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Mass Hysteria

Most of us know at least one example of mass hysteria: the Salem witch trials (1692).  In modern times, some say the Roswell Incident (1947) neatly falls under the hysteria header. How - and why - do these group freakouts happen?   Forming the Egregore Most animals have a signature distress signal to warn the herd; humans are no different. Hysteria serves an essential survival purpose against actual threats. For imagined […]

todayJanuary 10, 2023 2

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Earliest Known Star Map Discovered in Egypt

Researchers announced yesterday they've found the world’s oldest known map of the stars.  Dating from the 2nd century BC , the map is attributed to the Greek astronomer and mathematician, Hipparcus.  Amazingly, it was found hidden behind overlaid ink within later medieval texts found in Egypt. Papyrus and other writing surfaces were valuable and often “recycled" in ancient times, with scribes writing over old text.  Today's advanced imaging techniques can […]

todayOctober 19, 2022 17 2

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