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Discovering the human world.
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Persia had 44% of the world's population in 480 BC, the highest share in history, more than the Romans, who had 20% at their height.
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Watch how the centers of Western culture migrated over 2,000 years http://qz.com/244999
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Non-human social science: Orca pods can have distinct cultures - with accents, hunting strategies and other practices passed on.
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"The banality of evil" view stresses that corrupt institutions/norms and conformity encourage obscene behavior more than evil individuals
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Prior to Islam, Christian and pre-Islamic Arabs traveled to the Kaaba in Mecca, and took part in rites like the hajj
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The Greek Pytheas is the first to describe the “midnight sun” in his travels, suggesting he went as far north as the Arctic Circle
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The power of playfulness and “social epidemics” are featured in this week’s best. http://ow.ly/zKXIl
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Why was the Cold War a Long Peace? http://ow.ly/zz2lS
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There’s no connection between physical attractiveness and relationship satisfaction long-term. Like-mindedness, however, is pretty darn good
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