The Microbiome-Gut-Brain Communication Pathway: Impact on Mental and Physical Wellbeing

The gut-brain axis (GBA) has long been a concept in common language, with phrases such as ‘butterflies in the stomach,’ ‘gut instincts,’ and ‘gut feelings’, but until recently the biological pathways through which gut-brain communication occurs were not well understood. In the last decade, many researchers have focused on the mechanisms of the GBA, exposing … Continue reading The Microbiome-Gut-Brain Communication Pathway: Impact on Mental and Physical Wellbeing

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Stigmatic Beliefs Towards Polyamory and Consensual Non-Monogamy

This paper is the first of much research into polyamory that I intend to complete over the course of my education. This is unfortunately limited in scope and I look forward to future publications in which I can explore the many nuances of polyamorous lifestyles through an academic lense. Introduction Consensual non-monogamy (CNM) is an … Continue reading Stigmatic Beliefs Towards Polyamory and Consensual Non-Monogamy

Variations on the Gender Binary: An Exploration of a Social Construct

In the dominant western worldview, gender is conceptualized as a binary construct which places individuals into gender categories based on biological sex. In this social context, there are typical characteristics that each gender is expected to express: men being dominant, strong, aggressive, and logical, and women being nurturing, passive, emotional, and intuitive. In addition to … Continue reading Variations on the Gender Binary: An Exploration of a Social Construct

Marriage in a Cross Cultural Context – Polygamy Around the World

Although the institution of marriage is a cultural universal, the specifics of what it looks like vary depending on the cultural context as well as various conditions within each population. In the western world marriage is typically a monogamous union between two individuals who have been tied together in love. When one begins to look … Continue reading Marriage in a Cross Cultural Context – Polygamy Around the World

Community Dance Rituals and Rites of Passage Within the Electronic Music Festival Countercultural Movement

In this modern age, humanity is living within a paradox of being connected in ways that have never before been possible while simultaneously facing a great disconnection from traditional communities, interpersonal relationships, and the natural world. Due to this paradox, as well as ever increasing globalization, many people are coming from complex cultural and genealogical … Continue reading Community Dance Rituals and Rites of Passage Within the Electronic Music Festival Countercultural Movement