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The stuff of thought : language as a window into human nature

Author: Steven Pinker
Publisher: London : Allen Lane, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Psychologist Pinker explains how the mind works in a completely new way--by examining how we use words. 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.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Pinker
ISBN: 9780713997415 0713997419 1846140501 9781846140501 9780670063277 0670063274
OCLC Number: 173263992
Description: ix, 499 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 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. What's in a name? --
7. The seven words you can't say on television --
8. Games people play --
9. Escaping the cave.
Responsibility: Steven Pinker.
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Analyses what words actually mean and how we use them, and reveals what this can tell us about ourselves. This work also shows how we use space and motion as metaphors for more abstract ideas, and  Read more...

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Pinker is a star, and the world of science is lucky to have him. Richard Dawkins

 
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