Nips & Bites

30 Mar

It’s been a busy winter and I am slowly emerging from hibernation. I passed my Master’s essay (yay!). While it is probably not worthy of an academic journal, I am proud of it nevertheless and will probably add it and maybe one other paper to the essays section of my website as a .pdf file. Its title is “Argument as a Relative Threat to Face” and it opens with a scene of monkeys nipping at each other as Gregory Bateson wonders: how do they know which is a friendly nip and which is a hostile bite? The monkeys know and usually (usually) so do we. But that depends on culture too.

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