Summaries—dohertyk9

1. Men Defining Rape: A History

It seems counterintuitive that throughout the course of history, men have defined rape and established laws and punishments based on their definitions. However, in reality, it is primarily women who were being affected by those laws and punishments. The Code of Hammurabi, which was written in about 1780 B.C., defines rape in a way that favors the rapist over the victim. The current Republican party today still attempts to define rape in a way that favors the rapist.

2. Cute, Sexy, Sweet, Funny

It seems counterintuitive that we are wired to perceive things a certain way; they are not intrinsically that way. We only find a food to be sweet because our brains have been wired to find the food to be sweet. The food is not inherently sweet.

3. How Mom’s Death Changed My Thinking About End-of-Life Care

It seems counterintuitive that most of the costs of healthcare are spent at the end of a person’s life on often futile efforts to keep a person alive. In actuality, many people would prefer that their loved ones were allowed to die peacefully rather than be told that another likely ineffective method could be tried.

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