The Political Mind: A Cognitive Scientist's Guide to Your Brain and Its Politics

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Penguin, May 29, 2008 - Psychology - 320 pages
A groundbreaking scientific examination of the way our brains understand politics from a New York Times bestselling author

One of the world 's best-known linguists and cognitive scientists, George Lakoff has a knack for making science make sense for general readers. In his new book, Lakoff spells out what cognitive science has discovered about reason, and reveals that human reason is far more interesting than we thought it was. Reason is physical, mostly unconscious, metaphorical, emotion-laden, and tied to empathy-and there are biological explanations behind our moral and political thought processes. His call for a New Enlightenment is a bold and striking challenge to the cherished beliefs not only of philosophers, but of pundits, pollsters, and political leaders. The Political Mind is a passionate, erudite, and groundbreaking book that will appeal to anyone interested in how the mind works and how we function socially and politically.
 

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Ever wonder why people are not logical and rational like you? Well they are - and you aren't as rational and logical as you think. Open your mind to the implications of keeping your authoritarian father frame instead of a nurturing parent frame. Read full review

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Contents

How to Use This Book
Why the Mind?
You Cant Understand TwentyfirstCentury Politics with an EighteenthCentury Brain
Narratives We Live By
Narrative and War
We Are in the Melodrama
Progressive Thought and the Politics of Empathy
The Neoliberal Mode of Thought
Getting Unframed
The Forbidden Word
Freedom
Disagreement Everywhere
Accountability
Causation
Why Metaphor?
What Is Rational Action About?

Conservative Thought and the Politics of Authority
Framing Comes Before Policy
Biconceptualism
Behind Biconceptualism
How Can You Effect Change?
The Strict Father Model
The Nurturant Parent Model
The Brains Role in Metaphorical Thought
The Brain and Governing Institutions
What Is Not Mapped
The Brains Morality
The Bodily Nature of Morality
The Visceral Force of Empathy
The Brain and Biconceptualism
The Brains Politics
Ecological Consciousness
The Questions
Neuroscience and the War on Terror
Blackwater
The Food and Drug Administration
Health Care
Getting Technical
How the Rational Actor Model Contradicts Real Reason
Words and Politics
The Old Enlightenment Paradigm in the 1950s
Inklings of the New Enlightenment Mind
Embodiment and Conceptual Metaphor
Essential Metaphor
Frames and Metaphors in Grammar
Recursion in the Brains Grammar
Brain Change and Social Change
2 The Political Unconscious
4 The Brains Role in Political Ideologies
8 Fear of Framing
11 Cognitive Policy
15 The Metaphors Defining Rational Action
17 The Brains Language
What If It Works?
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George Lakoff is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 1972. He previously taught at Harvard and the University of Michigan. He graduated from MIT in 1962 (in mathematics and literature) and received his PhD in linguistics from Indiana University in 1966. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Don't Think of an Elephant!, among other works, and is America's leading expert on the framing of political ideas.

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