hm, trying to think of anything were you could have needed as precise a time measurement as seconds in the middle ages... though it is also difficult to imagine how you can know how much a minute is without having seconds... like, so you got hours by making a sundial and then making a specific number of lines there and called each distance hour, and then you said "now let's part this by 60"?
Blame the Sumerians Rikita. They started it all. Originally it was supposed to be an method of counting using your fingers/hands and 60 was an easy number to split up in different ways. They often used a base 60 for counting things. I would expect you needed minutes and seconds for angles rather than time originally, no? Plus they were needed for navigation by sea but couldn't be accurately measured until good clocks were invented. I think.
In Revolutionary France after the Terror, a quarrel divides anatomists on the issue of the residual persistence of thought and feeling in the human heads after decapitation. Movements on the face had been observed after the execution. What do they express ? What does exactly survive within the heads ? Irritability only or also sensibility and consciousness ? The passive experiment offered by the guillotine dramatically questions the mode of existence of the unity of consciousness.
But then, pursuing the matter a little more, I found out that around 1850, there were doctors still fighting over the freshly chopped heads for medical experiments. They would reconnect the main arteries to tubes linked to a pump full of animal blood and try to wake up the heads. There was great outrage about this, particularly due to the fact that if they succeeded, they would end up having to disconnect the head soon anyway, condemning the person to a second death. "But maybe in the meantime, the criminal will confess!" they said to defend their inadmissible behaviour.
While reading about the goings on in the UK, I came across something I did not know.
France tried to join the Commonwealth in 1956 but when the idea was ultimately rejected by the UK, it went on to sign the Treaty of Rome establishing the Common Market. If France had joined the Commonwealth, perhaps the European Union would have never existed.
That a squirrel had made a hole big enough in the screen in my kitchen window. I learned this by seeing the critter sitting on my kitchen counter with a bag of hot dog buns ripped apart and it feasting on the buns!
Thank goodness once it seen me it exited quickly through the hole it came in and I quickly slammed the window behind its cute little tail.
Now that it has done it once, he will be back, so no opening that window for a while and will have to replace it with metal screening. Do you they even make them anymore?