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Dream Facts

The Webster Dictionary gives this definition of a dreams: a series of thoughts, images, or emotions occurring during sleep an experience of waking life having the characteristics of a dream Oneirology is the scientific word for dream studies. A dream consists of ideas, images, memories, sensations and emotions that occur usually during REM sleep, which…
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Deaf Culture Facts That Might Surprise You

Hearing people often think of deafness as simply “an inability to hear.” Being Deaf, though, is about more than just whether or not a person can hear—it’s about being part of a community with its own history, values, and culture. Let’s take a look at some of the more surprising facts about Deaf culture and…
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Daniel Leeds: The Real Jersey Devil

Most people with at least a passing interest in cryptozoology have heard of the Jersey Devil, and probably know at least one of the many variations of the legend surrounding it. The most basic version of the legend boils down to a woman, generally referred to as “Mother Leeds,” who cursed her thirteenth child to…
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Totem Poles: Culture and Meaning Among First Nations, With Kwakiutl Lineages

In the Canadian Census of 2001, only 305 Kwakiutl individuals were counted, a reduction from 340 counted in the 1996 census. However, in April 2011, that number had climbed to 705 – nearly double within a decade. Since 2006, the number of recognized and emerging First Nations groups in Western Canada has increased significantly. Moreover,…
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Cultural Differences Between the USA and Japan

Japan is often considered to be more culturally “western” than other Asian countries. When it’s compared to the United States there are certainly a lot of similarities, but Japan and the U.S. also have many cultural differences. While a group of people cannot be generalized as a whole, and culture in any country can vary…
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Contesting Views: The Visual Economy of France and Algeria Review

France and Algeria have a long and not particularly happy history, including centuries of Barbary slave traders, French colonization of Algeria after a bloody conquest, an bloody war of independence fought by the Algerians, and then an unstable post-colonial period. Contesting Views: The Visual Economy of France and Algeria by Edward Welch and Joseph McGonagle…
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Native American Sweat Lodge Construction and Ceremony—a Personal Account

I met my guy, Ken, a couple of years ago. He is part Blackfoot and identifies quite strongly with native culture, philosophy, and ceremonies. At the time we met he regularly attended sweats in a lodge on the property of one of his mentors. There was a sweat lodge ceremony at least once a month.…
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How to Come Out to Yourself: A Guide for Self-Acceptance

Coming out can be a difficult process for many young LGBT+ people. For some people, the most difficult part of the coming out process is coming out to themselves and accepting their sexuality, especially for people who grew up in an environment where LGBT+ people were not widely accepted. Because there is still so much…
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Comfort Theories of Religion

When religious beliefs are formed by people who’ve recently been in a negative emotional state, such as grief, guilt, anxiety, depression, and so on, comfort theories suggest the reason for forming the beliefs was to alleviate the turmoil. Religious ideas such as an afterlife or a fatherly god are seen as comforting to those who…
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Watson, Pavlov, Thorndike, Skinner and the Development of Behaviorism

Behaviorism theory surmises that human and animal behavior can only be explained by conditioning. Behaviorists believe that psychology should focus on measurable and observable physical behaviors and how these behaviors can be manipulated by changes in the external environment. There is no room in behaviorist theory for thoughts or emotions, in contrast to other theories…
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