As a PhD supervisor and post-doc mentor, it is very important that I instill a sense of intellectual focus to those in my group. Not that I need set them a good example of course, since they should just do as I say, not as I do. To that end, I’m giving an invited talk at the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology’s 2016 meeting, held here in St Andrews. I will be talking about how insect courtship can be used to help understand topics in the philosophy of communication, and linguistics more generally. So, slightly off-topic. Should be fun, one way or another!