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    Desdemona

    1.3.208-218

    My noble father,

    I do perceive here a divided duty:

    To you I am bound for life and education;

    My life and education both do learn me

    How to respect you; you are the lord of duty;

    I am

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    Desdemona 1.3.208-218 My noble father, I do perceive here a divided duty: To you I am bound for life and education; My life and education both do learn me How to respect you; you are the lord of duty; I am hitherto your daughter: but here's...

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    The research question for my essay was “what is the true cause behind addiction and relapse?”. It is easy to see why people associate poverty, will power, mental illness, genetics, and personal value with drug add

    Filling in The Gaps: Addiction Research

    The research question for my essay was “what is the true cause behind addiction and relapse?”. It is easy to see why people associate poverty, will power, mental illness, genetics, and personal value with drug addiction. People often misunderstand...

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    • wow, i find this fascinating. i really liked how you focused on more of the scientific reasoning from addiction. we also have the same opinion on who should go to jail. the dangerous people who kill others rather than a person that bought 1 gram of cannabis.

    • Dear Melissa,
      I found your topic of drug addiction research to be incredibly compelling. All of the research you sited reminded me of what happened in Portugal, where the government made radical changes in their country’s drug policy based on the scientific research that had been coming in (https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/dec/05/portugals-radical-drugs-policy-is-working-why-hasnt-the-world-copied-it ).They went from having one of the worst drug problems in the world to being one of the best nations for addiction. I think you could use this in your essay. Great job so far!
      -Tony

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

    Understanding Addiction Research part III

    Bergland, Christopher. “Neuroscience Suggests That We're All ‘Wired’ for Addiction.”Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 26 Aug. 2016, www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201608/neuroscience-suggests-were-all-wired-addiction. In this article Brian Anderson suggest that drug addiction is less uncommon than we think. That the reasons and pathways used by drug...

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

    Understanding Addiction Research ( part II)

    Abuse, National Institute on Drug. “Why Do Drug Use Disorders Often Co-Occur with Other Mental Illnesses?” NIDA, www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/comorbidity-addiction-other-mental-illnesses/why-do-drug-use-disorders-often-co-occur-other-men. Drug addiction and mental illness often occur side by side in a relationship of mutual cause and effect. The national institute of...

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

    Understanding Addiction Research

    Abuse, National Institute on Drug. “Principles of Effective Treatment.” NIDA, www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/principles-effective-treatment. This article deals mainly with the prescription used to treat opioid addiction. The top drugs used to treat addiction all have low overdose risk and work to prevent withdrawal...

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    • 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.
      Bobby

    • 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.
      Vesna

    • 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.

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    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

    Injustices of United States' War on Drugs.

    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 the drugs you eliminate...

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    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

    Drugs in Dystopian Literature.

    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 culture. In George Orwell's 1984 big brother is...

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    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

    Generations of Ignorance.

    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...

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    Utah is perhaps best know for the young men and women it sends out in white oxfords and names tags called missionaries. These religious missions are partially responsible for nineteen percent of Utah residents

    LDS Influence on Utah.

    Utah is perhaps best know for the young men and women it sends out in white oxfords and names tags called missionaries. These religious missions are partially responsible for nineteen percent of Utah residents speaking a second language compared...

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    • Melissa, as a Utah citizen myself I definitely see what your saying, and Im always a sucker for hard facts and statics so no argument there. I did however wonder why the large influx of Tongan background people. The mormon concentrations is quite high here, you cant turn your head without seeing a mormon chapel. I myself am not mormon but it has influenced Utah a lot, like you said our legislature is majority republican and I think their decisions are heavily influenced by their faith. my question is is this a bad thing? what are the pros and cons of this influence in Utah. heres an article (http://archive.sltrib.com/article.php?id=5403049&itype=CMSID). please get back to me on this.

    • 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 to the mormon missionaries. I agree with everything that you said in this post. The Mormon faith has a huge impact on everything around us. Do you think that this a good thing or a bad thing? How do you think that this influences the state as a whole? https://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-harrison/the-lds-church-and-utah-p_b_9278128.html I found this interesting article on all the different aspects of life that Mormonism can affect. Great post!!

    • Hi Missy,
      Utah does have problems with the church but I belive that gerrymandering is the bigger issue then the morman church because the reson the church has such a strong grip is gerrymandering. The senators have figured out ways to split up uposing views into small fractions and make it imposible to become succesful at voting for what they beleive in. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/03/01/this-is-the-best-explanation-of-gerrymandering-you-will-ever-see/?utm_term=.9eb41f479114 this article is very good at explaining how this works and why it is so effective for one group to stay in power for so long.
      thanks, Simon

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    I am not afraid of death. The way I see it once I am dead and gone and buried I lose the ability to want to live and therefore won’t mind being dead. I am scared of zombies. It’s not the unstoppable illness, the

    Roaming in Literature

    I am not afraid of death. The way I see it once I am dead and gone and buried I lose the ability to want to live and therefore won't mind being dead. I am scared of zombies. It's...

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    • Missy,
      I think that your post is very clever. When you talk about the fear that our “…fellow humans see us as nothing more than meat on bone…” is utterly terrifying. I really found your connection to zombies with the collapse of humanity as something relatable especially when there are debates that people—especially younger generations—are becoming a little more disconnected. Of coarse, this theory is something that can be discussed in a more focused approach on a different post, but the connection of disconnection to roaming does show a side of concern. I also agree with you about how scary roaming can be. I believe A Brave New World has aspects of roaming that slowly destroys humanity. The advent of extreme readily information that seems to be the theme throughout the book, makes individuals less human in a way. Finally, I like how you mentioned that many books have an underlying truth about humanity in which we need to save from ourselves.

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