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What 11 emerging countries think about increased diversity

Pew Research Center data shows that most people think diversity improves lives in their countries.

  • Pew Research Center surveyed more than 28,000 people across 11 emerging countries.
  • Their data shows that most people believe different racial, national, and religious groups have improved the lives of people in their country.
  • Young people were more likely to see diversity in a positive light, as well as those with higher levels of education.
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    What kind of government will exist on Mars?

    The lessons we've learned here on Earth will affect how we govern a new world.

    • The colonization of Mars is a real possibility for the not-too-distant future. A big question that author Michael Shermer and others are considering is how what we know about government on Earth will shape the politics of a new planet.
    • Favored by Elon Musk, Shermer shoots down the suggestion of a direct democracy because he says that historically it does not work. Direct democracy can lead to a "mob mentality" where hysterics overtake logic, leading to witch hunts and other bad consequences.
    • Shermer explains why he thinks the government on Mars will, in many ways, mirror what we know as a representative democracy. There will be constitutional republic and a Bill of Rights that determines what people can and can't do.

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    Space exploration is the ultimate plan B. Here’s why.

    Why did the dinosaurs go extinct? Because they didn't have a space program.

    • Space exploration is more than just the ultimate adventure, our study and investigation of space yields great scientific rewards, says astronaut Garrett Reisman.
    • Earth is wonderful, but it won't last forever, so it's important that we maintain a big picture view to ensure the survival of the human species.
    • Exploring space is our ticket to "the ultimate plan B," according to Reisman. If there were to occur a mass extinction event on Earth, the humans that inhabit another planet in our solar system will be the only hope of human survival.
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    Each map is worth a thousand pictures

    The Data Atlas of the World specialises in simple yet revealing maps of the world.

    Image courtesy of Carrie Osgood / Data Atlas of the World
    • Few simple things are as expressive as a well-crafted cartogram.
    • The Data Atlas of the World provides a simple overview of complex data.
    • Based on neutral datasets, this growing collection offers context without bias.
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    Two arguments for limited government and expanded civil society

    The associations of civil society give us freedom to find systems that meet our needs.

    • There are three subsets of civil society: primary, secondary, and tertiary associations.
    • Rochester Institute of Technology professor Lauren Hall says there are two arguments for expanding civil society and limiting the power of government, and they include elements of efficiency, morality, and coercion.
    • Ideally in civil society, secondary associations give you more freedom to meet your needs in various ways. If we relied more heavily on civil society rather than government, we'd have more wiggle room to find systems that work for us.
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