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    Steven Pinker - Why Politicians Use Empty Language

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    Steven Pinker - Why Politicians Use Empty Language
    Commonwealth Club - The Commonwealth Club of California
    One of the principal researchers on language and cognition, Steven Pinker turns his focus to what our language says about us. He explores the sometimes comic, sometimes tragic ways our mind works, using language as a clue.Why do we impose taboos on certain topics, like sex? Why do we go to great lengths to bribe or convince?What do our swear words (and their syntax) say about us? How do our minds handle the large amount of information targeted at us each day? - The Commonwealth Club of California