Ian Tattersall & the Transmission of Knowledge

Language has allowed us not only to represent the world around us but to actually reshape the world in unprecedented ways. In a talk given at Columbia University, Ian Tattersall asserts that language and thought are functionally inseparable, and that it is these characteristics that most significantly separate humans from animals. Though on selective occasions animals seem… Continue reading Ian Tattersall & the Transmission of Knowledge

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Dabbling in Fiction

Fiction is NOT my forte. I'm much more inclined toward memoir/essay writing. But I promised my writing partner that I'd crank out a piece of fiction in August, and I did. Here's the premise: Mary has a rare disease that causes her to "lose" words. Once forgotten, they are lost forever to her mind. They can’t… Continue reading Dabbling in Fiction