The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature

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Penguin, Sep 11, 2007 - Psychology - 512 pages
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This New York Times bestseller is an exciting and fearless investigation of language from the author of Rationality, The Better Angels of Our Nature and The Sense of Style and Enlightenment Now.

"Curious, inventive, fearless, naughty."
--The New York Times Book Review

Bestselling author Steven Pinker possesses that rare combination of scientific aptitude and verbal eloquence that enables him to provide lucid explanations of deep and powerful ideas. His previous books - including the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Blank Slate - have catapulted him into the limelight as one of today's most important popular science writers. In The Stuff of Thought, Pinker presents a fascinating look at how our words explain our nature. Considering scientific questions with examples from everyday life, The Stuff of Thought is a brilliantly crafted and highly readable work that will appeal to fans of everything from The Selfish Gene and Blink to Eats, Shoots & Leaves.
 

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User Review  - joshuabliesath - LibraryThing

Not nearly as good as the Blank Slate or How the Mind Works. If you are very interested in linguistics and what it reveals about how we think, then have a try at this one. I'm about half way through and some chapters are slow, but the content is very deep and original. Read full review

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User Review  - jimocracy - LibraryThing

This book really made me think about thought and about human language. I especially enjoyed the chapter on profanity. Admittedly, some parts of the book were dry for my tastes but in a lot of places, the author made some very good analyses and seemed to show some real insight. Read full review

Contents

Praise for THE STUFF OF THOUGHT by Steven Pinker
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE
FIFTY THOUSAND INNATE CONCEPTS AND OTHER RADICAL
CLEAVING THE
THE METAPHOR METAPHOR
WHATS IN A NAME?
THE SEVEN WORDS YOU CANT SAY ON TELEVISION
GAMES PEOPLE PLAY
ESCAPING THE CAVE
NOTES
REFERENCES
INDEX
Copyright

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Steven Pinker is the Harvard College Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. A two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and the winner of many awards for his research, teaching, and books, he has been named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World Today and Foreign Policy's 100 Global Thinkers.

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