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There is so much we want to do to others' minds

Q: Why are speakers so willing to talk and hence share information?
A: Speakers speak in order to affect the mental states of their listeners. We speak so much because, as a highly social species, there is so much we want to do to others' minds.

-- Thom Scott-Phillips. Speaking Our Minds: Why Human Communication Is Different, and How Language Evolved to Make It Special
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