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Vikings not so violent after all - New research
10-04-2013, 11:27 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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Most people think of the Vikings as bloodthirsty warriors who pillaged villages, but academics have used literature to challenge sterotypical views.

Mathematicians have uncovered complex social networks within age-old Icelandic sagas using a quantitative approach to find that there was more to Viking society than waging war.

They carried out a detailed analysis of the relationships described in ancient Icelandic manuscripts to shed new light on Viking society.

Pádraig Mac Carron and Ralph Kenna from Coventry University, set out on a quest to question whether remnants of reality could lurk within the pages of the documents in which Viking sagas were preserved.

They used complex mathematical methods including looking at the clustering of characters and their interactions to find that much like in our modern society, the 'six degrees of separation' applied across communities.

They applied methods from statistical physics to social networks, in which nodes (connection points) represent individuals and links represent interactions between them, to hone in on the relationships between the characters and societies depicted therein.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/a...putes.html

Didn't I say so just the other day? İmage
10-04-2013, 11:41 PM #2
Octo Mother Superior
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I have thought this was the case since I learned more about that time. They were on trading expeditions more than pillaging sprees I think.
10-04-2013, 11:45 PM #3
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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The church demonized them. They worshiped pagan deities. nuff said. chuckle.gif

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10-04-2013, 11:48 PM #4
Octo Mother Superior
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Wanna have a pillage fight? İmage
10-04-2013, 11:59 PM #5
Kreeper Griobhtha
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İmage

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I am not your carpet ride I am the sky
I am not your blowing wind, I am the lightning
I am not your autumn moon, I am the night
The night
10-05-2013, 12:02 AM #6
Octo Mother Superior
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I wonder if Techno Viking made a career out of his internet fame. chuckle.gif
10-05-2013, 12:07 AM #7
Kreeper Griobhtha
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(10-05-2013, 12:02 AM)Octo Wrote:  I wonder if Techno Viking made a career out of his internet fame. chuckle.gif

Last I heard he sued the man that made the video.

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I am not your rolling wheels, I am the highway
I am not your carpet ride I am the sky
I am not your blowing wind, I am the lightning
I am not your autumn moon, I am the night
The night
10-05-2013, 12:08 AM #8
Octo Mother Superior
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See? He didn't kill him.
10-05-2013, 01:04 AM #9
Kreeper Griobhtha
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I am not your rolling wheels, I am the highway
I am not your carpet ride I am the sky
I am not your blowing wind, I am the lightning
I am not your autumn moon, I am the night
The night



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