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Contemporary Issues Psychology

How Entertainment and Art become Propaganda through the Loss of Aesthetic Distance

Introduction Aesthetic distance is the ability to consciously remember that the murder scene in a performance we are watching is not “real” even though we are emotionally caught up in the drama. That way, we don’t yell “Watch out!” when our favorite character is about to be shot in the back. Our emotions do not […]

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Contemporary Issues Human Mind Reptilian Mind

Why a Drastic Change To Our Way of Life Could Make Us More Human

(Or at Least Less Reptilian) Some of my strongest memories of daily life are from when I lived in a new place. Everything was different. Everything required my attention.   Buying groceries, doing laundry, going shopping—none of it could be done by routine. I couldn’t go about my business mindlessly, as I didn’t yet know what my business was. As a result, I had to be aware of my various activities. […]