Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Pinker on swearing

...and violence.

6 comments:

tracy said...

WTF?

But what about saying I'm pooped?

Brenda Schmidt said...

Hey hey, this is a civilized blog! Exercise your prefrontal cortex, will ya!

Ariel Gordon said...

(Extend! Extend!)

Brenda Schmidt said...

Ha! I'm glad you remember the secret to perkiness!

Allan said...

The Stuff of Thought is a REALLY interesting book. The introduction contains a great explanation of the importance of semantics. Pinker discusses the World Trade Centre insurance debate about whether or not the terrorist attacks were one or two events--in this case the definition of the word "event" is worth over $1 billion.

Brenda Schmidt said...

Ok, now I'm sold. Add to Cart. This is why I'm book broke. Thanks, Allan! :)