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Ben Thomas
Professional geek. Knowledge devourer.
Professional geek. Knowledge devourer.

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If you want to read some seriously, immortally epic smack-talk, check out this threat letter that Hulagu Khan sent to the Caliph of Baghdad:

"Indeed, when our order is obeyed, it will not be necessary to exact retribution and your shall retain your land, army, and subjects. If you do not heed our advice and intend to oppose and resist us, ready your army and choose the battlefield, for we are prepared and girded for battle. When I lead my army against Baghdad in fury, whether you hide in the heavens or on earth

I will bring you down from the spinning spheres;
I will toss you in the air like a lion.
I will leave no one alive in your realm;
I will burn your city and your lands.

If you wish to spare yourself and your venerable family, listen to my advice with the ear of intelligence. If you do not, you will see what God has willed."

Full letter here:

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For the last few weeks, I've been moving most of my articles and essays -- and my public profile as a writer -- over to Medium, and to my Twitter account @writingben

If you like the things you read from me here, come join me there. Make yourself at home. Make an account, share and recommend what you like, and jump in the comments and argue with me.

You might even discover some of your new favorite writers -- I know I have, and I'll be glad to recommend some of them to you.

See ya there!

(By the way, all the neuroscience stuff will still be on +The Connectome, and on its
- blog
- podcast
- YouTube
- Twitter
- and channel:

I still post regular updates on all those feeds, and I'll keep doing so. I'm just "splitting off the brand," you might say.)

Thanks, as always, for reading. 

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My article on +Medium "The Heart of the Thing"

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My article on +Medium "Time's Orphans Have Names"

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My article on +Medium "No One Hears You Shouting From the Slums of Mombasa"

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My article on +Medium "Go to the Fun Countries"

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My article on +Medium "Alone in Nairobi"

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My article on +Medium "The Revenant Is a Movie About Man"

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My article on +Medium "In Praise of Roleplay"

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Archaeologists discover A PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIAN LANGUAGE. If you know me at all, you can imagine how my face looks right now. Mostly I'm sort of wheezing and making a lot of excited hand gestures.
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