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Reviewed by Ryan Jordan for Readers' Favorite
Communicating: The Multiple Modes of Human Communication by Ruth Finnegan is an excellent book about how communication works for humans, different ways it came about, and ways it can be improved or expanded upon in going forward. I have always been intrigued by concepts like this, and it was fascinating getting a sense of what happens when people communicate, things like Tactile Communication, the social norms that go into communication, and what is expected in a general interaction with another human being. We've been able to overcome so much as a species because of our ability to communicate effectively.
There are also discussions of slightly more controversial topics, like Telepathy, but it's incredibly refreshing to see fringe science compiled along with a textbook so that it doesn't feel as much like a textbook from the fifties that people are terrified to update. It's very easy to read and the author takes a personable approach to explanation that will make it possible for anyone to understand the topics being covered. I think everyone would find value here, whether studying for a class or just brushing up on an interesting topic that they would like to pursue further.
I have always been interested in things like this, so I especially enjoyed the sections about fiction and dreaming. There is so much that goes into communication, and I think this is an excellent primer for anyone who wants to understand more about how communication came about and what goes into it. Communicating: The Multiple Modes of Human Communication by Ruth Finnegan is a great introduction to the topic and highly recommended for anyone interested in learning more about how communication works.