Want to come up and see my sketchings?

The Royal Society of Arts has an awesome video that animates one of Steven Pinker’s lectures on ‘Language as a Window into Human Nature’.

It covers how we use certain implicit properties of language to negotiate social relationships – discussing everything from the cult film Fargo to why we try and seduce people with indirect speech rather than coming out and saying “fancy a shag”.

Delightful to watch and definitely 10 minutes well spent.

Link to animated ”Language as a Window into Human Nature’.


  1. Posted February 19, 2011 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the link.
    Absolutely adore RSAnimate, and Steven Pinker just rocks! This one was drawn a little more elaborately than previous ones I’d seen which I found a pity, but great visualization nonetheless.



  2. Posted February 19, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    I remember seeing an application a little while back for creating sliding presentations in the RSAanimate style. I seem to have lost the link but if anyone knows what I’m talking about please do post it, I’d really like to use it.

  3. Robert
    Posted February 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    It’s actually the Royal Society of Arts. http://www.thersa.org/
    Not the Royal Society, it’s confusing at times I know.

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