Smart Thinking

Lera Boroditsky: How language shapes the way we think13th June 2018

There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? Cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares examples of language from an Aboriginal community in Australia that uses cardinal directions instead of left and right to the multiple words for blue in Russian that suggest the answer is a resounding yes. "The beauty of linguistic diversity is that it reveals to us just how ingenious and how flexible the human mind is," Boroditsky says. "Human minds have invented not one cognitive universe, but 7,000."

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Quantum Computing Explained in 10 Minutes | Shohini GhoseBy None | 29th April 2019

A quantum computer isn't just a more powerful version of the computers we use today; it's something else entirely, based on emerging scientific understanding and more than a bit of uncertai Read more... >

8 lessons on building a company people enjoy working for | Patty McCordBy None | 20th March 2019

What makes a company a great place to work? Patty McCord, the iconic former chief talent officer at Netflix, shares the 8 insights that led her to toss the HR handbook out the window -- and to help Read more... >

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