• Us vs Them: Does Human Nature Divide or Unite?
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    Everywhere in the world, people exhibit certain common patterns of behavior. We dub these patterns inherently human, and we recognize them as the bond which ties us together. Even so, these patterns can often be divisive and work against human togetherness. Take the human tendency to be tribal for instance. We may think of tribalism […]

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  • The Culture of Music
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    When I was 7, in 2012, I bought the CD for Green Day’s Dookie. I saved up my 25 cent weekly allowance for months, and finally I was able to purchase the treasured music from Target, complete with a song packet and 12 inch poster. Besides my relatively odd taste in pop-punk music as a […]

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  • Let’s Talk about Earth Day
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    Consistently falling on April 22nd, the annual event has been celebrated since 1970, and with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) beginning operations a little over seven months afterward (12/02/1970), this first Earth Day may have been the beginning of modern environmentalism. Back in the ‘70s, Earth Day was meant to increase awareness for oil spills, […]

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  • An Art Historical Analysis: Cordoba vs. Angkor Wat
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    Constructed in 631 A.D. in southern Spain, the Great Mosque of Cordoba is an Islamic center for worship. Built in 1100 A.D. in Cambodia, the Angkor Wat is a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu. Upon first glance, the two buildings cannot be any more different: one is Islamic, the other is Hindu; one is in […]

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  • Let’s Strive for Cultural Appreciation, Not Appropriation
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    I recently watched a short documentary by Elle, a well-known fashion magazine. It came up in my feed, and some words in the headline attracted my attention: “Braids and Appropriation in America”. The thumbnail image was of a Kardashian wearing cornrows. I clicked on the video and learned that many members of this reality TV […]

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  • Alice de Rivera: Fighting the Gender Divide Fifty Years Ago
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    Fifty years ago, Alice de Rivera, a thirteen-year-old girl from New York City, brought Stuyvesant High School to court and fought a case against educational sexual discrimination. In the year of 1969, the U.S. was in chaotic divide upon issues of war, gender, and race. Despite the 1954 Brown v. Topeka Board of Education Supreme […]

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  • Goodbye Movies?
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    Back in 2013, I read an article reporting that George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, two of the most successful film directors in history, believed movie tickets would balloon to outrageous prices of anywhere between $50 and $150 within the foreseeable future. I scoffed at this when I read it as a twelve year old. $50 […]

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  • Everything Wrong with the Beauty Industry
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    The media surrounding us is geared towards all people. The aging moms who are told they should look younger. The 13-year-olds who are told they need to look older. And everyone else who is told they need to look different, but not different from everyone else. Different from the way they look now. Different in […]

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  • A Brief Introduction to Weezer
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    Despite groans and snobbish pontification by the music criticism community, Weezer has finally released their fifth self-titled (and fourteenth overall) studio album: the Black Album. Weezer has endured a turbulent history, both with its fans, its former fans, and music listeners in general. Their debut album, Weezer (the Blue Album) received almost universal praise from […]

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  • Will Lab-Grown Meat Solve Climate Change?
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    In 2013, the first lab-grown burger was cooked and eaten at a press conference for a hefty price of $330,000. The event marked the first use of cellular agriculture, a method of growing animal cells artificially in a lab to make meat from scratch. Since then the technology hasn’t changed too much, but hundreds of […]

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