The AnkiDroid Collection (Part 14) – Ancient Egypt, Einstein & Spartans

Ankidroid additions related to Science, History and Philosophy. More information about Anki can be found in this article.

The Ancient Egypt Mythological Story

Amulet from the tomb of Tutankharman of Horus’ eye

The following ancient Egyptian mythological story was referred to many times in Jordan Peterson’s book 12 Rules For Life which featured here recently in Wednesday’s Literature Extracts. Peterson is fascinated by the symbolic meaning of Horus’ eye. He wrote a section about its representation towards ‘Paying attention‘:

‘Attend to the Day, but aim at the highest good’

The Egyptians worshipped Osiris, founder of the State and God of tradition. Osiris was vulnerable to overthrow and banishment to the underworld by his evil brother Set. (Social Organisations ossify with time and people towards wilfull blindness). Oriris would not see his brother’s true character even though he could have. Set hacks Osiris into pieces and scatters the divine remains throughout the kingdom and sends his brother’s spirit to the underworld. The great King did not have to deal with Set on his own.

The Egyptians worshipped Osiris’ son Horus who took on the twin forms of a falcon; the visually most accute animal and the famous hieroglyphic single Egyptian eye. Osiris is tradition, aged and will follow blind, but Horus could and would by contrast -SEE. Horus was the God of ATTENTION. He could perceive and trumph against the evils of Set, albeit at great cost. They have a terrible battle and Set tears out an eye from his nephew, but eventually Horus takes back the eye and banishes Set from the kingdom. He journeys voluntarily to the underworld and gives the eye to this father.

Einstein’s Miracle Year

In 1905, the soon-to be 26-year-old Albert Einstein was working as a Patents Examiner in Switzerland. He wrote 4 papers each on a different topic of Physics (He wasn’t even a scientist rather a failed academic and even passed over as a Lab assistent). His third and fourth papers respectively were Special Relativity (connection between Space and Time) and Equivalence of mass and energy E=MC ². For more information about Einstein’s miracle year see the video below:

The Spartans

On Saturday afternoon with the family I watched English heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s latest victory over fellow-countryman Dillian Whyte. He proclaimed in the post-match interview here – ‘We are Spartans‘!

The Spartans were considered to have the strongest army and best soldiers of any city-state in ancient Greece and were at their peak of dominance in 650BC. They were trained to be warriors from the day they were born. They didn’t trust philosophers or intellectuals, believing that wisdom should be displayed through your actions, and the way you live your life.

Sparta remained an independant state until they were conquered by the Romans in 146BC.

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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