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Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

“Why is our bread so damn white,” Stephen Jones, a bread researcher.

“What happens is other people’s stories get ingrained in your head and anticipation of the unknown kicks in. Then people are just so tense, they are fighting every minute and aren’t sleeping, so they show up to their birth exhausted because they are working through their early labor and just anticipating that big one that is going to come wallop them,” Brian Salmon, a doula and lactation consultant, on why some women fear pregnancy.

"There was a lot of resistance and anxiety to processing, and some of that they could ascribe to a general technophobia, an anxiety about the glowing glass screen,” Matthew Kirschenbaum, author of the first book on word processing.

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