If your name was Juan, what would your life be like?

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Until I wondered how I would be different if my name was something else, I failed to realize how my name represented the best version of me.

In the early 20th century, the French ethnologist Maurice Leenhardt wrote a fascinating book, Do Kamo, in which he described the Pre-colonial Canaques and their profoundly different conception of time, space, and personhood. For the Canaque, the self didn’t exist in the traditional western philosophical sense. Maurice wrote, that one’s authentic person is only possible in relation to one’s place within a larger social structure. …

The light of idealism that once guided actions has been snuffed out by a socioeconomic system that stymies ambitions, and the desire to grow as a human.

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There was a time when a person’s value was defined by the value of their bank account. This misunderstood sense of self-worth day by day devoured creativity and our sense of joy. In its place was left behind a program, a calendar, a schedule, a shift, another Zoom meeting, another day. The banality of 9–5 in combination with working from home, the strict code by which one decides when to wash, when to eat, what to eat, when to go, when to stay, and when to sleep has become a part of our self-definition and self-isolation. …

How gendered narratives in reproductive biology shape our understanding

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When I think about how I think, I realize that I am using words to think. When I think about the words I am using, certain thoughts or better impressions show up in my understanding. There is no exact word that I can think of to capture this experience of impressions I am having. My use of the word impressions, rather than thoughts, is an attempt to point out the way words have an impact not only on our understanding but on our senses also. I have also chosen to use the word understanding rather than mind because words do…

A framework for understanding what anthropologists study.

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In the introduction of Being and Time, continental Philosopher Martin Heidegger criticizes various sciences by claiming that they have remained blind and perverted — because they lack an answer to the question “what is being.”

Interestingly, Heidegger gives us the answer in the introduction when he says that being (which determines entities as entities) is that on the basis of which entities are already understood. Understanding what that meant was an unexpected beginning for me, and it laid the foundation of my thinking on existentialism.

Expanding Heidegger’s Initial Answer To “What Is Being?”

Dasein, the being for which being is an issue, is a term Heidegger utilizes throughout…

A Poem About My Acne

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I wrote this poem, Not About Roaches, when I was 14 years old. I stumbled across it while going through old hard drives I recently rediscovered. The poem is about my struggle with acne. I had really bad acne as a teenager that scarred me for life. It’s been thirty-plus years since these words were born into this world, and I still find it hard to read. I wouldn’t have dared to share it with anyone at the time of its writing, but perhaps by sharing it now, I can lay to rest this really depressing period in my life.

How Your Hurtful Words Get Amplified Online

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“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” simply does not apply in a world where those words can be amplified. When your words can be sent instantly to 1,000 people with the push of a button, the potential virality of any given post makes them exponentially worse.

Bullying is not something new, but the technology used to proliferate emotionally damaging words at an exponential rate is. Unlike bullying of yesteryear, the imbalance of power created by technology between the victim, the bully, and now enablers allows the bully to hide behind a screen, to…

Politics, Racism

Slavery does not exist in America today, but not being fairly counted still does

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Upon first reading, Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, you may assume that the 3/5ths rule is a simple calculation that identified slaves i.e. “other Persons”, as only 3/5ths human, but the story of racism and power in America is far more complicated then you might imagine.

“Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed…

By the time you finish reading this article, the ultra-wealthy would have amassed more wealth than you can possibly spend your entire life.

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If you are a lawyer working at a rate of $250/hr, it would take you 720,000,000 hours, or 30,000,000 days or roughly 82,192 years to earn the equivalent of one man’s net worth. Jeff Bezos’ net worth is roughly $180,000,000,000. Unfathomable doesn’t quite capture what it means to have that much money.

Bill Gates is the second richest person in the world behind Jeff Bezos with a net worth of $103,000,000,000, followed by either a Mark Zuckerberg or Warren Buffet who trade spots for third at over $80,000,000,000 each. Collectively, these four individuals alone own more wealth than half the…

Knowledge is a flawed idea, and it has been since Plato.

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Imagine an advanced civilization of aliens that visit Earth. These aliens call themselves “Dasien” and bring with them advanced technology. They offer it to us.

We do our best to try to understand Dasien and the tools they bring, but no matter what we do we are incapable of understanding. They provide manuals written in their Dasien language, which we try to decipher and translate into our own human language. Despite our best efforts, we stumble and fail to grasp anything meaningful. To us, Dasien and their technology are nothing short of magic.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from…

If you are wondering what your site visitors are doing on your Mailchimp website, perhaps it’s time to set up Google Analytics

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If you’ve been following along in my Mailchimp Love series you are probably discovering that Mailchimp is a very powerful tool that anyone can learn to use, but also learning that there are limitations to what’s possible. My goal is to set up a website using tools the average person (or Medium writer) has at their disposal, without spending any additional money. Or, to find a way to make the NoCode web development more accessible to everyday people with everyday budgets. The internet, after all, belongs to everyone, not just those with big wallets.

At this point, I’ve set up…

Emanuel L. Lusca

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