The History of Writing and Reading – Part 1: The Origins of Writing

[Editor’s note: This is the first of an ongoing series that examines the rise of writing – and therefore reading – around the world. We will be looking at the major developments and forces that shaped the written languages we use today.] Today, we take reading and writing for granted – we look at the … Continue reading “The History of Writing and Reading – Part 1: The Origins of Writing”


Humans Hard-Wired for Speech but not for Reading and Writing

Humans communicate naturally by speech – that is to say, without any special training besides hearing individuals speak to each other. The reason is the structure of our brains. Researchers have shown that there are two specific centers in the human brain that oversee and control language acquisition; both are in the brain’s left hemisphere. … Continue reading “Humans Hard-Wired for Speech but not for Reading and Writing”