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Why do we often avoid speaking our mind? Does swearing have an evolutionary function? What do linguistic taboos do to your brain? How are new words born? Acclaimed author of The Language Instinct and How the Mind Works, Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker is a self-confessed verbivore. To him language offers a window into the human mind and how it works. He joins Natasha Mitchell in a feature interview to argue there'... Source: abc.net.au
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Hero of the open source and creative commons movements, Cory Doctorow, takes a swipe at copyright, digital locks and rights management arguing that the current provisions are inadequate. He discusses some of the new challenges and frontiers for creators and consumers asking us to question who we give our rights to and how creators can best take advantage of a more connected world.