Daniel CloudThe Domestication of Language: Cultural Evolution and the Uniqueness of the Human Animal

December 16, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Big Ideas] One of the most puzzling things about humans is their ability to manipulate symbols and create artifacts. Our nearest relatives in the animal kingdom–apes–have only the rudiments of these abilities: chimps don't have language and, if they have culture, it's extraordinarily primitive in comparison to the human form. What we […]

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Johanna DruckerGraphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production

December 11, 2014

Johanna Drucker's marvelous new book gives us a language with which to talk about visual epistemology. Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production (Harvard University Press, 2014) simultaneously introduces the nature and function of information graphics, awakens readers to the visual interfaces prevalent in our daily work, and considers how paying careful attention to visual interpretation can serve […]

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Eric HayotThe Elements of Academic Style: Writing for the Humanities

November 13, 2014

"This is a book that wants you to surpass and destroy it." Eric Hayot's new book has the potential to transform how we teach and practice academic writing, and it invites the kind of reading and engagement that makes such a transformation possible. The Elements of Academic Style: Writing for the Humanities (Columbia University Press, […]

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