" The “selfish man” is he who would do the thing, even if it harmed others, so long as it gave him pleasure: the “unselfish man” is he who would still do the thing, even if it gave him no pleasure, so long as it pleased others. "
Lewis Carroll

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Hitler Is Appointed Chancellor of Germany

Hitler's rise to power began long before 1933, with his development of the Nazi party in the early 1920s and the widespread release of his book, Mein Kampf, in 1925. After the Nazi party lost seats in Germany's November 1932 parliamentary elections, leading businessmen and political figures appealed to Germany's president to appoint Hitler chancellor. As chancellor, Hitler quickly moved to eliminate his rivals and consolidate his power. How did Hitler then become Führer, or leader?



Simulated Reality

The idea that reality could be simulated to a such a degree that it becomes indistinguishable from "true" reality raises a number of questions, including whether the reality we experience is in fact a simulated reality, whether it is possible to determine if we are in a simulated reality, and whether a simulated reality differs from a "real" one. What common phenomenon, which leads many people to believe that a false reality is true, is cited as proof that people will accept simulated realities?

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt

FDR's policies in the 1930s and 40s shaped the economic and political character of the US for the remainder of the century. Elected to an unprecedented four presidential terms, his inspirational leadership guided the nation through the Great Depression and to victory in World War II. He was an advocate for the underprivileged of his time, and he supported the creation of the United Nations. What famous quote about fear is attributed to Roosevelt?

Last updated on Friday, 30th January 2009

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