“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Friday, July 24, 2015
There are no chosen people, there is not even a chosen planet. Time to recalibrate on the one that we have:
Nasa Kepler telescope: Earth-like planet found
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A haul of 500 new planets discovered by Nasa's Kepler telescope includes a world sharing many characteristics with Earth.
Kepler-452b orbits at a very similar distance from its star, though its radius is 60% larger.
Mission scientists said they believed it was the most Earth-like planet yet.
Such worlds are of interest to astronomers because they might be small and cool enough to have liquid water on their surface - and perhaps be able to support life.
Nasa's science chief John Grunsfeld called the new world "Earth 2.0" and the "closest so far" to our home.