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

Title Page
HOW THE BRAIN SHAPES THE POLITICAL MIND
The Political Unconscious
The Brains Role in Family Values
The Brains Role in Political Ideologies
POLITICAL CHALLENGES FOR THE TWENTYFIRST
Privateering
Sons of the Welfare Queen
Contested Concepts Everywhere
Exploring the Political Brain
The Metaphors Defining Rational Action
The Brains Language
AFTERWORD
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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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