Steven Pinker: Linguistics as a Window to Understanding the Brain

My name is Steve Pinker, and I’m Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.  And today I’m going to speak to you about language.  I’m actually not a linguist, but a cognitive scientist.  I’m not so much interested as language as an object in its own right, but as a window to the human mind. Language […]

Getting an Art Degree? – What next?

Recently, I’ve had a few Art students ask me for advice for what to do after they have finished their studies and go out into the world with a degree tucked under their arms – looking for a job. Well, It’s a long time since I started and things have changed a lot. Back then […]

Main Idea | Summarising | Reading Strategies

Working out the main idea of a text is an important skill because it helps us to better understand what we are reading. When determining the main idea, ask yourself, ‘What is the main point the author wants me to know?’. Let’s look at some strategies that can help us determine the main idea. Use […]

Health Care Overhaul Summarized Via MASSIVE PIG

Good morning, Hank. It’s Sunday. Yesterday, I was at the Indiana State Fair, and I got to see the world’s largest boar. He weighs more than eleven hundred pounds, and he can’t stand up because his body is too big for his tiny, little legs. And what, you ask, is the name of the world’s […]

12 YEAR OLD MICHAEL JACKSON INTERVIEW

ABC: What kind of audience do you play to, I mean what do you . . Who do you think is listening when you perform your music and what do you try to tell them? Or do you try to tell them anything? Michael: You mean when I’m singing? ABC: Yeah Michael: Uh . . […]

PHILOSOPHY – Epicurus

This is a philosopher who helps us think about money, capitalism, and our runaway consumer societies Epicurus was an Ancient Greek born in 341 BC. What made him famous was that he spent all his life trying to work out the largest puzzle there is: what makes people happy? Philosophers before him had discussed at […]

Things It’s Best to Say in Latin

Latin sentences and sayings seem to be designed to be carved out of stone. This is a matter of their concision and weightiness. Because of its highly inflected grammatical structure, Latin uses far fewer words to express something that a non-inflected language such as English. Here are some of our favourite Latin sayings. “Veni, Vidi, […]

PHILOSOPHY – Nietzsche

The challenge begins with how to pronounce his name. The first bit should sound like ‘Knee’, the second like ‘cha’ Knee – cha. Then we need to get past some of his extraordinary and provocative statements: ‘What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger’ ‘God is dead! And we have killed him.’ And his large moustache. […]

Using O Net Online to help build your resume

As you work on your resume it can be difficult to find the words to describe your work experiences in ways that are relevant to the jobs that you’re applying for. This is particularly difficult if you haven’t held a professional position before or if you’re changing fields. So I want to share with you […]

PHILOSOPHY – Hegel

Georg Friedrich Hegel was born in Stuttgart in 1770. Intellectually he was adventurous, but in externals, respectable, conventional, and proud of it. He ascended the academic tree and reached the top most branch, head of the University of Berlin, when he was sixty years old; he died the following year. Hegel wrote some very long […]