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Motivated to research discrepancies in two transcripts of the 1858 Illinois Almanac Trial, Dekle, using the court record, interviews, letters, and statements, separates the wheat from the chaff, delineating LincolnAEs participation and revealing his staunch ethics.
And here are a few related to writing and editing: The editor is someone who separates the wheat from the chaff and then prints the chaff.
In nine chapters and an epilogue she separates the wheat from the chaff, the sensory from the extrasensory, as she explores the impact of neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology on how we think about ourselves.