The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human

The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature New York Times 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 and popular science writers Now, in The Stuff of Thought, Pinker marries two of the subjects he knows best language and human nature The result is a fascinating look at how our words explain our nature What does swearing reveal about our emotions Why does innuendo disclose something about relationships Pinker reveals how our use of prepositions and tenses taps into peculiarly human concepts of space and time, and how our nouns and verbs speak to our notions of matter Even the names we give our babies have important things to say about our relations to our children and to society With his signature wit and style, Pinker takes on scientific questions like whether language affects thought, as well as forays into everyday life why is bulk e mail called spam and how do romantic comedies get such mileage out of the ambiguities of dating The Stuff of Thought is a brilliantly crafted and highly readable work that will appeal to fans of readers of everything from The Selfish Gene and Blink to Eats, Shoots Leaves ❰Download❯ ➻ Their Language of Love Author Bapsi Sidhwa – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk including the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Blank Slate [KINDLE] ❄ Turbulence By Samit Basu – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk have catapulted him into the limelight as one of today s most important and popular science writers Now [KINDLE] ✿ Der letzte Held Author Samit Basu – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk in The Stuff of Thought ➵ [Read] ➯ Agua By Bapsi Sidhwa ✤ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Pinker marries two of the subjects he knows best language and human nature The result is a fascinating look at how our words explain our nature What does swearing reveal about our emotions Why does innuendo disclose something about relationships Pinker reveals how our use of prepositions and tenses taps into peculiarly human concepts of space and time ➛ [KINDLE] ❅ Winter Evenings By Navtej Sarna ➥ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and how our nouns and verbs speak to our notions of matter Even the names we give our babies have important things to say about our relations to our children and to society With his signature wit and style [Ebook] ➨ The Brave By Rachna Bisht Rawat – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Pinker takes on scientific questions like whether language affects thought ☀ [PDF / Epub] ★ The Best of Samaithu Paar By S. Meenakshi Ammal ✍ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk as well as forays into everyday life why is bulk e mail called spam and how do romantic comedies get such mileage out of the ambiguities of dating The Stuff of Thought is a brilliantly crafted and highly readable work that will appeal to fans of readers of everything from The Selfish Gene and Blink to Eats ❴KINDLE❵ ❅ Tiger Thief (Tiger Thief, Author Michaela Clarke – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Shoots Leaves


About the Author: Steven Pinker

Steven Arthur Pinker is a prominent Canadian American experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, and author of popular science Pinker is known for his wide ranging explorations of human nature and its relevance to language, history, morality, politics, and everyday life He conducts research on language and cognition, writes for publications such as the New York Times, Time, and The New Republic, and is the author of numerous books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, Words and Rules, The Blank Slate, The Stuff of Thought, The Better Angels of Our Nature, The Sense of Style, and most recently, Enlightenment Now The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.He was born in Canada and graduated from Montreal s Dawson College in 1973 He received a bachelor s degree in experimental psychology from McGill University in 1976, and then went on to earn his doctorate in the same discipline at Harvard in 1979 He did research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT for a year, then became an assistant professor at Harvard and then Stanford University From 1982 until 2003, Pinker taught at the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, and eventually became the director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience Except for a one year sabbatical at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1995 6 As of 2008, he is the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard.Pinker was named one of Time Magazine s 100 most influential people in the world in 2004 and one of Prospect and Foreign Policy s 100 top public intellectuals in 2005 He has also received honorary doctorates from the universities of Newcastle, Surrey, Tel Aviv, McGill, and the University of Troms , Norway He was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, in 1998 and in 2003 In January 2005, Pinker defended Lawrence Summers, President of Harvard University, whose comments about the gender gap in mathematics and science angered much of the faculty On May 13th 2006, Pinker received the American Humanist Association s Humanist of the Year award for his contributions to public understanding of human evolution.In 2007, he was invited on The Colbert Report and asked under pressure to sum up how the brain works in five words Pinker answered Brain cells fire in patterns Pinker was born into the English speaking Jewish community of Montreal He has said, I was never religious in the theological sense I never outgrew my conversion to atheism at 13, but at various times was a serious cultural Jew As a teenager, he says he considered himself an anarchist until he witnessed civil unrest following a police strike in 1969 His father, a trained lawyer, first worked as a traveling salesman, while his mother was first a home maker then a guidance counselor and high school vice principal He has two younger siblings His brother is a policy analyst for the Canadian government His sister, Susan Pinker, is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and the author of The Sexual Paradox andThe Village Effect Pinker married Nancy Etcoff in 1980 and they divorced 1992 he married Ilavenil Subbiah in 1995 and they too divorced He is married to the novelist and philosopher Rebecca Goldstein, the author of 10 books and winner of the National Medal of the Humanities He has no children.His next book will take off from his research on common knowledge knowing that everyone knows something Its tentative title is Don t Go There Common Knowledge and the Science of Civility, Hypocrisy, Outrage, and Taboo.



