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In Juliet’s famous soliloquy, “What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” Shakespeare laments about the importance of definitions. While he was discussing the name “Montague,” I’ve been struggling with my own definitions lately. Namely, those of love. 

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When I started at the UW as a freshman, I never imagined that I would be writing my own column, let alone a sex column. In high school I was always an innocent, straight-A student who never hung out with the “cool kids” or talked about sex.

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The first edition of “The Futurist” printed February 10, 2015, and I’ve spilled a whole lot of ink lobbing bouquets and brickbats at ideas supposedly set to change the world. So, as my undergraduate career draws to a close, I’d like to end this column in its current avatar. But before going, I’d like to make a few observations about the present, the future, and how we should think about them. 

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I was fortunate enough to have a loving mother to talk with about relationships, who emphasized the importance of a man treating a woman fairly. Even so, I never learned the nitty-gritty details of sex or even how sex worked from these conversations. It’s not that my mother never tried to te…

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In our stimulus-driven world of smartphones, tablets, and laptops, we sometimes forget to slow down and focus on the person in front of us. Sure, most of us know it’s important to forget the phone during an interview or turn it to silent during a movie, but what about during a date?

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They say you are unique, just like everyone else. This oft mentioned aphorism usually mocks conformity in society. But dig a little deeper, and it has yet another meaning. There are appoximately 7.25 billion people in the world, each one of them as unique and irreplicable as the next. That’s…

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In “The Martian,” the stranded-in-space Matt Damon famously vows to “science the s--- out of this.” A lot of said science-ing consists of finding the resources to keep him alive. Apart from communicating his intentions back to Earth, and figuring out the journey to the takeoff site, Damon’s …

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Hopefully the February weather hasn’t ruined your appetite for ice cream, because this week’s words are “sherbet” and “sorbet,” both types of frozen treats whose names descend from Arabic شربة sharba, “drink.”

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Many people shy away from bondage, discipline, sadism, and masochism (BDSM), but it’s actually more popular and more sex positive than you might expect, or than the name might suggest. Often, people fear the kink because of preconceived notions based on movies or TV shows, but there’s a lot …

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State versus corporate control, ethics of new technologies, economic growth, and maximizing human potential have constantly concerned this column, and there is a name of these potentially continental movements in human society: the fourth industrial revolution. As expected, there is some dis…

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You may have heard or read the term “big data” recently. It seems to be everywhere, and its world-changing attributes are a common talking point in articles these days. Loosely understood, big data consists of a large amount of structured and unstructured data that can be analyzed for patter…

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[Editor’s note: Pillow Talk is a sex column covering everything from love and relationships, sex in the media, and controversial topics. The column represents the diversity of sex and gender to promote a better understanding of sex and relationships through a self-love and body-positive pers…

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[Editor’s note: Pillow Talk is a sex column covering everything from love and relationships, sex in the media, and controversial topics. The column represents the diversity of sex and gender to promote a better understanding of sex and relationships through a self-love and body-positive pers…

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Despite the preponderance of indigenous languages prior to colonization, very few words from the myriad languages made their way into modern English.

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In March 2015, I wrote on Universal Basic Income (UBI), calling it “an income unconditionally granted to individuals without question, as a means to their basic livelihood.” I also ruefully said that governments of large countries wouldn’t pick it up until at least some proof-of-concept exis…