The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Sep 11, 2007 - Science - 512 pages
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This New York Times bestseller is an exciting and fearless investigation of language

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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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

Contents

METAPHORS AND MINDS
IN THE WORLD OR IN THE HEAD?
WHERE DO NEW WORDS COME FROM?
MYSTERIES OF THE UNNAMED AND THE UNNAMEABLE
PROJECT STEVE REVISITED
POTTYMOUTHS
THE BLASPHEMING BRAIN
THOUGHTS ABOUT GODS DISEASE FILTH AND SEX

THOUGHTS ABOUT MOVING AND CHANGING
THOUGHTS ABOUT HAVING KNOWING AND HELPING
THOUGHTS ABOUT ACTING INTENDING AND CAUSING
SMART SPEAKERS OR SMART LANGUAGE?
A LANGUAGE OF THOUGHT?
OUR COGNITIVE QUIRKS
EXTREME NATIVISM
RADICAL PRAGMATICS
LINGUISTIC DETERMINISM
THOUGHTS ABOUT SUBSTANCE
THOUGHTS ABOUT SPACE
THOUGHTS ABOUT TIME
THOUGHTS ABOUT CAUSALITY
PURE AND APPLIED
KILLJOYS AND MESSIAHS
METAPHOR MATTERS
THE MESSIAH OF METAPHOR
BENEATH THE METAPHOR
THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY
FIVE WAYS TO CUSS
SWEARING CON AND PRO
T TE ņ T TE
THE LOGIC OF POLITENESS
VAGUENESS DENIABILITY AND OTHER STRATEGIES OF CONFLICT
THOUGHTS ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS
THE LOGIC OF NOTSOPLAUSIBLE DENIAL
THE PARADOX OF RATIONAL IGNORANCE
1 WORDS AND WORLDS
2 DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE
3 FIFTY THOUSAND INNATE CONCEPTS AND OTHER RADICAL THEORIES OF LANGUAGE AND THOUGHT
4 CLEAVING THE AIR
5 THE METAPHOR METAPHOR
6 WHATS IN A NAME?
7 THE SEVEN WORDS YOU CANT SAY ON TELEVISION
8 GAMES PEOPLE PLAY
9 ESCAPING THE CAVE
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Steven Pinker is one of the world's leading authorities on language and the mind. His popular and highly praised books include Words and Rules, How the Mind Works, and The Language Instinct. The recipient of several major awards for his teaching and scientific research, Pinker is Peter de Florez professor of psychology in the department of brain and cognitive sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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