Season 1: Looking under the influence of language to determine the common drivers of thought and interaction
Blame Aristotle for Fake News
Almost 2,500 years ago, a greek professor defined the rules for establishing Truth. The logic he required for thinking placed ideas and reasoning over facts. By looking at a culture new to deductive reasoning, we investigate how individuals and societies formulate beliefs--often in spite of evidence.
Under The Influence of Language
When we look at how people convert thinking into language, a surprising result appears: not all cultures think in the same way. Deeper investigation shows that your language may actually determine what and how you perceive events in the first place. In Episode 2 of Base Code, we look under the influence of language to learn some of the theories of how and why language may have developed, debate whether grammar might be inborn, and study the influence of paralanguage, such as gesture and tone, on meaning, and the economics of language itself.
You, I, Everything Else: The Language of AI
As Artificial Intelligence develops languages on-demand, what can we learn from human languages to predict how AI will evolve? We look at Japanese, Swahili and English for a deeper understanding of how machines are creating more language than has ever been spoken in the history of the world--and the implications for existing languages. Also: Cannibalism and Placentaphagy in Japan.
English Isn't Very English
The Germanic Language called English developed over 1,600 years mostly through the conquest of Britain by waves of European Invaders. This bonus episode was made at the request of listeners and is partly a history of English and partly a love note to English--with occasional good-hearted satire.
Words Create Worlds
Bill Wood's stories have delighted audiences in America for almost 30 years. Basecode joins Bill on a journey to discover why and how we tell stories, starting with a shocking premise taken directly from an unexpected source. Topics include: the origin of words, creative listening, and enchantment.
Fighting Words-America's Second Amendment
In June of 1971, US government agents shot an NRA member in his home. This event started a change in language and politics that exposed deep beliefs about guns in America, changes that ultimately established an individual right to a gun. Base Code looks underneath the language and culture to reveal the true drivers of this change. In this episode, Harry shops for guns at a local supermarket, we learn about the word 'right' and the thinking behind it, and try to understand why 3% of Americans own half of the country's 300 Million guns.
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Great Insight on Culture and Language!
This podcast shows how language can actually shape what we think. By comparing how different cultures use language, this podcast exposes how reality changes depending on how you express things. For language lovers, it’s a new take on the development and use of language, data-rich and full of brainy fun. Cool Stuff!