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If alien anthropologists wanted to learn about human behavior, they would likely examine our literary works. Among the embarrassing flotsam, they would also discover Thomas Paine’s The Age of Reason , Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon , or the lyrics to Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind.” The aliens might conclude that we are a troubled species, plagued by a mix of arrogance and ignorance, but with an overall trajectory that is progressive and promising. The point is that there’s a treasure trove of information about our nature that can be extracted from the collective works of humanity. According to Google , there are approximately 130 million books in the world, and the company intends t... Full story

20 September