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Meaning in life reflects the feeling that one’s existence has significance, purpose, and coherence (see Heintzelman and King, 2014). A growing body of research identifies meaning in life as a fundamental human need that strongly influences both psychological and physical well-being (see Vail and Routledge, 2020). Individuals who perceive their lives as full of meaning live longer, […]
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Social robots are becoming increasingly prevalent in everyday life and sex robots are a sub-category of especially high public interest and controversy. Starting from the concept of the otaku, a term from Japanese youth culture that describes secluded persons with a high affinity for fictional manga characters, we examine individual differences behind sex robot appeal (anime […]
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In December 2019, a new strain of Coronavirus, later identified as SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2) or COVID-19, began to surface in Wuhan, China. By February 2020, COVID-19 had become a pandemic which required emergency measures across the globe. However, regions in East Asia and Europe adopted different pandemic strategies which led to […]
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Brad’s Mission Is to Help You Feel Better, Get Fit, and Live Longer What’s your story?  I’m originally from a town of around 1,000 people in Oklahoma, USA.  I spent a few years working in the American security industry, and eventually ended up moving to Asia with an organization to combat organized crime, piracy, and […]
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The following excerpt is taken from Apple’s “Think Different” Campaign: “HERE’S TO THE CRAZY ONES — THE MISFITS, THE REBELS, THE TROUBLEMAKERS, THE ROUND PEGS IN THE SQUARE HOLES. THE ONES WHO SEE THINGS DIFFERENTLY — THEY’RE NOT FOND OF RULES. YOU CAN QUOTE THEM, DISAGREE WITH THEM, GLORIFY OR VILIFY THEM, BUT THE ONLY […]
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It’s no surprise that advertising is becoming one of Amazon’s biggest revenue earners: from being practically irrelevant just a few years ago, this year could see it reach $10 billion this year, and is expected to quadruple by 2023. The e-commerce giant is also the leading advertiser in the United States, spending around $6.9 billion annually. However, […]
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A proposal by the Omidyar Network, the philanthropic investment organization created by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, “Our call to reimagine capitalism in America” (pdf) outlines a five-pillar conceptual framework for rethinking capitalism, which includes grounding the economy in new ideas, shared values and inalienable rights, along with the construction of an explicitly anti-racist and inclusive economy that takes into […]

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Hikikomori, which originated in Japan, refers to the condition where youths withdraw into the home and do not participate in society for an extended period of time. Recent updates on hikikomori presentation within the region were exchanged at a Hikikomori Round Table and Regional Symposium (HRTRS) discussion late 2017, leading to this perspective paper. Hikikomori […]
As children, we’re told bedtime stories to help us fall asleep at night. Stories about mythical creatures, princes and princesses, and unsung superheroes take us to an alternate reality, a more comfortable reality. There, everything is better — we’re more adventurous, life is more exciting, and we always win the battle between good and evil. But what happens […]

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