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Sep 30 2011

Mental Illness Is Not a Punchline

Damn, I’m certainly on a crusade against humor these days. That was sarcasm, by the way. I love humor. I just think it should be deployed carefully. A few days ago in my Psychology of Personality class, the following happened: Some people were having their own conversations while the professor was trying to give a …

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Apr 20 2011

Learning How to be Happy

I’m going to go out on a limb and criticize something even more popular than the things I usually criticize–my school’s Happiness Club.

Mar 06 2011

Sex, Morals, and Academic Freedom

[First, some backstory--this post concerns a controversial event at Northwestern in which the professor for a class called Human Sexuality held an optional live demonstration that showed a man penetrating a woman with a sex toy. The story, which was first reported by our campus newspaper (the Daily Northwestern), quickly blew up and was featured …

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Jun 26 2010

On Ambition

I used to be what most people would call an ambitious person. That is to say, I knew exactly where I wanted to go in life, and it was a place that everyone respected. I was also willing to do everything necessary to get there–the perfect grades, prestigious college, and on and on. What my …

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