Peter Durand

RSA Animate: Steven Pinker on Language as a Window into Human Nature

In Journal on February 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Why are bribes, requests, seductions, innuendos and threats so often veiled. Especially when, presumably, both parties know what they mean?

Author and psychology professor Steven Pinker explores our use of "veiled language" through famous scenes in pop culture, including FargoWhen Harry Met Sally, and The Sopranos.

In this next installment of the insanely popular RSA Animate series, Cognitive Media continues to surprise, delight, and illuminate.
 
Our cultural use of linguistic conundrums are explained by combining master draughtsman skills, witty visual themes, and brilliant site gags inspired by the likes of Mad Magazine, James Thurber, and R. Crumb.

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