Pinker, Steven 1954-
Most widely held works about Steven Pinker
Most widely held works by Steven Pinker
How the mind works by Steven Pinker ( Book )
51 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in 8 languages and held by 3,312 libraries worldwide
In this book, Steven Pinker explains what the mind is, how it evolved, and how it allows us to see, think, feel, laugh, interact, enjoy the arts, and ponder the mysteries of life. How the Mind Works explains many of the imponderables of everyday life. Why does a face look more attractive with makeup? How do "Magic-Eye" 3-D stereograms work? Why do we feel that a run of heads makes the coin more likely to land tails? Why is the thought of eating worms disgusting? Why do men challenge each other to duels and murder their ex-wives? Why are children bratty? Why do fools fall in love? Why are we soothed by paintings and music? And why do puzzles like the self, free will, and consciousness leave us dizzy? The arguments in the book are as bold as its title. Pinker rehabilitates unfashionable ideas, such as that the mind is a computer and that human nature was shaped by natural selection. And he challenges fashionable ones, such as that passionate emotions are irrational, that parents socialize their children, that creativity springs from the unconscious, that nature is good and modern society corrupting, and that art and religion are expressions of our higher spiritual yearnings.
The blank slate : the modern denial of human nature by Steven Pinker ( Book )
34 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 2,803 libraries worldwide
In a study of the nature versus nurture debate, one of the world's foremost experts on language and the mind explores the modern self-denial of our basic human natures.
The language instinct by Steven Pinker ( Book )
37 editions published between 1994 and 2009 in 9 languages and held by 2,633 libraries worldwide
Everyone has questions about language. Some are from everyday experience: Why do immigrants struggle with a new language, only to have their fluent children ridicule their grammatical errors? Why can't computers converse with us? Why is the hockey team in Toronto called the Maple Leafs, not the Maple Leaves? Some are from popular science: Have scientists really reconstructed the first language spoken on earth? Are there genes for grammar? Can chimpanzees learn sign language? And some are from our deepest ponderings about the human condition: Does our language control our thoughts? How could language have evolved? Is language deteriorating? Today laypeople can chitchat about black holes and dinosaur extinictions, but their curiosity about their own speech has been left unsatisfied - until now. In The Language Instinct, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading scientists of language and the mind, lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, how it evolved. But The Language Instinct is no encyclopedia. With wit, erudition, and deft use of everyday examples of humor and wordplay, Pinker weaves our vast knowledge of language into a compelling theory: that language is a human instinct, wired into our brains by evolution like web spinning in spiders or sonar in bats. The theory not only challenges conventional wisdom about language itself (especially from the self-appointed "experts" who claim to be safe-guarding the language hut who understand it less well than a typical teenager). It is part of a whole new vision of the human mind: not a general-purpose computer, but a collection of instincts adapted to solving evolutionarily significant problems - the mind as a Swiss Army knife. Entertaining, insightful, provocative, The Language Instinct will change the way you talk about talking and think about thinking.
The stuff of thought : language as a window into human nature by Steven Pinker ( Book )
19 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 2,303 libraries worldwide
Psychologist Pinker explains how the mind works in a completely new way--by examining how we use words. Every time we swear, we reveal something about human emotions. When we use an innuendo to convey a bribe, threat, or sexual come-on (rather than just blurting it out), we disclose something about human relationships. Our use of prepositions and tenses tap into peculiarly human concepts of space and time, and our nouns and verbs tap into mental models of matter and causation. Even the names we give our babies, as they change from decade to decade, have important things to say about our relations to our children and to society. Pinker takes on both scientific questions--such as whether language affects thought, and which of our concepts are innate--and questions from the headlines and everyday life.--From publisher description.
Words and rules : the ingredients of language by Steven Pinker ( Book )
30 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and held by 1,994 libraries worldwide
"In Words and Rules, Pinker explains the profound mysteries of language by picking a deceptively single phenomenon and examining it from every angle. The phenomenon - regular and irregular verbs - connects an astonishing array of topics in the sciences and humanities: the history of languages; the theories of Noam Chomsky and his critics; the attempts to simulate language using computer simulations of neural networks; the illuminating errors of children as they begin to speak; the nature of human concepts; the peculiarities of the English language; major ideas in the history of Western philosophy; the latest techniques in identifying genes and imaging the living brain."--BOOK JACKET.
