Stuff of Thought Language as a Window into Human Nature

ISBN-10: 0143114247
ISBN-13: 9780143114246
Edition: 2008
Authors: Steven Pinker
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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/26/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

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 booksincluding the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Blank Slatehave catapulted him into the limelight as one of todays 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.

Steven Arthur Pinker (born September 18, 1954) is a Canadian-born U.S. experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, linguist, and popular science author. He is a Harvard College Professor and the Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Pinker is the author of several non-fiction bestsellers including: The Language Instinct (1994), How the Mind Works (1997), Words and Rules (2000), The Blank Slate (2002), and The Stuff of Thought (2007). and The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. 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 both years the poll was carried out, 2005 and 2008; in 2010 and 2011 he was named by Foreign Policy magazine to its list of top global thinkers. His research in cognitive psychology has won the Early Career Award (1984) and Boyd McCandless Award (1986) from the American Psychological Association, the Troland Research Award (1993) from the National Academy of Sciences, the Henry Dale Prize (2004) from the Royal Institution of Great Britain, and the George Miller Prize (2010) from the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. 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. On May 13, 2006, he received the American Humanist Association's Humanist of the Year award for his contributions to public understanding of human evolution.

Preface
Words and Worlds
Down the Rabbit Hole
Fifty Thousand Innate Concepts (and Other Radical Theories of Language and Thought)
Cleaving the Air
The Metaphor Metaphor
What's in a Name?
The Seven Words You Can't Say on Television
Games People Play
Escaping the Cave
Notes
References
Index

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