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By Jeffrey Gong He named himself Rorschach. He did not know why he decided to name himself thusly. He could have figured out why. There were free deep psychoanalysis stations everywhere. Just walk in, sit down, sleep for a couple minutes, then an artificial intelligence with an pleasant voice tells you exactly how your brain … Continue reading The Transience of Memory
By Seth Berger A pounding heartbeat. Sweat trickling down your forehead. Sticky palms. Eyes widening. Fear. The quintessential emotion that was built into humans to warn us of possible dangers, pumping adrenaline into our brains. However, some humans have developed an irrational and persistent fear towards certain things, causing unwanted stress and melancholy. This is … Continue reading The World Beyond Fear
By Brenna Chen Group project. To some, these two words are connotated with dread, fear, reluctance. To others, group projects bring an opportunity to collaborate and work together, something much more exciting than learning or working independently. Some people thrive when studying in a social environment, while others need to entirely block everything out … Continue reading Social vs Solitary Learning: What Makes Studying Effective?
By Shreya Ramakrishnan Walking into a room full of people you don’t know can be one of the most terrifying, yet normal, experiences we all face today. For so long, there was nothing we could do about this awkward situation that we were stuck in. That is, until our savior, the smartphone, came along. Now … Continue reading Smartphones: Savior or Destroyer?
By Janya Budaraju When you hear the phrase ‘conspiracy theory,’ maybe you envision a middle-aged, balding man still living in his parents’ basement, posting angry comments on news articles and Facebook posts. Or perhaps you recall particularly bizarre theories, such as the illuminati or the belief that the Earth is flat. You likely picture ridiculous … Continue reading The Causes and Consequences of Conspiracy Theories
The psychological phenomenon behind apathy in the face of tragedy By Charlotte Chui Over a breakfast of toast and orange juice, a scan at news headlines provides a glimpse into the current state of affairs. Deaths due to the national opioid crisis are at an all time high. Another bite of toast. A school shooting … Continue reading A threshold to empathy
By Sangita Kunapuli Each day the chemistry students file in single file to Mia Onodera’s third period class, feeling emotions ranging from happiness, to anger, to exhaustion. As soon as the bell rings, she instructs them to close their eyes, uncross their legs and maintain a good posture. “Breathe in deeply for four seconds, hold … Continue reading The Two M’s: A Reflection on Meditation and Mindfulness
By Brenna Chen According to a survey in 2010 conducted by Change the Equation, three out of ten Americans consider themselves bad at math. Over half of the 18 to 34-year-old bracket find themselves regularly saying they can’t do math. Many of my friends, in fact, constantly complain that they struggle much more than others in … Continue reading The Real Role of Intelligence