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Baba Vanga.

Baba Vanga: The Red Nostradamus of the Balkans

On November 20, 1923, 12-year-old Vangeliya Surcheva lost her sight after being thrown into the air by a powerful whirlwind. Soon after, visions began to appear to the blind girl: the events of the coming years. Even so, she wouldn’t have become Baba Vanga, the blind seer of the Balkans, if it weren’t for the Bulgarian KGB.

Charles Darwin at a desk, writing notes for his book The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex.

Biocentrism Breakdown: Debunking the Dogma

Rooted in ancient beliefs, spurred into a social movement by Darwin and the Romantics, and later philosophically formalized by luminaries such as Aldo Leopold, Arne Næss and Paul W. Taylor, biocentrism champions the notion that every living organism holds an equal inherent worth. Its ethical foundations, however, are debatable—to say the least.

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The Cobra Effect: Lessons in Unintended Consequences

When a plan to eradicate cobras in 19th-century Delhi backfired spectacularly, the incident became known as the “Cobra Effect.” It has since become a cautionary tale about the unintended consequences of well-meaning policies, and a reminder of the importance of understanding the systems within which we operate.

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Mokusatsu: The Word That Changed the Course of History

On July 28, 1945, in response to the Potsdam Declaration demanding Japan’s unconditional surrender, Japanese prime minister Kantarō Suzuki uttered a now-famous phrase: mokusatsu-suru. The phrase can be translated to mean either “ignore” or “no comment.” The Allies heard the former. The atomic bombs were dropped several days later.