Friday, August 27, 2010

The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature - Steven Pinker (Audiobook + E-book)

Bestselling Harvard psychology professor Pinker (The Blank Slate) investigates what the words we use tell us about the way we think. Language, he concludes, reflects our brain structure, which itself is innate. Similarly, the way we talk about things is rooted in, but not identical to, physical reality: human beings take the analogue flow of sensation the world presents to them and package their experience into objects and events. Examining how we do this, the author summarizes and rejects such linguistic theories as extreme nativism and radical pragmatism as he tosses around terms like content-locative and semantic reconstrual that may seem daunting to general readers. But Pinker, a masterful popularizer, illuminates this specialized material with homely illustrations. Publishers Weekly

[E-book - pdf/epub/mobi - 57 MB]

[Audiobook - MP3, 64 kbps - 245 MB]

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