The "Paper" of the Future

Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Francis Crick

A variety of research demonstrates that humans learn and communicate best when more than one processing system (e.g. visual, auditory, touch) is used (Pinker 2013). And, related research also shows that, no matter how technical the material, most humans also retain and process information best when they can put a narrative "story" to it. So, when considering the future of scholarly communication, we should be careful not to do blithely away with the linear narrative format that articles and books have followed for centuries: instead, we should enrich it.


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  1. Steven Pinker. The Cognitive Niche. 349–366 In Language Cognition, and Human Nature. Oxford University Press (OUP), 2013. Link

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