Jamie Flynn is a staff columnist for The Herald. He is concentrating in Classics (Latin and Greek) and in Cognitive Neuroscience. He is also a Senior Staff Writer for the Brown Political Review and a copy editor for The Herald. Originally from San Francisco, he in his free time enjoys skiing, mountain biking and meditation.

Articles by James Flynn (12)

Flynn ’20.5: When the stars don’t align: The failures of astrology

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Flynn ’20.5: When the stars don’t align: The failures of astrology

October 9, 2019 0 comments

As a student at Brown, you have probably been asked at some point about your astrological sign. People you have just met garner information about your personality from how your time and date of birth align with the patterns of the stars.

Flynn ‘20.5: We should decriminalize psychedelics

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Flynn ‘20.5: We should decriminalize psychedelics

September 13, 2019 0 comments

Last week, Johns Hopkins Medicine launched the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research. The Center, which is the second of its kind in the world to open, will study the medical uses of psychedelic drugs such as LSD (acid) and psilocybin, the psychoactive compound found in magic mushroom or “shrooms.”

Flynn ’20: Brown should ban laptops from the classroom

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Flynn ’20: Brown should ban laptops from the classroom

September 5, 2019 4 comments

Laptops are ubiquitous in Brown’s classrooms. Whether in a 100-student lecture or a small seminar, many students spend most of the class staring intently at the screen a few feet in front of them, rather than at the professor or the board.

Flynn ’20: Pledge one percent to One for the World

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Flynn ’20: Pledge one percent to One for the World

November 29, 2018 0 comments

A chapter of One for the World is opening at Brown. OFTW is a national nonprofit organization that seeks to promote effective altruism — finding the most effective means of benefiting others, as informed by hard evidence — on college campuses.

Rehmet ’20, Flynn ’20: Save the interdisciplinary appeal of public policy

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Rehmet ’20, Flynn ’20: Save the interdisciplinary appeal of public policy

November 15, 2018 0 comments

A week ago, Edward Steinfeld, director of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, emailed development studies, international relations and public policy concentrators with an update on the proposed restructuring of Watson’s concentrations.

Flynn ’20: An open letter to Sen. Warren before her Brown lecture

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Flynn ’20: An open letter to Sen. Warren before her Brown lecture

October 26, 2018 1 comment

In a time of stark polarization, when America is more divided than ever and when the left and the right are unable to find any kind of common ground, both sides of the political divide seem at last to express agreement on one particular matter: It is wrong to exploit racial ancestry to serve a political purpose.

Flynn ’20: Brown should calculate GPA

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Flynn ’20: Brown should calculate GPA

October 14, 2018 2 comments

Most undergrads who have applied to an organization outside of Brown — virtually everyone — have had to take the annoying step of calculating their GPA. In the spirit of its unique educational philosophy, Brown refuses to calculate GPA; but other organizations, obviously, do not share this philosophy.

Flynn ’20: Learn to look beyond the sensational

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Flynn ’20: Learn to look beyond the sensational

September 25, 2018 0 comments

“The death of one man is a tragedy; the death of millions is a statistic,” Joseph Stalin was reputed to have said.

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Flynn ’20: Herald, employ the Oxford comma

April 16, 2018 2 comments

Anyone who has written for the Brown Daily Herald has had to put up with the stain of barbarism that persists in its style guide.

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Flynn ’20: The pursuit of happiness

March 21, 2018 0 comments

“Happiness, then, is apparently something complete and self-sufficient, since it is the end of the things achievable in action,” Aristotle said.