• octavio,
    You do have a pretty cool name. I think its interesting that you are more attached to your mothers maiden name since most people go by their fathers name, however it makes sense to identify with the side of the family that you are closer with. its interesting to look up the meanings behind your name even if that wasn’t the reason for…[Read more]

  • Beth, in religion class we learned about the cruelty of the US prison system but they did not focus much on the treatment of women in prisons. its interesting to see the ways in which sexism impact lives even at the most fundamental level. I’m doing my project on drug use and I’m learning all about how unfairly the US prison system targets the…[Read more]

  • Bergland, Christopher. “Neuroscience Suggests That We’re All ‘Wired’ for Addiction.”Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 26 Aug. 2016, http://www.psy

  • Bella!
    I love your topic! Its super interesting. Being sad is one of the many inevitability of life and it isn’t always a bad thing. Feeling sad is a natural reaction and I’m sure has some evolutionary advantage that I would love to learn more about. Addiction requires a dependency on substance, action, or in this case, a feeling. Just like how we…[Read more]

  • Hi Zachary,
    this post was great. By explaining these terms you very clearly explained racism in a modern world. As I read through your post I was able to think of or imagine examples of various types of racism that I think often go unnoticed. you mentioned that reverse racism is a controversial term. my own opinion is that there is no such thing.…[Read more]

  • Abuse, National Institute on Drug. “Why Do Drug Use Disorders Often Co-Occur with Other Mental Illnesses?” NIDA, www

  • elias,
    you sound like an extreme adrenalin junkie! I applaud your desire for hard, intense, and risky work. I find the reasons you want to be a surgeon interesting and to some degree understandable. I think being a doctor is very stressful and it is those that seek it out that perform the best. It sounds like you have a good understanding of your…[Read more]

  • Hey John,
    Lab mice and pigs have been used for experiments for decades. We recently used pigs in a genetic engineering experiment using CRISPER and are looking forward to human trials. I do not think it is vaccines and medications people are angry about being tested on animals since we often do much less relevant experiment on mice. However I…[Read more]

  • Abuse, National Institute on Drug. “Principles of Effective Treatment.” NIDA, www

    • Dear Missy,
      I’m glad that you decided to write about this. This issue right here has the potential to greatly harm society. Many people nowadays use prescription medication or other drugs to treat mental illness and other disorders. Some articles I’ve read, like https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/medications-treat-disorders#3-7 say they do help. But others have said that just simply trying to be happy has the same effect (if not greater) in treating mental illness. Is this what you believe? I would love for you to write about this.

    • Dear Missy,
      This blog was really informative. The message was clear in that drugs aren’t the solution to prevent other addictions. I myself am doing a project on addiction and what I’ve learned is that addiction is only a coping mechanism or side effect of a person trying to rid themselves of unwanted feelings. In my opinion if one were to rid themselves of their addiction they would only be removing the way they cope with trauma. So to get over your addiction you must focus on feeling the unwanted feelings you’ve been pushing away.

    • Missy,
      This was a really cool article. I really enjoyed the way that you wrote it and the quotes that you used where very effective. I also like the way that you look at many different drugs and the effects that each one has on your body and brain.

  • Cheryl,
    I know that I am guilty of bombarding myself with too much information. With so much available its hard to pick out what is correct and even harder to find what is important. I think its interesting that our brains function better when handling less information. This post reminded me of some of the reasons people are so found of…[Read more]

  • Nathan,
    The US prison system values punishment over reform, rather than help people suffering from various socioeconomic factors traps them in a inescapable system. I wrote my post of the war on drugs which resulted in millions of people imprisoned for non violent crimes. The US stands alone on its harsh punishments and long sentences for…[Read more]

  • The war on drugs, the supposed “public enemy number one”, established under the Nixon administration and intensified under Reagan has been a colossal failure. The logic behind the war on drugs was if you eliminate

  • Isaac, I’ve never thought how the acceptance of drug use has allowed from increasing amounts of drug abuse and i totally agree. on the other hand I also think the lifting of the stigma has allowed for better treatment. im not sure if the lifting of the stigma increased drug abuse or just makes us more aware of it. either way i do agree the the…[Read more]

  • hello sofia,
    i totally agree that there is a real and prevalent hook up culture though I don’t think that dystopian literature I views meaningless sex as a threat to a free and open society. I think the powers in dystopian novels fear love not sex and those are two very different things. they fear love because it connects people and allows them…[Read more]

  • All dystopian novels have certain attributes in common: oppressive governments, propagandist mass media, restrictions on free thinking. All of these common traits are meant to be used as commentary on contemporary

  • Lin,
    I absolutely agree with you. Whether or not it is an honor it is for no one to decided besides those whose culture is being depicted. There is clearly a large degree of separation between kids dressing up as native americans and the Red Skins mascot but I think a hard line needs to be drawn on this topic. Strict rules are hard to come by…[Read more]

  • AjBOHS,
    I think the topic you choose to focus on is very interesting and creative. I would be careful when quoting wikipedia both because of its low reliability and the stigma against it. you can find the primary sources at the bottom of the wikipedia page that will give you the same information from a more reputable source. I think it is very…[Read more]

  • We are told to respect our elders, learn from their advice, and honor them. Many of us find this difficult. It’s hard to awe at the wisdom of an individual who is clueless of how our lives operate today and who

  • Chuck! you know I’m a sucker for Hypotheticals and this presents a very interesting one. Since the roosevelt administration the US has placed value in preserving national park however we continue to allocate more land and resources to support our growing population much faster than can be replaced. I like the idea you add to this problem by…[Read more]

  • This post is very amusing and playful. The title originally drew me in to the post in the same way pop ads invites people. Im glad a simple cartoon could spark so much interested in who we are and am glad that we like to see ourselves in our childhood influences. I still cannot say for certain which turtle I am after all people are more…[Read more]

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