How four British migrations defined America

They came from different places and with different ideas, which still resonate today

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  • Early British settlement of the American colonies came in four distinct waves, from different places.
  • Puritans, Cavaliers, Quakers and Borderers had their own ideas of what America should be.
  • Some of the cultural fault lines in today's America can be traced back to those differences.
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Five weird thought experiments to break your brain

Thought expriments are great tools, but do they always do what we want them to?

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  • Thought experiments are quite popular, though some get more time in the sun than others.
  • While they are supposed to help guide our intuition to help solve difficult problems, some are a bit removed from reality.
  • Can we trust the intuitions we have about problems set in sci-fi worlds or that postulate impossible monsters?
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Study analyzes the relationship between pets and their young LGBTQ owners

There are pros and cons to owning a pet as a marginalized individual.

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  • Since 2018, an ongoing study at the VCU School of Social Work has been analyzing the way pets impact the lives of young LGBTQ individuals.
  • From animal-assisted therapy practices to having therapy dogs in schools to reduce anxiety, there are many mental health benefits to animal-human interactions.
  • While the majority of current research is being focused on people who are not discriminated against or marginalized by society, this specific study could bring more clarity to how pets positively and negatively impact the lives of young LGBTQ people.
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Rutgers University adjusts grammar rules in solidarity with Black Lives Matter​

The English Department is instituting a series of reforms that cuts across the entire university.

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  • Rutgers University's English department is instituting anti-racist policies, workshops, and initiatives in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.
  • Linguistic diversity and less emphasis on "traditional" grammar will be honored across the department's courses.
  • Jonathan Holloway, the college's first Black president, said the school name will not change despite slaves having built the original institution.
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What is counterfactual thinking?

Can thinking about the past really help us create a better present and future?

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  • There are two types of counterfactual thinking: upward and downward.
  • Both upward and downward counterfactual thinking can be positive impacts on your current outlook - however, upward counterfactual thinking has been linked with depression.
  • While counterfactual thinking is a very normal and natural process, experts suggest the best course is to focus on the present and future and allow counterfactual thinking to act as a motivator when possible.
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