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Real-life encounters and face-to-face contact with other people are on the decline in a world that is becoming increasingly computerized. Many routine tasks are delegated to virtual characters. People spend hours role-playing through virtual-reality video games by taking on the persona of a virtual character or avatar.

Such video games can even lead people to acquire and practice real-life skills and new viewpoints. Weger and his fellow researchers therefore explored how role-playing video gaming influences social behavior and decision-making. Participants in their study first played an immersive game for seven minutes as an avatar. Afterwards, they completed a job selection task in which they had the option of overriding incorrect choices made by a computer.

It was found that role-playing as the avatar in an immersive video game, compared to merely watching others play, makes people identify with a computer. They do so to such an extent that they actually start to conform to its decisions and follow its judgment — sometimes even if it is downright wrong. This shows that people conform, even when opinions are voiced by nonhuman agents. This is especially prevalent in ambiguous cases. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone who becomes his/her avatar.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about online gaming and interacting with people you only know through their avatars?

Art Prompt: Avatar

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about this study and what it means for them if they are gaming online.

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Since the Invasion six ruinous embargoes for months apiece had strangled this city whose lifeline must pulse with interstellar commerce to survive. Sequestered, how could this city exist? Six times in twenty years he’d asked himself that. Answer? It couldn’t. –Babel-17 / Empire Star by Samuel R. Delany

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of an isolated city that is cut off from all trade and how it survives.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel when someone withdraws attention from you?

Art Prompt: Embargo

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how embargoes are used for political purposes.

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Evidence from some wrongful-conviction cases suggests that suspects can be questioned in ways that lead them to falsely believe in and confess to committing crimes they didn’t actually commit. New research provides lab-based evidence for this phenomenon, showing that innocent adult participants can be convinced, over the course of a few hours, that they had perpetrated crimes as serious as assault with a weapon in their teenage years…

“All participants need to generate a richly detailed false memory is 3 hours in a friendly interview environment, where the interviewer introduces a few wrong details and uses poor memory-retrieval techniques.”

Importantly, the false event stories included some true details about that time in the student’s life, taken from the caregiver questionnaire.
Participants were asked to explain what happened in each of the two events. When they had difficulty explaining the false event, the interviewer encouraged them to try anyway, explaining that if they used specific memory strategies they might be able to recall more details.

In the second and third interviews, the researchers again asked the students to recall as much as they could about both the true and false event. The students also described certain features of each memory, such as how vivid it was and how confident they were about it.
Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story about someone who is led to believe that he/she did something terrible.

Journaling Prompt: What is the worst thing you remember ever doing?

Art Prompt: Coersion

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how easily people can be convinced that they committed a crime.

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The lesser gods, the Titans and their Olympian children, had turned their full thought on the destruction of God and his heavenly home. I was among them, a foolish child hoping to please her parents, not realizing the weight her actions carried. –Pilgrimage of Angels by Raymond Sardella and J. D. Rice

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story from the point of view of a lesser God caught up in a rebellion.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about the old gods of myth? What have you learned from those stories?

Art Prompt: Rebellion in the heavens

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the role of mythology in the development of civilzation.

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Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

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At the beginning of my vacation I woke up and realized I’d be spending it alone. –Ben Barka Lane by Mahmoud Saeed

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: Write about something you had to do alone that you had wanted to share with someone.

Art Prompt: All alone

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about solo vacationing.

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detritus [dih-trahy-tuh s] noun
1.rock in small particles or other material worn or broken away from a mass, as by the action of water or glacial ice.
2.any disintegrated material; debris.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the detritus you find in your house and neighborhood.

Art Prompt: Detritus

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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The 1981 Irish hunger strike was the culmination of a five-year protest during The Troubles by Irish republican prisoners in Northern Ireland. The protest began as the blanket protest in 1976, when the British government withdrew Special Category Status for convicted paramilitary prisoners. In 1978, after a number of attacks on prisoners leaving their cells to “slop out”, the dispute escalated into the dirty protest, where prisoners refused to leave their cells to wash and covered the walls of their cells with excrement. In 1980, seven prisoners participated in the first hunger strike, which ended after 53 days.

The second hunger strike took place in 1981 and was a showdown between the prisoners and the British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. One hunger striker, Bobby Sands, was elected as a Member of Parliament during the strike, prompting media interest from around the world. The strike was called off after ten prisoners had starved themselves to death—including Sands, whose funeral was attended by 100,000 people. The strike radicalised Irish nationalist politics, and was the driving force that enabled Sinn Féin to become a mainstream political party –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story about imprisoned dissidents and what they do in order to continue to fight for their cause.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about dissidents?

Art Prompt: Hunger strike

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of violence in Northern Ireland or another disputed territory.

I met Hank on the first day of kindergarten. He was building with the big blue plastic blocks and knocked them over on top of my head. I went to the nurse and got a boo boo sponge and Hank had to sit on a chair in the corner. We both ended up in tears. On the second day of kindergarten, I accidentally ate Hank’s snack. Meadows and Nester, our cubbies were right next to each other. So were our seats. We both ended up in tears, again. The alphabet pushed us together – Heather and Hank, Hank and Heather. –Tripped Up Love by Julie Farley

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a couple that has been together since kindergarten.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your best friend from kindergarten.

Art Prompt: Young love

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous or touching story about your first love in grade school.

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ON A COLD JANUARY NIGHT in 1924, a young woman flaunting a stylish bobbed haircut slinked into the Thomas Roulston grocery store in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. She was dolled up in a fine sealskin coat, beaded gray dress, black shoes, and stockings. Just as the male clerk was wrapping up her order of a dozen eggs, she suddenly whipped out a .25 automatic pistol from her fur coat and shouted: “Stick ‘em up! Quick!” …

The grocer and five other clerks had become the first victims of the eventually infamous “Bobbed Haired Bandit”—a now-forgotten criminal who was an icon of liberated women in 1920s New York. For three and a half months in 1924, married couple Celia and Edward Cooney embarked on a series of armed robberies around Brooklyn, inspiring tabloid news stories, satirical cartoons, and political and cultural agendas. Depending on what paper you read, the Bobbed Haired Bandit was a ruthless libertine, a heroine of the lower class, a weak woman controlled by her husband, or a trailblazer of the feminist movement. –How We Forgot the Bobbed Haired Bandit by Lauren Young

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of an unusual thief.

Journaling Prompt: What circumstances would push you into breaking the law? 

Art Prompt: Bobbed hair

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about an infamous bandit with an emphasis on what drove him/her into a life of crime.

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