10 thoughts on “The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature

  1. says:

    How To Tell If You re a HorseI remember seeing, perhaps 30 years ago, a chart of a design for an artificial intelligence computer programme by academic engineers at a university somewhere in Texas The chart showed an enormous logically ramifying hierarchy of various sorts of events, experiences, and actions which their computer wa


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    It is remarkable how much of modern thought can track its genetic heritage back to Kant When I studied Kant at uni I was told that there was an entire school of philosophy that was formed on the basis of a poor mis translation of Kant s Critique of Pure Reason into English I always liked the idea of that It is also nice to hear someone ta


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    Knowledge, then, can be dangerous because a rational mind may be compelled to use it in rational ways, allowing malevolent or careless speakers to commandeer our faculties against us This makes the expressive power of language a mixed blessing it lets us learn what we want to know, but it also lets us learn what we don t want to know Language is


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    It s hard to review this book The book starts off to look too heavy with a long chapter on verbs If you think verbs are simple things that are classified into transitive and intransitive, you re in for a big surprise The chapter is named Down the Rabbit Hole after how Alice ended up in Wonderland And the world of verbs is quite a Wonderland This chapter


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    I am a big fan of Steven Pinker I think he s a very smart man, and a great advocate for science and reason in the public sphere In interviews, he s witty, informed, and able to make concise points about a vast swath of intellectual topics His book The Blank Slate had a very significant impact on me when I read it in late 2011 I had just finished a teaching crede


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    A loquacious look at languageSemantics is about the relation of words to thoughts, but it also about the relation of words to other human concerns Semantics is about the relation of words to reality the way that speakers commit themselves to a shared understanding of the truth, and the way their thoughts are anchored to things and situations in the world If adults commi


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    The Stuff of Thought succeeds where his last book, The Blank Slate, failed Here, Pinker largely abandons the heredity vs environment debate for a discussion of the mind itself, and what role language plays in human thinking Drawing from Immanuel Kant, who first proposed the concept of a priori cognitive frameworks of time and space so called pure intuitions in his Critique of P


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    A friend gave me this book I didn t like Pinker s other one and I don t like this one This isn t a knee jerk reaction from a sociologist socio biological explanations are generally examples of people reading their own interpretations of the social world, and how it ought to be, back into history and saying that it s natural The arguments themselves are contradictory men evolved to be p


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    Great expose of how the mind can be exposed through the semantics and structure of language I was bogged down my the technical aspects of verbs and grammar towards the beginning of the book but the second half really hit its stride as Pinker explains metaphors, the need for taboos, expletives and indirect language A worthwile read for those wishing to learnabout humanity and the illogical quir


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    Listened to this on audiobook last night this morning after having just returned from seeing Pinker speak at UW Madison last evening, which was excellent and a real treat for this cognitive science and evolutionary psychology nerd and huge fan of Steven Pinker Books like this are too rich and complex to give a half assed review of, or one where I just write clever anecdotes about my life and vaguely t


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