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Why the language of fear won’t help us stop climate change | Cheryl Heller

Why the language of fear won’t help us stop climate change | Cheryl Heller

CHERYL HELLER: I just this weekend was at an event called Drawdown Learn with Paul Hawken based on his book Drawdown. And the work that he and the group of scientists have done in explaining what we need to do Read more…


How Spanish, not English, was nearly the world’s language | John Lewis Gladdis

How Spanish, not English, was nearly the world’s language | John Lewis Gladdis

I think the favorite lesson that I like to teach is the Spanish Armada in 1588, sent there by King Philip II of Spain, and the defense against the Spanish Armada led by Queen Elizabeth I, and what happened to Read more…


Mirroring: The Unconscious Body Language of Love, with Jane McGonigal

Mirroring: The Unconscious Body Language of Love, with Jane McGonigal

One of the fun things that you can do in everyday life is to develop a technique that I call the love detector. And here’s how it works. In everyday life we are constantly mirroring with our facial expressions, with Read more…


How Lexicographers Think About Language | Kory Stamper

How Lexicographers Think About Language | Kory Stamper

So these are two main approaches to language. There’s prescriptivism and descriptivism. Prescriptivism is a believe that the “best practices” of English will prevail. And so you champion the best practices of English. And the idea of the best practices Read more…


Saying no is hard. These communication tips make it easy. | Michelle Tillis Lederman

Saying no is hard. These communication tips make it easy. | Michelle Tillis Lederman

MICHELLE TILLIS LEDERMAN: “No” doesn’t feel so good. We feel a little uncomfortable. We feel bad saying no. “No” to something is “yes” to something else. And that’s the first thing you need to think about to give yourself permission Read more…


Aboard the ISS: Why cross-cultural communication is a matter of life or death | Chris Hadfield

Aboard the ISS: Why cross-cultural communication is a matter of life or death | Chris Hadfield

High above our heads is the International Space Station. It’s an amazing, complex thing—the most complicated thing we’ve ever built in space, one of the most complex international projects ever conceived and ever completed. But the keyword of that is Read more…


The communication error we all make, and how it intensifies conflict | Esther Perel

The communication error we all make, and how it intensifies conflict | Esther Perel

There are conversations that will intensify conflict or the potential thereof. And there are conversations who will intensify understanding, potentially even resolution. Conversations that are sure to polarize in which for everything you say I come back with what I Read more…


Michio Kaku: Mental communication and infinite knowledge are on the horizon

Michio Kaku: Mental communication and infinite knowledge are on the horizon

Eventually, a computer chip will cost a penny, which is the cost of scrap paper. They’ll be everywhere and nowhere, including your eyeball, in your contact lens. You’ll blink, and you’ll be online. And who are the first people to Read more…


Steven Pinker: Linguistics as a Window to Understanding the Brain

Steven Pinker: Linguistics as a Window to Understanding the Brain

My name is Steve Pinker, and I’m Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.  And today I’m going to speak to you about language.  I’m actually not a linguist, but a cognitive scientist.  I’m not so much interested as language as Read more…


Former CIA Operative Reveals 3 Roots of Terrorism: Wages, Liberty, Language | Amaryllis Fox

Former CIA Operative Reveals 3 Roots of Terrorism: Wages, Liberty, Language | Amaryllis Fox

I think one of the really scary and overwhelming things about terrorism can be the idea that it’s this giant boogeyman that is really difficult to comprehend, and is terrifying, and comes along in the night out of nowhere and Read more…