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Trauma can bring people together. Painful religious rites such as whipping oneself, piercing sensitive body parts, or physical mutilation are ways of showing solidarity with fellow worshippers/devotees. To test the insight that pain brings people together or makes them more generous, a few researchers conduct experiments to find the reasons behind the pain-gain theory.
http://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/pain-really-make-us-gain

Will there be laughter after terror?

Charlie Hebdo cartoonists created laughter by caricaturing terror. Terrorism brings their end; in the aftermath of the attack, the author wonders if the Wednesday edition of one million copies will be able to make human comedy look funny again.

http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2015/jan/09/charlie-hebdo-laughter-terror/

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