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Sunday, May 17 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Workshop 3: Jewish Critical Thinking, Originality and Communication

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This lecture will explore the characteristics of Jewish critical thinking and the making of original ideas. It will provide examples of Fichte's (a.k.a. Hegel's) thesis-antithesis-synthesis dialectic, which can explain the development of, for example, music or linguistic theories (e.g. analysing the emergence of Israeli, a.k.a. Revived Hebrew). The lecture will champion an 'on the one hand' – 'on the other hand' (Jewish) way of thinking, as opposed to a Black & White (B&W), Right & Wrong mindset. It will demonstrate how a dichotomous B&W approach results in cross-cultural miscommunication. Examples will be given of how foreigners misunderstand British English by failing to recognize Double Language, in which the actual and literal meanings of the statement diverge. The lecture will also characterize briefly what constitutes a good academic thesis and a good foreign language learner.

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Ghil'ad Zuckermann

Ghil'ad Zuckermann (DPhil Oxford, PhD Cambridge) is Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages at the University of Adelaide. His MOOC on language revival has so far attracted 6000 students from 150 countries. His bestseller "Israelit Safa Yafa" has been described as "revolutionary".

Sunday May 17, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Conference Room 3 Block C, Level 3

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