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THE WAY OUR BRAIN WORKS, AND HUMAN EXPRESSION. Implications for Literature, Media and research

THE WAY OUR BRAIN WORKS, AND HUMAN EXPRESSION. Implications for Literature, Media and research

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1. Introduction They say that Chesterton and his brother Cecil enjoyed such good and lively intellectual discussions, and they became so absorbed in them that they would stop in the middle of the street talking, and it could rain down on them or the sun might set, before they would quit their enjoyable and productive intellectual sword-fights. People who ran into them in the street, went around them, since it was impossible to pass between or separate the two stout gentlemen, who on the other hand were very well-loved by all –even by their enemies–. At the end of the day, and after having taken care of the day's tasks, some would return to ask how they had resolved the dilemma. Thus, in fact “the daily discussion” was beneficial to others too, ...as long as they had been intelligent
Steven Pinker: THE PRESENT FAILURE OF ELITE ART TO ATTRACT US  is linked to the blank slate theory.

Steven Pinker: THE PRESENT FAILURE OF ELITE ART TO ATTRACT US is linked to the blank slate theory.

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In his book The blank slate; the modern denial of human nature (published in 2002), Steven Pinker, MIT and Harvard neurolinguist, gathers scientific evidence that all humans are born with innate traits, which are inherent to our species. In the present talk, Pinker remembers this book and how everyone around him expected it to generate an irated, intense, reaction against –which it did.  Implicitly, Pinker thus accepts the impressive pressure that is exercised over researchers, university teachers and thinkers in general, in order to prevent them from standing for anything that may adversely affect current agendas (political, economic, social...) –their limits differing broadly from the ones most people think. In other words:  Intelectual leaders are subject to the same pressur
Steven Pinker: On language and thought, …AND THE PREEMINENCE OF CONTENTS IN MEDIA

Steven Pinker: On language and thought, …AND THE PREEMINENCE OF CONTENTS IN MEDIA

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In 2007 Steven Pinker, MIT-Harvard neurolinguist, published The Stuff of thought, which complements his magnum The language instinct. Anyone interested in understanding human language and thought, and the miracle of the human word, will enjoy these two books, as well as the present video. Here, Pinker examines the way our human languages work, how they express what happens in our minds, and how the words we choose communicate much more than what we realize we are telling.  He also indicates that through analyzing human languages, we can come to understand both our species and our minds –our nature. The price Pinker pays to stand for the universality of the human species –for the existence of a series of common traits that are innate to us by nature,  is ideological, as ideological is