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News and notes on complex systems in life sciences, engineering, education and government
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The storytelling scientist

"Why a lack of narrative in science is a problem and why better narratives could mean better scientific communication."


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How Complex Was Neanderthal Speech?

How Complex Was Neanderthal Speech? | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

The challenge: Unlike pottery shards, arrowhead flints, and cave paintings, language does not leave an archaeological trace that can be uncovered by intrepid linguists bearing bullwhips. That makes anything we say about early human speech and language very speculative. (As I've mentioned elsewhere, e.g., How did languages evolve?, it's been deemed so speculative that at one point, the Paris Linguistics Society banned discussion on the topic in the 19th century.)

Phillip Trotter's insight:

Interesting article pointing out that many of the ideas regarding neanderthal communcation are actually drawn from lack of evidence rather than absolute certainty and the case for a  potentially complex language can be made. Good discussion of both perspectives and supporting evidence (or not) as the case may be.

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6 Rules For Great Storytelling, From A Moth-Approved Master Of The Form

6 Rules For Great Storytelling, From A Moth-Approved Master Of The Form | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Via The Digital Rocking Chair
Phillip Trotter's insight:

We all have to communicate and knowing how to tell a story and related a good yarn is increasingly a key skill. Worth reading.

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, October 22, 2015 2:38 PM


David Zax:  "Moth storytelling champ Margot Leitman has been hired by Facebook and others to help them learn how to spin a yarn. These are her rules."

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Dolphins 'call each other by name'

Dolphins 'call each other by name' | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
Dolphins call each other by name using unique signature whistles, a study suggests.
Phillip Trotter's insight:

A team from the University of St Andrews in Scotland found that when dolphins hear their own call played back to them, they respond in a similar way to humans responding to their name.The study is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: http://www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1304459110

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Jed Fisher's comment, August 1, 2013 5:51 PM
amazing