All posts by UCTV

On the Elephant in the Room

27931Despite its frequent appearance in our everyday speech, indirectness is not something many people pause to consider. Why do people “beat around the bush”? “Downsize” instead of “terminate?” “Pass away” instead of “die?” What prompts people to say one thing, when both parties in the conversation know that there is another meaning?

Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology, Steven Pinker, explains the phenomenon of indirect speech in this entertaining discussion that’s part of the UC Berkeley Graduate Council Lectures series.

Pinker is a world renowned writer on language, mind, and human nature. His work on the psychology of language has won numerous awards and is recognized in many national science and psychological societies.

Check out what he has to say about the paradoxical appeal of euphemism, innuendo, politeness, and other forms of shilly-shallying, in The Elephant in the Room: The Psychology of Innuendo and Euphemism.

facebooktwittergoogle_plus

May Enews and Highlights

Sign up to receive UCTV News and Highlights by e-mail:


FEATURED THIS MONTH

Violence Has Declined

Violence has been in decline for long stretches of time, and we may be living in the most peaceful era in our species existence. Steven Pinker explains the trends by showing how changing historical circumstances have engaged different components of human nature.

Watch Now >

Script to Screen: Nebraska

The film “Nebraska“ received 6 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. The Carsey Wolf Center at UCSB welcomes Bob Nelson who landed the Academy Award nomination for his first screenplay.

Watch Now >

A Conversation with Noam Chomsky

Jan Nederveen Pieterse in conversation with Noam Chomsky, linguist, philosopher and political commentator. Chomsky is Emeritus professor of linguistics at MIT. Jan Nederveen Pieterse is professor of Global Studies and Sociology at University of California, Santa Barbara.
Watch Now >


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS (PACIFIC TIMES)

All programs repeat throughout the month. Visit the Program Schedule on our web site for additional air dates and times.

Health & Medicine

Common Traumatic Knee Injuries: “Oh, My Aching Knee”

more >>

Science

CARTA: Birth to Grandmotherhood: Childrearing in Human Evolution – Birth and the Newborn Infant, Infant State in Apes and Humans, and Born Human: How the Utterly Dependent Survive

more >>

Public Affairs

Retaining Government Power to Make Economic Policy for Internet Access: The Role of the First Amendment with Susan Crawford

more >>


New Online Videos and Podcasts

12 Years A Slave – Script to Screen

Engineering as a Force for the Public Good with Al Pisano — The Good Life

more videos and podcasts >>

facebooktwittergoogle_plus

April Enews and Highlights

Sign up to receive UCTV News and Highlights by e-mail:


FEATURED THIS MONTH

Leo Szilard: The Man Behind the Bomb

William Lanouette, author of “Genius in the Shadows: A Biography of Leo Szilard, ” explains how Szilard’s fear of German dominance of nuclear research inspired the Manhattan Project, which led to the creation of the atomic bomb used by the United States in World War II.

Watch Now >

April is National Poetry Month

Celebrate the artful arrangement of words all month long by browsing our extensive online collection of poetry. From new poets to world-renowned authors, you’ll find poetry discussions, author interviews and poetry readings.

Watch Now >

Siddhartha Mukherjee

Pulitzer-prize winning author and oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee explains how he sees cancer as a lens in which to view society and calls on the cancer community to demand more support for cancer therapies, treatments and prevention.
Watch Now >


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS (PACIFIC TIMES)

All programs repeat throughout the month. Visit the Program Schedule on our web site for additional air dates and times.

Health & Medicine

Lessons Learned in the Electric Brain

more >>

Science

Can You Hear Me Now? Coping with an Increasingly Noisy Ocean

more >>

Public Affairs

Religion and Peacebuilding: The Necessary Art of Specialization with Scott Appleby

more >>


New Online Videos and Podcasts

To János with Love

Understanding Human Nature with Steven Pinker – Conversations with History

more videos and podcasts >>

facebooktwittergoogle_plus

Millie Dresselhaus on Energy Sustainability

766 UCTV’s Women in Science kicks off the month of April by celebrating an influential woman in the scientific field, MIT Professor Mildred Dresselhaus.

A pioneer in Nanoscience, Dresselhaus is one of the first scientists to open the door to using carbon based materials on a nanoscale. Some of her notable contributions paved the way for modern day carbon nanotubes and nanoscale thermoelectricity.

Dresselhaus’ current career has focused on advancing science and engineering in its more basic aspects, as well as advancing energy sustainability. In a recent talk at UC Santa Barbara, Dresselhaus discusses the world energy outlook and sustainability, nanostructures and recent advances in thermoelectrics.

“The take-home message here, is that it’s not a bad idea to try to make the world a better place, when called upon to do so,” Dresselhaus mused.

To watch Dresselhaus and more notable women in science, visit our Women in Science page at UCTV.

You can also subscribe to our Women in Science feed, available on iTunes.

facebooktwittergoogle_plus

March Enews & Highlights

Sign up to receive UCTV News and Highlights by e-mail:


FEATURED THIS MONTH

Josh Jacobs

Join Josh Jacobs as he discusses his entrepreneurial journey. Josh began his career as a software engineer, leading development teams. As Global CEO of Accuen Media, Josh is responsible for planning and executing the strategy for Omnicom’s programmatic media buying business.

Watch Now >

Cure Cancer Through Genomics & Proteomics?

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, founder of Nantworks, describes his vision for turning cancer into a chronic but controllable disease by using advanced rapid gene sequencing, supercomputing and other methods of analysis to transcend the genome to the proteome.

Watch Now >

Women in Science: Millie Dresselhaus

Millie Dresselhaus looks at how energy demands of future generations will be met and argues that a diversity of energy sources are required, some that are still being invented.
Watch Now >


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS (PACIFIC TIMES)

All programs repeat throughout the month. Visit the Program Schedule on our web site for additional air dates and times.

Health & Medicine

Tackling the Root Causes of Health DisparitiesLeNoir – NMA Pediatric Lecture

more >>

Science

The Intersection of Neuroscience and Philosophy – On Our Mind

more >>

Public Affairs

The Politics of International Justice – Legally Speaking

more >>


New Online Videos and Podcasts

The Arts In Action: Dance & Drama Improving Student Achievement

Kirsty Spraggon, Executive Producer and Host of KirstyTV

more videos and podcasts >>

facebooktwittergoogle_plus