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The Power of Choice: Stories and Science

By Liam Betts

"I think that in the same way that we derive scientific law from physical data, we derive rules of beneficial behavior from social data. Truth. Kindness. Justice. These virtues are not abstract philosophical concepts. They are the result of the greatest experiment on earth: history itself."

The Story Behind the Liberty Hoodie

By Liam Betts

"I see the world through the eyes of privilege. My thoughts and judgments are colored by 'white culture', the culture I adopted after moving to the United States as a child. I cannot change how I was raised. I cannot change the decisions of my past. So the question became: What can I do now?"

 

Horses Not Zebras - Explanation

By Khadem Badiyan

"This illustration makes fun of the precautions that have been put into place because of ["when you hear hoofbeats think horses not zebras"] and how doctors have a difficult time seeing zebras. In the real world, the effect of this rule has the chance of leading to unfortunate misdiagnoses..."

Zeno's Startup - Explanation

By Khadem Badiyan

"This joke is playing with two concepts. 1) How long it takes startups to launch and how they continue to be "startups" once they become well established businesses. And 2) Zeno’s Paradox of Motion, which is a philosophical problem that toys with limits and the concept of infinity."

Liberty by Arya B - Explanation
 

"This depiction of Lady Liberty incorporates Bartholdi’s original design choice. The statue holds in one hand broken chains and in the other a plaque that marks the date, June 19, 1865, when the last of the slaves were freed in Galveston, Texas."