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Cognitive scientist puts profanity in its place

Swearing provides insights into human thought, language

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7:00am, September 5, 2016
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SWEARING IN  A cognitive scientist’s new book examines the nature of profanity and the implications of obscene words for understanding human brains and minds.

What the F
Benjamin K. Bergen
Basic Books, $27.99

Few of the expletives discussed in cognitive scientist Benjamin Bergen’s new book can be spelled out in this review. But Bergen argues, in a bluntly engaging way, that the largely secret science of swearing reveals much about who we are.

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