Bonnie Mak, Julia Pollack
The work of the humanities can be difficult to discern. To the uninitiated, its product may seem like a featureless and opaque wall of text. But understanding the humanities means recognizing that words are its chief tools, activities, and output. Whereas bench scientists might conduct experiments in a laboratory, engineers might test structures or systems on computers, and interaction designers might study the behavior of users and write up the results, humanists perform their practice with words from beginning to end. Humanistic scholars ask questions like their counterparts in other disciplines, but they do not seek to answer them in…
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