The Unexpected Benefits of Getting Lost in Translation

‘You can never, in American public life, underestimate the advantages of complete and total incomprehensibility.’ Kissinger meets Anwar Sadat in 1976. / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Edward Gibson / 09.25.2017 Professor of Cognitive Science Massachusetts Institute of Technology About 20 per cent of the United States population (60 million out of 300 million people) are[…]

Social Media also has a Dark History – Lessons can be Learned

By Dr. Nicholas Bowman / 06.27.2017 Associate Professor of Communication Studies West Virginia University It was in April 2016 that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that the social media platform was providing its nearly two billion users the opportunity to livestream content. The move was viewed as a natural extension of the platform’s primary goal: providing a space[…]

Royal Propaganda, from Prints to Pixels

Triumphal Entry into Babylon (detail), Gérard Audran (French, 1640–1703) after Charles Le Brun (French, 1619–90), 1675. Etching and engraving, two sheets. Assembled size: 27 15/16 x 36 1/8 in. (71 x 91.8 cm). The Getty Research Institute, 2003.PR.33 By John Hicks / 05.27.2010 Research Assistant, Getty Publications Department Spin control—it’s been around for centuries. Louis[…]

Logic: Categorical Propositions and Syllogisms

Image via Shutterstock By Dr. Garth Kemerling / 11.12.2011 Professor of Philosophy Capella University Philosophy Pages Categorical Propositions Now that we’ve taken notice of many of the difficulties that can be caused by sloppy use of ordinary language in argumentation, we’re ready to begin the more precise study of deductive reasoning. Here we’ll achieve the[…]

Logic: Arguments, Language, Meaning, and Fallacies

Photo by JacoTen, Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Garth Kemerling / 11.12.2011 Professor of Philosophy Capella University Philosophy Pages Arguments and Inference The Discipline of Logic Human life is full of decisions, including significant choices about what to believe. Although everyone prefers to believe what is true, we often disagree with each other about what that[…]

How Subtle Eye Signals Help Subtle Turn-Taking in Conversation

Théodule Ribot Conversation Piece 1872. / Walters Art Museum By Dr. René Müri / 09.28.2016 Specialist in in Neurorehabilitation, Neuro-ophthalmology, and Cognition and Learning Perception and Eye Movement Laboratory University of Bern, Switzerland In every conversation, there is an unspoken code – a set of social rules that guides you. When to talk, when to stop talking, when[…]

On the Reformation’s 500th Anniversary, Remembering Martin Luther’s Contribution to Literacy

An exhibition for the Luther monument in Worms. AP Photo/Jens Meyer By Dr. Richard Gunderman Professor of Medicine, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s famous 95 Theses, which helped spark the founding of the Reformation and the division of Christianity into Protestantism[…]

Special Events in the History of Technology for Creating, Organizing, and Sharing Information

Special Events in the History of Technology for Creating, Organizing, and Sharing Information By Dr. Mark Kelland / 06.26.2006 Professor of Psychology Lansing Community College Introduction The development of technologies for encoding, storing, communicating, and exploiting information is a major feature in the history of the human species. Although this development has generally progressed smoothly[…]

Mindful Communication – 8 Ways to Master the Art

By Etyane Youssef / 02.25.2017 How Well Do You Communicate? Communication is essential to achieve successful human interactions. However, the type of communication we have highly determines the outcome of our relationships. It all simply boils down to how we are connecting with each other. Jamyang Khyentse once said something intriguing about human communication: We think[…]

How We Communicate: Language in the Brain, Mouth and the Hands

    One of the most uniquely human abilities is the capacity for creating and understanding language. This introduces you to the major topics within the study of language: phonology, morphology, syntax and recursion. Dr. Bloom also describes theories of language acquisition, arguments for the specialization of language, and the commonalities observed in different languages[…]

Getting a Scientific Message Across Means Taking Human Nature into Account

Yeah, I’m not hearing that. / Shutterstock By Rose Hendricks / 01.10.2017 PhD Candidate in Cognitive Science University of California, San Diego We humans have collectively accumulated a lot of science knowledge. We’ve developed vaccines that can eradicate some of the most devastating diseases. We’ve engineered bridges and cities and the internet. We’ve created massive[…]

Public Speaking: Why It Matters Today and How It Can Help

Photo by Håkan Dahlström, Flickr Creative Commons By Dr. Jason S. Wrench / 11.30.2014 Associate Professor in Communication and Media State University of New York at New Paltz Public Speaking in the Twenty-First Century © Thinkstock Public speaking is the process of designing and delivering a message to an audience. Effective public speaking involves understanding[…]

Why You Think You’re Right – Even When You’re Wrong (VIDEO)

Julia Galef investigates how and why people change their minds. Julia Galef Co-founder, Center for Applied Rationality Perspective is everything, especially when it comes to examining your beliefs. Are you a soldier, prone to defending your viewpoint at all costs — or a scout, spurred by curiosity? Julia Galef examines the motivations behind these two[…]

Disagreeing Without Personal Attacks

By David Robertson / 06.25.2016 One task that the legal guardians of children have is the task of teaching children the art of disagreeing without engaging in personal attacks. This particular art form is often missing in the comments sections of website articles and blog commentaries. For example, Gretchen Carlson states the following in one[…]