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CFI Canada's Science & Philosophy Book Club Message Board › book for Jan 19, The stuff of thought, by Pinker, Steven

book for Jan 19, The stuff of thought, by Pinker, Steven

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The stuff of thought : language as a window into human nature
by Pinker, Steven, 1954-
Year/Format: 2007, Book, ix, 499 p.
Subjects:
• Language and languages--Philosophy.
• Thought and thinking.
6 holds / 56 copies
Summary
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.



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