Tag: history

  • Are we happier?

    Are we happier?

    A friend triggered me with a question the other day. He was wondering: are we happier today in our modern society than people in the past? That’s a very complex question with many facets to consider. Who are we comparing? How are we going to make that comparison? To what period in history are we…

  • Europa Universalis

    Europa Universalis

    I like to play complex games that allow me to immerse myself in an alternate reality or a historical setting. Sure, running around and shooting people can be fun for a while, don’t get me wrong. Especially after a stressful day! But at the end of the day, I get more satisfaction from games that…

  • Book review: Revolusi

    Book review: Revolusi

    Someone recently recommended I read Revolusi, a book written by Belgian historian and writer David van Reybrouck. The title Revolusi is Indonesian for “revolution” which shouldn’t come as a surprise. In this book, van Reybrouck tells the story of how Indonesia gained independence from The Netherlands. There’s more literature on this topic but Revolusi differs…

  • What to do during quarantine (1): Shadiversity

    What to do during quarantine (1): Shadiversity

    With lots of people stuck in quarantine, I want to share some tips on what do to during quarantine to prevent boredom. One of the things you can do, is learn about new things. Or if you’re interested in history like I am, to learn about old things. There are lots of history books out…

  • Book review: Humankind

    Book review: Humankind

    This is going to be a somewhat odd book review because the book I am reviewing, isn’t actually available. At the time I am writing this, the book entitled “Humankind” by Dutch historian Rutger Bregman hasn’t been published in English yet. However, it’s already available in Dutch bearing the title “De meeste mensen deugen” which…

  • This 11,000-year-old statue unearthed in Siberia may reveal ancient views of taboos and demons | Science | AAAS

    This 11,000-year-old statue unearthed in Siberia may reveal ancient views of taboos and demons | Science | AAAS

    Gigantic wooden statue is among world’s oldest monumental art— Read on www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/04/11000-year-old-statue-unearthed-siberia-may-reveal-ancient-views-taboos-and-demons