ESP Biography



ROKSI FREEMAN, Researcher of social cognition, freelance writer




Major: Brain and Cognitive Sciences

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: Not available.

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I like social cognition! I research inference, bias and social decision making. When I'm not doing that, I'm a freelance writer focusing on journalistic science, culture and history pieces. When I'm not doing that, I'm doing nerd stuff like participating in the Ig Nobel prizes, practicing 14th century German longsword, and rebuilding broken espresso machines.



Past Classes

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The Language of Nonsense in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
Nonsense isn't as crazy as it seems. Nonsense has linguistic, cognitive and logical bases. Nonsense follows rules! Sometimes. From syntax, literature and cognition, we explore the little known and largely ignored structure of nonsense literature and speech. Using examples from the poems of Lewis Carroll and Finnegan's Wake, come learn fun facts about strange stories.


The Master and Margarita in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
For those interested in Russian literary history, come explore perhaps the greatest story to come out of Stalinist Russia. "Suppressed in the Soviet Union for twenty-six years, Mikhail Bulgakov's masterpiece is an ironic parable on power and its corruption, on good and evil, and on human frailty and the strength of love. This book combines fable, fantasy, political satire and slapstick comedy." The Master and Margarita was Mikhail Bulgakov's deathbed masterpiece. We will discuss the story and everything that made it so controversial at the time, pointing out the sarcasm, satire, subtle nods, and quirky translations. An excellent primer for anyone interested in Russian literature, and a fun exploration for those who already know the book.