“How are you feeling?” asked the doctor. His patient was suffering from semantic dementia, a condition in which damage to part of the brain’s temporal lobe disrupts the connection between words and their meanings. Her
I know it’s coming, and it still gets me every time. I turn the page of my well-worn Norton Anthology of American Literature and take a deep breath, steeling myself before reading the next stanza.
Even if life itself is common in the universe, linguistic, symbol-using creatures like ourselves may be quite rare indeed. Could we be the only thinking creatures in the cosmos?
One of the highlights of MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing so far has been the lab experience, which requires me to spend 20 hours hanging out in a lab of my choosing. In case