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Chomsky explains language acquisition in a short animated film by Michel Gondry

The US linguist has said for decades that children “are born” with a pre-existing structure making them ready to develop language.

“On the enjoyment of unpleasant places,” advice from R. L. Stevenson

This essay by Stevenson is one of the great refuges that literature offers to humanity.

The art of creating chimeras: The fabulous Fiji mermaid

False mermaids have existed for hundreds of years and have been the ruin of many sailors.