A Big Picture Look at the New Phenomenon of Veganism (And Why I’m Not a Vegan)

“NAZIS!” shouted the PETA protesters outside my tiny environmental college in middle-of-nowhere Vermont. Our sustainable organic farm had two oxen named Bill and Lou. They were used to plow our humble piece of land, so that we didn’t need to use an environmentally-unfriendly tractor. We loved Bill and Lou. Many students had deep, intimate connections […]

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The Psychedelic Network, Pt 1: USA

I am thrilled to announce that after six months of conducting research and interviewing many people from around the world, a 3-part series about psychedelic societies and how psychedelic use differs in various cultures around the world has been published on Psymposia Magazine (who I write and edit for). “Psychedelic research has been making big […]

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Ghostbusting: An Ethnography on the Cultural Perception of Reality with a focus on Paranormal Beliefs at Green Mountain College

Abstract This ethnography is about the cultural perception of reality with a focus on paranormal beliefs at Green Mountain College. Through research on campus, I gathered information of diverse viewpoints regarding the belief in the supernatural and explain how culture affects people’s beliefs. I also explain why people believe in ghosts, as well as preserve […]

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Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita: A Story of Love or a Story of Addiction?

What is love? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s first definition states, “strong affection for another rising out of kinship or personal ties.” Another definition is, “unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another.” Vladimir Nabokov’s famous novel Lolita has been called by Vanity Fair, “The only convincing love story of our century.” Nabokov’s novel is not […]

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If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out! — Community Music and its Effects on Society

  Virtually every culture across the globe has some aspect of music within it. No matter where one travels in the world, one will undoubtedly find music being made where ever humans inhabit. From the Appalachian Mountains of North America to cities of Taiwan, people within communities invariably come together to create music with one […]

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Doves, Roses, and Elephants: The Significance Behind Nature-Based Tattoos — An Ethnoecological Study

  Why Study Tattoos?            One week after my sixteenth birthday, I hopped on a plane to Helsinki, Finland and lived and volunteered with individuals from all over the world. The experience changed my life, and allowed me to realize that I had complete control over what I wanted to do with my future. I did […]

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