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Steven Pinker, The Stuff of Thought

· 1 January 2010 |  by Maarten
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Steven Pinker, The Stuff of ThoughtThe Stuff of Thought
Language as a Window into Human Nature

Steven Pinker

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Deze uitgave:
Engels
Allen Lane, 2007
499 pagina’s, gebonden
isbn: 9780713997415

Oorspronkelijke uitgave:
Viking Penguin, 2007

The Stuff of Thought is a revelation. In this exhilarating new book, Steven Pinker analyzes how our words relate to thoughts and to the world around us and reveals what this tells us about ourselves.

How does a mind that evolved to think about rocks and plants and enemies think about love and physics and democracy? Why do we threaten and bribe and seduce in such elaborate, often comical ways? How can a choice of metaphors start a war, impeach a president, or win an election? Why do people impose taboos on topics like sex, excretion, and the divine? What does the peculiar syntax of swearing (just what does the “fuck” in “fuck you” actually mean?) tell us about ourselves? Why do some names thrive while others fall out of circulation? How do we control the amount of information that we absorb? And what good does this actually do us? Pinker answers all these questions and many, many more. He shows us that language really can tell us unexpected and fascinating things about ourselves.

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