Cross Talk — There’s no English translation for the Dutch word "Gezellig."Are there things that can never be understood, expressed or experienced outside their home culture?We’re wandering the unmarked maps of cultural translation!
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Joe Romm: Language Intelligence — This week’s guest is Joe Romm. You may know him as a top blogger on global warming and energy—but that’s not why we’re having him on. In an impressive show of versatility, Romm the scientist has written a book about how to persuade people. It’s entitled Language Intelligence: Lessons on Persuasion from Jesus, Shakespeare, Lincoln, and Lady Gaga. In essence, it’s a treatise on the neglected art of rhetoric, the technique mastered by Shakespeare and the writers of the King James Bible. In it, Romm delves deeply into figures of speech, and how they make orators persuasive by allowing them to activate people’s emotions. Indeed, as Romm writes, modern neuroscience now confirms what the poets always knew about getting to people’s heads through their hearts (that’s a metaphor, by the way—one of the chief techniques that Romm discusses). If you ever want to understand why scientists—and people devoted to reason and critical thinking—fare so poorly getting their message across, you are going to want to listen to this show.
How did Language Evolve? — " Sure animals talk in their own way, with chirps and grunts and the like, but only humans can form words. It is this, some evolutionary psychologists contend, that is what truly separates us from the rest of the species on the planet. But why us?"