De-Stigmatizing Mental Illness: An Inquiry into Depression

'Nature vs. Nurture' vs. 'Nature and Nature'Here at IU, we have a lot of campaigns directed towards the de-stigmatization of mental illness. Last year, the Hutton Honors College hosted a discussion about issues with Autism in Pop Culture. Though the discussion mostly consisted of sharing personal stories of those with the disease and speaking of … Continue reading De-Stigmatizing Mental Illness: An Inquiry into Depression

The Eclectic Lunatic: At The Crossroads of Knowledge

The other day I had the wonderful opportunity to meet up with a high school friend. Through our conversation, we serendipitously wandered through topics of Nietzsche, statistical inaccuracies in peer-reviewed literature, ethnography, and much more that we had both studied. It was only speculation of both of our limited backgrounds, though. Neither of us intended … Continue reading The Eclectic Lunatic: At The Crossroads of Knowledge

How do you Promote Diversity in Academia and STEM? Introspection.

Here's a challenge: take some time every day and think about what's important for you. But don't just stop at the superficial: step outside the system. Think about how you would define importance, and where it comes from. What does value mean? How do you choose something as important over another? Go further and think … Continue reading How do you Promote Diversity in Academia and STEM? Introspection.

How to Gain Professional Skills: "Don’t put Descartes before the Horse"

As you grow as a professional, you find yourself more and more conscious about your image and the way others perceive you. Not as superficial as the suit you wear or the lines on your resume, but, in a world in which we only interact with one another for short amounts of time, the way … Continue reading How to Gain Professional Skills: "Don’t put Descartes before the Horse"

Factually Accurate about Factoids

Did you know that Stephen Hawking thinks IQ-swagger is for "losers"? Or that your friends have more friends than you do?What's the difference between a rhetorical question and an attention-grabber? We often use a phrase like "Did you know" or something similar (such as "Today I learned"). These cliches, while purely rhetorical and lacking any actual inquiry of whether … Continue reading Factually Accurate about Factoids