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Original Essays | August 18, 2014

Ian Leslie: IMG Empathic Curiosity



Today, we wonder anxiously if digital media is changing our brains. But if there's any time in history when our mental operations changed... Continue »
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Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

David Babson, April 15, 2006

An excellent book. I am, however, particularly intrigued by your posted review, by Douglas Brown, which has the ancestors of medieval Norse living in Iceland to this day. Such people would be an incredible historical resource, since they would be between 1,100 and 1,000 years old. This error, saying "ancestors" when you mean "descendants," is an increasingly common collapse of standard English usage and, perhaps, an indication of social decay, through sloppiness and confusion. I am sorry to see Powell's editorial system collapse in this way.
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