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21 Incredibly Important Diagrams To Help You Get Through Life

21 Incredibly Important Diagrams To Help You Get Through Life | The Book of Random | Scoop.it
OK, you won't find true love or make a million dollars by following these charts. But someone's bound to be impressed by your profound knowledge of tea bag–steeping temperatures.
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To young Filipinos who never knew martial law and dictatorship

To young Filipinos who never knew martial law and dictatorship | The Book of Random | Scoop.it
You’ve been hearing a lot about the date – September 21, 1972 -- and the event -- the day martial law was imposed on our country, the day the Marcos dictatorship was born.
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Every Mistake You Make In Your 20s Has Consequences | Thought Catalog

Every Mistake You Make In Your 20s Has Consequences | Thought Catalog | The Book of Random | Scoop.it
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10-Year-Long Game of 'Civilization' Predicts Grim Future for Humanity

10-Year-Long Game of 'Civilization' Predicts Grim Future for Humanity | The Book of Random | Scoop.it
A Reddit user posted about a game of 'Civilization II' he's been playing for 10 years. The year 3991 A.D. does not look promising for humanity.
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The Flaws in Defending Morality With Religion | Against the New Taboo | Big Think

The Flaws in Defending Morality With Religion | Against the New Taboo | Big Think | The Book of Random | Scoop.it

When we think of those opposed to homosexuality – which still sounds weird to me, like opposing left-handed people* – or stem-cell research or euthanasia, we tend conclude they’re justifying themselves because of religion. But, as with almost anything underpinned by religion, the pendulum swings both ways: religious people also support these. And, perhaps without energy or recognisable ability to justify their moral decisions, many often fall back on their god’s say-so to provide a foundation for their otherwise empty assertions that certain things are right or wrong. Of course, one tends to forget that this is true even of those who support views one condones.

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Huxley Vs. Orwell: Infinite Distraction Or Government Oppression? | Prose Before Hos

Huxley Vs. Orwell: Infinite Distraction Or Government Oppression? | Prose Before Hos | The Book of Random | Scoop.it

A poignant comic on the different dystopian worlds envisioned by George Orwell and Aldous Huxley.

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Minority Report motion sensors now a reality

Minority Report motion sensors now a reality | The Book of Random | Scoop.it
Leap represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. It's more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen.
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Brian Greene: Is our universe the only universe? | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Is there more than one universe? In this visually rich, action-packed talk, Brian Greene shows how the unanswered questions of physics (starting with a big one: What caused the Big Bang?
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The Secret Meeting that Changed Rap Music and Destroyed a Generation

The Secret Meeting that Changed Rap Music and Destroyed a Generation | The Book of Random | Scoop.it

Rap music intentionally promoting crime to keep prisons filled?!

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Saudi princess: What I'd change about my country

Saudi princess: What I'd change about my country | The Book of Random | Scoop.it
Princess Basma Bint Saud Bin Abdulaziz, the daughter of Saudi Arabia's former ruler King Saud, says there are many things about the country she would like to change - but now is not the time for women to be given the right to drive.
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Terry Moore: Why is 'x' the unknown? | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Why is 'x' the symbol for an unknown? In this short and funny talk, Terry Moore gives the surprising answer.

 

The answer lies in the genius of the Arabs...and the inability of the Spanish to say certain Arabic sounds.

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The Definitive Guide to Wrapping Your Headphones Without Losing Your Mind

The Definitive Guide to Wrapping Your Headphones Without Losing Your Mind | The Book of Random | Scoop.it
Wrapping up your earbuds always ends up being an ordeal: they come undone in your bag, they get tangled, and are just a big pain in the butt. Wouldn't it be nice if tangled headphones were a thing of the past?
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Response to Tauriq Moosa on Defending Morality with Religion

A friend of mine, Tauriq Moosa, wrote recently arguing on the basis of Euthyphro’s dilemma that it is indefensible for theists to claim their theism as a basis for ethics (‘The Flaws in Defen...
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A Simple Strategy for Neutralizing Stress

A Simple Strategy for Neutralizing Stress | The Book of Random | Scoop.it
Feeling stressed? As strategic advisor Peter Bregman explains, it's probably stemming from frustrated expectations—when our hopes don't quite match reality.
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Joe Smith: How to use a paper towel

Joe Smith: How to use a paper towel | The Book of Random | Scoop.it
TED Talks You use paper towels to dry your hands every day, but chances are, you're doing it wrong. In this enlightening and funny short talk at TEDxConcordiaUPortland, Joe Smith reveals the trick to perfect paper towel technique.
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Put the financial aid in the bag | Video on TED.com

Put the financial aid in the bag | Video on TED.com | The Book of Random | Scoop.it
TED Talks At TEDYouth 2011, performance artist Carvens Lissaint shows how to use language, metaphor and imagery to express a powerful idea -- as in this spoken-word performance, a stirring plea to make college education more accessible.
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Klouchebag | The Standard for Asshattery

Klouchebag: taking self-importance to new heights.

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Beyond 'nosebleed':

Beyond 'nosebleed': | The Book of Random | Scoop.it
The derogatory 'nosebleed' tag simply means we’re not trying hard enough to understand and that we’re being close-minded about who we are, most especially in the globalized 21st century...
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