Sean James Bell

15 Flips | 4 Magazines | 5 Following | @seanjbell | Keep up with Sean James Bell on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Sean James Bell”

Relatively speaking: do our words influence how we think?

Shortly after New Year's Eve, I sat in a Berlin airport, clutching my head. Around me a few other English EasyJetters waited, too, listening vaguely to the German voice coming over the loudspeaker. One of my bleary countrymen turned to another and said: "They sound like they're angry all the time, …

What happens in the brain when you learn a language?

Learning a foreign language can increase the size of your brain. This is what Swedish scientists discovered when they used brain scans to monitor what happens when someone learns a second language. The study is part of a growing body of research using brain imaging technologies to better understand …

Can Your Language Influence Your Spending, Eating, and Smoking Habits?

An absurd-sounding claim leads to a surprising finding<p>Yes, I know. That headline. It looks like the most egregious form of causal inference. Americans don't save money because of ... our grammar? How utterly absurd. But bear with me.<p>In the 1930s, linguists proposed that the way we read, write, and …

Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac arouses debate as a 'really bad porn movie'

Two years after being expelled from the Cannes film festival after joking he was a Nazi, Lars von Trier is back with a bang – or rather a series of them. The Danish director's latest production contains scenes of oral sex, anal sex and threesomes, together with an extended montage of penis types. …

Andrew Lloyd Webber says modern musicals lack 'really good songs'

It's a comment that will leave Tim Minchin and Elton John smarting: Andrew Lloyd Webber says there hasn't been a musical with "really good songs" in a decade.<p>In an interview with the Telegraph this weekend, the composer cited Stephen Schwartz's Wicked as the last really satisfying musical score – …

Hatchet Job by Mark Kermode – review

I've seen Mark Kermode about the place over the years and he's always seemed to me to be a fairly good thing: a passionate film enthusiast with an affable blokeish manner who dishes out serviceable commentary on new releases, and involves himself in what we must, per the modern idiom, call "the …