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Robot sex brothels: good or bad?

Two years ago, the first sex doll-based brothel was opened in Spain. At the current time, is the growing fame and success of these brothels something to worry about? Are robot sex workers great tools to replace prostitution, or will they be the cause of further societal damage?

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Is Netflix series “How to sell drugs online (fast)” an incitement to narcotics abuse?

At first sight, Netflix series “How to sell drugs online (fast)” seems to foster the consumption of narcotics and their illegal business among teenagers. In this article we try to go deeper beneath the surface: are media discourses only focused on condemning drug abuse still effective? Have they ever been? What if communication based on permission and legitimacy of drug experience turned out to be more effective? Netflix might have opened a new wave of reasoning we should at least discuss.

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Fear of missing out: what do we know about the psychology of music festivals?

The contemporary music festival is an event that has acquired great visibility and importance in modern cultural life. It ties directly to ancient festivals, and yet over time the concept has changed drastically. However, very few studies on festivals’ socio-cultural impact have been made: studies to date focus more on the economic factors rather than sociological and psychological ones. Such research on contemporary music festivals could offer great opportunities to improve public policy-making, especially regarding youth mental health.

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Biology

Reshaping the gut is the secret to successful weight-loss

Obesity is on a dangerous rise predominantly in developed countries, to the point where we are currently seeing more lives lost due to being overweight rather than underweight. Even with hundreds of diets out there, we still face challenges when it comes to leading healthy lives. Recent scientific evidence suggests that diets rich in fiber can positively reshape the gut microbiome and help to lose weight in a healthier fashion. Thus, targeting the microbiome for weight control could be the secret to bringing obesity to a standstill in the near future.

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International Relations

The United States is a dying superpower

The United States (US) has a long history of aggressive behaviors, but this is nothing other than a strategy to reinforce and maintain power. In this article, we will understand the historical reasons that led the US to become a leading power in the first place, how it was able to maintain that power, and why we believe it is currently losing its privileged position.

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Essay

Governments and congregations: the interaction between policy and religion in the public arena

The “liberal” state relies heavily on maintaining a strict neutrality with regard to religion, which leads to religious communities adopting closed-door policies. Here I argue that the role of the state is to actively shape and protect public discourse on religion and inter-faith dialogue. This can help to reduce the instances of extremism through healthy dialogue.

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When children become the masters, should parents be the pupils?

The introduction of informatics in everyday life has caused the digital revolution that we currently face. Given its accelerated dynamics, digitalization has led to the co-existence of a native analogue, “old” generation and a native digital, “young” generation. In this context, sons and daughters eventually ended up educating their parents in certain aspects of reality. Are we therefore facing the end of an educational path traditionally based on vertical transmission?

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Macrostory

Robot sex brothels: good or bad?

Two years ago, the first sex doll-based brothel was opened in Spain. At the current time, is the growing fame and success of these brothels something to worry about? Are robot sex workers great tools to replace prostitution, or will they be the cause of further societal damage?

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Microstory

Living with the fear of losing our insurance: the struggles for our daughter in the US

My daughter was born a second-class citizen. Born, with a rare genetic disease, during the run up to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) she entered the world with a preexisting condition. Even with the law, her life hangs in the balance subject to the whims of our insurer. The United States remains the lone developed nation without universal healthcare. Our government is failing us – it is failing her.

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Essay

Game of Thrones (GoT) finale and its impact

The fantasy television series Game of Thrones (GoT) has dominated the entertainment world for the last eight years and has been called the greatest show of all time. Many people have been unhappy with the final season and especially the final episode. I would like to reflect on some important aspects of the series and discuss why there is no ‘correct’ ending.

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Why the stock market will help to combat climate change

Why the stock market will help to combat climate change

There is evidence that businesses profiting from the extraction of fossil fuels are facing market headwinds. Recently, Norway stated its sovereign wealth fund will begin to diversify its holdings away from oil stocks. The new “carbon risk” may lead to stock price declines of companies in the oil & gas sector. If stock prices suffer as a result of carbon risk, the market will effectively help in combating climate change.

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Vision of reality: the problem of experience in science

Visions of reality: the problem of experience in science

Scientific discovery is grounded in our experience. But is there something about our experience that is not quantifiable? This article explores the history of the debate surrounding the compatibility of lived experience with scientific data. How the different visions of reality presented in these debates are balanced in our culture will affect the very way that life itself is lived and understood.

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The cultural role of individuals in the new millennium

The cultural role of individuals in the new millennium

At the beginning of our history, culture arose as an instrument to face the wildness of nature: every single human used to be a fair representative of our primordial knowledge. Nowadays, because humanity is safe, this original meaning becomes useless. While our civilization is growing so fast, how can we – as individuals – still actively embrace it?

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Sir F.M.M. Worrell and the moral value of sport

Sir F. M. M. Worrell and the moral value of sport

In 1960, Frank Worrell became the first full-time black cricket captain of the West Indies following a sustained journalistic campaign organised by the Trinidadian intellectual C. L. R. James. The event itself, as well as the character of the people involved, demonstrate how sport can become a battleground for moral issues, becoming cherished as something more than ‘just’ a game.

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