Women since the beginning have been thought to be liars and both characters in Thousand and One Nights and the Canterbury Tales have all these characteristics and similar themes.
§ 24. The mind having once got such a measure of time as the annual revolution of the sun, can apply that measure to duration, wherein that measure itself did not exist, and with which, in the reality of its being, it had nothing to do: for should one say, that Abraham was born in the two thousand seven hundred and twelfth year of the Julian period, it is altogether as intelligible, as reckoning from the beginning of the world, though there were so far back no motion of the the sun, nor any motion at all. For though the Julian period be supposed to begin several hundred years before there were really either days, nights, or years, marked out by any revolutions of the sun; yet we reckon as right, and thereby measure durations as well, as if really at that time the sun had existed, and kept the same ordinary motion it doth now. The idea of duration equal to an annual revolution of the sun, is as easily applicable in our thoughts to duration, where no sun or motion was, as the idea of a foot or yard, taken from bodies here, can be applied in our thoughts to distances beyond the confines of the world, where are no bodies at all.
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When the first Europeans arrived in Australia, islands off the coasts had not been inhabited for about 10 thousand years, when the oceans rose and cut them off from the mainland. On and islands, the wombats, emus, kangaroos, and other animals were so tame that people killed them with no effort whatsoever. Europeans on one island even built a hut for their wombats to sleep in at night, and they just pulled one from a hut when needed and slaughtered it. No mainland animals acted remotely like that. They are shy and furtive around people, for good reason. It did not matter if the environment was warm, dry, wet, or cold; all large animals quickly died off when humans arrived. New Guinea had a similar megafauna extinction pattern: sudden and total.