Learnability and cognition : the acquisition of argument structure by Steven Pinker ( Book )
19 editions published between 1989 and 1996 in English and held by 843 libraries worldwide
Language learnability and language development by Steven Pinker ( Book )
9 editions published between 1984 and 1996 in English and held by 716 libraries worldwide
The language instinct : how the mind creates language by Steven Pinker ( Book )
17 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and Chinese and held by 641 libraries worldwide
The codirector of the MIT Center for Cognitive Science explains how language works, how it differs from thought, why adults have difficulty learning foreign languages, and why computers cannot learn human language.
Visual cognition ( Book )
15 editions published between 1984 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 441 libraries worldwide
Connections and symbols ( Book )
12 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 422 libraries worldwide
The language instinct : the new science of language and mind by Steven Pinker ( Book )
20 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and held by 406 libraries worldwide
Acquiring the human language playing the language game ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and held by 281 libraries worldwide
Second of three programs on human language. Explores how children acquire language, and explains that they have an innate, universal knowledge of essential grammar and syntax.
Me & Isaac Newton ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 235 libraries worldwide
Reveals the motivations of some of the most distinguished scientists of our time, from ages 33 to 81. From Madagascar lemurs and a unified theory of everything to language disorders and robotic communities, the scientists talk about their inspirations. From their earliest scientific questions in childhood to their most personal ponderings, these scientists reveal their histories and professional obligations to affect the world.
How the mind works ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1997 and 2003 in English and Japanese and held by 189 libraries worldwide
Steve Pinker discusses the scientific understanding of the human mind. Based on his book How the mind works.
Lexical & conceptual semantics ( Book )
14 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in English and held by 184 libraries worldwide
The stuff of thought [language as a window into human nature by Steven Pinker ( Recording )
7 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 173 libraries worldwide
Steven Pinker explains how language and human thoughts are related to each other.
The stuff of thought : language as window into human nature by Steven Pinker ( Book )
4 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 119 libraries worldwide
Language and consciousness ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 82 libraries worldwide
Series host, Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove, interviews Steven Pinker, author of 'The language instinct'.
Das unbeschriebene Blatt : die moderne Leugnung der menschlichen Natur by Steven Pinker ( Book )
15 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in 8 languages and held by 77 libraries worldwide
Reexamination of the concept of human nature and its implications, from his book, The Blank slate: the modern denial of human nature, in which Pinker retraces the history that led people to view a biological understanding of human nature as dangerous: because it can be used to justify inequality, subvert social change, dissolve personal responsibility and strip life of meaning and purpose. He unsnarls the moral and political debates that have entangled the idea along the way, argues that these theories are flawed and suggests that there is a genetic basis for human nature that these theories ignore.
The better angels of our nature : why violence has declined by Steven Pinker ( Book )
3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 76 libraries worldwide
We've all asked, "What is the world coming to?" But we seldom ask, "How bad was the world in the past?" In this startling new book, cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the past was much worse. Evidence of a bloody history has always been around us: genocides in the Old Testament, gory mutilations in Shakespeare and Grimm, monarchs who beheaded their relatives, and American founders who dueled with their rivals. The murder rate in medieval Europe was more than thirty times what it is today. Slavery, sadistic punishments, and frivolous executions were common features of life for millennia, then were suddenly abolished. How could this have happened, if human nature has not changed? Pinker argues that thanks to the spread of government, literacy, trade, and cosmopolitanism, we increasingly control our impulses, empathize with others, debunk toxic ideologies, and deploy our powers of reason to reduce the temptations of violence.--From publisher description.
Audiobooks Biography Biolinguistics Characters and characteristics Child psychology Children--Language Cognition Cognition in children Cognitive neuroscience Cognitive psychology Communication Connectionism Creative ability in science Developmental psychology Documentary films English language--Obscene words Films for the hearing impaired Grammar, Comparative and general Grammar, Comparative and general--Syntax Grammar, Comparative and general--Verb Graphic methods Human evolution Human information processing Instinct (Philosophy) Interviews Language acquisition Language and culture Language and languages Language and languages--Philosophy Learning ability Linguistics Natural selection Nature and nurture Neuropsychology Nonviolence--Psychological aspects Pinker, Steven,--1954- Psycholinguistics Psychology Science--Methodology Scientists Semantics Sociolinguistics Swearing Symbolism (Psychology) Taboo, Linguistic Talking books Thought and thinking Violence--Psychological aspects Violence--Social aspects Visual perception
Pinker, Steven A. 1954-
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