Find out Who Shakespeare Was (Probably) Inspired by!

Find out Who Shakespeare Was (Probably) Inspired by!

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Shakespeare scholars and fans alike have pondered over the Bard’s writing for years and years. Because of the excessive amount of time that has passed since William Shakespeare’s death in 1616, it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly who and what the man’s influences were. Whenever new information comes to light concerning his history, it creates a massive stir within the literary community, and it seems this has happened again.   In New Hampshire, a self-taught Shakespeare scholar named Dennis McCarthy believes that he has cracked another code using special plagiarism software called WCopyfind. It seems as though a lot of the …

Study of Children’s Books Reveals Gender Bias in Favor of Male Protagonists

Study of Children’s Books Reveals Gender Bias in Favor of Male Protagonists

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Gender bias plagues almost every facet of society. Even the world of children’s picture books is riddled with casual sexism. Data gathered by The Observer, along with with market research company Nielsen, confirms this through in-depth analysis of the 100 most popular children’s picture books of 2017. The research yielded the following information.   The majority are dominated by male characters, often in stereotypically masculine roles, while female characters are missing from a fifth of the books ranked.   The 2017 bestseller list includes The Gruffalo, Guess How Much I Love You, and Dear Zoo, in which all the animals are referred to by a male pronoun, …

Good Storytellers Have More Sex, Says Science

Good Storytellers Have More Sex, Says Science

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The Atlantic put out a super interesting article last week about the value we as humans place on storytellers, and I totally recommend actually reading it because it’s worth it. Andrea Migliano, an anthropologist at University College London, and her team have found evidence that stories and the act of storytelling began partially as a way of creating and solidifying social bonds, ethics, and cooperation.    When her study began, Migliano wasn’t looking for data on storytelling, she wanted to know what qualities the Agta, a group of hunter-gatherers from the Philippines, valued most in their society. Her team of students asked 300 Agta to …