Why Nikola Tesla was obsessed with the Egyptian pyramids

The inventor Nikola Tesla's esoteric beliefs included unusual theories about the Egyptian pyramids.

Tesla and the Pyramid of Giza

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  • Nikola Tesla had numerous unusual obsessions.
  • One of his beliefs was that the Great Pyramids of Egypt were giant transmitters of energy.
  • He built Tesla Towers according to laws inspired by studying the Pyramids.
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How Big Think can better support you and how you can support Big Think

Here's a letter from our co-founders on the ways to help the world get smarter, faster, through engaging actionable content.

Mind & Brain

Dear readers,

We're the co-founders of Big Think. First and foremost, we want to thank you for your viewership. Over the last 12 years, you have helped us take Big Think from a vision scrawled in notes on lined paper to a reality that has reached over 1 billion people with the mission of helping the world get "smarter faster".

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VPNs are a must for private browsing in 2020. Here are huge deals on 5 of them

With a virtual private network, you're accessing a separate server for your internet use, making it virtually impossible for hackers or malicious outsiders to track your online activities and hack your accounts.

  • In the U.S., only 5% of web users are protected with a VPN service.
  • These five deals provide protection and unrestricted web usage at top speeds.
  • All five VPN services are currently discounted as much as 97% off.
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    Study: You can have empathy and still be a psychopath

    People who score high in "dark triad" personality traits are able to empathize. They'd just rather not.

    • People who score high in the personality traits narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy can empathize, but generally lack the disposition to do so, according to a recent study.
    • These traits are part of the "dark triad" of personality, which has been used to study malevolent personality traits since 2002.
    • The results suggest it might be possible to encourage psychopaths to empathize more, but no evidence shows this is effective over the long term.
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    The utopian 1920s scheme for five global superstates

    Austro-Japanese aristocrat Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi later concentrated on plans for Pan-Europe.

    One person's utopia is another's dystopia: A world map of five superstates.

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    Strange Maps
    • Unity is strength: This 1920s map divides the world among just five superstates.
    • The map was produced by count Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, who devoted his life to European unity.
    • This utopian map may have inspired George Orwell's dystopian world in 1984.
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    6 video games that can help older players focus and relax

    More people over 50 are becoming gamers, but finding the right game can be tough.

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    • Over 164 million Americans play video games on their phones, computers, or gaming consoles.
    • 21 percent of gamers in the United States are over the age of 50.
    • Studies have shown that games can improve memory and reduce signs of aging.
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    Culture & Religion
    Q: Why did the woman cross the road?
    A: Who cares! What the hell is she doing out of the kitchen?
    Q: Why hasn't NASA sent a woman to the moon?
    A: It doesn't need cleaning yet!

    These two jokes represent disparagement humor – any attempt to amuse through the denigration of a social group or its representatives.

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