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rape culture of the 1980s, religion is about emotion regulation, 25 amazing photos of life underwater and more

• Sep 30, 2018 at 8:12 AM

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THE GUARDIAN: Kavanaugh hearing put America's state of disunion in stark relief

The senators told Christine Blasey Ford that she was not on trial. They told Brett Kavanaugh that he was not on trial. But America’s political culture was on trial. And the verdict was guilty.

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VOX: The rape culture of the 1980s, explained by Sixteen Candles

The beloved romantic comedy’s date rape scene provides important context for the Brett Kavanaugh accusations.

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USA TODAY: 100 years ago, influenza killed as many as 50 million people. Could it happen again today?

Some influenza patients admitted to a Boston hospital in the morning of October 1918 would be dead by the evening, their bodies turning blue from lack of oxygen. Hospitals reported an average 100 deaths a day, overwhelming morgues.

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AEON: Religion is about emotion regulation, and it’s very good at it

Sigmund Freud, who referred to himself as a ‘godless Jew’, saw religion as delusional, but helpfully so. He argued that we humans are naturally awful creatures – aggressive, narcissistic wolves. Left to our own devices, we would rape, pillage and burn our way through life. Thankfully, we have the civilising influence of religion to steer us toward charity, compassion and cooperation by a system of carrots and sticks, otherwise known as heaven and hell.

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ONE COOL THING: 25 amazing photos of life underwater

From sleeping whales to schools of fish to eerie caves, these underwater pictures showcase submarine spectacles the world over.

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