• Oddly enough, the brain can tell a lot about a person. I have always been interested how the brain of a normal person differs from the brain of a serial killer. What drives these people to do these awful things?

    • Hi Maggie!
      I found your post very interesting. I especially found “When killing victims, brain scans show that they never develop a form of attachment or belonging to the world which makes it easier to kill.” fascinating. The thought of what makes a serial killer kill/who they are has crossed my mind. While I realized that bullying and the nature in which they were raised contributed to their behaviors, I never realized that these factors can actually cause a physical psychiatric abnormality. If you want to read any more on this topic, here’s an article you might find useful https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/culture-conscious/201207/why-do-killers-kill

    • Maggie,
      I found this post very interesting. One of my biggest interests has always been serial killers and how they think. I found the research you did about the differing cortex very interesting and something that I had never thought about or heard about before. There is a new documentary coming out called Dahmer on Dahmer that you might like. It is about Jeffrey Dahmers thoughts and ideas throughout his life.

    • Maggie,
      I found your post to be very intriguing. I think it is very interesting that a psychiatrist found out that most the serial killers have not developed the ability to make connections with people. I think that is really interesting to think about because, as I think about it. I either make connections with everyone, but people I do not make connections to I do not usually like, although I still wonder how that influenced someone to murder other people. I think this is a great idea on a large topic but there is more studies that need to happen to fully understand while serial killers really harm people like that. We all have our limits that we can go over but why do serial killers go to the point of killing while the majority of the population responds to rash decisions with words. Here is a link I think you might find interesting and might help you with your interest in this, https://www.criminaljusticedegreehub.com/serial-killers/ .

    • The psychology of the human brain is pretty amazing, and I too can’t help but wonder why serial killers think so differently than regular people do. I had read from the article, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-superhuman-mind/201212/the-making-serial-killer , that not all serial killers grew up in an abusive household. Notorious killers like Ted Bundy, Jeff Dahmer had a healthy childhood, unlike Charles Manson who grew up in an unhealthy environment. So what really creates a serial killer? From the article, https://www.popsci.com/can-your-genes-make-you-kill, there was a story about a family with a violent history concerning the male family members. Tests were run and scientists finally figured out why there was a trend of violence, it turned out that there was a mutation on the X chromosome. Since men have one X Chromosome, this increases the chances for men to become killers than women. This mutation in the X chromosome had been passed down from generations causing family members to have the mental illness. There are many factors as to why serial killers are what they are, but is one more influential than the other? I’m interested to hear what you think about whether being a serial killer is genetic or not.

    • Maggie,
      I found your study on relations to brain and serial killers very interesting. I have studied serial killers such as the Zodiac Killer and Jeffrey Dahmer, and found what you said about the brain to be true about these killers. The most fascinating part to me is “When killing victims, brain scans show that they never develop a form of attachment or belonging to the world which makes it easier to kill.” I have always wondered what drove these people to do these awful things, and not being able to form attachment makes a lot of sense. If you would like to go further in depth I found an article that may help determining a serial killer before a crime is even committed.
      https://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/may/12/how-to-spot-a-murderers-brain

  • Molly,
    I really enjoyed your post about abortion. You brought up some very good points about abortion and why it should be kept legal. It is most defiantly the women choice and it always should be the women choice. I really liked your essay because it showed the full scope and you considered all sides of the abortion argument. Do you think that…[Read more]

  • Lexi,
    I really liked your post about mental health. I think this is a very important topic among our society today. There are a lot things that play into depression and mental health and I think it is very interesting that depression is increasing at the rate that it is. What are some of the factors that have played into this alarming increase in…[Read more]

  • Maggie commented on the post, LDS Influence on Utah. 1 month ago

    Missy, my girl. This is a very interesting post and growing up in Utah I have thought the same sort of things about how the LDS religion influences Utah as a whole. I liked how many links and facts that you included in your post. It is very interesting to the whole topic. I never knew that Utah is above average ins speaking of foreign language due…[Read more]

  • Maggie commented on the post, Combating Air Pollution 1 month ago

    Walter,
    I really liked your post about combating air pollution. I liked how your post was short and sweet and how it got straight to the point. I think there are many things that you could add to make your argument stronger. I think one of these things is to do a bit more research on how we could combat pollution in a more effective manner. How…[Read more]

  • There are many questions that are important to the world that many not ever be answered. One of these questions is “Will poverty even be ridden from the earth?” Living in Salt Lake City, where homelessness is a v

    • Cindy replied 4 weeks ago

      Dear Maggie,
      I am interested in your post because you added sources, statistics and proved how and why poverty is a problem around the world. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “Will poverty even be ridden from the earth?” I think this is sad because people around the world may never be able to have a roof over their head or a meal prepared for them.

