About the Guest: Dr. Terrence Deacon is a biological anthropologist and cognitive scientist. He is a professor at the University of California-Berkeley, an expert of the evolution of language, and the author of several books on language and cognition.
Episode Summary: Nick talks to Terrence Deacon, PhD largely about his book, "The Symbolic Species: The Co-Evolution of Language and the Brain." They spend nearly three hours talking about the origins of language. Topics include: what is language and how does it differ from animal communication? How do children acquire language so easily at a young age? What is symbolic cognition, how is it different from other forms of cognition, and how did this unlock our ability to evolve language?