People attempt to break a world record for tree-hugging in Nepal on June 5, 2014. (Navesh Chitrakar / Reuters)
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“If we encountered a group of humans who returned to the same trees over and over and performed the same inexplicable action near them and didn’t seem to have any practical reason to do so, there would be lots of people who would interpret it through the prism of religion,” Donovan Schaefer, who studies religion.

“Infants don’t have wants. ‘Wants’ assumes a more advanced cognitive awareness. Infants only have needs,” James Mckenna, who studies breastfeeding.

“I’m amused when I watch Republicans claim that Trump’s language is unacceptable, and ask, ‘How did we get here?’” Barack Obama, president of the United States.

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