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The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature

By: Steven Pinker

499 pages, Illus

Penguin Books

Paperback | Oct 2011 | #174000 | ISBN-13: 9780141015477
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Hardback | Jan 2008 | #170514 | ISBN-13: 9780713997415
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Steven Pinker uses language as a window into human nature: he analyses what words actually mean and how we use them, and shows what that can tell us about ourselves. He reveals how we use space and motion as metaphors for more abstract ideas, and uncovers the deeper structures of human thought, which have been shaped by evolutionary history. He also explores the emotional impact of language, from names to swear words, and shows us its full power.


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Biography

Steven Pinker is the Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Until 2003, he taught in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. He conducts research on language and cognition, writes for publications such as The New York Times, Time and Slate, and is the author of six books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works and The Blank Slate.

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