Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas: In Praise of Useless Languages
We often hear people classify languages as useful or useless depending on how many people currently use them. However, is the value of a language determined solely by the political or economic power associated with it?
Research on bilingualism over the lifespan shows that knowing more than one language – any language – can benefit the mind.
From this point of view, Antonella Sorace (University of Edinburgh) reckons that all languages are worth learning and minority languages, such as Gaelic and Sardinian, are a particularly precious resource.
The Full Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas is:
New Town Theatre | Lower Hall | 13:50 | PG
04 Making a Signbank Withdrawal
05 Outer Space – The Next Empire?
06 Eradicate Parkinson’s?!
07 The Pain Factory
08 Start Skipping The Dentist!
09 The Robots are Coming!
10 You Don't Matter
11 Women, Science Is Not For You: III
12 Anti-Vaxxers are Anti-Social!
13 Fifty Shades of Green
14 In Praise of Useless Languages
15 What Keeps You Sharp? (later performance on 19)
16 No Copyright, No Problem?
17 Fitness To Witness (earlier performance on 14)
18 Measuring Humanity
19 Dr Data: The Answer To Cancer
20 Surviving the Storm
21 Dae Ye Have A Sick-Line, Ken?
22 Alternative Facts: Is The Truth in the Archives (earlier performance on 07)
23 How to Rebuild a Life
24 Cows Eat Grass, Don't They?
25 Women, Science Is Not For You: III
26 Doctor Google Will See You Now! (earlier performance on 06)
27 Can Sustainability Ever Be Mainstream?
The Full Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas by Candlelight is:
New Town Theatre | Studio | 20:20 | 16+
04 Bring Back Child-Labour!
05 Neoliberalism, Gender and Victimhood In #KUWTK
06 Doctor Google Will See You Now! (later peformane on 26)
07 Alternative Facts: Is The Truth in the Archives (later performance on 22)
08 Physics vs Psychology: Which is the Hard Science?
09 Is Pee is a Feminist Issue?
10 Eyewitnesses are Futile
11 Is Your Online Reputation Hurting You?
12 Doing Drugs (Policy)
13 Are Aliens Coming to Eat Your Face?
14 Fitness To Witness (later performance on 17)
15 Can Recipes Help Gender Equality?
16 Find Your Neurotribe!
17 Shiver Me Liver
18 Turn To The Darknet
19 What Keeps You Sharp?
20 The Romance Novel As High Art?
21 Hug More Thugs
22 Fibre Optic Sensors Can Save the World!
23 Is Monolingualism Making Us Ill?
24 A Virus to End Humanity?
25 Find Your Neurotribe!
26 Psychiatry Is The Best Medicine!
27 Our Genes Tell Us What to Do