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Philosophy Talk asks: How do words work? How does noise become meaning?


Humans have an amazing capacity to communicate. By uttering sounds we are able to convey meaning to those around us. These noises we make take on properties – they mean certain things, they are true or false, etc. Some animals also use forms of language: bees, for example, use dances and pheromones to communicate with each other. What gives these signals – words and movements – their linguistic meaning? How is it possible to communicate complex propositions simply by making sound? John and Ken cut through the noise with celebrated philosopher of language John Searle, in a program recorded live at the Marsh Theater in Berkeley. 

You can join John, Ken, and the entire Philosophy Talk crew for their next live recording on Sunday June 7 at the Marsh in Berkeley.