Cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker reminds us that innuendo and euphemism yield better quid pro quo results than an "or else" ultimatum.
- Lawmakers and pundits disagree over whether President Trump proposed a quid pro quo arrangement with Ukrainian President Zelensky.
- In a recent op-ed, Steven Pinker reminds us that even simple requests often beat around the euphemistic bush.
- But accepting the common sense reading is only the beginning of its legal analysis.
In his book, Earth Emotions, Glenn Albrecht coins "psychoterratic."
- Australian environmental philosopher Glenn Albrecht has written the manual for understanding how societies must grapple with climate change.
- Language not only reflects reality but produces it, prompting Albrecht to coin several new words.
- Among them is psychoterratic, which relates to how our view of nature impacts our wellbeing.
Politically incorrect speakers seem less calculated and more "real," according to the authors of a new Berkeley study.
- The study involved nearly 5,000 participants across nine experiments, which found that both liberals and conservatives viewed politically incorrect speakers as more authentic.
- The results also suggest that political incorrectness can offend liberals and conservatives — it just depends on the issue.
- About 80 percent of Americans believe political correctness is a problem in the U.S., according to a 2018 study.
Girls tend to have more advanced language skills than boys, the researchers state.
Zizek is on the left and dislikes political correctness. How does that work out?
- Slavoj Zizek is a well-known opponent of political correctness and has often critiqued the concept.
- He doesn't suggest anybody should go around uttering slurs for the sake of it though.
- His stance led him to agree with Jordan Peterson at their famed debate.