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Benjamin Bergen: "What the F" | Talks at Google
Please note that this talk contains language some may consider strong.
In "WHAT THE F" Bergen explains why profanity is so appealing to us. Let's face it, we all swear. Whether we're happy or mad, uttering a four-letter word seems to be a natural occurrence for most of us. But why do we swear, even when we know we're breaking cultural taboos? Why are some words off limits in certain countries or deemed offensive in past centuries but are considered perfectly tame in others? What does all this g*ddamn swearing tell us about our language and our brains? Bergen has the answers as he illuminates the controversial and complex nature of profanity and its relationship on our culture.
In this groundbreaking yet ebullient romp through the linguistic muck, Bergen answers intriguing questions: How can patients left otherwise speechless after a stroke still shout Goddamn! when they get upset? When did a cock grow to be more than merely a rooster? Why is crap vulgar when poo is just childish? Do slurs make you treat people differently? Why is the first word that Samoan children say not mommy but eat shit? And why do we extend a middle finger to flip someone the bird?
Smart as hell and funny as fuck, What the F is mandatory reading for anyone who wants to know how and why we swear.
Bergen is a professor of cognitive science at the University of California, San Diego.
Pulitzer-Prize winning author Jane Smiley has now completed her remarkable American trilogy, a sweeping treatment of one Iowa family, the Langdons, over a century, with each chapter encapsulating one year. Golden Age picks up the story in 1987 and runs forward all the way to 2020, following generations of Langdons in the worlds of finance and government and on the battlefields of Iraq, even as the land itself—the Langdon farm, but the planet, too—comes back into focus in new and urgent ways.
This program is presented in partnership with the Chicago Tribune.
This program was recorded on Nov 12, 2016, as part of Chicago Humanities Festival's Fallfest/16: Speed
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