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Open Discussion: Language

Hey free thinkers! Thanks so much for everyone who met up at the last open discussion, it went really well! The venue was fairly noisy, so we're going to try a different one this time. Again, no preparation or study necessary, just show up, share your ideas, ask questions and listen. It's all good! Members and non-members alike are welcome, so bring friends and co-workers! Hope to see you there!

This month's topic is language.

 

We'll talk about what language is, where it might have come from, why we have language, how we use it and how we learn it.

This month's questions:
1. What is language? How does human language differ from animal language?
2. How/Why did we get language?
3. How do we learn language?
4. Is language a useful form of communication? Why (not)?

Stuff to watch:
1. Steven Pinker on Language:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_kOzdRqC24


2. Noam Chomsky on Language:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zg1bHzBoggk

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  • Brian

    Thank you for coming Yoko and bringing your friend along with you! I'm sorry there weren't more members available for you to see how we usually conduct an open meet up, but I appreciate your input!

    1 · February 2, 2014

    • Yoko

      I appreciate your explanation!
      Looking forward to the next discussion.

      February 2, 2014

  • Yoko

    I'm sorry, we will be there in 20 minutes!

    February 2, 2014

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