All Things Considered wants you to help us imagine a counterfactual history of the last 100 years.
The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand propelled the world into a war that left millions dead, shattered empires and rearranged power throughout the world.
But what if the assassin in Sarajevo had missed? What if, like his small band of amateur co-conspirators, he didn’t hit his target?
That’s hardly unthinkable. Moments before the murder, Franz Ferdinand’s car made a wrong turn. The vehicle was pushed backwards to turn around and came to a stop right in front of the gunman.
So, what if Franz Ferdinand had lived?
Via @kissane. Part 1 of 2.
Human beings are not rational creatures, and in all debates much of it is to do with the singer rather than song; you can’t just place bluntly-placed studies in people’s faces and expect them to take it all on board.
I don’t really care how scientific research makes a journalist feel about themselves; I’m interested in whether it’s true, or what it tells us about ourselves as a species, how it might explain our often odd behaviour, how it may affect attempts to reduce violence; and what implications it has on policy, and the trade-offs that are inevitable in all areas of public and private life.