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Write on: The History and Uncertainly of Writing

Scott McLemee Insider Higher Ed
Contrary to a too-commonly held assumption, book author Anne Trubeck argues that while writing by hand will likely become less practiced, it will not disappear, but evolve, as she insists its variegated world history amply shows. Just one possible precedent: the metamorphosis of letterpress printing into an artisanal form.

Who's Afraid of Peer Review?

John Bohannon Science Magazine
A spoof paper concocted by Science reveals little or no scrutiny at many open-access journals.

Do Dogs Understand Words?

Julie Hecht The Bark
When you talk to your dog, consider that the words you speak might not carry the same meaning for both of you. Instead, other aspects of communication might be more relevant. Maybe the real lesson is that context, prosody and tone — rather than dictionary definitions of words — are vitally important for human communication, too.
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