The art of communication

As we wait for those seemingly Godot-like indictments, here's something from Forbes to save our brains from atrophy: a veritable buffet of bite-sized insights on communicating from a fantastic line-up of thinkers. [LINK, scroll down to the bottom of the home page to the Interviews section]

Example, Kurt Vonnegut On Telling A Story: "All of the arts, with the exception of architecture, are practical jokes, making people respond emotionally and at no risk to themselves, because things aren’t really happening. A good example would be "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci." And he goes on from there to talk about the increasing illiteracy of the American public.

I haven't read them all, but here are some of the other headlines in this package: Noam Chomsky on the spontaneous invention Of language; Jane Goodall says language can make it harder to communicate; Desmond Morris on the meaning of the raised finger; and yes even Lizzie Grubman on being plugged in. [via Boing Boing]

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