"Beyond the formative effects of reading on the individuals composing society, the fact that they have read the same books gives them experiences and ideas in common. These constitute a kind of shorthand of ideas which helps make communication quicker and more efficient. That is what we mean when we say figuratively of another person, We speak the same language."
—Charles Scribner, Jr.
- VIDEO: Ensemble forecasting: what does it mean? Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:35:42 GMT
- Peter Gibbs goes behind the scenes at BBC Weather to explain forecast models and "postage stamps".
- VIDEO: Dancing woman flouts Iranian rules Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:43:38 GMT
- An online video which appears to show an Iranian woman defying Iran's strict laws by dancing publicly on the Tehran metro has gone viral.
- VIDEO: Can art and artist be separated? Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:48:58 GMT
- Can we judge an artwork purely on its own merits - be it a film, painting, play or sitcom - or do we inevitably take its creator's character into account?
- VIDEO: Black Friday - in 60 seconds Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:16:44 GMT
- Retailers are forecasting record online sales amid pre-Christmas discounting. But why is it called 'Black Friday'? The BBC explains.
- World still learning from Ethiopia famine Sat, 29 Nov 2014 01:34:51 GMT
- Mike Wooldridge returns to Ethiopia 30 years after the famine and sees much change but fears some lessons have gone unlearned.
- Cameron, migration and the Germans Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:19:51 GMT
- In an anticipated speech on migration, British Prime Minister David Cameron set out proposals aimed at keeping both his countrymen and the continent happy.
- The US diplomats try 'digital jihad' Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:18:44 GMT
- The US state department is joining the fight against Islamic state - in social media - but can they counteract a 'Mount Everest' of jihadist propaganda?
- Will Moldova choose EU or Putin? Sat, 29 Nov 2014 02:02:52 GMT
- Moldova's general election takes on a geopolitical edge in the shadow of the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine.
- VIDEO: How to avoid out-of-battery rage Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:07:09 GMT
- Silicon Valley start-ups come up with new ways to prevent smartphones from running out of power before the end of the day.
- VIDEO: Thailand's democracy in limbo Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:01:24 GMT
- Thailand has been ruled by the military since the coup and the country may not return to democracy for another 18 months.
- Man injured by Dutch pop-up toilet Fri, 28 Nov 2014 21:03:00 GMT
- A man is injured after a pop-up toilet unexpectedly emerges from underground in the Dutch city of Amsterdam, throwing a stationary scooter onto him.
- Mickey Rourke wins boxing match Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:38:24 GMT
- Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke wins an exhibition boxing match in Moscow after returning to the ring for the first time in 20 years.
- US sees slower Black Friday sales Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:52:52 GMT
- Black Friday is less intense this year in the US after many stores opened earlier on Thursday.
- Indian economic growth slows to 5.3% Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:40:57 GMT
- India's economy grew by 5.3% in the July-to-September period from a year earlier, down from a rate of 5.7% in the previous quarter.
- Sony makes experimental paper watch Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:42:32 GMT
- Sony has developed a watch made from e-paper as part of an initiative to experiment with the use of the material for fashion products.