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Thom Scott-Phillips
Senior Research Fellow, Durham University

Thom Scott-Phillips is senior research fellow in cognitive and evolutionary anthropology at Durham University. His latest book is Speaking Our Minds: Why Human Communication Is Different, and How Language Evolved to Make It Special (2014).

Written by Thom Scott-Phillips

Essay/
Cultures and languages
More than words

Human communication is a glorious chaos. And images, from art to emojis, sometimes say it so much better than language can

Thom Scott-Phillips