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

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Penguin Books Limited, Jun 5, 2008 - Science - 512 pages
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The Stuff of Thought is an exhilarating work of non-fiction. Surprising, thought-provoking and incredibly enjoyable, there is no other book like it - Steven Pinker will revolutionise the way you think about language. He analyses what words actually mean and how we use them, and he reveals what this can tell us about ourselves. He shows how we use space and motion as metaphors for more abstract ideas, and uncovers the deeper structures of human thought that have been shaped by evolutionary history. He also explores the emotional impact of language, from names to swear words, and shows us the full power that it can have over us. And, with this book, he also shows just how stimulating and entertaining language can be.

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Language and Your Brain

User Review  - Kris S., Self Help Buyer - Borders

Pinker takes you on a unique journey into the mind and how it works. He shows how language affects thought and which of our concepts are innate and which we get from the world around us. This is an interesting and enjoyable read. Read full review

A fun romp through the sticky world of linguistics

User Review  - Dopey Gigglz - Borders

Steven Pinker has written a marvelous book hammering out his theory of conceptual semantics. He has packed every page with interesting stories and examples, but that does not mean that this is an ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

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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