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

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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.