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  1. Apr 2018
    1. When you think of a concrete object, you think wordlessly, and then, if you want to describe the thing you have been visualizing you probably hunt about until you find the exact words that seem to fit. When you think of something abstract, you are more inclined to use words from the start, and unless you make a conscious effort to prevent it, the existing dialect will come rushing in and do the job for you, at the expense of blurring or even changing your meaning.

      Concrete words are more direct in our thoughts and we use words to describe it in the best sense we can. Wth abstract words, we lose vision on what our true purpose is and the meaning is changed of the overall sentence.

    2. A writer uses abstract words because his thoughts are cloudy; the habit of using them clouds his thoughts still further; he may end by concealing his meaning not only from his readers but also from himself.

      This to me is very interesting because it really explains that what the author's mind directly reflects on his writing. Writers must be clear and concise and use concrete words to draw attention to the essay.

    3. Student papers are often unreadable not only because their grammar is bad and their sentences incomplete, but also because they are way, way too abstract

      "Not only because their grammar is bad and their sentences incomplete" really shows how much the author of this source looks down on the writing of this generation. Haltman says that ideas should be concrete and physical no abstract.

    4. "Ideas are what matter," Bernadette said confidently. "Getting them to define and handle ideas is what's important, not things."

      This relates to Haltmans text because he stresses the importance of your ideas. Ideas is what's important and getting the grasp on ideas is whats the key point.

    5. This is very similar to Haltmans primary text by saying our ideas should be concrete and physical. We should be able to grasp our ideas and see it vividly

    6. many students show up in a freshman comp class believing they can't write, and their opinion is valid. They don't realize that it's because they lack certain skills that were common among college freshmen 40 years ago.

      Many things in our education have changed over the past few decades. The quality of writing and skills have declined and it shows by the results and the confidence of today's students.

  2. Jan 2018
    1. The crayon, or perhaps more accurately “crayon-like object”, is 22-milimetres long and seven-millimetres wide, an elongated structure comprised primarily of haematitite, although with some small hard pieces of other minerals embedded.

      Although this object can be viewed as a gathering of dirt and minerals, this finding is very intriguing because it shows that people even back then were finding ways to write and record their history and their stories. If this is legitimate and is actually a finding of a utensil to write with, then it is shown that even with little knowledge and not many resources, people created something out of nothing.