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Berkeley Philosophy Reading Group Message Board › Sunday, April 24, 3pm, Philosophy Talk LIVE: Who Dunnit?

Sunday, April 24, 3pm, Philosophy Talk LIVE: Who Dunnit? The Language of Responsibility

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Announcing a new Meetup of the Berkeley Philosophy Reading Group!

When: Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011, at 3:00 PM

Where: The Marsh Berkeley
2120 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

ticket price: $15.00 per person­

Stanford University philosophers John Perry and Ken Taylor, hosts of Philosophy Talk, the Bay Area's favorite philosophy radio show, will be returning to downtown Berkeley to tape two live programs at The Marsh.

Our meetup will be for the 3:00 p.m. show with Stanford psychologist Lera Boroditsky on Who Dunnit? The Language of Responsibility:

Who is responsible for the broken vase in the foyer? How harshly should criminals be punished for their crimes? Did Justin Timberlake mean to disrobe Janet Jackson during her infamous ‘wardrobe malfunction’ incident? Though you might think that these questions have simple answers, they just got a little more complicated. Cognitive scientists have recently discovered some surprising ways in which the language we use influences how we think about responsibility and agency. Join John, Ken and noted psychologist Lera Boroditsky, as they take a probing look at cross-cultural variations in language of responsibility as they attempt to illustrate the way language shapes thought.

You will need to buy tickets by phone or in person at the Marsh, or online­. The show is 90 minutes long and costs $15 in advance for this single event, or you can get a discount if you buy tickets for multiple shows. Tickets at the door (if any are left) are $20 each.

There will also be a separate Philosophy Talk live show the same day at 12 noon with the same hosts chatting with guest Gilbert Herdt on "Gay Pride and Prejudice". This show requires a separate ticket.

READINGS for the keeners­ out there:

  • Lera Boroditsky, "Lost in Translation", The Wall Street Journal, July 23, 2010.
    A short summary for a general audience.­
  • Caitlin Fausey and Lera Boroditsky, "Who dunnit? Cross-linguistic differences in eye-witness memory", Psychon Bull Rev (2011) 18:150–157.
    This is an academic paper detailing methods and results.
  • Mark Liberman, "Never mind the conclusions, what's the evidence?", Language Log, August 30, 2010.
    This is a critique of the paper above. The writer suggests, "if you're interested in these questions, you really should read the original papers where the experiments are documented."­

To get an idea of what Philosophy Talk is like, you can listen to the previous live program at The Marsh in Berkeley, recorded on January 29, when the guest was George Lakoff. This program will be broadcast on KALW, 91.7 FM or on the Internet, at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 17, and 12 noon on Tuesday, April 19.

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