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A Few Thoughts on Isla Vista

On Saturday, May 24, a 22 year-old man drove to the Alpha Phi sorority house at UC Santa Barbara and opened fire, killing two young women and wounding another. By the time he was done that day, he had murdered seven people including himself. In the week or so that’s passed since, there’s been a number of questions in the media about this complex case – whether the event was…

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Is This Normal?

If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me whether their thoughts, feelings, or behaviors were “normal,” I would be a very rich woman and I could afford to give away all of my services for free. To be honest though, I don’t even know what that word means anymore. To assume that there’s such a thing as normal, we need to first accept the underlying premise that…

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