addition to general suggestions, specific recommendations about the history of probability & statistics and the history of science in the ancient/medieval world would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
posted by lorenzism on Sep 22, 2007 - 37 answers

Depress me!

Deforestation. Extinction. Soil depletion. Toxicity. Mental illness. Mass imprisonment. Neocolonialism. Etceterugh. What should one read for a better comprehension of just what the hell we're doing to the planet, ourselves, and eachother? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard on Sep 21, 2007 - 45 answers

In a hundred years, they'll be looking for people who had something, anything, to do with Beanie Babies.

Where can I find people who have some relationship to convict-leasing in the southern United States? Are there historical societies (African American or otherwise) that can direct me to older people who can talk about what it was like? Where else can I look? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon on Sep 18, 2007 - 4 answers

The Little Traveling Shot

What is the earliest generally-accepted use in commercial cinema of the following three shots: a lens-based zoom, in or out; a traveling shot using a dolly to follow a scene's protagonist (as in moving from room to room laterally); and a traveling shot using a dolly to effectively create a zoom, in which the framing of the protagonist becomes tighter as a result of a shorter distance to the subject? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Sep 18, 2007 - 5 answers

History of handguns show

Help me figure out the TV show and episode I saw on the history of handguns (or specifically the revolver). [more inside]
posted by doctorcurly on Sep 12, 2007 - 7 answers

Took courses, got A's, still not sure what it is.

When I was younger, I read a sociology textbook trying to find out why sociology was treated as a separate discipline and how it differs fundamentally from the other social sciences. I learned a lot about Weber and Durkheim, but I still don't get it. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Sep 11, 2007 - 12 answers

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