The Political Mind A Cognitive Scientist's Guide to Your Brain and Its Politics

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2009-06-02
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
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The "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Don't Think of an Elephant!" explains the science behind how people make political decisions.

Author Biography

George Lakoff is Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
Introduction: Brain Change and Social Changep. 1
How the Brain Shapes the Political Mindp. 17
Anna Nicole on the Brainp. 21
The Political Unconsciousp. 43
The Brain's Role in Family Valuesp. 75
The Brain's Role in Political Ideologiesp. 93
Political Challenges for the Twenty-first-Century Mindp. 111
A New Consciousnessp. 117
Traumatic Ideas: The War on Terrorp. 125
Framing Reality: Privateeringp. 133
Fear of Framingp. 145
Confronting Stereotypes: Sons of the Welfare Queenp. 159
Aim Above the Bad Applesp. 163
Cognitive Policyp. 169
Contested Concepts Everywherep. 177
The Technical Is the Politicalp. 191
Exploring the Political Brainp. 195
The Problem of Self-interestp. 201
The Metaphors Defining Rational Actionp. 209
Why Hawks Winp. 223
The Brain's Languagep. 231
Language in the New Enlightenmentp. 243
Afterword: What If It Works?p. 267
Acknowledgmentsp. 273
Notesp. 275
Indexp. 283
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