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A propensity for teaching

February 2, 2015

Any technology — even the very old one of making stone tools — requires a way to propagate the means of that technology across generations. Otherwise, it is just one person’s parlor trick. An interesting experiment in propagating the ability to make Oldowan tools shows that is much easier to do with language, and raises the question of whether technology spurred the evolution of language.

Jeff Bryant takes a critical look at charter schools.

Bruce Fleming, a long-time professor at Annapolis, claims our military academies have become very expensive second-rate colleges, and argues for their abolition. I figure he is safe, since everyone knows there is about as much chance of that as keeping sailors away from the grog.

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