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The formal end of the slave trade in the British Empire

The Committee for Abolition of the Slave Trade, which was formed in 1787, was among the first unions in Britain that organized opposition to slavery in the Empire. Another 20 years passed before they formed a large group of supporters in the British parliament. They gathered around the idea that slavery is a despicable act against humanity and Christian morals.

One of the greatest proponents of anti-slavery ideals was William Wilberforce. More and more MPs in the House of Commons were advocating more humanistic views and expressed deep indignation against the slavery trade. Finally, on 23 February 1807, the House of Commons passed the bill with the striking vote majority of 283 to 16, and one month later, on 25 March 1807, King George III signed the bill and it became law.

However, the slave trade continued in some of the more remote countries, which were part of the Empire. It was around 1833 when British Empire completely outlawed the abhorrent practices of slavery and human trade.

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Ostriches Stick Their Heads Into The Ground When Threatened

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NO THEY DON'T! .... and other myths

There are many things, that we are told and we accept for granted. But we always forget the most important thing in the world - Science. As an ostrich has its legs to run or fight the threat, we have Science to teach us, how things actually work. So let's stop sticking our heads into the ground and learn the actual truth about some of the most popular myths we believe are true.

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Quotes to reflect on: Joseph Cambell

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A thinker with thousand faces

"People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive."

― Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth


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The 23 Bezirke of Dreams - Vienna That We (Don't) Know

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The City of Dreams

Many believe Vienna is called the City of Dreams because Sigmund Freud - the father of psychoanalysis, lived there. But is it so? Ever since the Romans established the fortified town of Vindobona in 15 BC, the city has given us many things to dream about - music, desserts, wine, and so on. Here are some, more or less, known facts about Vienna that will make you dream about visiting it and dwelling into its imperial beauty.

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Easter Island Heads mystery revealed

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Easter Island Heads are actually full-length statues

It would be a surprise if you haven't heard about the Easter Island Heads. These are among the most famous sculptures in the world. If by any chance you haven't, now you will get familiar with the massive figures or moai. Moreover, as it was discovered, their name is actually misleading because as a team of archaeologists at UCLA have found out the well-known monoliths are not only busts but whole bodies buried in the ground.


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