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"The Man in the High Castle" may be the most beloved alternate history book, but it is not the most historically accurate.
His greatest speeches were loaded with empathy.
From grave robbing to giving your own body to science.
We thought the Big Bang started it all. Then we realized that something else came before, and it erased everything that existed prior.
After 70 years, "The Power of Positive Thinking" remains incredibly popular, even though its critics find the book to be mostly fluff.
The antibodies elicited by the "S2 vaccine" not only neutralize COVID's multiple strains but also coronaviruses that cause the common cold.
Gradualism rejects the idea of a "bright line" in the abortion debate.
In the wake of the pandemic, the crystal industry boomed, with customers hoping the stones might relieve a little anxiety.
Symbolic gestures often speak to our psyche in ways no rational action could ever speak to our intellect.
Time isn't the same for everyone, even on Earth. Flying around the world gave Einstein the ultimate test. No one is immune from relativity.
Historically, periods of mass flourishing are underpinned by technological revolutions. Currently, we are undergoing a technological revolution unlike anything the world has ever seen.
With advanced laser technology and an appropriate sail, we could accelerate objects to ~20% the speed of light. But would they survive?