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Political Regime Type and Warfare: Evidence from 600 Years of European History
"We find that early parliamentary regimes – the institutional precursors to modern democracies – fought in significantly more wars than did absolutist monarchies, both against one another and overall. We argue that early parliamentary regimes had a relatively large capacity to make war, but, unlike modern democracies, not enough institutional constraints to reduce its frequency."
A Woman Kissed Her Boyfriend After He Ate a Peanut Butter Sandwich. It Killed Her
Yikes!
When Cooperation and Compromise Fail: Distrusting and Denigrating the Moral Character of Those Who Disagree
"People tend to view adversaries with dissimilar opinions as irrational, biased, and negatively motivated. However, when adversaries show honest attempts to compromise evaluations should become more positive. Unfortunately, the evidence presented here does not support this idea."

Compare and contrast - conformity, success, and intelligence

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Call of Duty: World War II multiplayer lets you fight as anyone, history be damned
"My rifle was held high and, running full bore, I drove its bayonet into their chest ... This is not an unusual sight for a Call of Duty game. ... But right there, in my first demo of the upcoming Call of Duty: World War II, I noticed a big difference. I’d just killed a woman. A black woman. A black woman in a German uniform." Black Nazi female soldiers wasn't quite what I was expecting the "social justice" movement to result in.
Open-Plan Offices Kill Productivity, According to Science - A huge study of 40,000+ workers in 300+ companies revealed that open-plan offices don't work
I really don't like cubicles.
Is it raining on the suicide prevention parade to point out that promising interventions are not effective?
"to point out some attractive and promising approaches do not work invites a lot of criticism. ... I think a quote from Richard Feynman is particularly appropriate: 'We are trying to prove ourselves wrong as quickly as possible, because only in that way can we find progress.""

Alvin Toffler on learning and relearning

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. - Alvin Toffler

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