9780143114246

Stuff of Thought : Language as a Window into Human Nature

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    9780143114246

  • ISBN10:

    0143114247

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 8/26/2008
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)

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Summary

This New York Timesbestseller is an exciting and fearless investigation of language Bestselling author Steven Pinker possesses that rare combination of scientific aptitude and verbal eloquence that enables him to provide lucid explanations of deep and powerful ideas. His previous books—including the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Blank Slate—have catapulted him into the limelight as one of today’s most important popular science writers. In The Stuff of Thought, Pinker presents a fascinating look at how our words explain our nature. Considering scientific questions with examples from everyday life, The Stuff of Thoughtis a brilliantly crafted and highly readable work that will appeal to fans of everything from The Selfish Geneand Blinkto Eats, Shoots & Leaves.

Author Biography

Steven Pinker is the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He is the author of seven books, including The Blank Slate.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Words and Worldsp. 1
Down the Rabbit Holep. 25
Fifty Thousand Innate Concepts (and Other Radical Theories of Language and Thought)p. 89
Cleaving the Airp. 153
The Metaphor Metaphorp. 235
What's in a Name?p. 279
The Seven Words You Can't Say on Televisionp. 323
Games People Playp. 373
Escaping the Cavep. 427
Notesp. 441
Referencesp. 459
Indexp. 483
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