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

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Dean Olsher
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (129)

    In The Stuff of Thought, Steven 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.

    Miroslaw says: "Escaping the Cave"
    "Brilliant, practical, engaging"
    Overall

    Steven Pinker blends remarkably astute observations that seem obvious once made, clear summaries of different theories and researches, and persuasive speculations into a great narrative.
    I certainly do intend to listen to it again, but that is testimony to its richness of thought, not to any failing of the recording.
    I don't believe that reading the hard copy would be as much fun or any more productive.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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