Tag: TED

Mark Pagel – how language transformed humanity

Mark Pagel is an evolutionary biologist based in the United Kingdom.  We’re attracted to his conviction and the humanism on which his theory appears to be based. Key turns of phrase, ideas and theories we took away from this TED...

/ 3 January 2015

Low-tech body language tips you can use immediately to improve your life

When many people my age or older think about body language, they think of the so-called body language experts from the 80’s and their wild claims and awful mail order products.  Sure, the 80’s had a lot going for it...

/ 17 November 2014

Speech Talk 5: Alan Siegal – plain English – striving for simplicity

As a speech pathologist, lawyer, plain English lover and a small business owner, this one is close to my heart! Official documents don’t need to be complicated. Government forms shouldn’t take an hour – or a PhD – to fill in....

/ 28 April 2014

Speech Talk 4: Rupal Patel – Prosthetic Voices for people with severe speech problems

For a couple of years, I worked in Sydney for a Hong Kong-based business. All my clients were based overseas and I spent most of my day bellowing into my phone. I’m quite the chatterbox and, on an average day,...

/ 2 April 2014

Speech Talk 2: Patricia Kuhl – the linguistic genius of babies

Dr Patricia Kuhl has more accolades and titles than Queen Victoria.  Among her many achievements and roles, she is a co-director at the Institute for Brain and Learning Sciences at Washington University. Dr Kuhl studies early brain and language development...

/ 21 February 2014

Speech Talk 1: Steven Pinker – on language

Steven Pinker is one of our favourite language scientists.  Although he has his critics, he doesn’t mask his thoughts with academic jargon and impenetrable prose.  You know where he stands, even if you disagree with some of his more “hard line” views...

/ 19 February 2014