Language, language and more about language?

A collection of Talks Tagged on Language in TED.com

Mind, Brain, Consciousness

By Skeptics Society 2005 The Brain, Mind & Consciousness conference, on what Nobel Laureate Francis Crick called “the greatest unsolved problem in biology,” was held over the weekend of May 13–15, 2005 at Caltech. This video set includes 30–50 minute talks by Michael Shermer, Roger Bingham, Christof Koch, Alison Gopnik, Richard McNally, Terry Sejnowski, Susan Blackmore, John […]

What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

Technology commentator Nicholas Carr discusses his book, “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains,” presented by Harvard Book Store. Is use of the Internet causing us to lose the ability to concentrate and think deeply? Drawing from philosophy, neuroscience, and history, “The Shallows” explores how the Internet may be rerouting neural pathways.

Can I Strip Myself of the Network of Language?

Can we strip ourselves of this network of language which is driving us, shaping us, and unemotionally use words that are simple, direct and therefore a word that doesn’t bring about psychological reactions? Right? Can we do this, first of all? If we can, then we can enquire together because we are free of the word which drives us, but we are using the word directly.

The Science Delusion and Good News for Lumbering Robots

Three decades ago, few scientists were courageous enough to break ranks and question their own belief system. Even calling science a belief system sounded outrageous – religion is a matter of belief, science a matter of facts. The most far-seeing scientist who was willing to break ranks then, as now, was Rupert Sheldrake, who risked his impeccable credentials as a Cambridge biochemist with real joy, like a man suddenly able to breathe. Thirty years after his first heretical books, Sheldrake’s new one, Science Set Free (The Science Delusion, UK), is a landmark achievement.