Areté roughly means “moral virtue”. It refers to an innate “excellence” or “essence” in all things, and the striving toward that potential or purpose.
A collection of explainers, references, opinions, and other supplementary material to help you better understand our collection of facts and myths.
“Useful Idiot” is a political insult that describes a person who is, through manipulation or not, useful to a political cause that is not their own without fully realizing their role.
An “in-group” is a group you are part of (genetically, culturally, or ideologically), while an “out-group” is a group you aren’t part of.
We explain “the left-right political spectrum” by applying the terms “left” and “right” to a number of “left-right paradigms”.
Conspiracy theories are sets of one more speculative hypotheses, backed by fallacious reasoning, that suppose a conspiracy.
Reference frames and relativity in physics explained using math-free examples. We cover: frames of reference, inertial frames, accelerated frames, and relativity.
In pop-science, in reference to the brain, you’ll hear the terms “hardwired” and “softwired”, hardwired means genetically programed and softwired means learned.
The physical constants are measurable properties of the physical universe that don’t change, everything else is relative to these constants.
Astrology is a system of fortune telling that assigns meaning to planets based on symbolism relating to old theories like alchemy, the classical elements, and what we now called “mythology”
We explain the standard model of particle physics in simple terms for non-experts using videos, facts, and bullet points.