Deborah Fallows has spent a lot of her life learning languages and traveling around the world. But nothing prepared her for the surprises of learning Mandarin - China's most common language - or the intensity of living in Shanghai and Beijing. Over time, she realized that her struggles and triumphs in studying learning the language of her adopted home provided small clues to deciphering behavior and habits of its people, and its culture's conundrums.
A scientific and medical revolution has crept up on us, based on study after study, from hundreds of laboratories around the world. It is no longer just a theoretical shift: every one of us will be touched by it, and many of us already have been. The meaning of disease, our understanding of the human body, and crucial decisions about what we all need to know and what choices we make about our health are at stake. Welcome to the new world of personalized medicine.
"The future of medicine"
Each day involves countless interactions with others - not only among family and friends but also with neighbors, co-workers, even telephone solicitors. An attitude of love may not be your top priority in some of these encounters. But what if the ancient maxim "love your neighbor as yourself" applied to everyone, including those you meet in the most ordinary circumstances?
"An Absolute read for a prosperous life"
In a series of fascinating conversations with eighteen American poets, and in dozens of poems, The Language of Life celebrates language in its "most exalted, wrenching, delighted, and concentrated form," and its unique power to recreate the human experience: falling in love, facing death, leaving home, losing faith, finding God.
A new way of understanding language provides a powerful new foundation and a new set of tools for designing and re-designing your life, at home and at work, and everywhere in between. This is especially relevant for everyone seeking meaningful change in their lives, as well as those for whom building and maintaining mutually-beneficial relationships is important. And it's particularly useful for leaders, managers, salespeople and anyone else who "gets paid to have effective conversations"!
"Puts you to sleep"
This week On Being, Krista speaks with a living legend in the field of psycholinguistics - Jean Berko Gleason. For over five decades, she's studied how language emerges and what it tells us about how we think and who we are. Jean Berko Gleason was one of the first to confirm that young children know grammatical forms no one has taught them, and say things they've never heard anyone say before.
This week On Being, Krista Tippett speaks with a living legend in the field of psycholinguistics - Jean Berko Gleason. For over five decades, she's studied how language emerges and what it tells us about how we think and who we are. Jean Berko Gleason was one of the first to confirm that young children know grammatical forms no one has taught them, and say things they've never heard anyone say before. She reveals what we keep learning about the human gift, as she puts it, to be conscious of ourselves and to comment on that. Jean Berko Gleason sees this as a frontier every bit as important and thrilling as exploring outer space or the deep sea.