What is freedom, exactly?

As the question states, what is freedom? Do we really have freedom, or are we limited by any number of things. Take, for example, an election: we are given the choice between two people, each with opposing vewpoints. Unfortunately, we are not given the option of bringing in a third, completely arbitrary person who has a sort of ``middle ground`` position. As such, can democracy really be called free? Of course not, because if it were, then we would be given said option. In a world that is truly free, I would be capable of flying at will. But I can`t, so then what does that say about freedom? Exactly. You can have your cake and eat it to, but you can`t pitch it out the window and demand pie.

Car culture and suburbs grow right-wing populism, claims study

New research links urban planning and political polarization.

Politics & Current Affairs
  • Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
  • Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
  • People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
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How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

Image: Dicken Schrader
Strange Maps
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  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
  • Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
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NASA astronomer Michelle Thaller on ​the multiple dimensions of space and human sexuality

Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.

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Think Again Podcasts
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