Author: Gregory Myers

Most people perceive it as unthinkable that a country like America could end up a dictatorship. After all, America has an incredible amount of checks and balances, and is well designed to weather the storm of dictators and tyrants. However, even the most well designed and manufactured things can be broken, and many people have…

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Currently, Vladimir Putin (with his regime) is one of the biggest real life bogeymen in the entire world. However, while people in the West are often told that Russia is not a good example of a well run country, and that Putin is a dangerous leader, they often aren’t told the details of exactly why…

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Today we live in the age of instant information and instant gratification, and many people feel they cannot live without the internet. However, for the longest time humanity did just fine without it in their lives, and we could do so again. In fact, the truth is that at this point, the internet is probably…

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After 9/11, many people in the Western World started paying more attention to the Middle East. But unfortunately, most of that attention has tended to be negative. Over the years, stereotypes and misconceptions have built up about the Middle East, and many people now have a very confused and rather narrow view of a very…

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Many people love watching shows or movies set in some sort of post-apocalyptic universe, and consider the lifestyle to be very glamorous. However, the truth is that reality in a post-apocalyptic universe would certainly not be the fun and games free-for-all that so many people imagine it to be. The most fun parts of life…

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If you’ve ever been on the internet, you have probably seen someone pass around a list of “wacky laws” from various states in the USA. These are usually laws that are still on the books from decades or even centuries ago, were never constitutional, wouldn’t be held up by any local judge worthy of their…

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Engineers are one of the most important behind-the-scenes groups of people, and most of us just take them and their work for granted. The truth is that there can only be so many designers, and the vast majority of engineers do the unglamorous, but no less important work, of building, testing, and improving things for…

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People often misunderstand scientific theories — partly because science can be complicated, but also because many people are confused about what a scientific theory actually is. A theory, in science terms, is not just an extremely good educated guess, nor is it expected to ever reach a higher burden of proof. It is, in fact,…

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In 1975, the communist revolutionary group Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, had taken over Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. Soon they had control of the entire country and declared its new name as “Democratic Kampuchea.” They wanted to create an idealized communist agrarian society, and started making radical changes. While their reign…

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Logical fallacies are something we all learned about in high school at least a little bit, and we have all heard teenagers throw them around (often wrongly) in internet arguments in a vain attempt to “win” something — they of course haven’t yet learned the crucial lesson that no one ever wins an argument on…

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Many people like to think of big corporations as their friends, and the corporations certainly don’t try too hard to convince people otherwise. In fact, recent efforts on social media by large companies have taken advantage of this by using a personal touch, and often turning their company into a loveable character, run by a…

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Throughout history there have been a lot of amazing leaders. Some of them led from the front, even charging into battle, and others simply made incredible decisions that saved countless lives and led to a prosperous kingdom. Some did both. However, there have also been leaders who are known more for their blunders, and even…

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When learning about history you often assume you are learning about the most important people in any given situation. But often, you learn either of those who took the credit, or even more commonly, those that history happened to credit more because their role, or just their personality, was more glamorous. Those easily identifiable figures…

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Everyone who has ever watched a movie has an idea in their head of the stereotypical angry mob with torches and pitchforks, and most of us have a lot of preconceived notions about how crowds will behave. People tend to think, in general, that crowds are relatively easy to manipulate, and that oftentimes people will…

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Sweden is a well known country today, but they are not particularly well known for their military prowess. Most people today known Sweden for Ikea, pop music, and for being a very successful and rich, but relatively small country. However, many people outside of Sweden and the nearby countries do not realize that just a…

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Today, climate change is seen by many scientists and world leaders as the biggest issue facing the globe. Whether you believe that it’s caused by man, natural cycles, or some combination of both, more and more people have accepted at this point that the environment is continuing on a path that is going to make…

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Today, Americans have a view of the Founding Fathers, and of the founding and evolution of young America, that is highly idealized and mythologized. The Founding Fathers themselves have reached an almost deified status and many people think of changing anything regarding the structure of our government as tantamount to blasphemy. However, much of what…

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World War I is one of the most famous wars in history, but despite its significance, it often gets overlooked in favor of its more recent cousin, World War II. The Great War is especially less remembered as clearly by Americans, even though they played a large enough role that they should have felt more…

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Not many people today know a lot about the Incas, which is unfortunate. They had one of the most incredible ancient societies in human history. Their kingdom was based in the city of Cusco, which is now in modern day Peru. While the Inca society started quite small, they managed to amass an empire that…

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