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(Medium)   Black Death NOT a "small world" effect, say poxy network scientists   (medium.com) divider line 9
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2013-10-18 10:09:34 AM
It moved with the speed of a horse or a ship, I imagine, which is fast enough.

Trains? Planes? Automobiles?
 
2013-10-18 10:13:44 AM
They didn't discover anything that isn't blindingly obvious. Societies in the past weren't as connected as societies today. Oh my god gives these guys a Nobel.
 
2013-10-18 10:19:46 AM

Esroc: They didn't discover anything that isn't blindingly obvious. Societies in the past weren't as connected as societies today. Oh my god gives these guys a Nobel.


Yeah, I normally like reading Black Deathy things, but that was obnoxious.  I guess all one needs to be a scholar is take an obvious idea and add some kind of formula to it.  "Hey look at me!  I developed the 'small world formula!'"  Sadly, that seems to be all it takes.
 
2013-10-18 10:27:02 AM
That website looks like something thrown together by a Gr. 8 class as a project.
 
2013-10-18 10:36:20 AM
It also ignores the class factor, in that rich people with country estates tended to leave the cities as soon as word of the plague coming was heard. Such people were most likely to be in contact with non-local people, businessmen, princes, bishops, etc. Taking those people out of the disease progress would slow it down.
 
2013-10-18 10:44:56 AM
Prince Prosperous didn't drink the water on the boat ride and yet he and all his cohorts were all struck stone dead.
 
2013-10-18 01:27:17 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: It moved with the speed of a horse or a ship, I imagine, which is fast enough.

Trains? Planes? Automobiles?


From TFA: "But Marvel and co say this is unlikely to influence the dynamics of the disease. "Travelling on horseback, for example (the fastest form of land transport in the 14th century), an individual carrying the Black Death could travel a maximum of 160 kilometres in the four days for which the victims of the disease remain infectious," they say.
That's more than enough to spread the disease more rapidly than the observed 2 km per day. Indeed, a person on foot could travel faster than this. "This suggests that travel velocity was not the limiting factor in the spread of the disease," they say.
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Most horses and ships travel faster than 2km per day. The article is saying that it wasn't travel speed that limited the spread; that it was a difference in connectivity.
 
2013-10-18 03:35:26 PM

indarwinsshadow: That website looks like something thrown together by a Gr. 8 class as a project.


And Seth Marvel sounds like a character that leaked out of Stan Lee's prostate.
 
2013-10-18 11:08:37 PM
so are you telling me coconuts migrate?
 
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