Scientists’ work follows a consistent pattern. They apply for grants, perform their research, and publish the results in a journal. The process is so routine it almost seems inevitable. But…
LENGTH: 13 minutes (3266 words)
An MQ-1 Predator drone goes through post-flight maintenance in Iraq. U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christopher Griffin One day in late November, an unmanned aerial vehicle lifted off from…
PUBLISHED: April 16, 2012
LENGTH: 27 minutes (6988 words)
That's right, metaphors, like Shakespeare's famous line, "All the world's a stage," or more subtly, "The darkness pressed in on all sides." Every speaker in every language in the world uses them effortlessly, and the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity wants know how what we say reflects our worldviews. They call it The Metaphor Program, and it is a unique effort within the government to deal with how we use words.
"I used to think that all great recordings happened at about 3am," Tom Waits is telling me, in the conspiratorial, wasted and wounded voice that still seems made for those early hours. "So my…