Category Archives: History

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5 Historical Documents on Universal Truths

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Continue reading

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The Better Angels of Our Nature

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, by Steven Pinker, is definitely the most thought-provoking book I’ve read this year. Then again, it’s still January, so we’ll see. First, the question of why violence has declined presupposes that … Continue reading

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More on Pride in Race, and Social Revolutions

This is a followup to my earlier post “Pride in Things Out of Your Control“. In that article, I argued that it does not make sense to be proud of anything that is purely random, such as your race. An … Continue reading

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Pride in Things Out of Your Control

The topic for today is: Can you be proud of something that is out of your control? I started thinking about this last week, when someone claimed to be proud of belonging to a particular house at Harvard University. This … Continue reading

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12 Events That Will Change Everything

[The feature article of the June 2010 edition of Scientific American (pp. 36-48) is actually a compilation of articles titled "12 Events That Will Change Everything." Online version here.] This Scientific American feature discusses 12 major events. Below are the twelve events … Continue reading

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The Legacy of 2009

2009 has been a remarkable year in every aspect. Struggles were fought, issues were disputed, but in the end, new heights were reached. What follows are various statements from the web on this fateful year. (With focus on technology.) Doug … Continue reading

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Reflections on 2009

My first semester as a senior in high school just finished. Today. Although 2009 is not yet over, I would like to take the time to reflect over all, or rather, some of the various events of this hectic year. … Continue reading

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