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

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9780143142584: The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window Into Human Nature

In this new book, Pinker argues that the entire phantasmagoria of human thoughts (political ideologies, religious beliefs, prejudices, etc) are built out of a small number of core ideas, which have a clear evolutionary history. We, as humans, have the ability to extend our core concepts metaphorically to new domains, and to assemble them into new combinations.

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Astonishingly readable ( Daily Telegraph)

Perceptive, amusing and intelligent ( Times)

No one writes about language as clearly as Steven Pinker, and this is his best book yet ( Financial Times)

Immensely readable and stimulating. Pinker is a master at making complex ideas palatable ( Independent)

Awesome ... Pinker writes lucidly and elegantly, and leavens the text with scores of perfectly judged anecdotes, jokes, cartoons and illustrations ( Daily Mail)

About the Author:

Steven Pinker is the Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Until 2003, he taught in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. He conducts research on language and cognition, writes for publications such as The New York Times, Time and Slate, and is the author of six books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works and The Blank Slate.

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