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Benjamin K. Bergen
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Benjamin K. Bergen is the author of Louder Than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning (Basic Books, 2012).

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Little People Meet Big Data

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2013 | 10:01 PM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

One of the great mysteries of the human mind is how a child learns her first language. It's easy to overlook exactly how monumental a feat...

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The Woman With Two Brains

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2013 | 2:00 PM

Watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

The human brain is split into two hemispheres that to the naked eye look strikingly like the two halves of a walnut. In her engrossing account of her stroke, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor proposes that these two halves of...

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The New Science of Meaning

(40) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 7:19 AM

"My task which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel--it is, above all, to make you see."
-Joseph Conrad


At this very moment, as your eyes are scanning across the words in front...

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50 Shades of Grey Matter: Your Mind on Smut

(24) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 11:50 AM

I recently awoke aboard a flight from Chicago to San Diego to notice that the young woman on my left was absorbed in an ereader. As soon as she saw me glancing over, she switched it off and slid it anxiously into her seat pocket, hoping perhaps that I didn't...

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