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language as a window into human nature

For a change, here's a link to a great talk on language by Steven Pinker

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Tuesday 2 December Disnarration in fact and fiction Disnarration in fact and fiction: tellability and characterisation in an analysis of Tobias Wolff’s short story, Bullet in the Brain.

See more talks like this in: arts / finearts / film / film / narrative

Wednesday 26 November IFES host ‘Four Horsemen’ film screening – Q&A w/ Director Ross Ashcroft Four Horsemen is the debut feature from director Ross Ashcroft which reveals the fundamental flaws in the economic system which have brought our civilization to the brink of disaster.

See more talks like this in: politics / economics / macroeconomics / economicprogress / reform

Wednesday 26 November Addiction: Understanding and treating addictive behaviour A course that gives you new insights into more effective ways of working with addiction in all areas.

See more talks like this in: society / health / alcoholism

Wednesday 26 November Validity unpacked Stuart Shaw leads an exploration into the issues of validity and validation.

See more talks like this in: academic / arts / linguistics / education

Wednesday 26 November The English Renaissance: England Under The Tudors / Elizabethan Architecture The Tudors have become the most glamorous and mythologised of English dynasties but they ruled England for barely 100 years. In just 3 generations, this upstart clan not only produced some of the more dramatic personalities and legends of the monarchy but took the country from the Middle Ages into the great artistic "rebirth" of the Continent, from stained glass and manuscripts for Henry VII to Renaissance portraits for his son and grandchildren, from militaristic fortresses to sumptuous architectural stage sets for the choreography of display. In an age of intense religious conflict, church commissions were followed by the destruction of monasteries and their heritage and, as successive rulers impose their allegiances on the people, the arts trumpeted their chosen Faiths. For the monarchy, paintings by Holbein, Horenbout and Hilliard and palaces to overawe European rivals transmitted the Tudor message and became prestige models which transformed the face of England.

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