articles tagged: history
why the end times crowds’ buzz is wrong
# politics

why the end times crowds’ buzz is wrong

Despite the constant gloom and doom, the world is actually safer, wealthier, and less violent than it's ever been in recorded history.

a peek at the ghost of the red menace
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a peek at the ghost of the red menace

Comparing what America and the USSR did to their own citizens during the Cold War is a fool's errand. The USSR was objectively worse to its people.

politically correct anthropologists tackle science
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politically correct anthropologists tackle science

A group of anthropologists crossed from being respectful to non-Western cultures and their history to being patronizing and condescending.

when academics try to take on military history
# politics

when academics try to take on military history

Inertia applies not only to objects with mass, but to bureaucracy and large institutions that have grown out of control.

settling the black death debate with ancient dna
# science

settling the black death debate with ancient dna

Genetic studies confirm that the Black Death was a strain of the bubonic plague making its way through Europe with outbreaks in trade hubs.

klinghoffer opens mouth, inserts foot yet again
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klinghoffer opens mouth, inserts foot yet again

The Discovery Institute needs a scapegoat for everything wrong with the world today. And surprise, surprise, it's always Darwin's fault.

he is the man who arranges the blocks…
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he is the man who arranges the blocks…

UK musicians Pig With The Face Of A Boy put together a fantastic nod to Russian history.

what krakens can teach us about peer review
# science

what krakens can teach us about peer review

Peer review, long seen as a feature of any scientific endeavor, is actually a fairly new idea. And you wouldn't believe the stuff that got published as science before it was put in place...

king tut gives us a peek at a royal family
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king tut gives us a peek at a royal family

An analysis of King Tutankhamun's DNA confirms he's the son of Akhenaten and brings the short, unpleasant history of his reign into focus.

cheating your way to future greatness. maybe.
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cheating your way to future greatness. maybe.

If we ever ended up in the past, it's tempting to think our modern skills would make us rich and famous. But putting those skills to use centuries ago is trickier than it sounds...

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