This is the bi-weekly visible open thread (there are also hidden open threads twice a week you can reach through the Open Thread tab on the top of the page). Post about anything you want, but please try to avoid hot-button political and social topics. You can also talk at the SSC subreddit or the SSC Discord server – and also check out the SSC Podcast. Also:
Comments of the week:
– mtl1882 explains how 19th century “railway spine” was probably an early version of PTSD.
– John Schilling discusses the history of and politics surrounding “shell shock”.
– And from doesntliketocomment: “The unusual feature of the modern world is not that you can be exposed to trauma, it’s that you can be removed from it.”