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Of course, even visiting the Talosians is punishable by death.

I do think the mechanism that causes Stockholm Syndrome is probably the same mechanism that makes it possible for children to bond with a new guardian in the event that the parents are out of the picture. Adoption and kidnapping usually happen for different reasons, but they’re both situations where a kid suddenly has a new adult in control, without having any ultimate choice in the matter. In either case a coping mechanism is necessary.

It’s probably a similar mechanism in biological families, too, as Abby says. Kids have to learn to cope with captivity in every family, because all functioning families are, in a sense, dictatorships. (If they could be democracies governed by majority vote, nobody would ever dare have more than one kid.)

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 'I think not!' said Descartes, and vanished.

Actually, “therefore” is used more often to express deduction than causation. Strangely, I always think of it as a true synonym for “so,” even though it’s used quite differently.

Sometimes I don’t notice nuances in how words are used until people point them out to me. I never realized that there was a difference in usage between “have to” and “need to,” until my husband mentioned it: something you “need to” do is usually also something you want to do, while something you “have to” do is usually something that another person is pushing you to do.

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 Starling Trek: The Alien Invasive Species.

I got the idea for this strip in a dream the other night. Seriously. If I ever find a magic potion that makes all my dreams come true, there will suddenly be adventurous starlings flying around in spaceships. Will this make the world a better place? I don’t know.

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