Scientists Summarize Their Research With Emojis

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 6:39PM
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 6:39PM
Scientists Summarize Their Research With Emojis

Academic writing, according to many, is becoming unnecessarily abstruse. The language is both complex and filled with extremely specific jargon, recalling the moment in Calvin and Hobbes when Calvin names his paper, "The Dynamics of Inter­being and Monological Imperatives in Dick and Jane: A Study in Psychic Transrelational Gender Modes," and says to Hobbes, "Academia, here I come!"

 

Renowned linguist and psychologist Steven Pinker of Harvard University recently wrote an essay entitled, "Why Academics Stink at Writing" that laments the advent of "academese." He calls this prose style "the most conspicuous trait of the American professoriate" in addition to "wearing earth tones, driving Priuses, and having a foreign policy."

 

In response, researchers took to Twitter to make their research available to the masses using the new universal language: emojis. Here are a few of the best ones, with many more on Storify:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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