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Brain Culture: How Neuroscience Became a Pop Culture Fixation
Brain Culture: How Neuroscience Became a Pop Culture Fixation

Debunking the phrenology of our day, or why self-help books offer the cognitive science equivalent of snake oil.

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Aftercrimes, Geoslavery & Thermogeddon: Lexicographer Erin McKean’s TEDBook on New Words
Aftercrimes, Geoslavery & Thermogeddon: Lexicographer Erin McKean’s TEDBook on New Words

How to spot wordishness when you see it, or what serendipity has to do with digital publishing.

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The Vowels: A Ken Burns Parody
The Vowels: A Ken Burns Parody

What the secret quasi-history of vowels has to do with the Founding Fathers’ prankstership.

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How Music and Language Mimicked Nature to Evolve Us
How Music and Language Mimicked Nature to Evolve Us

How auditory cheesecake was made with mother nature’s milk, or why our brains were not designed for reading.

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Shapes for Sounds: A Visual History of the Alphabet
Shapes for Sounds: A Visual History of the Alphabet

What the anatomy of your tongue has to do with ship flags and the evolution of human communication.

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A Brief History of the Pun
A Brief History of the Pun

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