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

User Review  - Sarah Clement - Goodreads

If I were rating this book based on the first 4 chapters, it would get two stars. The rest of the book deserves 4 stars, so I'm meeting in the middle. The first four chapters were, from my perspective ... Read full review

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

User Review  - dini - Goodreads

everyone else has written smart reviews so I will just say three things: 1) I found 8 typos and this made me more gleeful than I have any right to be 2) I enjoyed the entire book, but the chapters ... 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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