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Pinker, Steven 1954-

Works: 170 works in 921 publications in 17 languages and 29,161 library holdings
Genres: Interviews  Biography  History 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Editor, Author of introduction, Bibliographic antecedent, Speaker
Classifications: P106, 153
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Most widely held works by Steven Pinker
The language instinct by Steven Pinker( Book )
165 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in 12 languages and held by 4,566 WorldCat member 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
How the mind works by Steven Pinker( Book )
64 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and Portuguese and held by 3,682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this book the author, a cognitive scientist explains how the brain evolved to store and use information, allowing our ancestors to control their environment, and why we think and act as we do. He 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. This work 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. The author 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 )
73 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 3,321 WorldCat member 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 stuff of thought : language as a window into human nature by Steven Pinker( Book )
55 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 2,896 WorldCat member 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
The better angels of our nature : why violence has declined by Steven Pinker( Book )
26 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 2,714 WorldCat member 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
Words and rules : the ingredients of language by Steven Pinker( Book )
56 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,329 WorldCat member 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."--Jacket
Learnability and cognition the acquisition of argument structure by Steven Pinker( )
41 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in English and held by 2,030 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Language learnability and language development by Steven Pinker( )
24 editions published between 1984 and 1996 in English and held by 1,813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The sense of style : the thinking person's guide to writing in the 21st century by Steven Pinker( Book )
10 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing? Why should any of us care? In The Sense of Style, linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker answers these questions and more. Rethinking the usage guide for the 21st century, Pinker doesn't carp about the decline of language or recycle pet peeves from the rulebooks of a century ago. Instead, he applies insights from the sciences of language and mind to the challenge of crafting clear, coherent, and stylish prose. In this short, cheerful, and eminently practical book, Pinker shows how writing depends on imagination, empathy, coherence, grammatical know-how, and an ability to savor and reverse engineer the good prose of others. He replaces dogma about usage with reason and evidence, allowing writers and editors to apply the guidelines judiciously, rather than robotically, being mindful of what they are designed to accomplish. Filled with examples of great and gruesome prose, Pinker shows us how the art of writing can be a form of pleasurable mastery and a fascinating intellectual topic in its own right
Visual cognition by Steven Pinker( Book )
25 editions published between 1984 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Connections and symbols by Steven Pinker( Book )
18 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in 3 languages and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Comment fonctionne l'esprit by Steven Pinker( Book )
19 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Qu'est-ce que l'esprit? Comment a-t-il évolué? Comment nous permet-il de penser, d'agir, d'avoir des sentiments ou d'éprouver des émotions esthétiques? C'est à travers ces questions et beaucoup d'autres que l'auteur tente d'analyser les principales facultés de l'esprit: perception, raisonnement, relations sociales, humour, art, religion, philosophie, etc. Un ouvrage qui reste clair et accessible malgré son contenu spécialisé. [SDM]
Language, cognition, and human nature : selected articles by Steven Pinker( Book )
8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pinker's seminal research explores the workings of language and its connections to cognition, perception, social relationships, child development, human evolution, and theories of human nature. This eclectic collection spans Pinker's thirty-year career, exploring his favorite themes in greater depth and scientific detail. It includes thirteen of Pinker's classic articles, ranging over topics such as language development in children, mental imagery, the recognition of shapes, the computational architecture of the mind, the meaning and uses of verbs, the evolution of language and cognition, the nature-nurture debate, and the logic of innuendo and euphemism. Each outlines a major theory or takes up an argument with another prominent scholar, such as Stephen Jay Gould, Noam Chomsky, or Richard Dawkins
Acquiring the human language playing the language game ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member 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
The better angels of our nature : the decline of violence in history and its causes by Steven Pinker( Book )
12 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This radical reassessment of human progress is destined to become the most controversial and famous book Steven Pinker has ever written. The Better Angels of Our Nature is not a call for complacency. We have only come this far by refusing to accept the brutal excesses of our ancestors. And only by understanding the progress that we have made - and the setbacks that have befallen us along the way - can we learn how to prevent the violence that still besets us."--pub. desc
Me & Isaac Newton ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores the inner worlds of seven distinguished scientists in different fields. From their earliest scientific questions in childhood to their most personal ponderings, these scientists reveal their histories and professional obligations to affect the world
The better angels of our nature why violence has declined by Steven Pinker( Recording )
9 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
For most of history, war, slavery, infanticide, child abuse, assassinations, pogroms, gruesome punishments, deadly quarrels, and genocide were ordinary features of life. But today, Pinker shows all these forms of violence have dwindled and are widely condemned. How has this happened? This groundbreaking book continues Pinker's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly nonviolent world
Lexical & conceptual semantics ( Book )
22 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The stuff of thought [language as a window into human nature] by Steven Pinker( Recording )
4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Steven Pinker explains how language and human thoughts are related to each other
How the mind works by Steven Pinker( Visual )
8 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Steve Pinker discusses the scientific understanding of the human mind. Based on his book How the mind works
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Alternative Names
Pinker, S. 1954-
Pinker, Stephen 1954-
Pinker, Stephen A. 1954-
Pinker, Steven 1954-
Pinker, Steven A. 1954-
Pinker, Steven Arthur 1954-
פינקר, סטיבן 1954-
ピンカー, スティーヴン
ピンカー, スティーブン
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