A new study had 64 people record a passage that included the word hello, extracted each individual’s salutation, and played the words back to 320 listeners. Not only did all of the listeners form personality profiles after hellos lasting less than a half-second, 92 percent of them developed the same profile for each voice.
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Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.