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The Spirit of the German People

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about 12 hours ago

BERLIN - After the Great Wars, the USA "colonized" the German lands. The Reich (Empire) was de-Nazified, but also de-Germanized, with the result that German culture, German philosophy, and the German sciences all came to an end. Germany became a Western nation. That this is so, few politicians have ...

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The BAIDU Google Complex

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22 days ago

"If something is omitted, you have no way of knowing it has been omitted." --Howard Zinn More search engines for the world, please BEIJING – Baidu (百度), the Chinese search engine, is still largely unknown in the West; and it is certainly less technologically advanced and thorough than its US ...

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More Than A 1000 Philosophers

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2 months ago

LOVERS of the Big Think will rejoice at hearing about the world’s largest migration of brain: BEIJING - Thousands of philosophers are expected to descend upon China’s capital in 2018 in order to fete the queen of all disciplines (the king is science). Here are some thoughts about the next 24th ...