Why Losing A Dog Can Be Harder Than Losing A Relative Or Friend

Dogs are a huge part of their owners’ routines – which makes their loss even more jarring. 'Silhouette' via www.shutterstock.com

Frank T. McAndrew, Knox College

Recently, my wife and I went through one of the more excruciating experiences of our lives – the euthanasia of our beloved dog, Murphy. I remember making eye contact with Murphy moments before she took her last breath – she flashed me a look that was an endearing blend of confusion and the reassurance that everyone was ok because we were both by her side. The Conversation

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Children Understand Far More About Other Minds Than Long Believed

Henrike Moll, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Until a few decades ago, scholars believed that young children know very little, if anything, about what others are thinking. Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget, who is credited with founding the scientific study of children’s thinking, was convinced that preschool children cannot consider what goes on in the minds of others. The Conversation

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Why Do Some Countries Disapprove Of Homosexuality? Money, Democracy and Religion

Amy Adamczyk, City University of New York

With Trump’s removal of federal protections for transgender students, debate over LGBTQ rights rage again across the U.S. The Conversation

Despite these disagreements, Americans are relatively liberal compared to countries across the world, where the consequences for gay or transgender citizens are far more dire.

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Why You Should Date Your Best Friend

Gary W. Lewandowski Jr., Monmouth University

Being someone’s BFF is a big deal – you don’t hand over the other half of your “Best Friends” necklace to just anyone. Having a romantic partner who is also your best friend potentially sounds perfect. With your BFF as your romantic partner, you get the best of both worlds, someone with whom you can laugh, share your life and cuddle.

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Where Is 'Rural America,' And What Does It Look Like?

Kenneth Johnson, University of New Hampshire

Rural people and issues generally receive little attention from the urban-centric media and policy elites. Yet, rural America makes unique contributions to the nation’s character and culture as well as provides most of its food, raw materials, drinking water and clean air. The recent presidential election also reminds us that, though rural America may be ignored, it continues to influence the nation’s future.

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