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A psychological perspective on gun violence in the United States

A 1993 study called “Gun ownership as a risk factor for homicide in the home” found that keeping guns significantly heightens the risk of gun-related deaths in households, and “virtually … Continue reading

March 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Alienation: a path to and from enlightenment?

The carved figure above represents the role of meditation in coming to a full and innate understand of reality, or enlightenment. By Adityamadhav83 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons … Continue reading

February 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

The environmental humanities and species extinction shed light on our alienation with nature.

An Alala, also known as the Hawaiian crow, is seen perched on a branch. The Alala has become extinct in the wild, although some birds live on in captivity. Photo from … Continue reading

February 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

Georgia Senate candidate’s hypocrisy exposed

This Associated Press photo taken by Steve Bisson shows Jack Kingston, candidate for Senate in the state of Georgia, giving a stump speech. Editorial Republican Rep. Jack Kingston raised plenty … Continue reading

January 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Study says materialism decreases well-being

Attachment to material things increases the likelihood of depression and low self-esteem, says 2013 study published in Motivation and Emotion.  Photo courtesy of Creative Commons. Editorial A study published this year … Continue reading

December 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

Canada, Denmark, and Russia compete for North Pole

Editorial Canada, Denmark, and Russia have each submitted their claim of sovereignty over the North Pole to the United Nations.  Each country argues that the pole rests on parts of … Continue reading

December 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Trust and alienation: Online media giants protest NSA surveillance

Graphic from The Guardian online, December 9, 2013.  AOL, Twitter, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn are combining efforts to lobby the US government to stop bulk collection of online … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Crocodiles use tools, so what?

Editorial The Huffington Post recently reported new research that suggests that alligators and crocodiles use tools.  Specifically, these animals perch sticks on their heads and use them to lure nesting … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · Leave a comment