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Broken arm semiotics, part II: Plaster cast, rheme, interpretant

…it has never been in my power to study anything, — mathematics, ethics, metaphysics, gravitation, thermodynamics, optics, chemistry, comparative anatomy, astronomy, psychology, phonetics, economic, the history of science, whist, men and women, wine, metrology, except as a study of semeiotic.

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A linguistic anthropologist breaks his arm: Indexical order of an elbow brace

Wednesday evening I was biking, sideswiped by a car. Right arm broken in 2 places, immobilized. Here are a few stray observations. — Daniel Ginsberg (@NemaVeze) June 19, 2015 It’s been a week since this crash happened, which is more

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If I have data from one classroom, how can I talk about race?

A lot of social science treats race (I prefer the term “ethnicity,” because it highlights the sociocultural rather than biological nature of it) as an independent variable, a category that people are born into, and that to some extent determines

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“So what are you going to do with that?” A dream job proposal in honor of #beyondprof

I’m soon to graduate with my PhD, but I’m not on the academic job market. You might be wondering about the same question that this book is asking: So in the spirit of the currently ongoing Beyond the Professoriate virtual

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About the NPR News piece “Mexican-American Toddlers: Understanding The Achievement Gap”

After reading this piece on the NPR website, as well as the research article it reports on, I felt I had to write to the ombudsman. The text of my letter follows. Dear Ombudsman: In the story “Mexican-American Toddlers: Understanding

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Situated learning or indoctrination?

Lately I’ve been emailing with Bryan Meyer (@doingmath) about theories of learning and where you draw the line between learning and indoctrination. Bryan is a math educator, researcher, and radical constructivist, so when I was writing about students undergoing a

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Semiotics and the development of number sense

What is a number, really? Or to put it another way: think of the lights on a traffic light, the segments of the circle in the Mercedes-Benz logo, the beats in one measure of a waltz rhythm, the way Julius

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