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

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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

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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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

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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One of "Time" magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World Today," Steven Pinker is the author of seven books, including "How the Mind Works" and "The Blank Slate"--both Pulitzer Prize finalists and winners of the William James Book Award. He is an award-winning researcher and teacher, and a frequent contributor to "Time" and the "New York Times".

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