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WHY TEENAGERS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE STUPID

Why Teenagers Are Supposed To Be Stupid Osborn Allen Brain Louisiana

My wife is an adolescent medicine doctor, meaning she is a pediatrician that specializes in teenagers. A key idea she has always emphasized is that the adolescent brain is not fully developed—particularly when it comes to executive function. This means

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ON DEHUMANIZATION

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The world is filled with bad news. There seems to be an endless supply of malice, and the expression of evil appears to be getting more and more diverse. Take, as examples, the leveraging of xenophobia and bigotry in an

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WHY ABBY FISHER SHOULD STAY MAD (#STAYMADABBY)

Why Abby Fisher Should Stay Mad Graphic (#StayMadAbby) (StayMadAbby)

At what age is sulking no longer acceptable behavior? In the case of Fisher vs. University of Texas, Abigail Fisher seems to be sulking well into adulthood, and she wants others to bear the burden of her pouting. The very

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HOW MARRIAGE TAUGHT ME HOW TO RESPOND TO TERRORISM: THE PERILS OF SHORT-TERM EMOTIONS

Marriage, Terrorism & Short-Term Emotions Graphic

Being married has taught me a lot about how to make wiser decisions. Why? Because experience has demonstrated that in order to make a decision now that will be best for both of us in the future, I have to

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WHY THE FUTURE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE PRESENT: ON THE PARIS ATTACKS, THE SYRIAN REFUGEES & PROVIDENCE

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  The French people have been struck by tragedy. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the recent catastrophic attacks on the French capital that claimed the lives of more than 120 individuals. As the NY Times reports, ISIS has called

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ON THE MINIMUM WAGE

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The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 per hour. President Obama, in his 2014 State of the Union address, called for this wage to be increased to $10.10 per hour. The rationale is that increasing the minimum wage will benefit

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THE COMMON GOOD

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Knowledge has little value if it is not disseminated. After all, great ideas exist because they are widely known and appreciated, not held privately. Yet, knowledge and personal preference are often subversively mixed—because those who have understanding often inject partiality

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ON NATIVISM, IMMIGRATION AND AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM

On Nativism, Immigration and American Exceptionalism Graphic

I personally do not believe in American exceptionalism. What I do believe in is human fallibility. I personally do not believe in government superiority. I do believe in the natural rights of all human beings. Resultantly, what has made America

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ON DEHUMANIZATION: SANDRA BLAND, SAMUEL DuBOSE, LEVAR JONES & BOBBY CANIPE

Dehumanization: On Sandra Bland, Samuel DuBose, Levar Jones and Bobby Canipe Graphic

Here is one reason why the unfortunate case of Sandra Bland is so terrifying: Citizens are asked to obey and constrain themselves in recognition of the law. Yet, the law is the very thing that certain police officers have transgressed

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VOTER ID: BIAS OR NECESSITY?

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Are voter ID laws racially biased or completely benign and necessary for the enhancement of our democracy? On July 13th, a federal trial began in Winston-Salem over the 2013 North Carolina law (H.B. 589) that repealed a series of voting

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