James R. Coffey

The Milgram Experiment: Testing Blind Obedience to Authority

The 1950s and 1960s were the proverbial heydays for behavioral psychology experiments in the United States.  Harry Harlow’s Rhesus Monkey Experiments tested the effects of maternal separation and social isolation. The Solomon Asch Conformity Experiments tested the power of conformity in groups. Finally, the New York Child Development Center’s Child Development Twin Study examined the effects of twins raised apart.  These …

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Does the Legendary Elephant Graveyard Actually Exist?

While it’s virtually impossible to trace the origin of this curious legend, it’s quite evident that famed adventure, sci-fi, and fantasy writer Edgar Rice Burrows was instrumental in bringing the “elephant graveyard” to popular culture through this heroic character, Tarzan.  First in his Tarzan adventure novels (beginning in 1912), then through film adaptations (starting in …

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The Mysterious “Red Paint People” of Prehistoric Northeastern North America 

Until the early 19th Century, the mysterious race known as the “Red Paint People” existed only in the realm of mythology; phantasmal beings said to have roamed the forests of New England and Atlantic Canada thousands of years in the past. Folkloric fodder. Their one prominent characteristic was their bright red skin. The myth began …

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Mutiny on the Bounty and the Scandalous History of Pitcairn Island

The mutiny of the HMS Bounty on April 28, 1789, is unrivaled in the annals of rebellions in Naval history.  Brought to mainstream awareness, primarily by three highly-successful major motion pictures (in ’35, ’62, and ’84) based on the Charles Nordhoff and James Hall historical novel Mutiny on the Bounty, these films focus primarily on the events that …

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