7 most notorious and excessive Roman Emperors

These Roman Emperors were infamous for their debauchery and cruelty.

1876. Painted by Henryk Siemiradzki.
  • Roman Emperors were known for their excesses and violent behavior.
  • From Caligula to Elagabalus, the emperors exercised total power in the service of their often-strange desires.
  • Most of these emperors met violent ends themselves.

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It pays to be tolerant: Dutch national identity

"It's not always about agreement, more often it's about business."

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The roots of Dutch tolerance run deep. Perhaps its sources are to be found in centuries old Calvinist prescriptions, according to which everyone has the right to interpret the Bible in their own way.

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Cannibalistic pantry moths prove a key principle of evolution

Biologists use commonly-found insects that engage in cannibalism to prove a key evolutionary concept.

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  • Researchers studied cannibalism among commonly-found moths to test an evolutionary principle.
  • The scientists concluded that moths with more sibling interaction were less selfish.
  • The principle applies to humans and other animals.
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Politics desperately needs hope, so why does it no longer inspire it?

For some philosophers, hope is a second-rate way of relating to reality.

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In the late 2000s and early 2010s, the word 'hope' was ubiquitous in Western politics.
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Individual action can stop climate change. How? Environmental herd immunity.

If more people decide to apply pressure through their choices, slowly but surely we would reach climate change herd immunity.

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  • The relentless degradation of our natural resources is also your fault.
  • The same way that vaccines work to create herd immunity in a population, a changing worldview that repositions us in relation to nature can do the same for the environment.
  • Environmental herd immunity requires each one of us to make small sacrifices (vaccines hurt a bit but save lives, right?) that have the transformative power to change the world.
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