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Gun Violence and Public Health: For Our Lives, Lives Lost and Lives Forgotten

Seventeen dead in Parkland. Twenty-six dead in Sutherland. Forty-nine dead in Orlando.  Twenty-seven dead at Sandy Hook. Fifty-eight dead in Las Vegas. As death tolls continue to climb and the frequency of mass shootings increase, gun violence has become one of the leading causes of premature death, killing more than 30,000 people and causing nearly…

Can Bill Nye Save the World?

“Bill Nye Saves the World” is a new show starring Bill Nye, a well-known and popular member of the science education community. The series description claims to “look at topics from a scientific point of view, refuting myths and claims that rebuke science”. Since Bill Nye is influential, this article seeks to investigate Bill Nye’s…

Phantom Limbs: The Missing Link

Scientists, researchers, and physicians alike still have not been able to pinpoint the precise cause of phantom pain, a term coined by Silas Weir Mitchell in 1871. Phantom limb is used to reference a syndrome in which patients experience pain or other sensations originating from a nonexistent limb. There may also be discrepancies between the…

Dissociative Identity Disorder: Separating Facts from Fiction

Very few psychological disorders have captured the public’s imagination like Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). While often confused with schizophrenia, which is characterized by paranoia rather than dissociation, dissociative identity is a completely unrelated disorder. Dissociative disorders in general tend to be rare, misunderstood, and often debated among psychology experts. Many disagree about whether DID, arguably…

You Are What You Feed

When people find out I don’t have Facebook, they always look so puzzled. “Why not?” they ask. It’s been two years since I deactivated my account and, yet, I still can’t find a coherent answer to this question. More times than not, I respond with an “uhhh” until somebody eventually changes the subject. I do…

Gone Girl and the Paradox of Madness

Gone Girl. Some call it a traditional gothic horror tale that reveals the truth of marriage. Others have derided it as a misandrist revenge fantasy or a misogynist validation of every paranoia American culture teaches men to hold. Certainly, this controversy highlights gendered double-standards in the United States. But more, Amy Dunne,  the main character,…

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