  • Bryant,
    I really like your post. It brings up very good and interesting points. There are many things that make America its own individual country but some of these ideals aren’t lived up too. What do you think that some of these ideals are? Do you personally believe that everyone should have equal opportunity to succeed or do you think that…[Read more]

  • Hi KeJahn! I really like the topic that you chose. I think that this is a very important topic in todays society and it is most definitely something that more people need to be aware of. There are many incidents where police brutality has happened and I think this is a great example of your question. To make the answer to your question stronger I…[Read more]

  • Hi San! this is a really interesting topic and I’m so glad someone picked it. I’ve never really thought in depth about mass incarceration and how this affects the society as a whole. I think that many people overlook the affects and have the mindset that if someone did something bad then they automatically should be put in jail. I think there are…[Read more]

  • Walter, I really liked your post because it is a very important topic in todays society. There are a lot of people that are affected by it. There are many things we can do to help this problem. What are some of the things that you think we could do as the people the remedy this problem? Do you think that there are places that are more affected by…[Read more]

  • Mae, I thought your article was very intriguing. I have also always wondered if we live in a multidimensional world. I’ve never thought about it in a way that there could be another world that is within ours though. I have always thought about if there was another universe beyond ours. What do you think? Do you think that there is a world within…[Read more]

  • Maggie commented on the post, Why Obsess? 2 months ago

    Simon, I thought your question was very interesting. Obsessing is a big part of human nature and there are a lot of people that do it. I thought it was very interesting that your first word was more. Do you think this a correlation to your obsessive behaviors? If so, how do you think this one word has influenced you? The article that you included…[Read more]

  • I don’t know a lot about whether or not there is a parallel universe. I have thought a lot about it though. Like what if there is someone who is just like me light years away or what if there is a world that is t

    • Maggie, I enjoyed reading your post because I have often wondered if there is a parallel universe out there like I have seen in TV shows. I found the concept, “cold spot,” wild due to the fact that NASA has observed this and it has been there since the beginning of time. You did a wonderful job at explaining your complicated information, where I was able to understand it without further research. I would like to know more about this and hopefully I’ll hear from you again.

    • Maggie, this is an awesome post and definitely something that I have thought about as well. I love the idea of an infinite number of universes where just about anything is possible. What if we each are living in our own world, and all the different universes are just each person’s perception of the one they live in. I like the stuff you said about physics bot really making much sense in a world with infinite universes. I recommend you check out the book A Brief History of Time,by Steven Hawking. It deals with issues similar to the ones you talked about and it’s absolutely mind-boggling. I’ll definitely be back for more posts about the world around us.

    • Maggie, I got really excited when I saw a post on multiverses. This has been a question lingering in the back of my mind for some time. Your insights on the “cold spot” shows that in fact our universe could actually be part of a system of multiple universes. In fact, an MIT professor I’ve read has some really good insight on this topic. http://discovermagazine.com/2008/jul/16-is-the-universe-actually-made-of-math This provides a good explanation of his ideas.

    • Maggie, I really liked your post and explanation of these complex ideas. I have always loved space and find this concept very interesting. Different universes that are variations of ours open up many questions. Can one universe directly affect another? Is there a way to travel between multiple universes? How many of these universes could there be? Your post inspired me to do more research on the topic of the “cold spot” and its possible explanations. There is a possibility that it is no more than a void between universes, but scientists seem to believe that the multiverse idea could be true. I think that ideas like these are so interesting because they are among the least understood ideas of the human race. Thank you for sharing this post and hopefully it gets more people thinking about these big questions.

    • Maggie,
      I love your post! I always wonder about parallel universes and if the truly do exist! I am so torn on the situation! I have done a lot of research on this topic myself, and I think it would benefit you and your research immensely to look up Elon Musk and his view on the topic. He fully supports the theory and states that he is 100% positive that there is a parallel universe. It would be interesting to see what you find!
      Awesome job, I love the topic!

    • This idea and ideas like it have always fascinated me, especially after the first time I read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. In that book, she discusses and narrates an entire story based upon the idea of the existence of a multiverse, and puts into an understandable perspective the idea of higher order dimensions. Your piece reminded me of a project I did for physics last year in which I actually studied the man who came up with the idea of the multiverse. Hugh Everett suggested the multiverse theory in 1957, and based his predictions and thoughts on quantum wave mathematics. He suggested that in gravitational waves, particles from other universes could “poke” into our own, which is similar to what you suggest in your mentioning of “cold spots”. “Hugh Everett devised the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, in which quantum effects spawn countless branches of the universe with different events occurring in each” (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/hugh-everett-biography/).

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